Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Medicaid
Workers pay more out-of-pocket for health care as wages stagnate and employers shrink back there coverage.

What Conservatives Get Wrong On Medicaid

If conservative states do expand Medicaid, it is often complicated, discourages enrollment, and penalizes the poor by requiring premium payments.

April 16, 2015
Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida

Florida Gov. Scott Hints At Opposition To Medicaid Expansion

Should Gov. Rick Scott ultimately oppose Medicaid expansion, it would be a reversal of his previous position.

April 7, 2015
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Supreme Court Bars Judges From Setting Medicaid Rates

Medicaid rates are so low that the Supreme Court was needed to forbid health care providers from continually suing certain states.

March 31, 2015
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Baton Rouge Emergency Room Closing Shows Cost Of Obamacare Fight

By rejecting Obamacare, Bobby Jindal opts out of Medicaid assistance for Baton Rougean, forcing neighborhood hospitals to close.

March 25, 2015
Gov. of Utah Gary Herbert Talks About Medicaid Expansion

A Separate Peace: GOP Governors And The Medicaid Expansion

Some GOP governors are trying to expand Medicaid — without enraging their right-wing bases.

February 18, 2015
Matt Mead

Republicans Hold The Line Against Medicaid Expansion

Despite some compromises, many Republicans continue to pushback against Medicaid expansion.

February 17, 2015
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (Photo: Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce via Flickr)

More States Lean Toward Medicaid Expansion

These red states are considering expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

February 3, 2015
Mitt Romney speaks to fellow Republicans at a dinner during the Republican National Committee's Annual Winter Meeting aboard the USS Midway on January 16, 2015 in San Diego, California (AFP/Sandy Huffaker)

End Poverty? Reduce Inequality? What Republicans Must Do First

Republican candidates say they want to reduce poverty and inequality. But how can they become the change?

January 27, 2015
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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Dealt Legal Blow Over Medicaid Expansion Plan

This Arizona Supreme Court ruling is terrible news for the state’s uninsured population.

December 31, 2014
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Some States Retreat On Mental Health Funding

Many red states have significantly slashed their mental health budgets.

December 16, 2014
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How Are Federal Dollars Divided Among States?

Find out which states rely the most on government spending.

December 10, 2014
In Arizona, swings in Medicaid access show program's impact

In Arizona, Swings In Medicaid Access Show Program’s Impact

Medicaid expansion made a big difference in Arizona — but the state’s Republicans may roll it back anyway.

December 2, 2014
Rick Perry

For Medicaid, ‘Eventually’ May Mean Never

Are health-care advocates being too optimistic about Medicaid expansion?

October 13, 2014
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Ebola And The 41 Million Uninsured Americans

Maybe blind opposition to expanding health insurance wasn’t such a genius idea.

October 9, 2014
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GOP Congressional Candidate: Medicaid Expansion Is ‘Working’

David Young acknowledged the benefits of Medicaid expansion in a debate last week.

September 18, 2014
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Arizona Republican Resigns After Proposing Sterilization Of Poor Women

Former Arizona state senator Russell Pearce resigned from his position as the Arizona Republican Party’s vice chairman on Sunday, after suggesting that Arizona sterilize all women on Medicaid. “You put me in charge of Medicaid,” Pearce said on his radio show last week, “the first thing I’d do is get [female recipients] Norplant, birth-control implants, […]

September 15, 2014
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States That Decline To Expand Medicaid Give Up Billions In Aid

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — If the 23 states that have rejected expanding Medicaid under the 2010 health-care law continue to do so for the next eight years, they’ll pay $152 billion to extend the program in other states — while receiving nothing in return. This exodus of federal tax dollars from […]

September 5, 2014
Tom Corbett

Another Republican Gives Up Obamacare Fight

Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania is the latest Republican to retreat from the Obamacare wars. On Thursday, the federal government approved Governor Corbett’s plan to expand Medicaid in the Keystone State, making it the 27th state in the nation to adopt the controversial provision of the Affordable Care Act. Corbett had initially opposed expanding Medicaid […]

August 29, 2014
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Social Security’s No-Bad-News Day

By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times The annual trustees reports for Social Security and Medicare customarily give rise to an outburst of disinformation from the enemies of social insurance programs — that comes with the territory when you’re putting out hundreds of pages densely packed with graphs, charts and statistics. There may be less of […]

July 31, 2014
RURALHOSPITALS

A North Carolina Mayor Treks 273 Miles To Help Rural Hospitals

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Only four days after the Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven, N.C., closed its doors for good on July 1, Portia Gibbs suffered a heart attack in neighboring Hyde County, which has no doctors or hospitals. Residents of Hyde, a sprawling, rural county in eastern North Carolina, had long […]

July 29, 2014
Photo courtesy of the city of Marietta.

In Georgia, Lawmakers Taking Pride in Policies That Hurt the Poor

This post is the final installment in the Roosevelt Institute’s National Women’s Health Week series, which addresses pressing issues affecting the health and economic security of women and families in the United States. Today, a close look at the state of Georgia, where the legislature is taking active steps against the Affordable Care Act. Georgia […]

May 18, 2014
At scene of Nevada ranch standoff, ‘citizen soldiers’ are on guard

Cliven Bundy’s Window Into The War On The Poor

Republicans were quick to distance themselves from the Nevada rancher after his remarks about slavery, but he points to a deeper issue with conservative policy. It’s tempting dismiss Cliven Bundy – the Nevada rancher who last week suggested that blacks were better off under slavery – as a fringe conservative unworthy of any more airtime. […]

May 5, 2014
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Rep. Bennie Thompson Stands By Remarks About Race

By Greg Gordon and William Douglas, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Facing an icy silence from the conservative targets of his racism charges, veteran Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi on Wednesday refused to back down from highly charged remarks in a weekend radio interview. Thompson, a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus, first let […]

May 1, 2014
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Medicaid Expansion: Arkansas And Other States Cut Deals With Feds For Alternative Plans

By Michael Collins, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) WASHINGTON — If Gov. Bill Haslam is searching for clues about what kind of deal Tennessee might be able to cut with the federal government to expand Medicaid, he should look just across the Mississippi River. Arkansas was the first state to get a federally approved waiver allowing […]

April 15, 2014
Doctor And Patient During Chemotherapy Treatment

Release Of Medicare Doctor Payments Shows Some Huge Payouts

By Chad Terhune, Noam N. Levey and Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times Ending decades of secrecy, Medicare is showing what the giant health care program for seniors pays individual doctors, and the figures reveal that more than a dozen physicians received in excess of $10 million each in 2012. The Obama administration released a detailed account […]

April 9, 2014