Despite relatively dramatic growth in hospital spending over the past year and the expansion of health insurance coverage to millions of Americans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, acute care facilities still struggle with eroding margins.
As the agency celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Medicaid program, the program is mired in controversies such as cost overruns and bitter politics, according to USA Today.
Although the Affordable Care Act has helped decrease the uninsured rate, it hasn't addressed the underlying problem of healthcare costs, J. Mario Molina, CEO of Molina Healthcare, one of the nation's largest managed care companies.
It was more expensive than anticipated to cover newly eligible individuals under Medicaid, according to a recent report, a finding that may raise concerns for states weighing expansion of the program in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold a key provision of the Affordable Care Act.
President Barack Obama said last month that his focus will now turn to convincing governors to expand the program who have thus far resisted. Some states have in fact made moves to do so, many of them embracing the idea of waivers instead of full Medicaid expansion.
Montana, the only state to agree to expand Medicaid this year, has released its proposal for public comment before its submission to federal officials. But it's unlikely the state will get exactly what it wants, reports Kaiser Health News.
A "cooling-off period" for the Affordable Care Act--as Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation refers to it in his blog post for the Wall Street Journal--could cause focus to shift to other matters throughout the healthcare industry.
Riding high from last week's Supreme Court win, President Barack Obama continued his victory tour today in Nashville, Tennessee, aiming to shift the focus from Affordable Care Act criticisms to improving the healthcare reform law. Obama hopes to harness the momentum of the court victory to extend coverage to even more Americans.
Last week the Supreme Court saved the Affordable Care Act for the second time since its implementation-- this time by upholding federal subsidies. Moving forward, it's time to shift gears and change the healthcare conversation, according to the Associated Press.
Now that the Supreme Court has ruled to uphold federal Affordable Care Act subsidies in the King v. Burwell case, focus turns to the states--and Medicaid expansion.