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7/20/17 - CBO: Repeal-only bill would lead to 32 million more uninsured by 2026
The Republican Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act will result in an extra 32 million more uninsured people and higher premiums, an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation released Wednesday says. They include a $842 billion reduction in federal funds to Medicaid to cover those living under or near the
7/20/17 - Congressman Higgins Says Proposed 2018 Federal Budget is a Vehicle to Take from Hardworking Americans & Give to the Wealthy
Congressman Brian Higgins, a member of the House Committee on the Budget, objected to the Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution introduced by House Republicans this week which slashes Medicare and fails to invest in the growth of the American Economy. This is similar to a voucher plan proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan several years ago. Higgins, autho
7/20/17 - HHS IG Issues Audit Report on Pennsylvania Medicaid Program Review
Private health insurers, Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare Part D sponsors are required to spend a fixed percentage of premium dollars to provide medical services and health quality improvement activities. We determined that Pennsylvania's Medicaid managed care program, known as HealthChoices, could have saved between $8 million on a contract
7/20/17 - High Desert Health Care for All Town Hall on SB 562 Planned July 20 in Apple Valley
The campaign for the Healthy California Act is inviting area residents to a community town hall meeting in Apple Valley to learn about SB 562, a bill introduced in the California Senate in February that would guarantee health care to all Californians by establishing a Medicare-for-all type system. Ricardo Lara, SB 562 co-author, Ipyani Lockert, org
7/20/17 - HOEVEN: SENATE HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGISLATION PRESERVES AND BUILDS UPON THE INDIAN HEALTH CARE IMPROVEMENT ACT
WASHINGTON- Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today outlined provisions in the Senate's draft health care reform legislation that preserve and build upon the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. Additionally, the legislation includes a provision to provide 100 percent federal reimbursement, regardless of the se
7/20/17 - House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Hearing
Chairman Burgess, Ranking Member Green, and distinguished members of the Subcommittee on Health, thank you for the opportunity to testify on bipartisan legislation to improve the Medicare program. I am Stacy Sanders, Federal Policy Director of the Medicare Rights Center. Medicare Rights is a national, nonprofit organization that works to ensure acc
7/20/17 - Iowa Senate Democrats ask Gov. Reynolds to speak out against potential Medicaid cuts [The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa]
Kim Reynolds to petition Iowa's pair of Republican senators to oppose any federal legislation that could jeopardize dollars for the Medicaid expansion. In 2011, Iowa's Republican and Democratic state legislators worked together to expand the Medicaid program through the Iowa Health and Wellness program, which gave insurance to an additional 150,000
7/20/17 - LETTERS: On helping McAllen fire victims and stopping Medicare fraud in the RGV
Imagine losing your home and all your belongings. And it doesn't matter if you have a lot to give or a little, what matters is the kind deed of helping others that our McAllen community showed to those in the 12 apartments that were destroyed by a July 7 fire. Families were temporarily housed at Lincoln Middle School where so many donations came po
7/20/17 - Local Doctor Picked Up In Huge Medicare Fraud Bust
The alleged fraudsters cost taxpayers $1.3 billion in the form of fraudulent claims, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. Abraham Demoz, 57, of Sunshine Medical PC, 9408 Flatlands Avenue. Demoz, of Oceanside, Long Island, was arraigned Monday, July 10th in federal court in Brooklyn.
7/20/17 - Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs
SUMMARY: This proposed rule would revise the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center payment system for CY 2018 to implement changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems and certain provisions under the 21st Century Cures Act. In this proposed rule, we describe the...
7/20/17 - REP. O'HALLERAN OPPOSES CUTS TO MEDICAID, VETERANS PROGRAMS
WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Tom O'Halleran announced his opposition to the House Republican's 2018 budget resolution which makes deep cuts to programs that hundreds of thousands of Arizonans rely on every day. "I cannot stand idly by while some in Congress attempt to privatize Medicare or slash funding for Medicaid, veterans programs, or ou
7/20/17 - State Medicaid hit: $4.9 billion Estimated loss under Senate health care plan
Indiana would lose $4.9 billion in funding for the poor, disabled and elderly on Medicaid under the flailing Senate health care bill. The federal funding reductions would grow even more severe under the Senate plan by 2036 with Indiana's loss at 32 percent, or $36.5 billion. The Senate version of the bill has essentially collapsed in recent days as
7/20/17 - Study suggests why more skin in the game won't fix Medicaid [Philly.com]
July 19 As patients and partisans of all stripes take a deep breath after the latest Republican effort to dismantle Obamacare, they might consider how trying to save health-care dollars can have unintended consequences. In the Netherlands, the government sought to give people more "skin in the game" in its national health system. The idea long
7/19/17 - 'Senate bill will harm children'
The U.S. Senate's Health Care Bill, like the AHCA, contains provisions that would be disastrous for the 400,000 children in Wisconsin that are covered by Medicaid. After decades, 96 percent of children in our state have health insurance, a record high which now stands to be undone, not only for low-income families, Medicaid is vital for children wi
7/19/17 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
SUMMARY: The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each pr
7/19/17 - AristaMD Partners with Central California Alliance for Health to Drive Improved Specialist Care Access for Medicaid Patients [Syrian Arab News Agency]
AristaMD, innovative provider of the cloud-based Smart Care Platform for primary care physicians and specialists, today announced its partnership with Central California Alliance for Health to expand specialty care access through primary care-specialist collaboration via eConsults while also reducing specialist referrals for Medi-Cal Managed...
