Health Care

Advocates Say Seniors With Obamacare Need More Time To Switch To Medicare – NPR

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

Some people seeking Medicare penalty waivers have experienced delays at Social Security Administration offices like this one in San Francisco, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Some people seeking Medicare penalty waivers have experienced delays at Social Security Administration offices like this one in San Francisco, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Many older Americans who have Affordable Care Act insurance policies are going to miss a…

Alaska could get relief from Senate repeal bill’s Medicaid cuts – Politico – Politico

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

Sen. Lisa Murkowski helped kill the GOP’s “skinny” repeal bill in July and is being heavily courted by Republicans to support the latest repeal effort. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images By JENNIFER HABERKORN 09/21/2017 01:26 PM EDT Updated 09/21/2017 05:20 PM EDT 2017-09-21T05:20-0400 The Senate’s Obamacare repeal bill may protect Alaska and up to four other sparsely populated states from major cuts to Medicaid through 2026, a potential boon to the…

Federal estimate shows big win-loss gap among states under Cassidy-Graham bill – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

An internal analysis by the Trump administration concludes that 31 states would lose federal money for health coverage under Senate Republicans’ latest effort to abolish much of the Affordable Care Act, with the politically critical state of Alaska facing a 38 percent cut in 2026. The report, produced by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, focuses on the final year of a block grant that states would receive…

All 50 state Medicaid directors oppose Obamacare repeal bill – MarketWatch

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

All 50 state Medicaid directors have come out against Senate Republicans’ latest bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, joining the chorus of opposition from health and insurance groups. In a statement Thursday, the bipartisan National Association of Medicaid Directors warned the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill would place a huge financial burden on states. “Taken together, the per-capita caps and the envisioned block grant would constitute the largest intergovernmental transfer of financial…

Program used to enroll Ohioans in Medicaid, Obamacare exchanges to shut down, cause layoffs – cleveland.com

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A service that helps Ohioans enroll in Medicaid and the healthcare exchanges is shutting down and most of its 54 employees will be laid off, executives say.    The federal cuts affect the Affordable Care Act Navigator program, a service that helps people understand and enroll in Medicaid and the Obamacare health insurance exchanges. In Ohio, severe cuts mean the program will shut down. “That’s really sad news…

Colorado hospitals owed millions in unpaid Medicaid claims – Miami Herald

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

After Colorado launched a new technology system to handle reimbursements for Medicaid claims, hospitals across the state are still owed millions of dollars. The Colorado Hospital Association released data on Wednesday that indicated five individual hospitals and five hospital systems were owed nearly $211 million in claims after the first four months of the new system that launched in March, The Denver Post reported (http://dpo.st/2fjvpPG ). The lack of payments…

5 Years Later, States That Rejected the Medicaid Expansion May Get Their Reward – New York Magazine

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017

When the Supreme Court made the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion optional in 2012, who could have guessed it would be the key to a money scramble in 2017? Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images You’d like to think something as important as the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act would, if nothing else, revolve around matters of principle and policy. But as the Senate barrels toward a possible…

Medicaid-expansion states to lose $180 billion under Cassidy-Graham plan, new report says – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017

An analysis released Thursday morning buttresses a growing body of evidence that the Senate’s Cassidy-Graham health-care bill would slash federal spending on health coverage and cause most states to lose billions of dollars in such aid. According to the report, by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Republican plan to dismantle much of the Affordable Care Act would cut federal spending on health insurance by an average of 11 percent between 2020…

Does Medicare make sense for seniors with employer health … – PBS – PBS NewsHour

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017

“In the past,” writes journalist Philip Moeller, “I usually told employees turning 65 that they did not have to get Medicare and could simply keep their employer plans.” But now his thinking has changed, and he explains why. Photo by Getty Images Editor’s Note: Journalist Philip Moeller is here to provide the answers you need on aging and retirement. His weekly column, “Ask Phil,” aims to help older Americans and…

Many Nursing Homes Aren’t Prepared For Emergencies : Shots … – NPR

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017

Nursing homes are required to have emergency plans and have staff practice evacuations, but many fail to meet even those basic requirements. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images Nursing homes are required to have emergency plans and have staff practice evacuations, but many fail to meet even those basic requirements. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images It does not take…

The Political Genius of Bernie’s ‘Medicare for All’ Bill – The Nation.

