Health Reform Drives Medicaid, Medicare, Fraud and Abuse to Top Ranks for 2013

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High-profile provisions of the Affordable Care Act, such as near-universal mandatory health insurance, take effect in 2014. But much of the heavy lifting needed to implement the law enters a make-or break phase this year, prompting BNA’s Health Law Reporter’s advisory board to name Medicaid — which plays a pivotal role in health reform — the top health law issue of 2013.

The expansion of Medicaid eligibility to millions more Americans and the challenges faced by the federal government to find ways to encourage states to continue financing services for the needy are just a sampling of the myriad ways Medicaid popped up in board member discussions of the health law forecast for 2013.

‘‘With approximately 15 million new beneficiaries to be added to the Medicaid program, this could become a key driver of state and federal budgets,’’ Katherine Benesch, Benesch & Associates, Princeton, N.J., said.

Originally published in BNA’s Health Law Reporter, 22 HLR 39, 01/10/2013.

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