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NEWS
July 9, 2012 | By Morgan Little, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry, joining with several other Republican governors, said Monday that he would not expand Medicaid programs, taking advantage of one element of the Supreme Court's ruling last week that upheld the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate but also allowed states to opt out of the law's Medicaid expansion. “We in Texas have no intention to implement so-called state exchanges or to expand Medicaid under Obamacare,” Perry said in a statement.
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NEWS
July 3, 2012 | By David Lauter
Will Republican-led states "opt out" of the expansion of Medicaid that is one of the chief pillars of the Obama administration's healthcare law? Political figures in both parties have increasingly focused on that question since Thursday's Supreme Court decision upholding most parts of the law. Several Republican governors, most prominently Florida's Rick Scott, already have said they will refuse to cooperate.   As we reported the day of the decision , Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.'s insistence that states have an option on whether to cooperate with parts of the new law could open the way to a significant red state/blue state divide over healthcare coverage.
NATIONAL
June 29, 2012 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama, in his drive for a national healthcare overhaul, strove to provide a new guarantee that all Americans, no matter where they live, would have basic protection against sickness and disease, ending decades of variation among states. The Supreme Court did not dismantle that guarantee Thursday. But while upholding the Affordable Care Act, the court opened the door to something the president and other champions of the law sought to avoid - widening disparities between red and blue states in who gets healthcare.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton and Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
Healthcare stocks swung wildly as investors scrambled to figure out how the Supreme Court's ruling on President Obama's healthcare law would affect companies throughout the medical industry. Shares of hospitals and Medicaid providers rose on investor assumptions that the companies would gain customers — many of them able to pay their bills now that the court upheld the so-called individual mandate. Hospital chain Tenet Healthcare Corp. rose 5.4%, while Medicaid provider Molina Healthcare Inc. jumped 8.6%.
NATIONAL
June 14, 2012 | By Jamie Goldberg, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - An audit program meant to combat Medicaid fraud has cost taxpayers about $102 million since 2008 while identifying less than $20 million in overpayments, according to a report released by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office on Thursday. The National Medicaid Audit Program used incomplete federal data to conduct 1,550 audits, and apparently because of that, the majority of the audits failed to find any fraud, the GAO said at a Senate hearing. Yet fraud in Medicare and Medicaid, the federal government's health insurance programs for elderly, disabled and low-income Americans, continues to cost taxpayers an estimated $60 billion a year, the Justice Department says.
BUSINESS
April 27, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Healthcare companies are tripping over themselves to profit from a flood of government contracts for treating the poor and disabled, and a family-run company in Long Beach with nearly $5 billion in revenue is trying to stay ahead of the pack. Amid the growing competition,Molina Healthcare Inc.is facing new hurdles. It has lost two key state contracts in Ohio and Missouri and its shares have tumbled 23% in recent weeks. J. Mario Molina, the company's 53-year-old chief executive, said that these are temporary setbacks and that the company remains in expansion mode.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Actor Noah Wyle followed in George Clooney's footsteps Monday, becoming another "ER" alum to hit Washington, D.C., for a political protest, only to leave in handcuffs, arrested. Wyle, 40, showed up to Capitol Hill on Monday with ADAPT, a grass-roots organization seeking to stop cuts in Medicaid. The "Falling Skies" actor was arrested with some 100 others who were fighting against budget cuts that the group says would reduce in-home medical services for the elderly and disabled, which in some cases head off the need for full-on nursing-home care.  "As soon as everybody saw me being led away, they let up a big whooping cheer, which made me feel really good," Wyle said while waiting to be processed in the basement of the building where the protest took place.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2012 | David Lazarus
One of the most striking take-aways from this week's U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the healthcare reform law was the steadfast insistence on the part of Republicans to deny affordable and accessible medical treatment to as many people as possible. The party is determined to maintain the status quo of healthcare being a privilege and not a right - putting us at odds with just about every other developed nation on the planet and, not coincidentally, resulting in about 50 million people being uninsured.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2012 | By David Lazarus
The U.S. Supreme Court is tackling the question of whether an expansion of Medicaid under the healthcare law violates states' rights. More specifically, does it violate Republican-led states' rights? That's the crux of the case, seeing as 26 Republican-led states are the main ones challenging the law . But when it comes to Medicaid, you have to wonder what their beef really is. The United States has about 50 million people without health insurance -- a shameful and costly statistic.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | By David G. Savage and Noam N. Levey
While most of the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has focused on its requirement that most Americans have health insurance, the Supreme Court takes up another explosive issue Wednesday afternoon as the justices consider whether states can challenge the law's dramatic expansion of Medicaid. Twenty-six Republican-led states are arguing that federal pressure in the law to expand Medicaid to all low-income Americans violates states' rights. And some legal experts believe that this expansion - which is expected to provide subsidized healthcare for as many as 17 million more low-income people over the next decade - could be a ripe target for conservatives on the court.
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