Health Care

The Governor Blocked Medicaid Expansion. Now Maine Voters Could Overrule Him. – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Kari Medeiros, 40, of Eastport, a tiny town in the state’s poorest county, earns less than $5,000 a year cleaning houses and pet sitting, and has back pain that has worsened to the point where she can barely mop and sweep. “With MaineCare I believe I’d be able to find a provider who would see me,” she said, referring to the state’s Medicaid program. “But a lot of people here…

The Governor Blocked Medicaid Expansion. Now Maine Voters … – New York Times

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Kari Medeiros, 40, of Eastport, a tiny town in the state’s poorest county, earns less than $5,000 a year cleaning houses and pet sitting, and has back pain that has worsened to the point where she can barely mop and sweep. “With MaineCare I believe I’d be able to find a provider who would see me,” she said, referring to the state’s Medicaid program. “But a lot of people here…

Beware of scammers using Medicare to defraud you – CNBC.com – CNBC

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

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Kansas proposes Medicaid work requirement | The Wichita Eagle – Wichita Eagle

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

The next version of Kansas’ privatized Medicaid program will require about 12,000 adults to work, a stipulation no state’s program currently includes. State officials unveiled their proposal for KanCare 2.0 on Friday. The program serves more than 400,000 residents but right now has no work requirement. The federal government must approve the proposal before implementation, a process expected to take months. Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration says the work requirements will…

Agency rejecting 98.5% of welfare applicants to take over Medicaid – Jackson Clarion Ledger

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Crystal Springs resident Shan Copeland suffers from pseudotumor cerebri, a condition in which pressure inside the skull increases for no obvious reason. Copeland credits Medicaid with saving her life Wochit Clarion-Ledger reporter Anna Wolfe(Photo: Sarah Warnock) It appears the Mississippi Department of Human Services is poised to gain power over determining who’s eligible for Medicaid.  This is the agency that approved 1.5 percent of new…

Sen. Schatz proposes legislation that would open Medicaid to everyone – KHON2

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D, Hawaii, wants to shake up the health industry. If signed into law, the State Public Option Act would allow anyone to buy into Medicaid, a state-driven health care program that is usually only offered to low-income residents. Schatz introduced the legislation with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D, N.M. “The basic idea is when you look at those 30 million people (who still don’t have health…

Beware of scammers using Medicare to defraud you – CNBC

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

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Forbes Media Hosts Sixth Annual Healthcare Summit – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

“Forbes Healthcare Summit 2017: Healing Medicine’s Pain Points” Speakers include Martine Rothblatt from United Therapeutics, Vas Narasimhan from Novartis, Kenneth Frazier from Merck & Co. and Stefano Pessina from Walgreens Boots Alliance November 29 – 30, 2017 New York, NY #ForbesHealth NEW YORK (October 26, 2017) –The sixth annual “Forbes Healthcare Summit 2017: Healing Medicine’s Pain Points” will convene the top leaders in the healthcare industry at Jazz at Lincoln…

Gov. Bryant wants Medicaid eligibility under Human Services, alludes to work requirement – Jackson Clarion Ledger

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Crystal Springs resident Shan Copeland suffers from pseudotumor cerebri, a condition in which pressure inside the skull increases for no obvious reason. Copeland credits Medicaid with saving her life Wochit Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant(Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, AP) Gov. Phil Bryant has instructed officials to develop plans to transfer all Medicaid eligibility verification responsibilities to the Department of Human Services. If the change is made,…

Citing Safety Concerns, Feds Move To End Medicare Funding At Connecticut Valley Hospital – Hartford Courant

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Citing safety and health lapses, the federal government Thursday notified Connecticut Valley Hospital that it will stop paying for services to patients who receive Medicare and Medicaid. If the spigot were to remain shut off for a year, it would cost the state $50 million in lost funding and affect 590 indigent psychiatric patients. The notice, posted on the website of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS,…

