News and updates about Medicaid.

Feds Approve Medicaid Expansion In Flint To Assist With City's Water Crisis

Mar 8, 2016
A nurse takes a sample of a child's blood to test it for lead.
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

 The federal government has approved Michigan’s request to expand Medicaid eligibility in Flint. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says pregnant women and people under 21 in Flint are now eligible for the expanded coverage.

The Snyder administration asked the federal government for the expanded Medicaid coverage, as part of its response to the Flint water crisis. There are concerns about the health effects of exposure to Flint’s lead-tainted drinking water. 

The expansion will affect an estimated 15,000 Flint residents.

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Carla used to get dialysis a couple of times a week at the public hospital in Indianapolis, Eskenazi Hospital. She would sit in a chair for hours as a machine took blood out of her arm, cleaned it, and pumped it back into her body.

Then one day in 2014, she was turned away.  



Insurers Hire Social Workers To Tackle The Opioid Epidemic

Feb 1, 2016

For many people struggling with opioid use, a key to success in recovery is having support. Some are getting that support from an unlikely place: their health insurer.

Amanda Jean Andrade, who lives west of Boston in a halfway house for addiction recovery, has been drug- and alcohol-free since October. It's the longest she's been off such substances in a decade. She gives a lot of the credit for that to her case manager, Will — who works for her insurance company.

Playing Out The Impact Of More Children Being Insured

Jan 18, 2016
D Gorenstein

A new report out Thursday morning from Georgetown University and the group La Raza has found in 2014, some 300,000 Latino children got health insurance, dropping the uninsured rate to less than 10 percent, thanks in part to healthcare law known as Obamacare.

It turns out getting children on Medicaid — even healthy kids — matters more than you might think. Georgetown’s Sonya Schwartz said it’s a kind of golden ticket.

N.J. Factory Turns To Medicaid To Insure Lowest-Paid Employees

Jan 12, 2016

Butter-flavored popcorn oil is in high demand at Oasis Foods, a manufacturer of cooking oils, mayonnaise and other products that restaurants and distributors often purchase by the ton.

"We get a rush this time of year with all the movie-going at the holidays," says Duke Gillingham, president of Oasis, at his factory in Hillside, N.J., just west of Newark Liberty Airport.

Florida Lawmakers Propose Big Changes To Bring Down Healthcare Costs

Jan 11, 2016
Andrea Muraskin / Side Effects Public Media


Healthcare is the biggest part of Florida’s budget, consuming more than $20 billion. That funding picture has gotten more complicated in the last two years. The cost of Medicaid continues to increase, despite a move to hand it over to private providers to manage. State economists have put the blame on rising prescription drug costs. The continued loss of federal funding that props up hospitals for indigent care is also an issue. So lawmakers have proposed several bills aimed at wrangling costs.

Medicaid May Soon Pay For Some Inpatient Addiction Treatment

Jan 8, 2016

For decades, if people on Medicaid wanted to get treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, they almost always had to rely solely on money from state and local sources.

Smoking is the #1 cause of premature death and preventable illness in the United States. And since one-third of Medicaid participants smoke, compared to 17 percent of the general population, you'd think the states would be all about helping people in their Medicaid programs to quit.

But just 10 percent of Medicaid participants who smoke are getting medication to help them quit, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs. That's 830,000 people in 2013.

Advocates Allege Discrimination In California’s Medicaid Program

Dec 16, 2015

LOS ANGELES – A coalition of civil rights advocates Tuesday called for a federal investigation of California’s Medicaid program, alleging that it discriminates against millions of low-income Latinos by denying them equal access to health care.

This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit national health policy news service. 

Sarah Jackson had quit abusing drugs and was sober for six months before finding out she has hepatitis C. The Fort Wayne, Indiana mom says she was newly focused on starting her career and on raising her six kids. The diagnosis came as a shock.