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2/15/19 - Austin Democrat backs Medicaid-paid abortions in Texas [Austin American-Statesman]
House Bill 895 by Cole was dubbed "Rosie's Law" in memory of Rosie Jimenez, a 27- year-old McAllen woman who died in 1977 from complications after obtaining an illegal abortion in Mexico. "Rosie should still be here, and we cannot lose any more people because they can't afford their abortion care," said Erika Galindo, a community organizer for the
2/15/19 - Bill to Reform Iowa's Medicaid System Proposed []
DES MOINES, Iowa 2019 Two senate Democrats are proposing some big changes to Iowa's privatized Medicaid system. Thursday morning, senators Amanda Ragan of Mason City and Liz Mathis of Hiawatha introduced the Senate Democrat Medicaid Improvement Bill. They say they want to upgrade the current system by improving access to care, ensuring payment to
2/15/19 - Community Hospital overbilled Medicare more than $22M, federal audit claims [The Times, Munster, Ind.]
Feb. 14 MUNSTER Community Hospital overbilled Medicare at least $22 million over a recent two-year period, according to a federal audit released this month. "Community Hospital vehemently denies the allegations in the Office of the Inspector General report," Elise Sims, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said in a statement Wednesday. "Community
2/15/19 - Federal Register Extracts
Agency: " Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services, HHS." FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Benjamin R. Cohen, Hearing Officer, Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services, 2520 Lord Baltimore Drive, Suite L, Baltimore, MD 21244.. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice announces the opportunity for an administrative hearing concerning the finding of the
2/15/19 - Florida Compounding Pharmacy and Its Owners to Pay at Least $775,000 to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations [African Manager (Tunisia)]
The Department of Justice announced today that Vital Life Institute LLC, located in Sarasota, Florida, and owners Jenny and William Wilkins have agreed to pay at least $775,000 to resolve claims that they violated the False Claims Act by engaging in an illegal kickback scheme to induce the referral of compounded drug prescriptions for TRICARE and M
2/15/19 - Guest opinion: The push for full Medicaid expansion in Utah continues
We have been having the debate around Medicaid expansion for so long that it is hard for me to remember a time before my life was consumed by it. I began this journey sick and uninsured and stuck in the coverage gap. Now, more than six years later, advocating for Medicaid expansion is my full-time job.
2/15/19 - Legislature Approves Changes to Voter-Approved Medicaid Expansion
Back in 2014, after several years trying to expand Medicaid in Utah, the Most Rev. John C. Wester, then Bishop of Salt Lake City, penned an opinion piece challenging legislators to make the right and moral choice to expand Medicaid under Governor Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah proposal. We supported the initiative with our eyes wide open to the realit
2/15/19 - Local communities can thrive under Medicaid expansion
Teton County, like all counties in eastern Idaho, is filled with people who want to see their friends and neighbors have a fair shot at success. I m not surprised that 71 percent of voters in my county voted to pass Proposition 2 and bring Medicaid expansion to Idaho. Eastern Idahoans sent a clear message to the Capitol: Medicaid expansion is th
2/15/19 - Medicaid demonstrators in Burlington miss Sen. Gunn [Times-News, Burlington, N.C.]
Rick Gunn's South Church Street real estate office at 8:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, to ask him to support a bill in the state legislature to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. "I'm a student, I've got healthcare issues, I've got all kinds of things I want to do with myself, but I can't guess why because we're in debt," said Anita Moore, a graduat
2/15/19 - Medicare Supplement Insurance Association Spring Awareness Campaign Announced
A Spring consumer awareness campaign is being launched by the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance. The effort will support the nearly 1,000 Medicare insurance agents listed on the national directory of Medicare insurance specialists.
