Phil Galewitz covers Medicaid, Medicare, long‐term care, hospitals and various state health issues. He has covered the health beat for nearly two decades. He is a board member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. In 2004‐05, he was a Kaiser Media Fellow and wrote about community solutions to the uninsured. Before coming to KHN, he was at The Palm Beach Post and was a national health industry writer for the Associated Press and The Patriot‐ News in Harrisburg, Pa. He has a BA in health planning and administration and a master's in public administration with an emphasis in health policy. | Contact: PGalewitz@kff.org
Programs to increase fees to Medicaid primary care doctors and to entice states to eliminate some Medicaid copays are delayed as feds focus on insurance markets.
In Mississippi, Republican leaders split on state insurance marketplace dubbed "One, Mississippi."
Medicaid and private insurers seek to reduce deliveries before 39 weeks to reduce complications and costs.
It's not just another New Year’s Day in Wellsville, N.Y., as rural hospitals get financial relief from Congress.
Data companies are poised to profit from the expansion of Medicaid.
In a letter to governors, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says states that expand Medicaid must cover people making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to get enhanced funding.
The fees will make the markets self-supporting, but some state officials and insurers worry they could put coverage out of reach for some consumers.
Consumer groups praise the rules as a way to encourage smokers to quit, but one workplace expert dismisses them as "a dumb idea."
Bowing to a request from Republican governors, the Obama administration announced late Thursday that it would give states more time to decide whether to build online insurance markets that will help millions of people buy health coverage starting next fall.
With time running out, 17 states and D.C. commit to setting up the new markets, eight are undecided and the rest weigh partnering with the federal government -- or letting the feds take over.