Monthly Archives: November 2016

A Contradiction in Terms–Pence as Governor Expanded Medicaid Using ACA Dollars

Indiana was one of the states (and a rarity in Republican-led governorships) that elected to expand Medicaid eligibility under the ACA.  As the Vice President elect, he sits squarely in opposition to the new administration’s stated goal of ACA repeal.

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Kansas Medicaid Renewal Plans Slowed in Anticipation of 2017 Political Changes

In another trickle-down effect from the November elections, Kansas officials have signaled they are slowing down the yearly effort in renewing Medicaid contracts.  (Kansas privatizes at least a portion of their Medicaid business to private payers including Amerigroup).  This is in anticipation of potential changes to Medicaid funding and the ACA.

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In a Change, Medical Students to Learn About Health Care System During Schooling

A sign to the ever-changing healthcare landscape, some medical students are learning about the economics of healthcare, from costs for services to the payer-provider model.  This is a dramatic change from previous schooling where the focus was solely on treating the patient’s physical ailments.  But will this have a noticeable impact on patient outcomes and overall healthcare costs?

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