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  • Republicans Seek to Reform Medicaid by Changing How It’s Funded

    05/21/2017 12:14:19 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 5 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 18, 2017 | Stephen Gregory
    The success of any reform of U.S. health care will stand or fall with the provisions made for Medicaid. It has the most beneficiaries of any U.S health program, takes a sizable and increasing portion of federal and state budgets, and serves the most vulnerable among us—the indigent and the disabled. A few numbers give an idea of the size and cost of this giant program. Medicaid’s enrollment, at 71.6 million, is larger than the population of France and includes about 22 percent of the U.S. population. Combined federal and state spending on Medicaid in fiscal 2016 was $574.2 billion.
  • EXCLUSIVE – Who is Hatem Abudayyeh?: Meet the FBI-Raided Palestinian “Activist” & Terrorism...

    09/27/2010 2:53:03 PM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 9 replies
    Debbie Schlussel ^ | September 27, 2010, - 4:14 pm | Debbie Schlussel
  • GOP may try to require that people have a job to get Medicaid

    04/29/2017 6:04:34 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 33 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 2/25/2017 | Abby Goodnough
    Nancy Godinez ... lost her job... her unemployment checks had run out and her job search had proved fruitless. One thing she still had was health insurance... But unless she finds a new job, Godinez, 55, could be at risk of losing her insurance, too. ... Republican governors hoping to impose a work requirement on Medicaid recipients... believe that extending Medicaid to millions of low-income adults without disabilities... gave them an incentive not to work. ...Medicaid has grown to ... 74 million people... work requirements and changes in how it is paid for, could make Medicaid much more limited, with...
  • UnitedHealth 1Q profit soars as ACA business shrinks

    04/18/2017 9:29:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2017 10:40 AM EDT | Tom Murphy
    UnitedHealth’s first-quarter profit soared 35 percent as the nation’s biggest health insurer slashed participation in Affordable Care Act exchanges but grew just about every other part of its business. The insurer also hiked its 2017 earnings forecast on Tuesday, and company shares started climbing shortly after it detailed results. Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans and the state- and federally funded Medicaid coverage both swelled for UnitedHealth, which also continued to grow an Optum segment that sells several services outside the company’s core health insurance. Operating earnings from that insurance businesses climbed 15 percent to $2.1 billion, even though UnitedHealth’s individual...
  • What Congress Can Learn From the Rhode Island Miracle

    04/04/2017 5:19:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2017 | Stephen Moore
    You'd be hard-pressed to find a more poorly designed program in the federal budget than Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income Americans. The costs are shared between the states and the feds, which means that the more money a state wastes under Medicaid, the bigger the check Washington writes to the state. No wonder the program costs keep spiraling out of control. Obamacare added nearly 20 million people to the Medicaid rolls, and the left considers that a policy victory. Federal and state budgets are swelling. Oh, to return to the days when taking people off of welfare --...
  • Kansas House fails in attempt to override Medicaid veto

    04/03/2017 1:18:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | April , 2017 | By Timothy Mclaughlin
    Lawmakers in Kansas on Monday failed to override Republican Governor Sam Brownback's veto of a bill expanding eligibility for Medicaid for the poor under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). State lawmakers in the Republican-controlled senate voted in favor of the measure last week, just days after President Donald Trump's efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, also known as Obamacare, ended with the bill being pulled from a vote. The Republican-controlled House also voted in favor of the measure, but Brownback quickly vetoed the bill on Thursday. The House took up a debate on overriding the veto that day,...
  • In 24 States, 50% or More of Babies Born on Medicaid; New Mexico Leads Nation With 72%

    03/25/2017 3:23:03 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 32 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 24, 2017 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In 24 of the nation’s 50 states at least half of the babies born during the latest year on record had their births paid for by Medicaid, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. New Mexico led all states with 72 percent of the babies born there in 2015 having their births covered by Medicaid. Arkansas ranked second with 67 percent; Louisiana ranked third with 65 percent; and three states—Mississippi, Nevada and Wisconsin—tied for fourth place with 64 percent of babies born there covered by Medicaid.
  • In 24 States, 50% Or More Of Babies Born On Medicaid; New Mexico Leads Nation With 72%

