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Minorities Would Be Hit Hardest By Medicaid Cuts, Study Says

Medicaid cuts implemented as part of deficit reduction would have a greater impact on minorities than other groups, according to a new study by the organization Families USA. The study analyzed the rate at which minorities suffer from cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, and heart disease and found that African-Americans and Latinos would suffer disproportionately from cuts in federal Medicaid spending. Read a summary of the report and find a link to the full study here

NAUH Comments on Proposed HIE Regulation

In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), NAUH commented on Medicare’s proposed regulation governing health insurance exchanges (HIE) created under the Affordable Care Act.  NAUH’s letter addressed the importance of including private urban safety-net hospitals in health care plans that participate in the HIEs; the regulation’s proposed definition of “essential community provider;” and the importance of ensuring that HIE-participating health plans pay urban safety-net hospitals adequately for their services

Medicaid Provider Taxes in Jeopardy?

Medicaid provider taxes are currently under the microscope.  While 44 of the 50 states currently employ such taxes to varying degrees, the Obama administration and others have proposed reducing the rate at which states can tax providers or even banning such taxes.  Now, the congressional “supercommittee” – the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction” – is expected to consider such proposals as well. Stateline takes a look at what Medicaid provider taxes are, how they work, and how their reduction or elimination might affect state Medicaid programs.   Read about it here

Uninsured Rate Affects Access for the Insured

Insured residents of communities with large numbers of uninsured people often lack access to care, according to a new study. Echoing a sentiment that urban safety-net hospitals have long understood, the study found that physicians are less likely to be interested in establishing their practices in communities with large numbers of uninsured patients.  This, in turn, affects many insured patients, leaving them less likely to have a regular health care provider, more likely to have difficulty getting the care they need, and more likely to be dissatisfied with their care. The study was published by the journal Medical Care and [&hellip

Supreme Court to Hear Medicaid Rate Case

Can providers sue state governments to prevent them from reducing Medicaid payment rates?  In a case with major implications for NAUH, urban safety-net hospitals, and providers everywhere, the Supreme Court will consider this question as its new term begins.  Read reports on the on lawsuit filed by California providers in The Hill and the Los Angeles Times

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