Health Care

Federal Medicaid decisions will roll down to states – Allentown Morning Call

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

President Donald Trump said during his presidential bid that he would not cut Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security, the massive entitlement programs that account for nearly half of federal spending. But as Republicans in Congress and the White House seek to undo the Affordable Care Act, they’re going beyond the 2010 health care law to also dramatically change how Medicaid is funded. Both the president’s new budget blueprint and the…

As Nursing Homes Evict Patients, States Question Motives – NPR

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

Vincent Galvan first went to a nursing home in 2012 after his right leg was amputated. He was evicted after complaining about his care. Mariah Woelfel/WVIK hide caption toggle caption Mariah Woelfel/WVIK Vincent Galvan first went to a nursing home in 2012 after his right leg was amputated. He was evicted after complaining about his care. Mariah Woelfel/WVIK People complain about nursing homes a lot: the food’s no good or…

Medicaid Is Broken: Trump’s Budget Puts It Back on Path to Long-Needed Reform – CNSNews.com

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

Medicaid, the huge government health program for the poor and the indigent, is broken. Both the Trump administration’s recent budget submission and the House-passed American Health Care Act, designed to partially repeal and replace Obamacare, propose Medicaid fixes. Dubious assumptions burden the Trump budget proposal, and the House health care reform bill labors under some serious deficiencies. Both are correct, however, in resetting the general direction on Medicaid policy. Medicaid…

New Medicare card scam; warn your parents – Asbury Park Press

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share The footage shows fraudsters speaking by phone with an undercover FBI agent who played the victim, seeking to coerce her into sending money in order to collect sweepstakes prize money. STAFF VIDEO BY BOB BIELK STAFF VIDEO BY BOB BIELK Scammers are trying to convince people they must pay for new Medicare cards.(Photo: Feverpitched, Getty Images/iStockphoto) Trust scammers to try to take advantage of a…

At Trump’s urging, states try to tilt Medicaid in conservative directions – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

Wisconsin is preparing to recast its Medicaid program in ways that no state has ever done, requiring low-income adults to undergo drug screening to qualify for health coverage and setting time limits on assistance unless they work or train for a job. The approach places BadgerCare, as the Wisconsin version of Medicaid is known, at the forefront of a movement by Republican governors and legislatures that is injecting a brand…

Trump’s Budget Puts Medicaid on a Path to Long-Needed Reform – Daily Signal

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

Medicaid, the huge government health program for the poor and the indigent, is broken. Both the Trump administration’s recent budget submission and the House-passed American Health Care Act, designed to partially repeal and replace Obamacare, propose Medicaid fixes. Dubious assumptions burden the Trump budget proposal, and the House health care reform bill labors under some serious deficiencies. Both are correct, however, in resetting the general direction on Medicaid policy. Medicaid…

Poll: Most older Americans want Medicare to cover long-term care – CBS News

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That option is unlikely to gain much traction as President Donald Trump’s administration and Republicans in Congress look to cut the federal budget and repeal President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law. Most older…

Baby boomers beware: GOP’s Medicaid cuts could hurt you later – The Boston Globe

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

Massachusetts is vulnerable. Hundreds of thousands of Bay Staters could lose their health insurance if the Republican-authored American Health Care Act becomes law. Many others will see their out-of-pocket costs jump. This could happen even if we try to preserve much of the state’s pioneering health care system. And it’s not just the poor who are at risk; it’s also the elderly. Advertisement Seniors often get overlooked in this debate…

Trump’s Budget Puts Medicaid on a Path to Long-Needed Reform – Daily Signal

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

Medicaid, the huge government health program for the poor and the indigent, is broken. Both the Trump administration’s recent budget submission and the House-passed American Health Care Act, designed to partially repeal and replace Obamacare, propose Medicaid fixes. Dubious assumptions burden the Trump budget proposal, and the House health care reform bill labors under some serious deficiencies. Both are correct, however, in resetting the general direction on Medicaid policy. Medicaid…

At Trump’s urging, states try to tilt Medicaid in conservative directions – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