    03/24/2017 7:40:34 PM PDT · by blam · 55 replies
    CNS ews ^ | 3-24-2017 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - In 24 of the nation’s 50 states at least half of the babies born during the latest year on record had their births paid for by Medicaid, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. New Mexico led all states with 72 percent of the babies born there in 2015 having their births covered by Medicaid. Arkansas ranked second with 67 percent; Louisiana ranked third with 65 percent; and three states—Mississippi, Nevada and Wisconsin—tied for fourth place with 64 percent of babies born there covered by Medicaid. New Hampshire earned the distinction of having the smallest percentage of babies born...
  • Florida unit investigating Medicaid fraud gets high marks

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is among one of the nation’s top states in recovering money from health care providers suspected of Medicaid fraud. Data released earlier this month by the federal government shows that Florida’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit recovered more than $165 million during the 2016 federal fiscal year.
  • Nigerian welfare scam

    03/13/2017 10:34:00 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    This Ain't Hell ^ | March 13, 2017 | John Lilyea
    Nigerian welfare scam Jonn Lilyea | March 13, 2017 | 25 Comments Bobo sends a link to the story of an Arlington, Virginia woman, Helen Agbapuruonwu, who has been collecting welfare benefits for the last six years, while her husband, Fidelis Agbapuruonwu, was earning a seven figure income as a lawyer with the DC firm of Mayer Brown. She’s been arrested while folks believe that Fidelis, a Nigerian immigrant, has “fled the country and is somewhere in Africa.” Police say a six-month investigation into Helen Agbapuruonwu, 41, found that the mother of four had collected benefits like food stamps and...
  • Sleeper issue of Medicaid's future could prove health-care plans' stumbling block

    03/12/2017 7:57:48 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, March 12, 2017 | Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin
    As House Republicans hurtle toward shifting the nation's health-care system onto a more conservative path, nearly lost so far in the roiling debate over their plans is the profound impact they would have on insurance for the nation's poorest and most vulnerable residents. The proposed American Health Care Act would break with the government's half-century compact with states in helping to finance Medicaid, which covers 68 million low-income people, including children, pregnant women and those who are elderly or disabled.The House GOP's legislation would end the system in which the government pays each state a specific share of all its...
  • WH privately supports earlier rollback of Medicaid expansion: report

    03/09/2017 10:15:39 PM PST · by TBP · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/09/17 | NIKITA VLADIMIROV
    President Trump's administration is privately supporting an earlier rollback of ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion than what is outlined in GOP leadership's healthcare plan, CNN reported Thursday. A senior House conservative aide and two senior administration officials told the news source that the White House, while publicly supporting the House GOP bill, is privately backing a call from conservatives to reverse the expansion before the bill's 2020 phase-out date. According to the report, the administration is already urging several House Republican leaders to change the legislation for an earlier rollback.
  • Indian-American Seema Verma moves closer to confirmation

    03/09/2017 9:53:15 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Friday, March 10, 2017 | PTI
    Seema Verma, President Donald Trump's nominee for administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (AP Photo/File) Washington -- Indian-American Seema Verma moved a step closer to being confirmed as the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as a bitterly divided US Senate voted 54-44, mostly on party lines, to end a debate on her nomination. The final confirmation vote on her nomination has been scheduled for Monday evening (March 13). The Senate vote to end the debate came moments after the White House blamed the opposition Democratic lawmakers for blocking the nomination of for the...
  • House Republicans Release Plan To Repeal and Replace Obamacare: Key Highlights

