• States Slashing At Least $4.7 Billion From Medicaid Plans

      Reuters reports on a study of state cuts by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Also, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is looking to expand its Medicaid business and a California study explores the high number of young people without insurance.

      (Daily Report) Aug 12, 2011

    • Sebelius Talks Health Insurance Exchanges

      Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took questions from PBS Newshour viewers about these new health insurance marketplaces that were envisioned in the health law. Also in the news, analysis of the recess appointment of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Director Donald Berwick and more about what implementation activities are happening at the state level.

      (Daily Report) Aug 12, 2011

    • Boston Health Organizations Plan Merger

      Partners HealthCare and Neighborhood Health Plan sign letter of intent for merger. In other hospital issues, Parkland Hospital In Dallas is in danger of losing Medicare accreditation and Conn. regulators are criticized.

      (Daily Report) Aug 12, 2011

    • State Roundup: Debt Deal And States; Ariz. Judge Appoves Medicaid Plan

      News outlets report on a variety of state health policy issues.

      (Daily Report) Aug 11, 2011

    • N.Y. Revoking Medicaid From One Clinic Network

      The N.Y. Health Department moves against a network of clinics run by a former N.Y. state senator while federal officials threaten to cut off funds to a well-known public hospital in Texas. In other hospital news, Dartmouth-Hitchcock hospital system in New Hampshire announces buy-outs as it tries to deal with a $96 million deficit, and nurses at a nonprofit hospital in Quincy, Mass., object to the proposal to sell the facility to a for-profit company.

      (Daily Report) Aug 11, 2011

    • Feeling The Budget Squeeze, Some States Reduce Kids' Access To Care

      According to the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions, a majority of state-level changes to Medicaid this year reduced benefits or reimbursement rates for children's services.

      (Daily Report) Aug 11, 2011

    • Strapped: Meals on Wheels In Aiken Struggles To Serve Amid Budget Cuts

      Significant cuts to Aiken, S.C.'s Council on Aging have diminished its ability to serve the needs of its senior population. Since 2008, the Meals on Wheels budget has been cut by 20 percent each year and the waiting list has doubled to nearly 650 people.

      (Video) Aug 10, 2011

    • New Report Finds Lackluster Growth For Nonprofit Hospitals

      Moody's finds that the hospitals reporting the slowest rate of revenue growth in 20 years, the Wall Street Journal reports. Also in hospital news, a new urgent care center in New Orleans is off to a good start and California officials weigh one chain's efforts to take over more facilities.

      (Daily Report) Aug 10, 2011

    • Kansas Rejects Health Law Exchange Grant

      Kansas will send back its $31.5 million Early Innovator Grant to the Department of Health and Human Services, which would have helped pay for the development of the state's online insurance exchange. Gov. Sam Brownback said he was returning the money because of doubts that the federal government would be able to maintain its promised future payments.

      (Daily Report) Aug 10, 2011

    • State Roundup: Report Finds Calif. Fails To Discipline 710 Doctors

      News outlets report on a variety of state health care issues.

      (Daily Report) Aug 10, 2011