Health Care

New director, new direction

If you haven’t heard, Oklahoma’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust is searching for a new director. But what this small state agency with a giant bank account really needs is a new direction.

Jonathan Small
December 7, 2018
Health Care

Poor Medicaid audits cost Louisiana as much as $85 million

State auditors discovered Louisiana may have misspent as much as $85 million on ineligible Medicaid expansion enrollees. This comes after other troubling revelations about Medicaid waste in the Pelican State. Auditors recommend Louisiana increase the frequency of audits to weed out fraud in its Medicaid program.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 28, 2018
Health Care

Medicaid health outcomes questionable

Congress and state legislatures together have spent trillions of dollars on Medicaid and CHIP over the past two decades. At the same time, there has been relatively little research on health outcomes for beneficiaries. Studies so far show mixed results, with some even showing worse outcomes for people on Medicaid than for people with no coverage at all.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 21, 2018
Health Care

Medicaid eating state budget, feeding national debt

SoonerCare expenditures, as a percentage of total state spending, have nearly doubled since 1997. They now account for 30 percent of total Oklahoma state spending.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 19, 2018
Health Care

States turn to work requirements to fight escalating Medicaid costs

Due to rapidly escalating costs and increases in enrollment, states are pursuing new ways to reform their Medicaid programs, including work requirements for certain eligible able-bodied adults.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 13, 2018
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