GA GOV ORDERS SWEEPING BUDGET CUTS

GEORGIA Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has ordered all state agencies to cut their budgets by 4 percent this year and 6 percent next year. State agencies haven’t received such an order since the Great Recession. (WSB-TV 2 [ATLANTA])

ND RECEIVES FEDERAL APPROVAL FOR REINSURANCE PROGRAM

NORTH DAKOTA Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announced this month the state has received federal approval to establish a reinsurance program under the federal Affordable Care Act. He said the program could reduce rates an average of 8 percent to 20 percent for residents who aren’t insured through their employers or who have purchased plans on the individual market. (BISMARCK TRIBUNE)

LA PICKS COMPANIES TO MANAGE MEDICAID CARE

The LOUISIANA Department of Health has picked four companies it plans to award multi-billion-dollar contracts to manage care for its 1.7 million Medicaid patients. The companies are: AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, Community Care Health Plan of Louisiana (Healthy Blue), Humana Health Benefit Plan of Louisiana and United Healthcare Community Plan. (ADVOCATE [BATON ROUGE])

DOZENS OF MEDICAID FRAUD EMAILS IGNORED IN KS

An audit released last week by KANSAS’ new Medicaid inspector general, Sarah Fertig, indicated that 95 emails alleging or seeking information about reporting fraud were ignored by the state’s Department of Health and Environment. Forty-two of those emails were found to contain information that was either partially or wholly substantiated. (TOPEKA CAPITAL-JOURNAL)

CA GOV DIRECTS $331M TO HOMEOWNERS, RENTERS

CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced a plan last week to direct $331 million the state received from a 2012 national mortgage settlement with major U.S banks over unfair mortgage practices to nonprofit housing organizations to help homeowners and renters avoid foreclosures and evictions. Last month the state’s Supreme Court ruled the state had misspent the $331 million, intended for helping homeowners, on paying off housing bond debts. (SACRAMENTO BEE)

 

-- Compiled by KOREY CLARK