Medicaid

Health
2:07 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

On the Ballot: Tying Up Hospital Funding

Should Louisiana hospitals be guaranteed a set amount of state health care funding—if they put up part of the money themselves? That’s what Constitutional Amendment 2 on Tuesday’s ballot is asking voters to decide.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:24 am
Tue September 30, 2014

TUESDAY: Joe Donchess; Paul Salles; Scott Rabalais

Jim returns from his break tomorrow but while he's away Robert Travis Scott, the President of the Public Affairs Research Council, fills in as guest host for today's show. Joe Donchess, Executive Director of the Louisiana Nursing Home Association and Paul Salles, President and CEO of the Louisiana Hospital Association join Robert in studio for the first two segments this morning to discuss Amendments I & II on the upcoming ballot November 4th. What are they? Who will they affect? They answer these questions and more, as well as discuss the issues surrounding the amendments.

  • Amendment I: Do you support an amendment to authorize the legislature to create the Louisiana Medical Assistance Trust Fund, for the payment of Medicaid reimbursement to the health care provider groups paying fees into the fund?
  • Amendment II: Do you support an amendment to create the Hospital Stabilization Fund to stabilize and protect Medicaid reimbursements for health care services by depositing assessments paid by hospitals, as authorized by the legislature, into a fund to support Louisiana hospital reimbursement?

Also, Sports Columnist for The Advocate Scott Rabalais joins Robert for the last segment today to close out the show. He discusses with Robert what its like covering sporting events, facing deadlines, and what it feels like to teach a graduate level sports writing class at LSU. Scott also helps us learn "The Language of Les Miles," by telling us exactly what LSU Football coach Les Miles means when he says things like, "Look for more spread in the future." 


Health
2:44 am
Tue August 5, 2014

A Hospital Reboots Medicaid To Give Better Care For Less Money

Carmen Smith, 44, shows son Roland, 6, her new perfume. The Cleveland resident says getting on Medicaid has made it much easier to manage her diabetes.
Sarah Jane Tribble WCPN

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 9:47 am

Carmen Smith remembers the day about a year ago when she gained Medicaid coverage.

"It was like Christmas Day, it was like getting a gift from Santa Claus!" she says. "People don't realize how important and how special it is to have insurance to be able to go see a doctor on a regular basis when you have an illness like mine."

Smith, 44, has Type 2 diabetes. Before qualifying for Medicaid coverage, she was what policy experts call a "frequent flier." She had used the emergency room at MetroHealth, the public hospital in Cleveland, five times in one year.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:22 am
Mon May 26, 2014

MONDAY 5/5/14: Political Reporter Tyler Bridges; State Senator Ben Nevers

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.

Also, State Senator Ben Nevers talks with Jim about the Legislative Session as well as his Medicaid Bill which he has decided to revise.


The Jim Engster Show
10:06 am
Tue May 20, 2014

TUESDAY: Political Commentator and Journalist Quinn Hillyer; Author and Philanthropist Adam Braun

Journalist, political commentator and contributor to The Advocate Quinn Hillyer 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. 

Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, and recent author of the critically acclaimed book The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change, 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.


Capitol Access
3:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Feds Give LSU Hospital Deals Thumbs Down

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols explains turn down of LSU hospitals deals.
Credit Sue Lincoln

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.

“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.

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The Jim Engster Show
10:12 am
Wed March 19, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Louisiana Budget Project Director Jan Moller; Composer Gwyneth Walker

Louisiana Budget Project Director , Jan Moller, speaks on Louisiana Politics. Moller touches on Governor Bobby Jindal's decline for 16 Billion Dollars from  the federal government for Medicaid funding and Jindal's candidacy for president in 2016.  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. 


Health
6:54 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

In North Carolina, Workarounds Help The Poor Find Health Coverage

John Martin, 24, was uninsured until a health care navigator told him he could get coverage through his parents' health plan.
Jenny Gold

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 7:01 pm

In the mountains of western North Carolina, Julia Buckner spends hours driving around what she calls God's country.

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.

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Health
4:36 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Medicaid Enrollment Is Brisk Despite HealthCare.gov Troubles

Low-income adults formerly had few options for free health care. Leah Sessor had her blood pressure taken on April 14, 2012, during a free clinic at a racetrack in Bristol, Tenn.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 10:16 pm

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.

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Medicaid Managed Care
5:45 am
Tue November 5, 2013

DHH Wants More Medicaid Privatization, Stakeholders Hesitant

The state Dept. of Health and Hospitals is looking to privatize the managed care for Medicaid patients with developmental disabilities and low-income elderly.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The state Department of Health and Hospitals is taking preliminary steps to further privatize Medicaid in Louisiana. In August, DHH released a concept paper about reforms to long-term care for the developmentally disabled and low-income elderly.

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