State Medicaid programs now have to cover a range of treatments for autism.
August 26, 2014 Advocates for people with autism applauded the move, but some states are concerned about the costs of covering a wide range of therapy for children with autism.
Among heroin addicts who are able to quit, 40 to 60 percent relapse within the first year — many within the first weeks of release from a treatment program.
August 10, 2014 A Cape Cod treatment center says it is breaking addiction's hold — and saving money — by offering newly released patients daily, or even hourly, coaching by paid consultants.
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Arkansas, Kentucky, Delaware and Colorado have all seen significant increases since 2013 in the percentage of residents who have health insurance.
August 5, 2014 The biggest jump since 2013 has been in states that expanded Medicaid and created insurance exchanges. Arkansas has fared best — reducing its percentage of uninsured from 22 to 12.
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Carmen Smith, 44, shows son Roland, 6, her new perfume. The Cleveland resident says getting on Medicaid has made it much easier to manage her diabetes.
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August 5, 2014 In Cleveland, a public hospital may be succeeding at the seemingly impossible: saving money while making patients healthier. It's doing so by giving patients personalized attention.
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Doctors say they need to accept patients with a variety of types of insurance in order for them to stay in businesses.
August 3, 2014 Fears of a medical system that favors the wealthy grow as some doctors reject Affordable Care Act insurance. Insurers need to balance the need to offer consumers low rates and paying doctors enough.
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Residents fear that the economy of Belhaven, N.C., will collapse because its hospital closed. "How many people go retire somewhere where it doesn't even have a hospital?" asks the mayor.
August 1, 2014 After a small North Carolina town lost its hospital, Belhaven's Republican mayor decided it was time to demand that North Carolina cover more people through the Medicaid program.
Lissette Encarnacion in her apartment at The Brook, a supportive housing complex in the New York City borough of the Bronx.
July 28, 2014 Offering a homeless person an apartment with access to a doctor and social services may be cheaper than paying for emergency room visits and jail or shelter stays. But should Medicaid help with rent?
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Unusual billing for group therapy led to a crackdown on Medicaid payments in Illinois.
July 14, 2014 Illinois leads the U.S. in group psychotherapy sessions for Medicare patients. Some top billers aren't mental health specialists. The state's Medicaid program has cracked down, but the feds haven't.
June 20, 2014 Young adults who grew up in foster care are at higher risk for medical and mental health problems, but often don't have insurance. A little-known provision in the Affordable Care Act helps.
Juanita Alvarado (right), a community health worker at the Transitions Clinic in San Francisco, helps a patient.
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June 12, 2014 The sheriff's department in San Francisco is now enrolling inmates in post-jail health coverage as soon as they enter the system. But even with insurance, former inmates can have trouble getting care.
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Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., says having Medicaid pay for some students' coverage through the school health plan will give those students better options.
May 27, 2014 Students who are covered by Medicaid could get access to a wider network of doctors and hospitals, as well as mental health services, if they get care through their school's health plan.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal delivers remarks during the the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in March 2013.
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May 22, 2014 Democrats in some states are hammering Republicans for their opposition to the health law's expansion of Medicaid.
May 9, 2014 Most of the affected patients live in the South, because every state in the region except Arkansas and Kentucky opted against expanding the Medicaid program for the poor.
A check of Medicare's new database of payments to physicians confirms that at least $6 million in 2012 went to doctors who had been indicted or otherwise sanctioned.
April 16, 2014 Among doctors who received payments from Medicare in 2012 are dozens who had been kicked out of Medicaid, or charged with fraud, or settled fraud cases out of court, a ProPublica investigation finds.
Cheryl Stumph goes over paperwork with a medical worker. She finally has health insurance to take care of her family's medical needs.
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April 8, 2014 Cheryl Stumph and her family haven't had health insurance for years. Now that they do, they plan to take make up for lost time. Pent-up demand for care is overwhelming an Oregon health plan.
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