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Veterans and Health Insurance: One in 10 Veterans Under 65 are Uninsured, Don’t Use Veterans Medical Care

A new report examines veterans’ uninsurance rates and assesses the potential impact of health insurance coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The report shows that one in 10 of the country’s 12.5 million non-elderly veterans report neither having health insurance coverage, nor using care medical care from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration. Highlights from the report include: About...

Health Insurance Exchanges: CMS Guidance for State-run Exchanges and Joint Federal and State-run Exchanges

New federal guidance outlines what States must do to demonstrate they are ready to operate a Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) or share HIX functions with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  While CMS guidance on HIX implementation and operation remains very general and many questions remain, the new guidance describes the basic models available to States in order to meet...

Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligibles: Learn Basics of $350 Billion Market at Webinar on May 23, 2012

The nation’s 9 million Medicare-Medicaid dual eligibles - low-income frail seniors and persons of all ages with severe disabilities - now use about $350 billion in healthcare annually.  States and CMS are rolling out models to integrate Medicare and Medicaid financing and care delivery for dual eligibles.  These reforms are of keen interest to virtually all stakeholders – Medicaid health plans,...

Medicare and Medicaid Spending: Enrollment Growth a Driver for Spending Increases

Much attention has been paid to the federal deficit, and a great deal of this discussion has centered on Medicare and Medicaid spending. As a means for controlling what has been considered “out of control” health care costs, some have pushed for major program restructuring, most notable premium support for Medicare and blocking granting for Medicaid. Those proposals generally...

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