Christine Vestal

January 9, 2014

Obamacare Decisions Roil States

But when it comes to health insurance exchanges, the 15 states running their own exchanges will be working full-force on improvements and upgrades.

August 13, 2013

Demystifying Health Insurance Exchanges

With 50 days until enrollment opens, nonprofit Enroll America focuses its efforts on the 10 states with the greatest need for outreach.

June 12, 2013

States Prepare to Launch New Health Law

One administrator describes merging Medicaid enrollment with health insurance exchanges as "an IT undertaking of Manhattan Project proportions."

January 14, 2013

Utah’s Health Insurance Exchange in Limbo

With only eight months left before the online marketplaces are expected to open to the public, Utah hasn’t made up its mind about whether to host a state-run exchange.

June 25, 2012

States Seek Medicare Data to Keep Fraudulent Providers Out of Medicaid

The current inability to share data between Medicare and Medicaid hinders attempts to catch fraudsters.

June 11, 2012

Medicaid Fraud Busters Learn From Experience

Fraudulent orthodontic practices found operating in Texas for years.

May 2, 2011

Interstate Compacts Offer New Weapon Against Health Care Plan

A so-called interstate health care compact would invoke a little-known clause in the U.S. Constitution, and could trump other strategies to defeat the national health care plan.

April 6, 2011

Could the Federal Health Law Survive Without the Individual Mandate?

With numerous states seeking to undo the mandate and federal courts split over its legality, some health law supporters are starting to think seriously about alternatives.

September 10, 2010

States Pressed to Fix Local Water Systems

A patchwork of concrete, iron, steel, and even terra cotta and wood makes up the nation’s 54,000 separate water utilities. With some sections more than 200 years old, the hidden network is decaying, cracking and springing leaks.

June 8, 2010

Weatherization Program Ramps up After Slow Start

One state that is ramping up production quickly is Nevada. In the month of November, Nevada weatherized only seven homes. In April, that number was up to 748; in total, Nevada has weatherized some 2,869 homes.

April 25, 2006

Virginia Accelerates Telework Program

Traffic congestion has driven lawmakers to shift the state's telecommuting initiative into overdrive, challenging government managers to allow at least 25 percent of eligible employees to work from home

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