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Colorado receives $58.5 million bonus

Colorado receives $58.5 million bonus

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing announced the state received a $58.5 million Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act performance bonus from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This marks the fourth consecutive year Colorado has earned CMS recognition for ongoing efforts to identify and enroll eligible children in Medicaid and… Continue Reading Colorado receives $58.5 million bonus

Hickenlooper expands Medicaid under ACA

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Gov. John Hickenlooper announced plans to expand Medicaid coverage to people living within 133 percent of the federal poverty level, in line with federal guidelines under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court said states could decide whether or not to expand Medicaid coverage in a landmark decision upholding most of the… Continue Reading Hickenlooper expands Medicaid under ACA

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New regulations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provide details about Medicaid expansions in the states – good news for low-income Colorado residents. CMS said states that expand health care through improvements to Medicaid must extend services to everyone who makes 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. The Supreme Court ruling earlier… Continue Reading CMS clears way for Medicaid expansion

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A poll of Colorado small-business owners found that they were opposed to extending state sales tax to labor and services – but supported the use of credit reports in making hiring decisions. The National Federation of Independent Business polled members about state and national issues related to the way they operate. NFIB has 7,500 members… Continue Reading NFIB: Small businesses oppose sales tax for labor, Medicaid expansion

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Colo. Medicaid ranks growing

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State officials say nearly 615,000 Coloradans were on Medicaid in November, which is a record high. Officials are attributing most of the growth to economic hard times rather than recent eligibility expansions. Sue Birch is director of the state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. She told members of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee… Continue Reading Colo. Medicaid ranks growing

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Colo. receives $5.7 million in settlement

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Colorado will receive $5.7 million as part of a $160 million multistate settlement with Maryland-based Maxim Healthcare Services, an in-home health care service provider. Colorado is one of 41 states involved in the suit, which settles allegations that the company billed Medicaid for services it did not perform. The state’s share of the money will… Continue Reading Colo. receives $5.7 million in settlement

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The nation’s health care tab is on track to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020, accounting for about $1 of every $5 in the economy, government number crunchers estimate in a report released Thursday. How much is that? Including government and private money, health care spending in 2020 will average $13,710 for every man, woman and… Continue Reading Gov’t: Health tab to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020

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It’s getting personal now. In a shift still evolving, federal enforcers are targeting individual executives in health care fraud cases that used to be aimed at impersonal corporations. The new tactic is raising the anxiety level — and risks — for corporate honchos at drug companies, medical device manufacturers, nursing home chains and other major… Continue Reading In shift, feds target top execs for health fraud

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Foes target Colorado’s new hospital fee

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Less than two years ago, the Colorado hospital fee passed with much fanfare and to the great relief of the state’s hospitals. The fee is expected to bring in more than $800 million for Medicaid to provide insurance for the state’s poor and indigent. It would allow thousands of children to be seen by doctors… Continue Reading Foes target Colorado’s new hospital fee

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