Health Care

Dr. Abraham, colleagues save Medicare ‘house calls’ – Monroe News Star

Posted: Thursday, November 02, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Fifth District U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, occasionally flies his Cirrus SR 20 airplane to and from Washington, D.C., rather than risk disruption of commercial flights. Greg Hilburn/USA Today Network Congressman Ralph Abraham, R-Alto(Photo: Courtesy photo) Elderly patients who access home health care services, the modern version of house calls, were near eviction before Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham and others convinced Medicare to scuttle the plan this week….

Puerto Rico seeks help as Medicaid crisis deepens after Maria – Reuters.com

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Puerto Rico, still reeling from Hurricane Maria, is asking the Trump administration and U.S. lawmakers for help in staving off a Medicaid crisis that has put a quarter of the island’s residents at risk of losing medical care. The territory, which has grappled for years with shortfalls in funding of its Medicaid healthcare program, is on track to run out of money to pay doctors and…

As CVS Deal Looms, Aetna Presses Medicare Advantage – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Though Aetna is shedding its Obamacare, life and disability businesses, its future focus on its own or under the CVS Health umbrella will be administering health benefits to seniors eligible for Medicare. Aetna Tuesday told analysts that Medicare products are the “main growth driver” for the company. That likely won’t change even if Aetna’s rumored sale to pharmacy giant CVS Health comes to pass. Aetna now has more than 2.2…

Whether it’s Medicare, Medicaid, ACA or employer-based, clock is ticking on health care sign-ups – Omaha World-Herald

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Now is the time to enroll in health insurance for 2018, whether you’re looking for Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act plans or — like more than half of Nebraskans and Iowans — employer-based coverage. Although health insurance details and sign-up dates vary, there’s one thing in common, even for TriCare, the government health system for military families: It’s up to you to find the best plan…

AmeriHealth to leave Iowa Medicaid program – Quad City Times

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

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Iowa Medicaid cuts approved by federal goverment – DesMoinesRegister.com

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

CLOSE Dozens of individuals and organizations are protesting an effort by the Iowa Department of Human Services to cut benefits for new Medicaid beneficiaries. Clark Kauffman/The Register (Photo: Getty Images) Over the protests of hospitals and medical providers, Iowa has received federal approval to reduce coverage for new Medicaid beneficiaries. An estimated 40,000 Iowans are expected to be affected by the change, which will reduce their coverage for medical care delivered…

Medicare Open Enrollment — Know This! – HuffPost

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Diane Omdahl, president of 65incorporated.com, a Medicare advisory firm, is watching drug plans closely. She reports that, so far this year, each of her clients but one is switching to a Part D plan. And in doing so they are saving from $150 to $4300 on drug costs for next year.

Oregon overpays more than $74 million for Medicaid, governor kept in the dark – OregonLive.com

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

By Hillary Borrud and Jeff Manning The financial quagmire at the Oregon Health Authority continues to deepen. On Tuesday, the agency’s new chief financial officer, Laura Robison, acknowledged that Oregon wrongly paid Oregon health care organizations roughly $74 million in federal Medicaid money from 2014 to 2016. The state could be on the hook to repay all of that plus take an additional hit of unknown size for other misspending…

Medicaid cuts to roughly 40000 Iowans approved by the feds – DesMoinesRegister.com

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

CLOSE Dozens of individuals and organizations are protesting an effort by the Iowa Department of Human Services to cut benefits for new Medicaid beneficiaries. Clark Kauffman/The Register (Photo: Getty Images) Over the protests of hospitals and medical providers, Iowa has received federal approval to reduce coverage for new Medicaid beneficiaries. An estimated 40,000 Iowans are expected to be affected by the change, which will reduce their coverage for medical care delivered…

Insurers Add One Million Medicaid Patients Amid Failed Obamacare Repeals – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The number of Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in managed care plans rose by one million Americans this year to nearly 55 million, according to a new report from consulting firm PwC. Healthcare advocate groups protest during a rally themed, ‘Our Lives On the Line: A Rally to Protect Our Healthcare,’ to demonstrate against the attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, in Los Angeles pn July 29, 2017.  (Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty…

Maine Medicaid expansion vote seen as Obamacare referendum – Wichita Eagle

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The roiling national debate over the government’s proper role in health care is coming to a head in a state more commonly known for moose, lobster and L.L. Bean. On Nov. 7, voters in Maine will decide whether to join 31 other states and expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. It is the first time since the law took effect nearly four years ago that the…

Louisiana Medicaid contracts under new scrutiny – NOLA.com

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017

Louisiana’s Medicaid managed-care contracts are a high-dollar expense for the state budget that have seen little legislative scrutiny since former Gov. Bobby Jindal privatized much of the Medicaid program five years ago. Now that Gov. John Bel Edwards has inherited the deals, lawmakers are digging more into the spending — right as the Edwards administration wants to continue the arrangements for another 23 months at a cost of more than…

How a Republican Idea for Reducing Medicare Costs Could Affect You – New York Times

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017

If Medicare already has a form of a premium support model, what’s all the fuss about? The important difference is in how stipend levels are set. Today’s stipends are not driven by the market, but are set according to legislatively established formulas. But the type of premium support Medicare reformers usually advocate — what people generally mean when they use this term — would use market signals to set stipend…

New Mexico holds final hearing on Medicaid proposals – KRQE News 13

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The New Mexico Human Services Department is holding its final public hearing on an array of proposed changes to the state’s Medicaid health care program. Officials say the changes are designed to keep costs down while improving the delivery of health care for New Mexico’s poorest residents. But consumer advocates are warning that increasing premiums and copays will end up having negative effects on the use…

Louisiana Medicaid contracts under new scrutiny | NOLA.com – NOLA.com

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017

Louisiana’s Medicaid managed-care contracts are a high-dollar expense for the state budget that have seen little legislative scrutiny since former Gov. Bobby Jindal privatized much of the Medicaid program five years ago. Now that Gov. John Bel Edwards has inherited the deals, lawmakers are digging more into the spending — right as the Edwards administration wants to continue the arrangements for another 23 months at a cost of more than…

3 ways to get the best Medicare coverage at the best price – Seattle Times

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

America’s seniors, beware. Not because Halloween is coming, but because Medicare open enrollment is already here. Millions of retirees will need to wade again into confusing waters to fish for the health insurance that best matches their needs. Finding the most affordable option can be tricky. How do you choose Parts A (hospitalization), B (medical insurance) and D (prescription drugs)? Should you go with Medicare Advantage (Part C)? Picking through…