    03/06/2017 8:39:05 PM PST · by 198ml · 66 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3/6/17 | Tyler Durden
    Update: A seemingly angry (judging by the tone) Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer obviously had to lash out and dismiss the Republican's plan for "TrumpCare"... "Trumpcare doesn't replace the Affordable Care Act, it forces millions of Americans to pay more for less care. This plan would cut and cap Medicaid, defund Planned Parenthood, and force Americans, particularly older Americans, to pay more out of pocket for their medical care all so insurance companies can pad their bottom line. It cuts taxes on the rich to make middle class families pay more. To make matters worse, this sham of a replacement...
  • Medicaid is a Growing Mess

    03/02/2017 8:59:36 PM PST · by TBP · 14 replies
    FEE (the Foundation for Economic Education) ^ | Thursday, March 02, 2017 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The United States is going to become another Greece, and it’s largely because of poorly designed entitlement programs. As the old saying goes, demography is destiny. Let’s look at just one piece of that puzzle. James Capretta of the American Enterprise Institute has a very sobering summary of how Medicaid has metastasized into one of the largest and fastest-growing entitlement programs. You should read the entire article, but if you’re pressed for time, I’m going to share two grim charts that tell you what you need to know. Medicaid Spending First, we have a look at how the burden of...
  • Judge Says Voters Have No Say in How Their Tax Dollars Are Spent

    02/24/2017 8:22:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | February 24, 2017 | Lynn Jolly
    The ruling of one liberal federal judge proves that America is no longer a republic and doubtful if it is even a democracy. WhatÂ’s the difference? A republic is what our Founding Fathers sacrificed so much to establish. ItÂ’s a government where the people elect leaders to do the will of the majority of the people.A democracy is best described as a government where the people elect leaders to rule over them, regardless of the will of the people. So many people erroneously think America was a democracy but it was NEVER intended to be that way. Also notice that...
  • GOP governors outline health care plan, Medicaid changes

    02/24/2017 1:25:05 PM PST · by davikkm · 4 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican governors from seven states are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, as they nervously watch President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders move to repeal and replace the Obama-era health law. At the same time, they’re telling Washington: Don’t scrap the Affordable Care Act without a viable alternative. According to a draft of the proposal obtained by The Associated Press, the governors are urging Congress to adopt an alternative that would change Medicaid from an open-ended federal entitlement to a program designed by each...
  • Whistleblowers: Planned Parenthood Had Dead Baby Quotas

    02/08/2017 5:51:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2/8/17 | Bre Payton
    In a new video, former Planned Parenthood employees reveal they were incentivized to pressure women into getting abortions to meet monthly corporate quotas.In the video from Live Action, Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood manager in Storm Lake, Iowa, explained that if her center met its quota for abortion referrals, employees would be rewarded with pizza parties, paid time off, and other rewards.After administering a pregnancy test to a woman, Planned Parenthood employees would tell her how much it cost and ask how much she would be able to pay towards it. If a woman was unable to pay for a...
  • California Fines Kaiser Permanente $2.5 Million Over Missing Medicaid Data

    01/27/2017 6:44:07 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    CaliforniaHealthline ^ | January 26, 2017 | By Chad Terhune
    California officials have fined health care giant Kaiser Permanente $2.5 million for failing to turn over required data on patient care to the state’s Medicaid program. The California Department of Health Care Services said this was the first fine imposed against one of its Medicaid managed care plans since at least 2000. The state relies on the data to help set rates, ensure adequate care is available and monitor how taxpayer dollars are being spent in the program, known as Medi-Cal in California. Jennifer Kent, the department’s director, notified Kaiser of the sanctions in a Jan. 13 letter that was...
  • A Catholic Physician’s Perspective on Repealing Obamacare (includes stats)

    01/25/2017 3:12:35 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 25, 2017 | STEVEN WHITE, MD
    “A bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”  Matthew 7:18-19Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is truly the fruit of a “bad tree.” The roots of this tree are decades old and include moral relativism and socialism with all their offshoots. Obamacare incorporates and perpetuates many of these offshoots thereby sustaining a twofold crisis in healthcare: ethical and economic.The ethical crisis is a direct, albeit largely unrecognized result of the sexual revolution of the 1960’s and its fruits, particularly the two Supreme Court...