Under a 474-page proposed rule released last week, state officials would be able to charge Medicaid patients higher cost-sharing for some services than current regulations allow.
Word that Arizona will participate in the health law expansion of Medicaid represents a change of heart for a Republican-led state that was one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that challenged the health care law all the way to the Supreme Court.
Individuals who get health insurance because of the overhaul law could see coverage gaps and unnecessary costs as they transition to Medicare if state and federal officials don't make proper preparations, according to a recent report from the Medicare Rights Center.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently rolled out new features on its main website publicizing the health care law, characterizing it as a portal for people to use when looking for information on enrolling in health insurance exchanges.
A spate of recent press coverage raising doubts about different elements of the Obama administration's multibillion-dollar program to spur adoption of health IT has left the top government official in charge of that effort in a feisty mood and eager to push back against critics.
Statements this week by such large insurance companies as United Health Group Inc. that they will participate in some exchanges in 2014 mean these plans could offer some competition to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association of America, whose members dominate in many U.S. markets. But the commercial insurers are not rushing in to say how many marketplaces they will play in.