Capsules: Baucus Vows To Keep Watch On Health Law Rollout Before Leaving Senate; Insurer Centene: We Can Do Arkansas-Style Medicaid

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Mary Agnes Carey reports on the announcement by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., that he will not seek re-election: "Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus stunned his colleagues Tuesday when he announced he would not seek a seventh term next year. But don't expect him to go quietly. Implementation of the 2010 health care law is a top priority for the Montana Democrat, as is overhauling the tax code, tackling the nation’s debt and pushing 'job-creating trade agreements' through the Senate, Baucus said in a statement" (Carey, 4/24).

Also on Capsules, Jay Hancock reports on one insurer's plans for the health law's Medicaid expansion: "Last week the Arkansas legislature approved a plan to give Medicaid beneficiaries money to buy individual policies from private insurers on the state’s health insurance exchange — the subsidized, online marketplaces due to be in business next year. The governor signed the bill Tuesday — making it law. The Department of Health and Human Services, which has said it 'will consider approving a limited number' of such arrangements, still needs to negotiate details and sign off. One insurer is already expressing interest" (Hancock, 4/23). Check out what else is on the blog.

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