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7/16/17 - A senator's and senate hopefuls' reactions to school Medicaid concerns
Strange faces a crowded GOP primary field Aug. 15. Trip Pittman, R- Daphne, said Friday he was unaware school officials are concerned about potentially losing tens of millions of dollars a year in federal Medicaid reimbursements for eligible students with special needs. But as Senate General Fund budget chairman, he understands the concern.
7/16/17 - Both parties go overboard in their struggle over health care measures
The Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid enrollment, and the House and Senate GOP bills would partly roll back that expansion. For the record, I m not a fan of either the House or Senate GOP bills. But critics attacks on the GOP bills are as overwrought and destructive as Sarah Palin s 2009 death panel accusation.
7/16/17 - Education officials to Congress: Don't take our Medicaid funding
MONTGOMERY Alabama school systems receive tens of millions of Medicaid dollars each year to help pay for federally mandated services for children with special needs, including speech or occupational therapy and special equipment. Limestone County Superintendent Tom Sisk was on Capitol Hill last week, one of about 200 school superintendents from aro
7/16/17 - Improve, Dont Ditch, Obamacare
Seven years ago, the Affordable Care Act initiated monumental change in our health care system. More than 100,000 individuals in New Hampshire and over 90,000 in Vermont now have access to health care because of the Affordable Care Act. Think of Social Security and Medicare, both of which have been amended and improved over time.
7/16/17 - Local hearing held on Kentucky Medicaid plan [Commonwealth Journal, Somerset, Ky.]
July 15 Somerset hosted the first of two public hearings on Friday aimed at gathering comment on Kentucky's proposed Medicaid changes. But current Governor Matt Bevin has argued that the ACA has been an "unmitigated disaster" for Kentucky because of higher premiums and increased costs for taxpayers. To kick off Friday's hearing, Health and Family
7/16/17 - Many vaccines, immunizations covered by Medicare; Covering; The Bases
I received the shingles vaccine at my doctor's office. Medicare's rules state that the shingles vaccine is covered under the Medicare Part D benefit. What vaccines are covered under Medicare Part B, and what vaccines are covered under Medicare Part D?
7/16/17 - Medicaid impacts misrepresented
Jon Tester, other liberal Democrats and the media are misrepresenting the impact on Medicaid of the proposed Republican Senate healthcare bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. According to ABC News Fact Check, for fiscal year 2018, the SHC would reduce Medicaid spending a paltry 2.9 percent, and spending would increase 20 percent by 2026..
7/16/17 - Medicaid restrictions linked to increased late-stage breast cancer diagnoses
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at VerticalNews Health Women in Tennessee who were diagnosed with breast cancer were more likely to be diagnosed with late stage disease after a substantial rollback of Medicaid coverage for adults in the state, according to a new analysis. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the Ameri
7/16/17 - Medicare benefits clinics scheduled at senior centers [Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Texas]
July 15 The City of Corpus Christi will host free Medicare education clinics for senior citizens. Starting Tuesday, the city's Parks and Recreation Department senior centers will have certified benefits counselors to help people ages 60 and older apply for Medicare savings programs, according to a news release. Clinics will be 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at
7/16/17 - MORE NEWS
I want to thank The Denver Post for your story putting a face to Medicaid. And I would ask every voter and members of Congress to keep in mind that there for the grace of God go I. Thanks for the very informative article, including personal consequences of what would happen if the current Senate health care bill is passed.
7/16/17 - Savvy Senior: New Medicare cards debut next year hammer
QUESTION: I just received my Medicare card in the mail and was surprised to see that the ID number is the same as my Social Security number. I know it's a bad idea to carry around anything that displays my Social Security number because it makes me vulnerable to identity theft. Wasn't the government supposed to stop putting Social Security numbers
Since the Republican Senate health care bill was released, there has been much discussion about its worst aspects. Is it the cutting 22 million people off health insurance? The Republican Senate bill strips the entitlement from Medicaid.
