State Update

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Approves Utah’s Health Exchange Model

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In a letter dated December 14, 2012, Gov. Gary Herbert (R-UT) requested that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS or agency) certify Utah’s proposed health insurance exchange (also called a marketplace) as... Click Here To Read More

New Mexico Asks the Federal Government for Help with Operating the Health Insurance Marketplace Before the October 1 Deadline

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On May 17, the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Board met and determined that New Mexico would run a hybrid state-federal partnership exchange, instead of the state-based exchange model the state received... Click Here To Read More

HHS Provides $150 Million to Community Health Centers to Assist in In-Person Enrollment into the Health Exchanges

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new funding in the amount of $150 million to help community health centers provide in-person enrollment assistance to uninsured individuals. According to HHS, more than 1,000... Click Here To Read More

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Releases a Condensed Health Insurance Marketplace Application

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a shortened health insurance exchange application for uninsured Americans. The application was originally 21 pages and has... Click Here To Read More

Colorado Expands Medicaid Under the Affordable Care Act and Passes Oral Health Legislation

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Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) signed S.B. 200 into law on May 13. The new law expands Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. According to Gov. Hickenlooper, the new law will... Click Here To Read More

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Offers States Easier Medicaid Enrollment Options

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a letter to state Medicaid directors and health officials on May 17, offering states the option of using targeted strategies to identify and enroll low-income adults newly... Click Here To Read More

Arkansas Moves Forward with Alternative Medicaid Model

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On April 23, Gov. Mike Beebe (D-AR) signed into law the Arkansas Private Option Bills (S.B. 1020 and H.B. 1143) that... Click Here To Read More

National Governor’s Association Names Members of the Health Care Sustainability Task Force

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The National Governors Association (NGA) recently announced the members of a new Health Care Sustainability Task Force (Task Force). Govs. John Kitzhaber (D-OR) and Bill Haslam... Click Here To Read More

Iowa Supreme Court Rejects Dental Fee Capping

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On May 17, the Supreme Court of Iowa ruled in favor of the Iowa Dental Association in the case of Iowa Dental Association v. Iowa Insurance Division and Iowa Insurance Commissioner, reversing the decision of the Iowa District... Click Here To Read More

State Attorneys General Warn of Opioid Abuse by Pregnant Women

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On May 13, forty-three attorneys general from states and territories across the United States signed a letter warning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of increases in neonatal abstinence syndrome, or drug... Click Here To Read More