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Coverage, reimbursement remain barriers to telehealth use, health industry leaders testify

Coverage and reimbursement of telehealth, especially for Medicaid and Medicare, was the topic of choice during a roundtable discussion held by the U.S. Senate Special Commission on Aging on Tuesday.

Rural Tennessee hospitals struggle to stay open

Tennessee's rural hospitals continue to struggle, bearing the burden of the state's decision to pass on expanding the Medicaid program, the  Memphis Daily News  repor ted.

States game Medicaid for millions

Many states avoid paying their share of Medicaid expenses, an issue the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has known about for more than a decade, according to the  Washington Post.

Uninsured rate for children remains at standstill

Even though children's participation in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program is higher than adults' participation in Medicaid, the uninsured rate for children has yet to change since implementation of the Affordable Care Act,  according to a recent Urban Institute survey.

Va. Gov. McAuliffe shares Medicaid-alternative plan

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) shared his Medicaid-alternative plan Monday, reports the  Washington Post.

Rural Americans pose challenges for HIX enrollment

Enrolling rural Americans in health insurance will be one of the biggest problems insurers face during this fall enrollment period, reports  Kaiser Health News. 

Hospitals in LA, TX suffer from failure to expand Medicaid

Hospitals in Texas and Louisiana--two states that failed to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act--struggle with the continued fallout from that decision.

New proposed ACA-alternative plan calls to 'repeal and replace'

In the words of those who oppose the Affordable Care Act, "the U.S. healthcare system is in need of substantial reform."  This statement comes from the latest installment of proposals to the healthcare reform law. In his "Transcending Obamacare: A Patient-Centered Plan for Near-Universal Cover and Permanent Fiscal Solvency," Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and Opinions Editor at  Forbes  Roy Avik's report highlights the "repeal and replace" approach.

The benefits of expanding Medicaid

Medicaid: to expand or not to expand? That is the question for the 24 states who opted out of the 2012 ruling under the Affordable Care Act. But for the 26 states, and the District of Columbia, who chose to extend the option to lower-income residents, the uninsured rate has dropped, while hospital admissions has increased, finds a new  report from PwC's Health Research Institute.

Insurers look for help to pay health insurance tax

Friendly reminder for insurers: the newly-instated health insurance tax (HIT) of $8 billion is due September 30. But insurers are not alone to handle and figure out how to pay such a hefty sum. The industry as a whole is turning to taxpayers to help cough up the money,  reports  Kaiser Health News.