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State's plan to push health insurance for low-income people beyond traditional health care - Illinois Newsroom

State’s plan to push health insurance for low-income people beyond traditional health care – Illinois Newsroom

SACRAMENTO, approx. — Jacey Cooper is the director of Medicaid in California, and she’s never been afraid of big challenges. She commuted two hours each way from Bakersfield to Los Angeles to complete her senior year at the University of Southern California after giving birth to twins. A few years later, at age 27, she …

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Multimillion-Dollar Gene Therapies Offer Patients Hope, But Huge Cost Problems

Multimillion-Dollar Gene Therapies Offer Patients Hope, But Huge Cost Problems

The era of multimillion-dollar gene therapies has arrived, offering a ray of hope for patients with debilitating diseases – but also presenting enormous accessibility challenges. Why is this important: While the projected number of patients likely to receive the treatments is relatively small, it’s unclear how small employers, state Medicaid programs and the rest of …

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North Carolina: Medicaid leader, Medicaid laggard

North Carolina: Medicaid leader, Medicaid laggard

North Carolina pioneered patient-centered medical homes and other ways to manage health care for Medicaid recipients. But it was one of the last states to contract with managed care organizations and did not expand Medicaid. When it comes to enrolling Medicaid members in managed care, North Carolina is both an innovator and an outlier. The …

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Medicaid programs begin to adopt respite care for homeless people

Medicaid programs begin to adopt respite care for homeless people

Various groups, clinics and organizations have set up places for homeless people to recover from injury, surgery or serious illness. EEarlier this year, a homeless woman in her 40s who was living in her car checked into the emergency room of a hospital in Orange County, California. She was found to have stage 2 ovarian …

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