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Insurers Fall Short In Catching And Reporting Medicaid Fraud, Inspectors Find

Despite receiving billions of dollars in taxpayer money, Medicaid insurers are lax in ferreting out fraud and neglect to tell states about unscrupulous medical providers, according to a federal report released Thursday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general’s office said a third of the health plans it examined had referred fewer

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Doctors And Dentists Welcome Pay Hike For Treating Low-Income Patients

For the second year in a row, California is boosting pay for doctors and dentists who treat the state’s poorest residents as part of a legislative deal designed to improve health care access for patients. In the new state budget, which took effect Sunday, lawmakers allocated a little over $1 billion to pay higher rates

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Justice Kennedy Retires. Now What?

The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has triggered a political earthquake in Washington, as Republicans see a chance to cement a conservative majority and Democrats fear a potential overturn of abortion rights and anti-discrimination laws, and even — possibly — challenges to the Affordable Care Act. Kennedy has been the deciding vote in

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New Hospital Leader Fights Price Controls Despite Reputation As A Reformer

In Maryland, Carmela Coyle is known as a reformer. During her tenure as president of the Maryland Hospital Association, she helped establish a first-of-its kind state program that capped hospitals’ yearly revenue — a counterintuitive move for a leader in an industry anxious to defend its bottom line. But here in California, just eight months into her

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California’s Attorney General Vows National Fight To Defend The ACA

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra pledged Friday to redouble his efforts as the Affordable Care Act’s leading defender, saying attacks by the Trump Administration threaten health care for millions of Americans. Becerra’s pledge came in response to an announcement from the administration Thursday that it would not defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act

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