Most states have started updating their Medicaid information technology and eligibility systems, as they must do by 2014 to comply with the health law, according to a survey the Kaiser Family Foundation released last week. But many states would have significantly more work to do in order to expand coverage to adults.
Researchers and hospital officials say that various projects around the country to improve quality and lower costs are bearing fruit, with the most recent example showing savings from a sharp drop in bloodstream infections in hospital neonatal intensive care units.
A just-retired Nebraska senator is the new CEO of the influential National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the group announced last week.
A proposed federal rule allowing employers to tie stronger pocketbook incentives to employee wellness programs should be rewritten to prevent entire families from being punished financially, the Georgetown University Center for Families and Children said in a recent letter.
The growing concern among insurance analysts that coverage will be unaffordable in the new health care exchanges might create a fresh opportunity for federal officials to be persuaded to trim requirements in the final essential health benefits rule, which is expected out in February or March.
Hospital associations in almost two dozen states are once again trying to erase a provision of the health care law they say boosts Medicare payments to Massachusetts hospitals at the expense of facilities in other states.