7/16/17 - Three ways Republicans could better reform the ACA
In last Sunday's Denver Post, John Ingold wrote a front page story entitled "The Faces of Medicaid." In this story he compassionately described a little girl who was disabled, a boy with severe autism and a senior suffering from the Alzheimer's disease. However, for vulnerable patients, like the ones highlighted in The Post story last Sunday, there
7/16/17 - Why health savings accounts are a bust for the poor but a boost for the privileged
When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released his new version of the Republican health care bill July 13, he relied on a favorite Republican device to solve the nation's health care woes Health Savings Accounts. Health Savings Accounts were established by the same legislation that created the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit in 2003
7/15/17 - 15 Hoosiers, 2 Companies Indicted In Massive National Medicaid Fraud Sting [Governance, Risk & Compliance Monitor Worldwide]
In Indiana, seven federal criminal investigations have uncovered over $1 million in Medicaid fraud, leading to the indictment of 15 individuals and two companies on various charges. The completed investigations were part of a national initiative led by several federal agencies and both Indiana and Kentucky Medicaid Fraud Control Units, which Indian
7/15/17 - 15 in Indiana face Medicaid fraud indictments topping $1M [Governance, Risk & Compliance Monitor Worldwide]
Fifteen people around Indiana have been indicted on Medicaid fraud-related charges, Attorney General Curtis Hills office announced Thursday, as part of a national crackdown involving state and federal agencies. Other participating agencies included the Kentucky Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and three federal agencies the Federal Bureau of...
7/15/17 - 5 Top Affordable Care Act Fixer Comments From Producers [LifeHealthPro]
Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are now plowing through more than 3,000 comments from members of the public ideas who think they have good ways to improve Affordable Care Act health insurance rules and programs. Members of Congress are trying to change the Affordable Care Act. CMS, other federal agencies and Congress may
7/15/17 - Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Settles Civil Fraud Lawsuit Against Narco Freedom, Joining Hands Management, and Devorah Haigler for Engaging in Schemes to Defraud Medicaid
The Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Joon H. Kim, issued the following news release:. Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Scott Lampert, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General's New York Region, announce
7/15/17 - Advocates rally against proposed Medicaid copayments [The Santa Fe New Mexican]
Susana Martinez to ditch a proposal for requiring copayments by Medicaid patients. The one and only hearing on the topic marked an end to the public comment period on the copayments, which the Human Services Department first proposed in March. Under the proposed rules, some patients enrolled in the state health insurance program would have to pay $
7/15/17 - Agency seeks public comment on changes to Medicaid waiver [The Jamestown Sun, N.D.]
July 14 The North Dakota Department of Human Services' Developmental Disabilities Division is accepting public comments on proposed changes to the state's Medicaid waiver that funds in-home and community-based services for qualifying individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Send comments to: Department of Human Services'...
7/15/17 - It's time for Medicare for all Robert Reich column: It's time for Medicare for all hammer
A poll by the Pew Research Center shows 60 percent of Americans now saying government should be responsible for ensuring health care coverage for all Americans- up from 51 percent last year. Over the coming weeks or months, Democrats must continue to defend the Affordable Care Act. But Democrats also need to go further and offer Americans a positiv
7/15/17 - Local advocates worry Medicaid cuts would hurt most vulnerable [The News Herald, Panama City, Fla.]
July 15 LYNN HAVEN As the GOP health care bill makes its way through the Senate, some local organizations are concerned about proposed changes and cuts to Medicaid that would impact their most vulnerable clients. Andrew Bay Center, 60 percent of whose $1.1 million budget comes from Medicaid waivers, Executive Director Ron Sharpe and his staff w
7/15/17 - Many Lawfully Present Immigrants Would Lose Affordable Health Coverage Under Senate Plan
The impact would be particularly significant in states with a large share of immigrant families, such as California, Florida, Nevada, New Jersey, and New York. In addition, the Senate bill's huge cuts to federal Medicaid funding would likely lead states to drop coverage for optional populations, including children and pregnant women who are lawfull
7/15/17 - Many vaccines, immunizations covered by Medicare; Covering; The Bases
I received the shingles vaccine at my doctor's office. Medicare's rules state that the shingles vaccine is covered under the Medicare Part D benefit. What vaccines are covered under Medicare Part B, and what vaccines are covered under Medicare Part D?
7/15/17 - Medicaid politics comes to Harrisburg via Pennsylvania's state budget debate [The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pa.]
Because just as debate over federal health care policy is about to reach its mid-summer boiling point, Republican lawmakers here are asking the Wolf Administration to move on Medicaid reforms in the state budget package. In other words, for many fiscally conservative Republicans, it is the major spigot to turn. As part of their consideration of a f
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