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Medicaid Payments to States Increase. Health Insurers Back Down from Efforts to Exclude Children with Certain Pre-Existing Conditions - featured April 2, 2010

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[Source: Disability Scoop]

By Michelle Diament
March 26, 2010
Congress approved a series of final changes late last week to the health care overhaul plan, taking steps to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates and clarify a series of other provisions, while largely drawing the health care reform debate to a close

Specifically the measures approved late this week will grant doctors higher reimbursement rates for care of Medicaid patients in 2013 and 2014, while increasing federal funding to states to meet this cost. The reconciliation bill also includes a funding boost for community health centers and federal money to help states meet the cost of a Medicaid expansion spelled out in the initial health care reform legislation.

In other news, health insurers backed off renewed efforts to exclude children with pre-existing conditions after a sharp rebuke by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

Read the Rest of Both of these articles HERE on Disability Scoop and and HERE on the New York Times.com

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