Published on October 19, 2013 at 5:33 AM
Al.com/Birmingham News: Medicaid Expansion Rejection Leaves Alabama's Largest City With "Patchwork" Safety Net Under Obamacare
Alabama's rejection of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare leaves Birmingham's low-income and uninsured adults with a weak safety net, according to a study out today. Little insurance regulation, a dominant insurer in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and a dominating provider in the University of Alabama at Birmingham are all factors in the city's future under the Affordable Care Act, the study said (Oliver, 10/17).
In Wyoming, officials consider managed care as a way to cut costs in the Medicaid system -
Casper Star-Tribune: Wyoming Eyes More Medicaid Changes
More changes may be in store for Wyoming Medicaid as lawmakers look to cut costs in one of the state's most expensive programs. The state Department of Health is already redesigning its Medicaid eligibility system, as well as a program that pays for disability services. Now it's exploring what could be the biggest modification yet: altering how it manages health care for the roughly 90,000 poor and medically needy people who use Medicaid annually (Wolfson, 10/17).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.