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2/23/17 - 83% of Older Voters Want Medicare to Negotiate Drug Prices, Says Survey by the Senior Citizens League
Some 83 percent think Medicare should negotiate prescription drug prices for the Part D program. "The public thinks Medicare should negotiate drug prices just like the agency does for all other medical goods and services," says TSCL's Medicare and Social Security policy analyst, Mary Johnson. A complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act, known as
2/23/17 - Affordable Care Act has high cost for local hospital
RANGELY I Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 budget struggles have been nothing new for Rangely District Hospital. Dwindling Medicaid payments coupled with booming Medicaid participants exacerbated those financial challenges. In 2013 the total operating levy was $2.4 million.
2/23/17 - Cape Fear Valley, 10 others to start Medicaid insurance company [The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.]
Feb. 23 Cape Fear Valley trustees voted Wednesday to spend $11.2 million to start a Medicaid insurance company with 10 other health systems. The 11 largest health care systems in North Carolina are forming the company to compete for service under the state's Medicaid reform efforts. Bart Fiser, Cape Fear Valley's vice president of revenue cycle a
2/23/17 - Federal judge blocks Texas plan to cut Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood [Qatar News Agency]
-A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday to halt Texas ` plan to cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has 34 health centers in Texas and serves more than 120,000 patients, 11,000 of whom are Medicaid patients. During fiscal year 2015, Planned Parenthoo
2/23/17 - From the Attorney General's Office Woman sentenced for defrauding state's Medicaid program
PLYMOUTH A Middleborough woman has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in connection with making duplicative claims for personal care services, causing an overpayment of more than $140,000 from the state s Medicaid Program, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. Mary Yost, age 54, pleaded guilty on Friday in Plymouth Superior Court to c
2/23/17 - Georgia Corporate Whistleblower Center Now Urges a Nursing Home Employee or a Healthcare Worker in Georgia to Call Them About Rewards If Their Employer Is Grossly Overbilling Medicare
We are certain there are healthcare workers throughout the state of Georgia who routinely see their employer rip-off Medicare " Georgia Corporate Whistleblower Center WASHINGTON, DC, USA, February 23, 2017/ The Georgia Corporate Whistleblower Center is now urging an employee of a Georgia based nursing home, skilled nursing fac
2/23/17 - In Kingston, Casey hears concerns about Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid [The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.]
Feb. 23 KINGSTON Max Benjamin believes most senior citizens are concerned about the future of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. But Benjamin believes Casey will do what he can to keep Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security intact. The Republicans control Congress and the White House now. "
2/23/17 - Iowa's private Medicaid insurers to lose $450 million in first year
DES MOINES| The three private insurers managing the state's nearly $5 billion Medicaid program expect their one-year losses cumulatively to reach $450 million, they told legislators on Wednesday morning during a joint Senate and House Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee meeting. Kim Foltz, chief executive officer of...
2/23/17 - Iowa's private Medicaid insurers to lose $450 million in first year [The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa]
Feb. 22 DES MOINES The three private insurers managing the state's nearly $5 billion Medicaid program expect their one-year losses cumulatively to reach $450 million, they told legislators on Wednesday morning during a joint Senate and House Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee meeting. Kim Foltz, chief executive officer of...
2/23/17 - Kansas House advances Medicaid expansion [The Wichita Eagle]
Feb. 22 The Kansas House advanced a measure to expand Medicaid after a lengthy debate Wednesday. Supporters said Medicaid expansion would help with health care access for more than 150,000 Kansans and bring millions of federal dollars to Kansas. But others questioned whether the state could afford expansion or whether Kansas should expand Medicai
2/23/17 - Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program IssuancesOctober Through December 2016
SUMMARY: This quarterly notice lists CMS manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and other Federal Register notices that were published from October through December 2016, relating to the Medicare and Medicaid programs and other programs administered by CMS. The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services is responsible for...
2/23/17 - Modification/Amendment - Medicaid Nursing Home Solicitation FY 2017
Location: Department of Veterans Affairs, Minneapolis VAMC, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Classification Code: Q- Medical services. Subject: Medicaid Nursing Home Solicitation FY 2017.
2/23/17 - Modification/Amendment - Nursing Home Medicare Solicitation FY2017
Location: Department of Veterans Affairs, Minneapolis VAMC, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Classification Code: Q- Medical services. Subject: Nursing Home Medicare Solicitation FY2017.
