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Health Reform Weekly (9/8): Governors Assoc Issues Report on Medicaid

Sep 16, 2011

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 This week’s health care reform news:

Republican Governors Association Issues Report on Medicaid Restructuring
Last week the Republican Governors Association released a report on Medicaid that argues for an overhaul of the federal-state health care program for the poor to limit spending and let states design programs of their own. Medicaid is among the biggest expenses for many states. The report focuses on program costs and argues that managed care plans would improve patients' access to providers and coordinate services.

Other highlights include:
  • A health insurance rate regulation bill was pulled by the sponsoring Assemblyman in California due to lack of support in the state Senate.
  • A new website was launched by the Colorado Division of Insurance aimed at increasing transparency and access to rate information filed by health insurers.

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