The private online HIX is set to partner with federal exchanges to bring consumers another enrollment channel, and the company says its also offering states a free interface to create more ladders into the insurance pool.
West Virginia is the 23rd state, along with D.C., to embrace the ACA's eligibility expansion. While Medicaid spending is already its "largest budget driver," the Governor says not expanding comes with costs as well.
The Senate Finance Committee initially birthed the ACA, and now, in a lame duck session, the committee is looking for a solution to the so-called fiscal cliff. One compromise said to be floating around the Beltway could involve Democrats agreeing to long-term Medicare and Medicaid spending reductions in exchange for Republican support for tax increases.
The John A. Hartford Foundation has received a multi-year, multi-million dollar Social Innovation Fund (SIF) award for a program to improve depression care in medically underserved rural communities in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. The SIF, which is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), awarded the Foundation a two-year, $2 million grant.