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6/22/17 - 5 things to know as Senate Republicans unveil their health care bill [The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)]
As they await a briefing on the legislation, here's a refresher on the health care discussions that have been unfolding on Capitol Hill and what Pennsylvanians have at stake. Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey was among those crafting the bill. How does the Senate handle Medicaid expansion?
6/22/17 - A Nation in Pain: Focus on Medicaid
Drug overdose now leads the cause of accidental deaths in the United States more than 15,000 people fatally overdosed on prescription pain killers in 2016 making drug overdoses the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. Nationwide, pharmacies received and ultimately dispensed the equivalent of 69 tons of pure oxycodone and 4
6/22/17 - AHF: Medicaid Changes in U.S. Senate's Health Bill Are Gasoline on the Fire of U.S. AIDS Epidemic
In response to the release of the U.S. Senate version of the American Health Care Act earlier today, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest global AIDS organization, released the following statement:. From what we can see today, the changes to Medicaid put forth in the Senate version of the American Health Care Act will be gasoline on the fire
Contact: Jenny Donohue/ Rachel Petri 202-224-3978. Sherrod Brown blasted the Senate's draft bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, citing its elimination of the Medicaid expansion and additional cuts to Medicaid- one of the most important funding supports for the treatment of opioid addiction in Ohio. We cannot allow Washington to rip the rug out
6/22/17 - Canyon County man gets 3 years probation for Medicaid fraud
A judge has ordered a Canyon County man to complete three years of probation as part of his sentence for stealing approximately $13,000 in Medicaid payments by illegally billing Idaho for medical services regarding an adopted son. According to the Idaho Office of the Attorney General, 3rd District Judge Gene Petty sentenced John D. Bone, 44, to fiv
6/22/17 - Chadron Mental Health Therapist to Pay for Medicaid Fraud
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson issued the following news release:. Attorney General Doug Peterson announced today that a judge has ordered a Chadron- area mental health therapist to pay more than $300,000 to the state due to her improper billing practices. Dawes County District Judge Travis O'Gorman ordered Anna Young to pay $308,866.80 af
6/22/17 - CORRECTION: CORRECTION: As Congress eyes Medicaid cuts, rising costs for elder care are on Alaska's horizon [Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage]
June 21 WASHINGTON The number of Alaska's senior citizens is rising at a steady pace, which could mean significantly higher Medicaid costs for the state's aging population. There is also consideration of tightening the Medicaid cap on home and community-based service funding, which could affect Alaska more than any other state, according to Ste
6/22/17 - EDITORIAL: They want to end the Medicaid expansion, too [The Akron Beacon Journal]
Unfortunately, that is what Republicans on Capitol Hill now are weighing, and the Ohio Senate has jumped ahead as part of its proposed two-year state budget approved on Wednesday. Senate Republicans would halt enrollment in the Medicaid expansion starting July 2018. Senate Republicans are following their congressional colleagues in proposing someth
6/22/17 - EDITORIAL: Want to fight opioid crisis? Do not cut Medicaid [The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.]
June 22 One of the worst features of the Obamacare rollback emerging from the Senate majority explains why Republican leaders concocted it in secret. In Pennsylvania, the Wolf administration has reported that the number of people who died of overdoses in Pennsylvani last year rose by 16 percent to 4,800.. The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Proje
6/22/17 - First tax hike clears Oregon Legislature, will keep many Oregonians on Medicaid [The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.]
June 22 SALEM A plan to raise $550 million in health care taxes to fund Oregon's Medicaid program is on its way to Gov. Kate Brown's desk, after the state Senate passed it on a bipartisan vote Wednesday. The Senate voted 20-10 for the bill, with three Republicans Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli of John Day, Sen.
6/22/17 - Free boot camp answers Medicare, Social Security questions [The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho]
"Medicare 101, Social Security Benefits, and Assistance for Seniors" will explore Medicare and Social Security in more detail. "The' Turning 65 Bootcamp' hit 15 topic high points," said Day Egusquiza, founder of Patient Financial Navigator Foundation. "This boot camp takes Medicare and Social Security on a deeper dive.
6/22/17 - GOP health bill would bar N.Y. from charging upstate counties for Medicaid [The Buffalo News, N.Y.]
