If conservative states do expand Medicaid, it is often complicated, discourages enrollment, and penalizes the poor by requiring premium payments.
By rejecting Obamacare, Bobby Jindal opts out of Medicaid assistance for Baton Rougean, forcing neighborhood hospitals to close.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]