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6/26/16 - Bevin's Medicaid proposal splits area lawmakers [Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.]
Matt Bevin to make changes to the state's Medicaid expansion, with some criticizing the announced changes, while others said revisions were necessary to save the entire Medicaid system. Medicaid was expanded by executive order as part of the Affordable Care Act, under then-Gov. The proposed changes apply only to "able-bodied adults" who enrolled in
6/25/16 - Ex-mental health providers sue NM contractor [Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M.]
June 25 LAS CRUCES Four ex-community mental health providers in Doa Ana County have joined with others from around New Mexico to sue a former state contractor that once oversaw hundreds of millions in Medicaid spending. In all, 10 former providers of Medicaid- funded behavioral health care accused the state's former contracted overseer of spe
6/25/16 - Judge says Alaska House can't take over Medicaid suit from legislative committee [Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage]
June 25 A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the Alaska House of Representatives can't take over the state Legislature's Medicaid lawsuit, dealing a major blow to lawmakers' attempt to appeal their first-round loss to the state Supreme Court. Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner said in Friday's order that there was no evidence that the case h
6/25/16 - Medicare Launches Home Health Pre-Claim Review Demonstration in Five States [Cihan News Agency (Turkey)]
The three-year demonstration will apply to home health services performed in Illinois, Florida, Texas, Michigan, and Massachusetts. It will begin as follows: in Illinois after August 1, 2016; in Florida after October 1, 2016; in Texas after December 1, 2016; and in Michigan and Massachusetts after January 1, 2017. Under the demonstration, home heal
6/25/16 - Proposed Medicaid changes garnering mixed reviews
"We have given the preparation of this proposed waiver the highest priority due to the health challenges confronting the commonwealth and the unsustainability of the Medicaid program as currently constructed." The proposed changes, called Kentucky HEALTH- Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health, come after Bevin's campaign promises to either
6/25/16 - Push to cover hearing aids with Medicare gains support [Naples Daily News, Fla.]
June 25 A scientific report detailing the link between hearing loss and cognitive impairment could boost support for Medicare to cover hearing aids for the first time for millions of older Americans, according to senior advocates. At least four bills in Congress would expand Medicare to cover the cost of hearing aids for seniors, curtailing a cov
6/25/16 - Sen. Heller Introduces Bill on Integrated Care for Medicare Beneficiaries
Dean Heller, R- Nev., has introduced legislation to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act "to establish a demonstration program to provide integrated care for Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease." Bill Nelson, D- Fla. It was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. For more information about this legislation, contact Sen. He
6/25/16 - Sen. Whitehouse Introduces Bill on Alternative Payment for Medicare Beneficiaries
Sheldon Whitehouse, D- R.I., has introduced legislation to "establish a pilot program promoting an alternative payment model for person-centered care for Medicare beneficiaries with advanced illnesses." Elizabeth Warren, D- Mass. It was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. For more information about this legislation, contact Sen. Whitehouse in
6/25/16 - State GOP opposes Medicaid expansion, transgender interpretation [American News, Aberdeen, S.D.]
June 25 A recent Department of Justice decision on transgender legislation and Medicaid expansion were two top issues discussed by state Republicans Friday afternoon. Transgender regulations made headlines in May when the Department of Justice decided that, according to its interpretation of Title IX, schools should allow students to use the rest
6/24/16 - Alliance urging support for KanCare expansion [The Garden City Telegram, Kan.]
June 24 Kansas has forfeited about $1.24 billion in federal dollars since 2014 by not expanding KanCare, the state's Medicaid program, according to representatives of the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas. The nonprofit organization held an educational forum Thursday night in Garden City to both educate and advocate for KanCare expansion.
6/24/16 - Benefits of owning a Medicare supplement insurance policy
Here is a brief look at how Medicare supplement insurance differs from other coverage. Every year, your Medicare supplement insurance policy benefits coordinate with your Medicare benefits to help you meet your eligible health care expenses, depending on the plan you choose. With your Medicare supplement insurance policy, you alone select all of yo
6/24/16 - Choosing the Best Medicare Supplement Plan in 2016 Made Easy with Medicaresupplementplans2016.com
But, on Medicaresupplementplans2016.com the readers would be able to find in-depth information about all the plans from A-G and K-N. Medicaresupplementplans2016.com has also included information about whether or not these plans cover all supplemental Medicare expenses, including hospitalization, medical tests, nursing care, more pints of blood, exc
6/24/16 - Cuts could eliminate free Reno County Medicare assistant program [The Hutchinson News, Kan.]
