Health Care

Support for Medicaid in Virginia keeps growing – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2017

Despite years of Republican efforts in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act, support in Virginia for Medicaid expansion remains as strong as ever. A new University of Mary Washington survey of 1,000 adult Virginians found that 70 percent favor increasing access to Medicaid, an important but optional part of the Affordable Care Act, with only 25 percent opposed. A year ago, 68 percent said they wanted Virginia to expand…

Are Republicans paying for tax cuts with reductions in Medicare, Medicaid? – PolitiFact

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2017

It didn’t take long for Democrats to criticize President Donald Trump’s tax proposal as being biased toward wealthier Americans. But would those same tax cuts be paid for by big cuts to Medicare and Medicaid? Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said so during a Senate floor speech on Oct. 4. “The Republicans are proposing to pay for their giant tax cut to the rich by gutting…

Erie County’s white Medicaid recipients cost taxpayers the most money – Buffalo News

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2017

The Medicaid costs for Erie County residents enrolled in the government health care program are expected to soon crack $2 billion even though the number of local Medicaid recipients has leveled off after years of growth. White Medicaid recipients are the ones costing the program more, according to a Medicaid data report being released today. Overall, the average Medicaid cost per recipient is $6,680. But the average cost for a…

Hospitals Brace For Unpaid Bills If GOP Balks On Children’s Healthcare – Forbes

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2017

Hospitals are bracing for an increase in unpaid medical bills and related uncompensated care after the Republican-led Congress let funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program lapse. Congressional committees this week are working on language to renew the CHIP program after federal funding expired Saturday, Sept. 30, leaving coverage of 9 million children in doubt. What was thought to be a done deal with bipartisan agreement a month ago that…

Hospitals Brace For Unpaid Bills If GOP Balks On Children’s Healthcare – Forbes

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2017

Hospitals are bracing for an increase in unpaid medical bills and related uncompensated care after the Republican-led Congress let funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program lapse. Congressional committees this week are working on language to renew the CHIP program after federal funding expired Saturday, Sept. 30, leaving coverage of 9 million children in doubt. What was thought to be a done deal with bipartisan agreement a month ago that…

Republicans Propose Slashing Medicaid to Pay for Tax Cuts – Vanity Fair

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2017

On Thursday, Republicans took the first in a series of steps toward what is, for many, the culmination of a lifelong dream: slashing the corporate tax rate and lowering the tax burden on the long-suffering rich. By narrowly passing a budget resolution in the House, lawmakers are now closer to being able to use the reconciliation process to pass tax reform with a simple majority in the Senate (the Senate…

Cash injection: sovereign funds target healthcare – Reuters

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2017

LONDON (Reuters) – Imagine contact lenses that monitor glucose levels for diabetics, tiny implants to tackle chronic diseases, or algorithms that crunch data to predict illness rates. Rather than science fiction, these are examples of cutting-edge research being pioneered by biotech firms seeking to revolutionize healthcare from cradle to grave. Such work tends to be highly expensive and can take years to pay off — which makes it a good…

Hospitals Brace For Unpaid Bills If GOP Balks On Children’s Healthcare – Forbes

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2017

Hospitals are bracing for an increase in unpaid medical bills and related uncompensated care after the Republican-led Congress let funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program lapse. Congressional committees this week are working on language to renew the CHIP program after federal funding expired Saturday, Sept. 30, leaving coverage of 9 million children in doubt. What was thought to be a done deal with bipartisan agreement a month ago that…

Hospitals Brace For Unpaid Bills If GOP Balks On Children’s Healthcare – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017

Hospitals are bracing for an increase in unpaid medical bills and related uncompensated care after the Republican-led Congress let funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program lapse. Congressional committees this week are working on language to renew the CHIP program after federal funding expired Saturday, Sept. 30, leaving coverage of 9 million children in doubt. What was thought to be a done deal with bipartisan agreement a month ago that…

Commentary: Republicans push myths in an attempt to privatize Medicare – Austin American-Statesman

Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017

I often heard Republicans wanted to privatize Medicare, but knowing how incredibly popular the program is, I didn’t believe they’d really attempt it. But be warned, they’re trying.