2/15/19 - Notice of Opportunity for Hearing on Compliance of Texas Calculation of Post-Eligibility Treatment of Income With Titles XI and XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act
Agency: " Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services, HHS." FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Benjamin R. Cohen, Hearing Officer, Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services, 2520 Lord Baltimore Drive, Suite L, Baltimore, MD 21244.. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice announces the opportunity for an administrative hearing concerning the finding of the
2/15/19 - Rep. Kuster Backs Medicare Buy-in and Health Care Stabilization Act
Ann Kuster, D- New Hampshire, issued the following news release:. "We know that the vast majority of people who use the Medicare program are happy with its service and I believe opening up enrollment to a larger segment of the population will offer an affordable, quality care option for people nearing retirement age in New Hampshire and across the
2/15/19 - Sen. Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Medicare at 50 Act
Benjamin Cardin, D- Maryland, issued the following news release:. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin has joined Senators Debbie Stabenow, Sherrod Brown and Tammy Baldwin in introducing the Medicare at 50 Act to give people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old the option of buying into Medicare. "Medicare is a highly efficient and cost-effective program, a
2/15/19 - Shaheen Introduces Bill to Create Public Health Care Option & Provide High-Quality, Low-Cost Insurance Options
Shaheen Introduces Bill to Create Public Health Care Option& Provide High-Quality, Low-Cost Insurance Options. U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen joined Senator Brian Schatz and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan to reintroduce the State Public Option Act yesterday, bicameral legislation to create a Medicaid-based public health care option to strengthen the...
2/15/19 - Socialism: Ideas like Medicare and Social Security
As the 2020 political season approaches, expect to hear much more about the evils of socialism, similar to the recent Viewpoint article by Jeff Kennard, "What kind of America do we want to live in?" People wishing to stoke fears about socialism often cite Venezuela and Cuba as failed experiments, as Mr. Kennard did. But rarely do they mention the s
2/15/19 - Woman from Las Vegas gets jail-time in Medicaid swindle case [AlArabiya.net (United Arab Emirates)]
A 65- year-old Las Vegas woman had her prison sentence suspended after facing charges stemming from Medicaid fraud, according to prosecutors. Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford`s office says Doretha Scott was charged with submitting false claims to Nevada Medicaid for more than a year, from December 2015 to January 2017. The Medicaid Fraud Control
2/14/19 - A Medicare do-over? Not entirely, but 2019 offers new option
We're talking about more than 20 million- or 34 percent- of all Medicare beneficiaries, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Florida has one of the highest state MA participation rates at 43 percent. MA plans are offered by private insurance companies- predominantly United Healthcare and Humana- that are paid by Medicare to administer all Med
2/14/19 - AG Curtis Hill Reaches $269.2 Million Settlement With Walgreens Over Alleged Fraud And Overbilling [Governance, Risk & Compliance Monitor Worldwide]
Attorney General Curtis Hill announced that Indiana has joined the United States, the District of Columbia and other states in settling two qui tam lawsuits against Walgreens Boots Alliance. The agreements resolve allegations that Walgreens knowingly engaged in fraudulent over-dispensing of insulin pens to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and...
2/14/19 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Agency: " Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services." SUMMARY: The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each p
2/14/19 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Agency: " Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services, HHS." SUMMARY: The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning e
2/14/19 - Analysis Related to Medicare Advantage and Part D Contract Star Ratings
Location: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services, Office of Acquisition and Grants Management. Classification Code: Q- Medical services. Subject: Analysis Related to Medicare Advantage and Part D Contract Star Ratings.
2/14/19 - California Corporate Whistleblower Center Launches Initiative to Identify Nursing Homes in California That Are Overbilling Medi-Cal or Medicare For Rewards, and MDs are Invited to Participate Financially as a Partner
According to the California Corporate Whistleblower Center, "We have launched an initiative to aggressively go after nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, rehab centers and/or acute care centers anywhere in California if they do not have adequate staff levels to maintain their patients. It is not like a nursing home or skilled nursing facili
2/14/19 - Democrats roll out bill to let Americans buy into Medicare at 50
Amid the hype over "Medicare for all," Democrats' likely health-care path in the new Congress is more akin to "Medicare for more" allowing people 50 and older to buy into the government's health insurance program for seniors. Key Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday that would do just that, saying it can be implemented quickly and is sorel
2/14/19 - Does Medicare, Medi-Cal pay for in-home care? [The San Diego Union-Tribune]
Feb. 13 First, let's take a look at Medicare, the federal health system for Americans age 65 and older. The program covers only skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language pathology services and occupational therapy in the home. That's not the case for Medicaid, which is called Medi-Cal in California.
2/14/19 - Ex-Colo. Gov. Hickenlooper supports universal health care
John Hickenlooper, the former Democratic governor of Colorado who's considering running for president, says he supports universal health care and thinks the U.S. eventually should provide it. But as others already in the race endorse "Medicare-for-all," Hickenlooper says it's more important now to get behind the general idea rather than argue over
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