June 24 A program that offers free assistance navigating medicare plans to hundreds of senior citizens in Reno County could be coming to an end. Barbara Lilyhorn, director of the Department of Aging for Reno County estimates that they helped participants save about $1000 per person, that's over $700,000 for Reno County residents. Jodi Abington, E
6/24/16 - EDITORIAL: GUEST EDITORIAL: Report offers steps for Florida Medicaid reform [Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach]
State leaders, including members of the Legislature and the governor, have a choice: They can continue to grudgingly invest in Medicaid for children and provide minimal oversight, or they can significantly increase financial support for the program and insist demand that the managed-care companies in charge efficiently and effectively serve the
6/24/16 - Fifteen Charged In Middle District As Part Of Largest National Health Care Fraud Takedown In History [National Iraqi News Agency (Iraq)]
Tampa, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced today an unprecedented nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in 36 federal districts, resulting in criminal and civil charges against 301 individuals, inclu
6/24/16 - Fix Tennessees Healthcare System [Daily Tribune (Bahrain)]
People who work hard to provide for their family and contribute to their community help make Tennessee great. Right now, hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans, of which more than 67,000 are residents of Shelby County, are living without access to care, falling into what's called the " Medicaid gap." These individuals earn too much to qualify for Ten
6/24/16 - Georgia Dentist Indicted for Medicaid Fraud and Money Laundering [Governance, Risk & Compliance Monitor Worldwide]
A federal grand jury has indicted Oluwatoyin Solarin for filing false Medicaid claims, money laundering, and seeking to evade banking reporting requirements. Medicaid funds should benefit truly deserving members of society, said U. S. Attorney John Horn. Fighting Medicaid fraud is a top priority for my office, said Georgia Attorney General Sam Olen
6/24/16 - Medicaid Enterprise System [TenderNews.com - Tenders (India)]
Tendering Authority: Agency for Health Care Administration.
6/24/16 - New York City Pharmacy Owner Arrested For $8.5 Million Fraud As Part Of Largest National Medicare Fraud Takedown In History [FARS News Agency]
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Scott J. Lampert, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Department of Health and Human Services, announced today that SAJID JAVED wa
6/24/16 - Rep. Griffith Introduces Bill on Medicaid, CHIP Payment Advisory Commission
Morgan Griffith, R- Va., has introduced legislation to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act "to provide for Congressional appointment of members of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment Advisory Commission." For more information about this legislation, contact Rep. Griffith in Washington at 202/ 225-3861; or in the district office at 323 W. Main St.,
6/24/16 - Sen. Peters Introduces Bill on Services for Medicare Beneficiaries With Diabetes
Gary Peters, D- Mich., has introduced legislation to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act "to reduce the occurrence of diabetes in Medicare beneficiaries by extending coverage under Medicare for medical nutrition therapy services to such beneficiaries with pre-diabetes or with risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes." Shelley Moore Capi
6/24/16 - Society for Vascular Surgery and American Venous Forum Invited to Present to Medicare Panel on Lower Extremity Chronic Venous Disease
CHICAGO, June 24, 2016/ PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Venous Forum have been invited to present information to a panel that will address five questions from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services on lower extremity chronic venous disease July 20 in Baltimore, Maryland. Lowell Kabnick, president of t
6/24/16 - Two Charged in Dothan, Alabama as Part of Largest National Medicare Fraud Takedown in History [FARS News Agency]
Montgomery, Alabama U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr., Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, announced today an unprecedented nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in 36 federal districts, resulting in c
6/24/16 - U.S. Legislators join call for Medicare to cover hearing aids [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
June 24 Three Democratic congressmen have joined senior advocacy groups in calling for Medicare to cover hearing aids and other audiology services, backed by research that says impaired hearing can socially isolate seniors and may contribute to their risk of developing dementia. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Jim McDermott of Washington state and D
6/23/16 - Australian election 2016: Shorten says Turnbull 'caught with his hand in the cookie jar' politics live
block-time published-time 1.31 am BST. He has been lying about Medicare and he s been caught out. block-time published-time 1.29 am BST.
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