Medicaid http://wrkf.org en MONDAY 5/5/14: Political Reporter Tyler Bridges; State Senator Ben Nevers http://wrkf.org/post/monday-5514-political-reporter-tyler-bridges-state-senator-ben-nevers <p>Long time political reporter for the Picayune, Tyler Bridges, talks with Jim about covering the state capitol and the 2014 Legislative Session as a reporter now for The Lens.</p><p>Also, State Senator Ben Nevers talks with Jim about the Legislative Session as well as his&nbsp;Medicaid Bill which he has decided to revise.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 15:22:04 +0000 Jim Engster 27124 at http://wrkf.org TUESDAY: Political Commentator and Journalist Quinn Hillyer; Author and Philanthropist Adam Braun http://wrkf.org/post/tuesday-political-commentator-and-journalist-quinn-hillyer-author-and-philanthropist-adam-braun <p>Journalist, political commentator and contributor to The Advocate Quinn Hillyer&nbsp;joins Jim for the first half of today's show. Quinn talks about running for political office in the past, President Obama's Affordable Care Act, and what it's like to be now writing for The Advocate.&nbsp;</p><p>Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, and recent author of the critically acclaimed book <em>The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary&nbsp;Change</em>, Adam Braun talks with Jim about his book and the work his non-profit organization is doing to make sure every child has access to quality education. To learn more about Adam's organization, visit www.pencilsofpromise.org.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 15:06:13 +0000 Jim Engster 26842 at http://wrkf.org Feds Give LSU Hospital Deals Thumbs Down http://wrkf.org/post/feds-give-lsu-hospital-deals-thumbs-down <p>Louisiana got some bad news from the federal Center for Medicaid Services (CMS) late last Friday. CMS says “no deal” on six of the LSU hospital public-private partnerships.</p><p>“I don’t know what their issue is, but it appears that the basis for the denial is related to the means of financing—specifically as it relates to the advance lease payments,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told the House Appropriations committee Monday.</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 26169 at http://wrkf.org Feds Give LSU Hospital Deals Thumbs Down WEDNESDAY: Louisiana Budget Project Director Jan Moller; Composer Gwyneth Walker http://wrkf.org/post/wednesday-louisiana-budget-project-director-jan-moller-composer-gwyneth-walker <p>Louisiana Budget Project Director , Jan Moller, speaks on Louisiana Politics. Moller touches on Governor Bobby Jindal's decline for 16 Billion Dollars from&nbsp; the federal government for Medicaid funding and Jindal's candidacy for president in 2016.&nbsp; Also composer Gwyneth Walker talks about her time in Louisiana. She will be hosting a concert on March 22 at the University Methodist Church at 6:30 PM.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:12:07 +0000 Jim Engster 23968 at http://wrkf.org In North Carolina, Workarounds Help The Poor Find Health Coverage http://wrkf.org/post/north-carolina-workarounds-help-poor-find-health-coverage In the mountains of western North Carolina, Julia Buckner spends hours driving around what she calls God's country.<p>Buckner is a health navigator. Her job — and her passion — is to help the rural residents of some of the poorest counties in North Carolina sign up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act.<p>But for 9 out of 10 people she talks with. it seems as if there's nothing she can do. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:54:40 +0000 Jenny Gold 21589 at http://wrkf.org In North Carolina, Workarounds Help The Poor Find Health Coverage Medicaid Enrollment Is Brisk Despite HealthCare.gov Troubles http://wrkf.org/post/medicaid-enrollment-brisk-despite-healthcaregov-troubles Buried in the paltry enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act that were released last week was something that came as a surprise to many — the success states are having signing people up for the Medicaid program, which provides health care to low-income people.<p>During the first month the health exchanges were open, just over 100,000 people managed to choose a private health plan, according to <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/MarketPlaceEnrollment/rpt_enrollment.pdf">the report</a>. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:36:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 19081 at http://wrkf.org Medicaid Enrollment Is Brisk Despite HealthCare.gov Troubles DHH Wants More Medicaid Privatization, Stakeholders Hesitant http://wrkf.org/post/dhh-wants-more-medicaid-privatization-stakeholders-hesitant <p>The state <a href="http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/">Department of Health and Hospitals</a> is taking preliminary steps to further privatize Medicaid in Louisiana. In August, DHH released <a href="http://www.laddc.org/news/LaDDCNews8-30-2013.pdf">a concept paper</a> about reforms to long-term care for the developmentally disabled and low-income elderly.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:45:47 +0000 Ashley Westerman 18352 at http://wrkf.org DHH Wants More Medicaid Privatization, Stakeholders Hesitant States' Refusal To Expand Medicaid May Leave Millions Uninsured http://wrkf.org/post/states-refusal-expand-medicaid-may-leave-millions-uninsured President Obama on Tuesday appointed one of his top management gurus, Jeffrey Zeints, to head the team working to fix what ails HealthCare.gov, the troubled website that's supposed to allow residents of 36 states to enroll in coverage under the Affordable Care Act.<p>But even if the team gets the website working as it should, millions of Americans may still log on to discover that they aren't eligible for any health coverage at all. And that won't be due to any technical glitch. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:13:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 17819 at http://wrkf.org States' Refusal To Expand Medicaid May Leave Millions Uninsured Making Medicaid More Accessible in Louisiana http://wrkf.org/post/making-medicaid-more-accessible-louisiana <p>Since 2009, Louisiana and seven other states have been using a <a href="http://www.maxenroll.org/files/maxenroll/resources/harnessing.technology.to.streamline.enrollment.pdf">grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation</a> to make Medicaid more accessible to those who are eligible.</p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:08:20 +0000 Ashley Westerman 14812 at http://wrkf.org Making Medicaid More Accessible in Louisiana Medicaid Expansion Proponents Urge Small Businesses To Get Educated While They Can http://wrkf.org/post/medicaid-expansion-proponents-urge-small-businesses-get-educated-while-they-can <p>Last month the Obama Administration pushed back the employee mandate under the Affordable Care Act by one year. Employers with 50 or more full-time workers now have until 2015 to either provide their workers with health insurance or face a penalty.</p><p>In states that are expanding Medicaid as part of the the new health law’s roll-out, businesses have more flexibility in deciding how to make sure their workers are covered. And though Louisiana is not participating, proponents of expanding Medicaid in the state see the delay of the employer mandate as a chance to rally some small business support.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 14334 at http://wrkf.org Medicaid Expansion Proponents Urge Small Businesses To Get Educated While They Can