7/19/17 - As GOP health bill collapses, worries remain among Pennsylvania Medicaid backers [The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
The bill partially repealed the Affordable Care Act, including changing Medicaid by scaling back expansions of the program in Pennsylvania and other states and reducing federal spending on it over time. Utah's Mike Lee and Jerry Moran of Kansas announced their opposition Monday, joining Susan Collins of Maine and conservative Rand Paul of Kentucky.
7/19/17 - Bevin's Medicaid Waiver Will Kick 100,000 Kentuckians Off Their Health Care
The Kentucky Democratic Party issued the following news:. Seiler, of Frankfort, was one of about 17 people who waited several hours to testify during the public comment session of Bevin's latest change to his Medicaid waiver that the state estimates will kick 100,000 Kentuckians off of their current health coverage. While Cabinet for Health and Fam
7/19/17 - Bipartisan Bill Protects Diabetic Medicare Beneficiaries' Access to Needed Supplies
Diana DeGette, D- Colo., issued the following news release:. Representatives Diana DeGette, Susan Brooks and Tom Reed introduced the "Protecting Access to Diabetes Supplies Act", which would strengthen protections for Medicare beneficiaries who buy blood glucose testing supplies through the National Mail Order Competitive Bidding Program.
7/19/17 - Buchanan Chairs Hearing to Fight Medicare Fraud
Buchanan is the chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, a key watchdog panel with investigative authority over health care, the IRS, welfare, Social Security and Medicare. The Justice Department charged more than 400 individuals last Thursday with falsely billing $1.3 billion to the Medicare program as well as some private
7/19/17 - Buchanan Opening Statement at Hearing on Efforts to Combat Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in the Medicare Program
WASHINGTON, D.C.- House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Vern Buchanan today delivered the following opening statement at a Subcommittee hearing entitled "Efforts to Combat Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in the Medicare Program." As it stands now, Centers for Medicare Services has not been in a position to ensure that this is the case.
7/19/17 - Castle Biosciences Uveal Melanoma Test Receives Positive Medicare Local Coverage Determination and Commercial Insurance Positive Coverage Policies [Syrian Arab News Agency]
Castle Biosciences, Inc., a provider of molecular diagnostics to improve cancer treatment decisions, today announced three important milestones in improving access to DecisionDx-UM, the standard of care prognostic tool for patients with uveal melanoma, an aggressive form of eye cancer. Palmetto GBA, the administrator of the MolDX program that asses
7/19/17 - Curbelo: Medicare Schemes Are Costing Taxpayers Billions, We Need to Do Better
Today, Representative Carlos Curbelo urged Administration officials to do more to combat the waste, fraud and abuse plaguing the Medicare program. Curbelo read an excerpt from the Miami Herald highlighting the severity of the problem in South Florida. Representative Carlos Curbelo: " Mr. Chairman, thank you very much for this hearing and I thank th
7/19/17 - EDITORIAL: Pass Pa.'s Medicaid reforms [The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
July 19 With expanded Medicaid's cost overruns requiring $400 million in supplemental appropriations, a quarter of Pennsylvania's 2016-17 budget deficit and "as program growth far outpaces economic growth," as the Commonwealth Foundation says GOP legislation passed by the House would help ensure Medicaid's sustainability and encourage recipie
7/19/17 - Gov. Inslee, local families discuss Medicaid [The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.]
July 19 Thirteen-year-old Isabella Peiffer was diagnosed with Stage 5 kidney failure two years ago. Last year, she received that transplant, but the Longview girl will remain on medication for the rest of her life. Jay Inslee during a roundtable discussion about Medicaid at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.
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