Wisconsin is preparing to recast its Medicaid program in ways that no state has ever done, requiring low-income adults to undergo drug screening to qualify for health coverage and setting time limits on assistance unless they work or train for a job. The approach places BadgerCare, as the Wisconsin version of Medicaid is known, at the forefront of a movement by Republican governors and legislatures that is injecting a brand…

Indiana adds Medicaid work requirement to waiver request – ModernHealthcare.com

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

Indiana on Wednesday said it will ask the Trump administration for permission to add a work requirement for Medicaid beneficiaries. The state posted an amendment to its pending request to renew its conservative Medicaid expansion model, known as Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0, for an additional three years. Under the plan, Medicaid enrollees would have to be employed or searching for work in order to be eligible for the program….

Baby boomers beware: GOP’s Medicaid cuts could hurt you later – The Boston Globe

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

Massachusetts is vulnerable. Hundreds of thousands of Bay Staters could lose their health insurance if the Republican-authored American Health Care Act becomes law. Many others will see their out-of-pocket costs jump. This could happen even if we try to preserve much of the state’s pioneering health care system. And it’s not just the poor who are at risk; it’s also the elderly. Advertisement Seniors often get overlooked in this debate…

At Trump’s urging, states try to tilt Medicaid in conservative directions – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

Wisconsin is preparing to recast its Medicaid program in ways that no state has ever done, requiring low-income adults to undergo drug screening to qualify for health coverage and setting time limits on assistance unless they work or train for a job. The approach places BadgerCare, as the Wisconsin version of Medicaid is known, at the forefront of a movement by Republican governors and legislatures that is injecting a brand…

The Trump Administration’s Proposed Medicaid Cuts Are Never Going to Happen – Slate Magazine

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

The answer is that if Congress decides the caps it set were unreasonably stringent, it can vote to loosen them, or to do away with them altogether. That is exactly what Congress has done in the past. In the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Congress established the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), a measure that was designed to contain future growth in Medicare spending by limiting increases in the federal…

At Trump’s urging, states try to tilt Medicaid in conservative directions – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wisconsin is preparing to recast its Medicaid program in ways that no state has ever done, requiring low-income adults to undergo drug screening to qualify for health coverage and setting time limits on assistance unless they work or train for a job. The approach places BadgerCare, as the Wisconsin version of Medicaid is known, at the forefront of a movement by Republican governors and legislatures that is injecting a brand…

Democrats Lambasting Trump’s Budget Support Medicare For Billionaires – The Federalist

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

As expected, the Left had a harsh reaction to President Trump’s first budget on its release Tuesday. Bernie Sanders called the proposed Medicaid reductions “just cruel,” the head of one liberal think-tank dubbed the budget as a whole “radical,” and on and on. But if liberals object to these “draconian cuts,” there’s one potential solution: Look in the mirror. Liberals’ supposed outrage over reductions to entitlements largely serving poor people would…

At Trump’s urging, states try to tilt Medicaid in conservative directions – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wisconsin is preparing to recast its Medicaid program in ways that no state has ever done, requiring low-income adults to undergo drug screening to qualify for health coverage and setting time limits on assistance unless they work or train for a job. The approach places BadgerCare, as the Wisconsin version of Medicaid is known, at the forefront of a movement by Republican governors and legislatures that is injecting a brand…

The Biggest Outrage of Trumpcare Continues To Be the Massive Medicaid Cuts – New York Magazine

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Resisting. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. The discussion over the Congressional Budget Office’s “score” of the House-passed American Health Care Act has, naturally, focused on the things in the bill that changed since the last CBO report in March, before the bill was modified to get a bare majority of House votes. And thus, nearly all the talk since the new report came out has been about CBO’s assessment of the…

Do I Need to Enroll in Medicare If I’m Still Working? – Motley Fool

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Millions of seniors rely on Medicare for health coverage in retirement, so it’s important to understand when to sign up. Medicare eligibility kicks in at age 65, but you don’t need to wait until your 65 birthday to enroll. Rather, your initial enrollment period begins three months before the month you turn 65 and it ends three months after the month you turn 65. All told, you have a seven-month window…