Florida says privatizing Medicaid cut costs, but insurers say they’re underpaid by state

In less than a year, Florida’s switch to privately managed healthcare for more than 3 million poor, disabled and elderly residents has achieved one of its primary goals: cutting costs for Medicaid, the public health insurance program for low-income people that accounted for roughly one-fifth or about $9.5 billion of state spending last year. But […]

Editorial: Hold line on privatized Medicaid costs

Florida’s statewide privatization of Medicaid has barely reached its first anniversary and already the rate-setting bait and switch has shifted into high gear. Private managed care companies that now control health care for 3.5 million Floridians have asked for a 12 percent payment increase for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which would more than wipe out […]

New Widows Have Another Concern: Their Finances

SINCE her husband died in November 2013, Janice M. Eiler, 58, has been juggling a life without his income as well as his companionship, even as she struggles to save enough money so she can retire comfortably in a decade. Like many widows, Ms. Eiler, a workers’ compensation claims analyst in Salem, Ore., is finding […]