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This Week in Health Reform

Brandy Betz
March 9, 2013

News about the Affordable Care Act continues floods the headlines, as health care providers, insurers, and government officials attempt to get things in place for the laws major provisions going into effect in 2014. The top stories don't always directly involve public companies, but they're usually sneaking around somewhere in the background.

Here are a few of this week's top health care reform stories.

Florida hits Medicaid expansion snag
Gov. Rick Scott's surprising turn toward Medicaid expansion ran into opposition this week. The state's legislature voted against expansion as defined by the ACA, but several politicians indicated a willingness to find a different way to cover the same low income individuals. It's still possible that the historically conservative state will opt-out of the expansion. But they might try to strike a deal similar to Arkansas, where the governor received federal approval to send beneficiaries to private insurance exchanges with Medicaid money.

Feds seek power to overrule premium rate hike