ACA and Healthcare Reform

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State Net Capitol Journal: States Laboratories Of Health Care Finance
Posted on 23 Nov 2013 by State Net

Under a program created by the Affordable Care Act called the State Innovation Models Initiative, six states — Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont — began testing new health care financing models this year. Colorado... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Medicaid Outpaces Private Insurance in ACA’s Opening Weeks
Posted on 5 Nov 2013 by State Net

In May the Congressional Budget Office projected that as a result of the Affordable Care Act, nine million more Americans would enroll in Medicaid in 2014 and seven million would sign up for private health coverage through new health-insurance exchanges... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: The Obamacare Pitfall: Health Care Issues Dominate State Politics
Posted on 17 Jan 2014 by State Net

By Lou Cannon Obamacare remains an untidy work in progress in the states, which are struggling with Medicaid expansion, website problems, and insurance issues in an election year in which health care policy issues are overshadowed by partisan politics... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: California Governor Signs Several Pro-Obamacare Measures
Posted on 8 Oct 2013 by State Net

The rollout of health benefits exchanges was pretty bumpy across the nation last Tuesday, but that didn't stop California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) from throwing his full support behind the Affordable Care Act. Brown signed 10 health care-related bills... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: A Tale of 2 Obamacares
Posted on 17 Jan 2014 by State Net

The starkly contrasting ways in which Democrat- and Republican-led states have generally responded to the Affordable Care Act is creating two separate health care systems, according to a report released last week by the Obama administration. Democrat... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Changes Challenge ACA Implementation
Posted on 16 Jul 2013 by State Net

By Rich Ehisen Faced with growing complaints from employers over the complexity of implementing the Affordable Care Act by next January, the Obama administration on July 2 announced it would postpone for one year enforcement of a provision of the law... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Ohio Governor Decries ‘War on the Poor’
Posted on 5 Nov 2013 by State Net

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has ended months of wrangling with his own party over his desire to expand Medicaid last month, opting to have the state's little-used Controlling Board approve his proposal to accept $2.55 billion of federal funding to pay... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: California Ponders Health Insurance Rate Regulation
Posted on 29 Sep 2014 by State Net

By Rich Ehisen | Note: On Nov. 4, 46 states will hold legislative elections, while 36 will elect or retain a governor. Meanwhile, 41 states will also weigh in on a wide range of ballot measures addressing some of the most controversial issues of the... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Alaska Gov. Parnell Rejects Medicaid Expansion
Posted on 23 Nov 2013 by State Net

Calling the ongoing rollout of the Affordable Care Act "a failed experiment," Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) announced The Last Frontier State will not expand Medicaid eligibility in line with the law. "I believe a costly Medicaid expansion... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: States Offer A Tightly Stretched Lifeline For Obamacare
Posted on 23 Nov 2013 by State Net

By Lou Cannon | Obamacare is clinging to existence. After the bungled rollout of the federal health care website and President Obama's contrite admission that he misled millions of Americans into believing they could keep their insurance policies... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Health Exchange Enrollments Lag In First Month
Posted on 23 Nov 2013 by State Net

Only three states — Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York — reached their enrollment targets in the first month of open enrollment in the health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act. All three states, which run their... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: States Leave Partisan Fold On Health Care And The Minimum Wage
Posted on 21 Jan 2015 by State Net

By Lou Cannon As the nation's capital resumes its customary political gridlock, both political parties are turning to the states to advance national agendas. In the process of doing so, however, they are finding that they are far from united within... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Kentucky, Michigan, West Virginia Will Benefit Most From ACA
Posted on 19 Oct 2013 by State Net

Residents of Kentucky, Michigan and West Virginia will benefit more from the Affordable Care Act than those of any other state, according to a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Eighty-one percent of currently uninsured residents of those three... Read More