Marilyn Werber Serafini has been a reporter in Washington since 1985, and was the health care and welfare correspondent for National Journal magazine from 1995 to 2010. She has written extensively about Medicare, Medicaid, the uninsured, health care reform, bioterrorism and pandemic flu and has won awards for articles on these subjects. Serafini covered the health reform debate during the Clinton Administration and the recent debate that led to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Serafini created and moderated National Journal’s Health Care Expert Blog, and was a senior reporter for CongressDaily (now National Journal Daily) from 1991-1995. | Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lone Star State isn't seeking to opt out of Medicaid anymore, but it's joining other states in pressing Washington for more flexibility in running the program.
Federal officials are walking a fine line trying to satisfy the demands of budget-strapped governors who want to cut their Medicaid programs.
Beginning this year, seniors who hit the coverage gap will get substantial discounts on both brand-name and generic drugs.
HHS is considering a number of options to make sure healthy, less costly people are attracted to the long-term care program and costs are held in check.
State health policy expert Alan Weil offers his take on how states are wrestling with the implementation of health reform – even as they face big budget shortfalls and the law faces uncertainty in the courts.
Arizona has already asked for permission to trim back the program, and other states may follow as enhanced funding from Washington expires.
Elected last fall, new members of the white-coat caucus are ready and willing to cast their votes for repeal.
The lack of an inspiring name for the health care law complicates Democrats' efforts to gain public support.
Wyden has joined forces with Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., to advance legislation to enable states more flexible in pursuing the new health law's coverage goals.
This lawmaker hopes the House will hold a roll call vote on the repeal effort in the first days of the new Congress.