March 30, 2016

North Carolina Health News: In Indiana, Medicaid Expansion Makes the Poorest Pay

When North Carolina lawmakers talk about expanding Medicaid, they point to Indiana’s plan as one of the examples to emulate. Reginald Rogers owes his dentist a debt of gratitude for his new dentures, but no money. Indiana’s Medicaid program has them covered, a godsend for the almost toothless former steelworker who hasn’t held a steady job for years and lives …

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March 28, 2016

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: New report shows Medicaid expansion can improve behavioral health care access

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report showing that states can greatly improve access to behavioral health services for residents by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Substance use disorders and mental illness are prevalent and serious public health problems in American communities. According to today’s report, in 2014, the most recent year for …

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March 24, 2016

Let’s Talk Medicaid Reform and Expansion Together!

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is drafting a Medicaid reform waiver application – the document needed to get federal approval – and is asking for public input about Medicaid reform. Since we believe that Medicaid expansion is an essential part of Medicaid reform we want to make our voices heard! Public hearings will take place …

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March 23, 2016

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: States Expanding Medicaid See Significant Budget Savings and Revenue Gains

States Expanding Medicaid See Significant Budget Savings and Revenue Gains Evidence from states that have expanded Medicaid consistently shows that expansion generates savings and revenue which can be used to finance other state spending priorities or to offset much, if not all, of the state costs of expansion. Key Findings Data from 11 states—Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, …

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