The inclusion of the provision in the Senate bill counts as one of Rep. "This is important and welcome news for New Yorkers that the Senate leaders have recognized the burdens placed upon taxpayers for far too long and included our amendment to force Albany to end its unfunded mandate on New York's counties once and for all," Collins said. Republi
6/22/17 - Governor Wolf Asks Senator Toomey to Consider Bipartisan Concern Over Medicaid Cuts
Tom Wolf, D- Pa., issued the following news:. In a letter to Senator Pat Toomey, Governor Tom Wolf today highlighted his bipartisan efforts to detail the terrifying impact of drastic federal cuts to Medicaid. Sen. Toomey sits on the Senate Republican's committee drafting the bill and has reportedly sought deeper cuts to Medicaid than the U.S. House
6/22/17 - Gutting Federal Health Law Imperils Ga. Families, Hospitals, State Budget
ATLANTA, June 22, 2017/ PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The metro Atlanta region stands to lose $1.6 billion under proposed Medicaid changes in the American Health Care Act and other Georgia regions from the mountains to the coast also stand to lose hundreds of millions of health system dollars. A new report by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute says
6/22/17 - Health Care Proposals Are Deeply Unpopular Among Nevada's Largest Voting Block
"AARP urges Senator Heller to oppose any bill that would raise premiums, price people with pre-existing conditions out of coverage, weaken Medicare and make cuts to Medicaid that would reduce services for those most in need." The proportion of age 50+ voters who oppose the age tax includes 80% of Republicans, 90% of Independents, and 97% of Democra
6/22/17 - Leaders Across Colorado Unite To Urge U.S. Senators To Protect Medicaid Coverage For Children
AURORA, Colo., June 22, 2017/ PRNewswire/ With the U.S. Senate vote on the American Health Care Act expected next week, 39 leaders from across Colorado who represent all sides of the healthcare debate have submitted a co-signed letter to Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, urging them to protect longstanding Medicaid coverage for children.
Lujan noted that Medicaid and CHIP provide no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible children in New Mexico. In New Mexico, 87% of children live in or near poverty. 51% of children are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and children make up 64.5% of New Mexico's Medicaid population. "Children's health insurance coverage has reached historic level
While we are all getting distracted with the theatrics around the Comey hearings and the Cabinet's flattery of the President, a catastrophe is brewing under the leadership of Mitch McConnell and a small group of Republican senators. Her own funds covered only a part of the cost, which can run as high as $100,000 per year, depending on the level of
6/22/17 - Medicaid in emergency care?
It helps the poor, the disabled, the elderly, and-thanks to Obamacare's expansion of it, which Republicans would roll back-many working-class families. As the New York Times recently noted, it insures about half of all births and 40 percent of children. As with the nation, so with Illinois.
6/22/17 - Medicaid Reform Could Shift Risk onto States and the Most Vulnerable Americans and Harm Population Health, According to New Analysis
However, legislation currently under consideration by Congress would fundamentally alter the structure of Medicaid and create a permanent and growing chasm between actual health care costs and federal contributions to Medicaid. This could have implications for access to health care and long-term services and supports among many of the most vulnerab
6/22/17 - Minnesota Corporate Whistleblower Center Now Appeals to a Healthcare Employee in Minnesota To Call Them About Rewards If Their Employer Is Substantially Overbilling Medicare
WASHINGTON, DC, USA, June 22, 2017/ The Minnesota Corporate Whistleblower Center is urging an employee of any type of healthcare provider, a hospital, a skilled nursing facility, a nursing home, an imaging center, a dialysis center or a in home healthcare company anywhere in Minnesota to call them anytime at 866-714-6466 if thei
6/22/17 - MYTH vs. FACT: The Senate bill, Medicaid expansion, and per capita cap reforms
FACT: The Senate bill, Medicaid expansion, and per capita cap reforms. FACT: The Senate draft, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, actually codifies the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid to able-bodied, childless adults. The Senate bill would put Medicaid on a sustainable fiscal path beginning eight years from now.
6/22/17 - New Survey Shows a Majority of Chicago-Area Doctors Support Medicare for All
Chicagoland physicians prefer a single-payer plan two-to-one over the ACA, and three-to-one over the AHCA. By similar margins, physicians believe that improved Medicare for all is a preferable health financing system over both the ACA and the AHCA. *Asked to choose which proposal would provide "the best care to the greatest number of people for a g
6/22/17 - Obamascare
Republicans at long last may be about to see their most fervent wishes and wildest predictions materialize- millions of people losing their medical and hospital coverage, unaffordable insurance, lost jobs, a Medicare financial crisis, mushrooming federal budget deficits and fiscal crises across state governments. Now it is about to happen as Presid
6/22/17 - PA senators split on GOP health-care bill The Associated Press
WASHINGTON- Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health-care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance his expansion of coverage. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., hopes to
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