November 12, 2018, Clarion Ledger, Bill Moak, Consumer Watch- Health care has become a big issue for many Americans over the past few years. As the costs of health care continue to rise, families without health insurance are looking for ways to afford those costs. That can make them vulnerable to companies that take their money without providing needed services. This week, the Federal Trade Commission requested that a federal judge shut down a Florida-based operation that it accused of collecting more than $100 million “by preying on Americans in search of health insurance, selling these consumers worthless plans that left tens of thousands of people uninsured.” In a news release, the FTC accused Simple Health Plans of “misleading customers into thinking they were buying comprehensive health insurance” but instead provided little in exchange for the $500-per- month cost. Many customers found themselves holding the bag for thousands in unreimbursed medical costs.
November 10, 2018, The Hill, Nathaniel Weixel and Jessie Hellmann- Medicaid expansion advocates are looking to capitalize off their midterm victories by potentially adding Kansas and Wisconsin to their list of recent wins. Voters in three deep-red states voted to extend coverage to low-income adults, and those wins could spur expansion efforts next year in Wisconsin and Kansas, where Democratic candidates won governor’s races on Tuesday. “I think the midterms were great news on Medicaid and expansion,” said Patti Boozang, a consultant with Manatt Health. “It’s validation that people really want expansion in their state.” Boozang said lawmakers in non-expansion states are going to be hard-pressed to hold out in the future.