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017

Senator Bernie Sanders holds a press conference on a “Medicare for All” healthcare bill on September 13, 2017. (Oliver Douliery / Sipa USA via AP) Want to Fight Back? Sign up for Take Action Now and get three actions in your inbox every Tuesday. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism…

Republicans plan healthcare vote; Obama and TV host denounce bill – Reuters

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republicans announced plans to vote next week on their latest bid to scuttle Obamacare even as a popular comedian who has become part of the U.S. healthcare debate denounced the bill and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of “real human suffering.” President Donald Trump, who has expressed frustration at the Senate’s failure thus far to pass legislation dismantling Obama’s signature legislative achievement, said “47…

Does Medicare make sense for seniors with employer health coverage? – PBS NewsHour

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

“In the past,” writes journalist Philip Moeller, “I usually told employees turning 65 that they did not have to get Medicare and could simply keep their employer plans.” But now his thinking has changed, and he explains why. Photo by Getty Images Editor’s Note: Journalist Philip Moeller is here to provide the answers you need on aging and retirement. His weekly column, “Ask Phil,” aims to help older Americans and…

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: Will Reshaping Medicaid Sacrifice An Important Benefit? – Health Affairs (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Medicaid delivers care to 74.5 million individuals for less money than any other large-scale health financing mechanism. A 2016 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation study noted that “spending per enrollee is lower for Medicaid compared to private insurance after controlling for differences in sociodemographic and health characteristics between the two groups.” One reason might be that Medicaid covers certain inexpensive, non-medical services that, when delivered early in the progression…

Medicare-For-All Would Increase, Not Save, Administrative Costs – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Actually, “Medicare for All” would increase administrative costs by at least $12.5 billion per year. On September 17, 2017, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) claimed on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that his “Medicare For All” proposal would have result in an immediate savings of half a trillion dollars in administrative costs. As he put it: Private insurance companies in this country spend between 12 and 18 percent on administration costs… The…

The Political Genius of Bernie’s ‘Medicare for All’ Bill – The Nation.

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Senator Bernie Sanders holds a press conference on a “Medicare for All” healthcare bill on September 13, 2017. (Oliver Douliery / Sipa USA via AP) Want to Fight Back? Sign up for Take Action Now and get three actions in your inbox every Tuesday. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism…

Many Nursing Homes Aren’t Prepared For Even Basic Emergencies – NPR

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Nursing homes are required to have emergency plans and have staff practice evacuations, but many fail to meet even those basic requirements. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images Nursing homes are required to have emergency plans and have staff practice evacuations, but many fail to meet even those basic requirements. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images It does not take…

New Mexico presses forward with Medicaid premiums, copays – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New Mexico is pressing forward with plans to limit increases in state spending on Medicaid health care for low-income and disabled residents by adding monthly premiums and copayments from patients, as Senate Republicans in Washington contemplate fundamental changes to Medicaid. State officials briefed lawmakers Wednesday on an array of proposed changes to the state’s Medicaid health care program designed to keep costs down while improving the delivery of health care…

Many Nursing Homes Aren’t Prepared For Even Basic Emergencies – NPR

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Nursing homes are required to have emergency plans and have staff practice evacuations, but many fail to meet even those basic requirements. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images Nursing homes are required to have emergency plans and have staff practice evacuations, but many fail to meet even those basic requirements. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images It does not take…

Many Nursing Homes Aren’t Prepared For Even Basic Emergencies – NPR

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Nursing homes are required to have emergency plans and have staff practice evacuations, but many fail to meet even those basic requirements. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images Nursing homes are required to have emergency plans and have staff practice evacuations, but many fail to meet even those basic requirements. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images It does not take…