Dow, S&P gain but Nasdaq dips as healthcare lags – Reuters

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Dow and S&P 500 advanced on Thursday after a round of positive corporate earnings announcements, but gains were curbed and the Nasdaq lost ground on a drop in the healthcare sector. DowDuPont (DWDP.N) was up 2.8 percent as the biggest boost to the S&P 500. It forecast third-quarter profit well above Wall Street’s expectations ahead of the combined company’s first earnings report next week. Twitter…

Task force: Is Louisiana Medicaid drug spending inflated? – Wichita Eagle

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Louisiana appears to be shelling out millions of dollars more for Medicaid patients’ prescription drugs than it pays to pharmacies, with the extra money pocketed by private companies managing the patients’ care. A task force created by lawmakers is searching for waste in Louisiana’s $12.5 billion Medicaid program and wants more details on how those deals work — and how much money the state is steering to middle-managers above what…

‘No One is Coming:’ Investigation Reveals Hospices Abandon Patients at Death’s Door – TIME

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

As her husband lay moaning in pain from the cancer riddling his body, Patricia Martin searched frantically through his medical bag, looking for a syringe. She had already called the hospice twice, demanding liquid methadone to ease the agony of Dr. Robert E. Martin, 66. A family practice physician known to everyone as “Dr. Bob,” he had served the small, remote community in Wasilla, Alaska, for more than 30 years….

Finally, Congress Is Considering A Simple Solution To The Medicare Enrollment Mess – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during a health care rally at the 2017 Convention of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee on Sept. 22. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Enrolling in Medicare Part B should be simple. But for years the government has been making enrollment nearly impossible for millions of seniors, especially those who are still working or who have delayed taking their Social Security benefits. They are never…

US lawmakers will not tackle healthcare this year, Ryan says: Reuters interview – Reuters

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers will not take up a bipartisan plan to stabilize Obamacare insurance markets or try again to repeal and replace the law this year, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday, signaling his party was shelving the matter until the 2018 U.S. congressional election year. President Donald Trump promised as a candidate last year to dismantle Obamacare. While the House passed such a bill…

Gaining The Upper Hand In The New Healthcare Marketing Landscape – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Shutterstock Patient behaviors and expectations are changing rapidly — and as a result, so is the world of healthcare marketing. With the rise of urgent care centers, retail clinics and telemedicine in recent years, consumers now have access to a more diverse array of healthcare options. They are also more involved with their care decisions due to higher health insurance premiums and co-pays. Furthermore, they have grown accustomed to finding answers to…

What if Democrats were in charge? I’d let people buy Medicaid coverage: Senator – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.(Photo: Drew Angerer, Getty Images) On a mild day in January 2011, Republicans in the House voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It was the first of more than 80 attempts to dismantle the landmark law. Almost seven years later, the ACA has helped tens of millions of Americans get health coverage and changed the landscape of our nation’s health care system. What has not changed are…

‘No One is Coming:’ Investigation Reveals Hospices Abandon Patients at Death’s Door – TIME

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

As her husband lay moaning in pain from the cancer riddling his body, Patricia Martin searched frantically through his medical bag, looking for a syringe. She had already called the hospice twice, demanding liquid morphine to ease the agony of Dr. Robert E. Martin, 66. A family practice physician known to everyone as “Dr. Bob,” he had served the small, remote community in Wasilla, Alaska, for more than 30 years….

Pick the wrong Medicare drug plan and the cost will shock you – CNBC

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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Why ‘Medicare for All’ Will Sink the Democrats – The New York Times – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I understand why Mr. Sanders and his acolytes believe that sweeping progressive ideas — however unrealistic they may be — might capture the public imagination better than the more carefully constructed proposals of centrists, policies that are harder to articulate and can come across as mushy. But the Sanders approach didn’t work for George McGovern in 1972 or Michael Dukakis in 1988, and I don’t believe it will work for…