May 21, 2012 Katie Beckett, 34, died Friday morning in the same hospital where she once made history. Beckett spent most of the first three years of her life in an Iowa hospital because she needed to breathe on a ventilator much of the day. Medicaid would only pay for the expensive treatment if she stayed in the hospital. Her case led to a change in that rule.
April 26, 2012 KHNThe state is one of just a few that is expanding Medicaid ahead of a major expansion called for in 2014 by the federal health law. Though the state estimates that 50,000 people meet the income bar, Colorado will only be able to offer coverage to 10,000 people.
March 28, 2012 The key issue is whether the health law's expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor unfairly compels the participation of states. Many considered this to be the weakest part of the states' challenge to the health law, and during Wednesday afternoon's arguments, justices made their skepticism clear.
March 28, 2012 The justices will hear arguments Wednesday over whether the health law's expansion of Medicaid for the poor unfairly forces the states to participate. And their decision could greatly affect the relationship between the federal government and the states.
December 14, 2011 These days the health program for the poor is claiming a bigger slice of states' spending than even K-12 education, says a report from the National Association of State Budget Officers.
December 13, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, what will the U.S. leave behind in Iraq, and transforming Medicare and Medicaid. In the second hour, children and poverty, the opinion page and letters from our listeners.
November 21, 2011 KHNRep. Kevin McCarthy, the No. 3 Republican in the House, has made it clear that he wants President Obama's health overhaul law repealed. But conservative lawmakers in his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif., and elsewhere in the state are expanding insurance coverage for low-income adults.
November 16, 2011 When a California hospital closes its emergency room, many residents may feel the effect. And according to a new report, hospitals whose patients tend to be black or on Medicaid are more likely to shut down their ERs than others.
September 30, 2011 Even abortions that technically qualify for public funding often don't get reimbursement. In those cases, the fees were paid by the women themselves, by abortion providers or by nonprofit abortion funds.
November 17, 2010 Donald Berwick, Obama's Medicare, Medicaid chief, got a civil GOP reception. Which was a surprise since Republicans, at the time of his naming, were hostile to his naming because of positive things he said about British socialized medicine.