Health Care

Medicaid expansion advocates push for more support in Legislature – Topeka Capital Journal

Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Advocates are buzzing again about the possibility of extending Kansas’ health coverage for the poor because of a Topeka hospital’s potential demise but could struggle to attract the last few votes from reluctant Republican legislators to overcome GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s opposition. Supporters of expanding Medicaid under former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law must persuade a few more GOP lawmakers that it can be done without extra costs…

Uphill battle looms as Trump seeks revamped healthcare plan – Reuters

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump, striving to make good on a top campaign promise, is pushing his fellow Republicans who control Congress to pass revamped healthcare legislation but the same intraparty squabbling that torpedoed it last month could do it again. Trump is looking for his first major legislative victory since taking office in January. House of Representatives Republicans are exploring compromises aimed at satisfying the party’s most conservative members without…

Lawmakers Revisiting Requiring Those on Medicaid to Work – New York Times

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

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How is Medicare affected by the House GOP health plan? – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) (Stephanie Yao Long/Oregonian via AP) We have been asking readers for questions about statements made at congressional town halls, and one reader directed us to a very contentious session held April 13 by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) in liberal-leaning Hood River, Ore. There are times when Walden’s answers could barely be heard over the hooting and hollering. Some of the questions concerning the House Republicans’ replacement…

NC House Democrats file Medicaid expansion bill – Winston-Salem Journal

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

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Lawmakers revisiting requiring those on Medicaid to work – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

WASHINGTON — A simple question — should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer-provided health insurance? — could lead to major changes in the social safety net. The federal-state Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people covers more than 70 million U.S. residents — about 1 in 5 — including an increasing number of working-age adults. In a break from past federal policy,…

Medicaid expansion drives drop in uninsured veterans – ModernHealthcare.com

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017

The number of uninsured veterans in the U.S. declined by nearly 40% from 2013 to 2015, but that number could drop even more if more states opt to expand Medicaid, according to a new report. The Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that the number of uninsured veterans ages 19-64 dropped from 980,000 in 2013 to 552,000 in 2015, according to a study published Wednesday. The majority…

Is the Direct Injection of Cash Medicaid’s Rx? – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Justin Haskins and Michael Hamilton propose that Medicaid dollars be distributed on a per capita basis—$7,000 per Medicaid recipient (“Give Medicaid Dollars Directly to Patients,” op-ed, April 13). Their solution sounds good until you contemplate what it would actually mean. Their proposal fails to account for the fact that around 40% of Medicaid dollars are spent on services to individuals with disabilities, and almost a third is spent on long-term…

Under Trump, states may demand work for Medicaid – Fox News

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017

WASHINGTON –  Work requirements for Medicaid could lead to major changes in the social safety net under President Donald Trump. It sounds like a simple question: Should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer provided health insurance? The federal-state Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people covers more than 70 million U.S. residents — about 1 in 5 — including an…

Medicaid mandate causing confusion for autism insurance bill – AL.com

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017

A hotly debated bill to require most private insurers to cover behavioral therapy for children with autism is first up in the House chamber on Thursday morning. Concern over costs is once again causing confusion. HB284, sponsored by Rep. Jim Patterson, R-Meridianville, began as a bill to require health insurers to provide coverage for behavioral therapy. Alabama is one of five states with no requirement that insurance companies cover applied behavior…

Autism insurance gap remains for Medicaid families – Jackson Clarion Ledger

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share Forest man first person diagnosed with autism Justin Sellers/The Clarion-Ledger Two-year-old Cash Nance enjoys finger painting at his family’s table. Cash was diagnosed with autism. Sensory activities are important part of his treatment.(Photo: Special to The Clarion-Ledger) Wayne Williams, director of clinical operations and services for the Mississippi Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, took a mental note as he watched parents in the D’lberville-based clinic’s…

Quality of care declines in California hospitals, watchdogs say – The Mercury News

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Nearly half of California hospitals received a grade of C or lower for patient safety on a national report card aimed at prodding medical centers to do more to prevent injuries and deaths. The Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed nonprofit group focused on health care quality, issued its latest scores last week. The report card is part of an effort to make consumers and employers aware of how their hospitals perform…

Retirement: What you need to know about signing up for Medicare – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

When you turn 65, you have to master a new health care system. We have answers to some of your most frequently asked questions about Medicare enrollment. Q: Do I need to sign up for Medicare, or will I be enrolled automatically? A: If you signed up for Social Security before age 65 (eligibility for full benefits currently begins at age 66), you will automatically be enrolled in Medicare parts…

Does Medicare pay for a home health care provider? – PBS NewsHour

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Journalist Philip Moeller is here to provide the answers you need on aging and retirement. Photo by John Moore/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 their families by answering their health care and financial questions. Phil is the author of the new book, “Get What’s Yours for Medicare,” and co-author…

Federal Leadership Needed to Fight Medicaid Fraud, Waste and Abuse – GovTechWorks

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Data analytics offers unparalleled promise to stop fraud, waste and abuse in state-run Medicaid programs, but the lack of standards and federal leadership is holding states back, experts say. Improper payments account for about 5 cents of every Medicaid dollar, according to federal estimates, or about $29.1 billion of the $547.7 billion program in 2015 alone. Those improper payments fall into three categories: Intentional deception or misrepresentation The overuse or…

The growing appeal of ‘Medicare’ for all – San Francisco Chronicle

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The growing appeal of ‘Medicare’ for all By Catherine Rampell April 18, 2017 ‘); } Despite the rise of the Tea Party and unified Republican control of government, one decidedly anti-free-market idea appears ascendant: single-payer health care. And it’s no wonder, given that a record-high share of the population receives government-provided health insurance. As a country, we’ve long since acquiesced to the idea that Uncle Sam should give insurance to…

CMS to evaluate Montana’s Medicaid expansion – Modern Healthcare – ModernHealthcare.com

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The CMS will evaluate Montana’s Medicaid expansion program despite past protests from key Trump administration officials against similar audits. In 2015, the state received CMS approval for a waiver to expand Medicaid coverage to individuals who earn up to 138% of the poverty line starting Jan 1, 2016. The initiative, known as the Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership, or HELP, was expected to provide coverage to approximately 70,000 people….

United Healthcare is jeopardizing its members’ access to local healthcare services of Northwest Healthcare – Tucson Local Media

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Local residents with United Healthcare health insurance should be concerned. Your access to high-quality healthcare services at Northwest Healthcare is at risk. Why? Because over the course of several months United issued a notice of termination on our contract, demanded a 25 percent cut in its payments, and refuses to engage in good-faith negotiations with our health system. If United doesn’t place any urgency on our discussions to renew our…

Quality of care declines in California hospitals, watchdogs say – LA Daily News

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Nearly half of California hospitals received a grade of C or lower for patient safety on a national report card aimed at prodding medical centers to do more to prevent injuries and deaths. The Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed nonprofit group focused on health care quality, issued its latest scores last week. The report card is part of an effort to make consumers and employers aware…

The growing appeal of ‘Medicare’ for all – San Francisco Chronicle

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The growing appeal of ‘Medicare’ for all By Catherine Rampell April 18, 2017 ‘); } Despite the rise of the Tea Party and unified Republican control of government, one decidedly anti-free-market idea appears ascendant: single-payer health care. And it’s no wonder, given that a record-high share of the population receives government-provided health insurance. As a country, we’ve long since acquiesced to the idea that Uncle Sam should give insurance to…