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The best (and worst) states for children's health, mapped

June 20, 2019


The Annie E. Casey Foundation on Monday released a report that ranks the wellbeing of children in every state. See how your state fared with American Health Line's interactive maps.

The White House wants to recalculate the poverty line—which could have big effects for health care

May 23, 2019


The Trump administration has released a proposal to change how the federal poverty level is calculated, which could lead to millions of U.S. residents losing their eligibility for public health benefits, according to an analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

18 months, 4 Medicaid directors: Traylor becomes the latest Medicaid director to resign.

May 21, 2019


Chris Traylor, CMS' deputy administrator and director of the agency's Center for Medicaid and CHIP, on Friday announced he is stepping down from his role at the end of May, making him the fourth individual to leave the position in the past 18 months.

'A huge red flag'? Medicaid, CHIP enrollment dropped 3% in 2018.

May 1, 2019


The latest CMS data show 2.2 million fewer people were enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program from January 2018 to January 2019—a decline CMS says could stem from the improving economy, but other health experts say could stem from stricter eligibility redetermination processes.

HHS wants to bolster patients' access to their electronic health data. Here's how.

February 12, 2019


HHS on Monday proposed two new rules that aim to give patients greater access to their electronic health information—and call out health care providers who impede health data sharing.

Why the uninsured rate among US children rose for the first time in nearly a decade

November 30, 2018


A new report from Georgetown University shows the number of U.S. children without health insurance increased in 2017 for the first time since 2008.

Improper Medicare payments fall to record low, CMS says

November 20, 2018


CMS says the 2018 Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) improper payment rate decreased from 9.51% in fiscal year (FY) 2017 to 8.12% in FY 2018, marking the second consecutive year the agency's improper Medicare FFS payment rate is less than 10%.

In the states: California OKs CVS-Aetna merger, Michigan gets approval to negotiate Medicaid drug prices, and more

November 16, 2018


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Meet Mary Mayhew, CMS' new director of Medicaid and CHIP

October 17, 2018


Mary Mayhew, the former commissioner of Maine's Department of Health and Human Services, is CMS' new deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP.

Trump admin seeks to deny green cards to immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, or other public programs

September 24, 2018


The Trump administration's proposed rule would expand criteria to determine entry and residency status for legal immigrants to include a wider range of public benefits, such as Medicaid or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—a move some hospital and provider groups say could increase uncompensated care costs.

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