Mississippi Medicaid won’t seek midyear infusion of money
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Medicaid director said Wednesday that the program will not seek additional money for the final half of the state budget year. This is the first time that has happened in the past five years.
Director Drew Snyder told lawmakers that enrollment has decreased, accounting for some savings.
Feds re-approve new rules for Kentucky Medicaid
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration has again approved new rules for some of Kentucky's Medicaid population, requiring them to either get a job, volunteer in the community or go to school to keep their government-funded health coverage.
A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a 66-year-old Pittsburgh woman to probation for her part in a prescription drug ring that involved more than a dozen people, officials said.
Angela Vernon, of the city's Bedford Dwellings section, was sentenced to three years of probation for her conviction on charges of health care fraud and conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone and Oxymorphone, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Scott Brady's office.
Local health care organizations breathed a sigh of relief last month when voters passed Measure 101, securing $550 million for Oregon’s Medicaid program through mid-2019.
The vote preserved taxes on hospitals and health insurers to help pay for the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon’s version of Medicaid, the government-funded health insurance plan for low-income and disabled people.
Oregon voters were easily passing Measure 101 Tuesday night, preserving taxes on health insurers and hospitals to fund the state’s Medicaid program.
The statewide referendum on the insurer and hospital taxes was leading with 61 percent in favor and 39 percent opposed in partial returns late Tuesday.
Kentucky governor readies for Medicaid legal challenge
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Matt Bevin says he will end Medicaid benefits for more than 400,000 Kentuckians if the courts stop him from requiring many of them to work.
SPRINGFIELD — An architect of Measure 101, the state ballot measure to repeal $320 million in taxes on health insurers and hospitals for Oregon’s Medicaid program, faced off with a supporter of the funds at a public forum in Springfield on Tuesday night.
Nearly 13,000 Lane County residents already have returned their ballots ahead of the Jan. 23 statewide election. The measure is the only item on the ballot.
In less than a month, Oregon voters will decide the fate of an estimated $320 million in new health care-related taxes meant to help fund Oregon’s Medicaid program.
The state Legislature, with Democrats controlling both chambers, this year passed a 1.5 percent tax on premiums collected by health insurers, as well as tax increases on some hospital revenues.
The new head of the Oregon Health Authority, Pat Allen, told state lawmakers in Salem on Monday that he expects more Medicaid payment problems to emerge in coming months.
The admission follows revelations this month that Oregon overbilled the federal government an estimated $74 million for certain Medicaid patients who instead should have been covered by the federal Medicare system between 2014 and 2016.