Published on November 30, 2012 at 3:51 AM
California Healthline: Uninsured Eligible For Mental Health Services
When major portions of the Affordable Care Act are implemented in 2014, almost all of the 500,000 uninsured Californians who were previously identified as being in need of mental health services will be eligible for those services, either through Medi-Cal expansion or the exchange, according to a study released yesterday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. "Last year we did a mental health report, and what we found is there are 500,000 or so people in California who are uninsured and in need of mental health services, so this year we wanted to see who among them would be eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act," said Imelda Padilla-Frausto, lead author of the report released yesterday (Gorn, 11/29).
Associated Press/Minneapolis Star Tribune: Lawsuit Alleges Minnesota Improperly Paid For 37,000 Elective Abortions For Poor Women
A conservative legal group claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Nov. 27, that Minnesota taxpayers have been wrongfully charged for more than 37,000 elective abortions for indigent women since 1999. The Alliance Defending Freedom argues that state government is allowed to pay for abortions for indigent women only for "therapeutic reasons," including when the life or health of the woman is in danger or in cases of rape or incest, under state laws and a 1995 Minnesota Supreme Court decision. But the group, citing state Health Department data it reviewed, said the state paid for thousands of abortions that it believes did not meet that standard (Karnowski, 11/28).
Kansas Health Institute News: Federal Officials Say They Hope To Act Soon On KanCare Waiver Request
The federal official in charge of reviewing 1115 Medicaid waiver requests sat in on an hour-long conference call today to hear Kansans' views on Gov. Sam Brownback's proposed Medicaid makeover plan. Only about 20 people had time to comment but none of them expressed support for KanCare, which would move virtually all the state's 380,000 Medicaid beneficiaries into managed care plans run by three insurance companies. Most people who called in questioned the need for KanCare and expressed concern that they or family members would lose services or their case managers (Shields, 11/28).
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