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Obamacare Insurance Tax Will Hit State Budgets

Thirty-six states that rely on private managed-care programs to provide medical services to all or some of their Medicaid recipients are facing added costs caused by the Affordable Care Act, according to a report by the actuarial consulting firm Milliman.  The health care law imposes an annual tax on private health insurance plans, designed to recoup some of the profits earned by insurers from the new customers they are likely to gain because of the law.  The tax, however, also covers...

Study: Medicaid Patients Have Limited Access to Doctors

A new study by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services found half of all providers listed in Medicaid managed care plan are not available to new Medicaid patients, either because they are not at the listed location or they are but aren’t accepting new Medicaid patients. For doctors who are accepting new Medicaid patients, the average wait to get an appointment is two weeks, with a quarter of those having waits of one month or longer. The study’s findings...

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