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1) EMPTY PROMISE: THE PRIVATE OPTION IS NOT PART OF OBAMACARE. FACT: THE PRIVATE OPTION IMPLEMENTS KEY ASPECT OF OBAMACARE. Medicaid expansion is perhaps the single most important aspect of ObamaCare. Once fully implemented, most of the individuals the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expects to gain coverage under ObamaCare will do so through Medicaid expansion. The...[ read more ]

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Arkansas Private Option, passed in 2013, is being held up by its in-state supporters as a market-oriented alternative to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. As a result, many legislators in other states who may be opposed to Medicaid expansion are considering replicating Arkansas' so-called Private Option in their own states. Those legislators should...[ read more ]

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5 WAYS THE IRS WILL ENTER YOUR LIFE UNDER OBAMACARE INTRODUCTION Many citizens are unaware of the extensive role the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plays in the administration and compliance of ObamaCare (Affordable Care Act) tax credits. While some media attention has been paid to the enforcement of the individual mandate by the IRS, the agency's role and scope over...[ read more ]

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In its June 2012 decision to uphold the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the U.S. Supreme Court also held that states were not required to implement an expansion of Medicaid, which the law initially mandated. This leaves Alaska policymakers with a choice; accept federal funding to expand Alaska Medicaid to cover able-bodied, working-age adults with...[ read more ]

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Choice counseling under Florida's Medicaid Reform Pilot is a program designed to provide Medicaid patients with the objective information they need to take control of their health future. Passed in 2005 with bipartisan support, the Medicaid Reform Pilot's choice counseling program educates Medicaid patients about the expanding list of private plans available to them and empowers them with...[ read more ]

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The current debate over the long-term sustainability of North Carolina's Medicaid program pits defenders of the status-quo Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) model against reformers touting Governor Pat McCrory's proposed Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina. The Partnership embraces a Medicaid reform approach already up and running in states such as Florida, Kansas and Louisiana. In these...[ read more ]

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The stories you need to read before enrolling in the ObamaCare Insurance Exchange OVERVIEW ObamaCare is here. It has been more than three years since the president signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. On October 1, 2013, key provisions will take effect; among those provisions are the ObamaCare insurance exchanges. The ObamaCare exchanges are built around a complicated...[ read more ]

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Governor Pat McCrory's Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina is an innovative approach to redesign the state's Old Medicaid system into a safety net that improves patients' health and saves taxpayer dollars. The Partnership builds upon powerful patient-centered reforms already working in other states. Key features of the Partnership—patient choice, competition among private plans, funding strategies that prioritize patient health,...[ read more ]

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June 12, 2013 E X E C U T I V E S U M M A RY In its decision to uphold the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court also held that states were not required to implement an expansion of Medicaid, which the law initially mandated. This leaves Ohio policymakers with a choice;...[ read more ]

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Buckeyes should resist Medicaid expansion and instead make Medicaid work for patients and taxpayers. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In its decision to uphold the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court also held that states were not required to implement an expansion of Medicaid, which the law initially mandated. this leaves Ohio policymakers with a choice; accept federal funding...[ read more ]