Time to rethink your Medicare drug plan options – STLtoday.com

Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017

C H I C A G O  •  Forewarned is forearmed — and for U.S. seniors, the warning just arrived in the mail. Each September, enrollees in Medicare prescription drug and Advantage plans receive letters from their insurance companies detailing any changes in coverage for the year ahead. Called the Annual Notice of Change, the document is well worth reviewing, because it arrives just ahead of…

Hospitals Brace For Unpaid Bills If GOP Balks On Children’s Healthcare – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017

Hospitals are bracing for an increase in unpaid medical bills and related uncompensated care after the Republican-led Congress let funding for the Children’s Health Insurance program lapse. Congressional committees this week are working on language to renew the CHIP program after federal funding expired Saturday, Sept. 30, leaving coverage of 9 million children in doubt. What was thought to be a done deal with bipartisan agreement a month ago that…

Puerto Rico’s Hospitals Still in Triage Mode, 2 Weeks After Maria – NBCNews.com

Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Two weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged this island, doctors and nurses are still in nonstop triage, working furiously to save lives and ease pain while struggling to contend with power outages, hospital evacuations, dwindling supplies and even crime outside their doors. “The hospitals are still in crisis,” said Dr. Ubaldo Santiago, director of emergency services for several San Juan hospitals and clinics. “Many are still…

‘Can someone please tell me the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?’ free seminar in Round Rock – Austin American-Statesman

Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017

AGE, a non-profit dedicated to addressing the challenges of aging, will discuss insurance coverage at the “Medicare/Medicaid Updates: Insurance Options for Seniors” seminar on Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Restoration Covenant Church in Round Rock. With open enrollment for Medicare running from Nov. 1 through Dec. 7, the seminar aims to explore program specifics presented by Trelisha Brown from the Texas Legal Services Center. A limited amount of free…

Better Medicare For Those With Chronic Disease – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017

U.S. Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) hold a news conference following the release of the GOP plan to replace Obamacare at the U.S. Capitol June 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Democrats were critical of Senate Republicans’ plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act and and it’s effect on people living with chronic diseases. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The Senate has quietly…

Understanding Medicare and your employer health plan – DesMoinesRegister.com

Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017

Medicare news headline, inside of torn dollar bill(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) When you’re eligible for both types of coverage, you’ll need to consider the benefits and costs, and navigate an array of rules. How does Medicare work with your group health plan? You can generally wait to enroll in Medicare if you have group health insurance through your employer or your spouse’s employer. Most employees can’t require employees or covered spouses…

In States Like Missouri And Kansas That Didn’t Expand Medicaid, Residents Carry Higher Medical Debt – KCUR

Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017

Geneva Wilson has struggled her entire life with health problems, including a blood disorder, depression and a painful misalignment of the hip joint called hip dysplasia. But she’s found peace living in a small cabin in the woods of western Missouri. Wilson keeps chickens, raises rabbits and has a garden. She says her long-term goal is to live off her land by selling what she raises at farmers’ markets. Her…

With breast cancer, privatized Medicaid adds insult to injury – DesMoinesRegister.com

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Breast Cancer Awareness Month ribbon banner, poster. Vector text on pink watercolor background, white ribbon.(Photo: Natalia Kuprova, Getty Images/iStockphoto) At least at the cellular level, cancer doesn’t discriminate by income. It strikes rich people and poor people and those in between, forcing new reckonings and leaving emotional and physical scars. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but beneath all the pink-themed marketing is a new normal: Insurance coverage can dictate a woman’s…

As the wounded kept coming, hospitals dealt with injuries rarely seen in the US – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

LAS VEGAS — As trauma nurse Renae Huening rushed into Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center on Sunday night, she “followed a trail of blood indoors.” Dozens of patients already were crammed into the waiting area, hallways and rooms of the hospital’s emergency department. Some were “red-tagged,” meaning they needed attention immediately. Names were being assigned randomly because there was no time to register people or find IDs. Huening could smell…