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Don’t Extend Medicare Sequester, NAUH Urges Senate

With the Senate considering extending Medicare sequestration for another year to pay for an extension of emergency unemployment compensation payments, the National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) has conveyed its opposition to such a proposal. Urban safety-net hospitals, NAUH noted in its message, have already endured a number of Medicare cuts, including a two-year extension of sequestration cuts enacted just last month. Read NAUH’s message to senators here

Concern About Churn

State government and health insurers are worried about a process called “churning” – people moving back and forth between Medicaid and private insurers as their income changes.  With more people now qualified for Medicaid, observers believe that as many as nine million people may move back and forth between Medicaid and private insurance in 2014. In the past, people whose income rose enough to lose their Medicaid eligibility often could not afford private insurance and joined the ranks of the uninsured.  Now, some will be eligible for subsidies that may enable them to purchase health insurance on their own.  People [&hellip

Medicaid Steps Into the Spotlight

The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansions have thrust Medicaid into a new, more prominent role in the nation’s health care.  As of January 1, it will start covering more people than ever – even in states that have rejected the reform law’s offer of significant federal funding in exchange for eligibility expansion. While many people are embracing the expansion – nearly four million enrolled in Medicaid in October and November – others continue to oppose it as an inappropriate expansion of the federal role in the health insurance arena and a step toward creating greater dependence on government programs.  One [&hellip

Supply of Doctors to be Tested by the Newly Insured

With various aspects of the Affordable Care Act helping millions of people obtain health insurance, it remains to be seen whether there will be enough doctors to care for them. In particular, primary care physicians, dentists, and mental health professionals could be in short supply, leaving some newly insured patients struggling to find providers to help them exercise their new access to care.  Many parts of the country, in fact, have been certified by the federal government as health professional shortage areas.  This includes areas served by many urban safety-net hospitals, some of which also are located in or near [&hellip

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