2/23/17 - Murkowski tells Legislature she'll consult Alaska leaders before voting on repeal of Medicaid expansion [Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage]
Murkowski, in her annual address to the Alaska Legislature, told lawmakers that she would not vote to repeal the expanded Medicaid health care program a key component of the health law as long as the Legislature wants to keep it. The expanded Medicaid program began in Alaska under an executive order by Gov. The federal government paid the full
2/23/17 - Texas Judge Saves Planned Parenthoods Medicaid Funding [Sudan Tribune]
A federal judge Tuesday halted Texas plan to kill Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, finding it would violate the rights and disrupt the care of 12,500 Medicaid patients. District Judge Sam Sparks preliminary injunction says the state did not present even a scintilla of evidence warranting the termination of Planned Parenthood clinics from th
2/23/17 - Time we all stand up to protect Medicare, Medicaid
The fundamental flaw in the Affordable Care Act is that it ignores the fact that this country treats health care as a commodity, rather than a public good and basic right. By contrast, Medicare for All would control costs, reduce complexity, and cover every American from birth to death. Although the ACA increased insurance enrollees, it did little
2/22/17 - 'It saved my life': Talk of Obamacare repeal worries addicts
Some GOP governors insist addicts have nothing to fear from repeal because, they say, Medicaid will continue to pay for treatment. Currently the federal government covers a certain percentage of each state's Medicaid costs, however high they might go. As part of the plan to junk Obamacare, the Trump administration has expressed support instead for
2/22/17 - 3 Puerto Rico doctors charged in $1.3M Medicare fraud scheme
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Federal officials in Puerto Rico say three doctors and the owner of a medical equipment company have been indicted in a $1.3 million Medicare fraud scheme.
If Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act, the ripples in New Jersey would go well beyond the 800,000 residents whose coverage depends on the law's expansion of Medicaid and subsidies to purchase individual insurance, a report issued Tuesday by a group supporting the law said. More than 210,000 seniors who rely on Medicare and have substantial...
2/22/17 - An Important Step Forward in the Fight for Those with Diabetes
Since founding the Senate Diabetes Caucus when I first joined the Senate in 1997, I have advocated for the investments that led to breakthroughs in diabetes research and for policies to alleviate the difficulties and heartbreak diabetes causes for so many American families as they await a cure. Medicare has now adopted a policy I have long champion
Our Government Business segment includes Medicare and Medicaid businesses, National Government Services, or NGS, and services provided to the federal government in connection with the Federal Employee Program, or FEP. Medicare business includes services such as Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and Medicare Supplement. Medicaid business includes
2/22/17 - Bodies of 74 migrants wash up in Libya, aid organization says NEWS BRIEFING Tribune Newspapers and news services New EPA chief Pruitt tries to calm agency's rattled workforce Ecuador's presidential election is headed to runoff in April Judge: Texas c
CAIRO- At least 74 bodies of African migrants have washed ashore in western Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Tuesday, the latest tragedy at sea along a perilous but increasingly popular trafficking route to Europe. The International Organization of Migration said the traffickers took the engine and left the boat to drift. The Red Crescent appeal
2/22/17 - Can Marijuana Ease the Opioid Epidemic? []
Feb. 21 NEW YORK After a 12- year battle with debilitating abdominal conditions that forced her to stop working, marijuana has helped Lynn Sabulski feel well enough to look for a job. And another study published in Health Affairs last year found that prescriptions for opioid painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet paid for by Medica
2/22/17 - Comstock talks health care in teleconference to talk
It was said during the call that thousands of people took part in the call, which started around 7:30 p.m. and ended just after 9 p.m. Callers who asked questions were only identified by their first names. Comstock has taken has been to stop, dismantle or end Obamacare and everything connected with it including Medicaid expansion, reads a
2/22/17 - Democrats in Kansas House try to revive Medicaid expansion and teacher protection bill [The Kansas City Star]
Feb. 21 An effort to save a bill that would expand Medicaid is underway in the Kansas House, while an attempt to bring back a job protection for teachers passed an initial vote Tuesday. "You all deserve a vote on Medicaid expansion," said House Minority Leader Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat who asked for the full House to decide the fate of the bi
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