Category Archives: budget cuts

Moving, Medicaid, and Tax Cuts

Hello, I am in the process of moving so I will have few, if any, blogs until September. Medicaid When, it comes to Medicaid, however, nearly 2/3 of all Medicaid spending is for the elderly and disabled in nursing homes. … Continue reading

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War on Seniors and the Poor?

Current proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will cause great harm to  seniors and poor families. The proposals also pit the welfare of seniors against the welfare of  children and poor families. Here’s why: Nearly half of … Continue reading

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Taxes on Drug and Device Companies Removed in Repeal Plan: Insurers and Health Care Industry Concerns

Repeal proposes cutting taxes on Pharmaceutical and Medical Devise Companies while raising costs for elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.  The CEO of Blue Cross of California opposes current reform proposals, citing cost increases for individuals and families and harm … Continue reading

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Current ACA Medicaid: A Quick Guide–Poverty, Children, Disabled and Seniors

Medicaid, Poverty, Children, the Disabled, and Seniors               March 7, 2017 Before examining the proposed changes to Medicaid, here are quick facts about Medicaid as it now exists under the ACA (Affordable Care Act … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience– $40 million executive bonus and what $40 million could cover

 Health care is a top issue in the presidential race, but unmentioned is the $40. 2 million Golden Parachute for Humana’s CEO if the proposed merger with Aetna is approved.  “Humana CEO Bruce Broussard is primed for a huge payday. … Continue reading

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Major Report This Week on Catholic Hospital System Mergers and Impact on Reproductive Health and End of Life Care; Health Care Costs and Children’s Poverty and A Promising Program

First, my best wishes to you all for a lovely holiday season with family and friends. Thank you for your patience with me these past several months as a major writing project has kept me from the midst of the … Continue reading

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Feds Propose Major Shakeup of ER Billing; New research on Cadillac Tax; Virtual Health Care Expanding; $3.6 million in Life Sciences Grants; Deaths from Drug Resistant Germs; Showdown over ACA and Economy; Even Forbes Thinks ACA Will Help Small Businesses; Most States Expand Medicaid After All; and The Brain and Pain

In a major turnaround of allowed charges, the Feds want to change how hospitals are paid for ER and related care:  http://www.publicintegrity.org/2013/09/13/13420/feds-propose-shakeup-emergency-room-billing?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=watchdog&utm_medium=publici-email A first research study on the impact of the upcoming ACA Cadillac Tax coming in 2018:   http://www.healthaffairs.org/healthpolicybriefs/brief.php?brief_id=99 Franciscans expand … Continue reading

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Hot off the Press: Cost of Hospital Errors; DC Brinksmanship on ACA; New Online Coverage Options; Better Patient Safety with Improved Hospital Discharge; Coverage for ‘Alternative’ Providers; Now Is Not the Time to Cut Back on Fraud; And More!

Hot off the Press:  Leapfrog Group’s Calculator to Uncover Costs of Hospital Errors and Readmissions The Leapfrog group has developed a white paper and a calculator that uncover the hidden surcharge Americans pay for hospital errors. “We examine the costs purchasers … Continue reading

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Hot Off the Press: State 2013 Health Care Budgets, ACA Implementation Headaches, New Approach to Drug Effectiveness Research and the High Cost of Maternity Care

While we are working on finishing our story on price transparency and executive compensation, here are some current highlights: Hot Off the Press: Health care measures and budgets passed out of Olympia: http://www.wsha.org/files/83/2013budgetproposalcomparisonchartFINAL.pdf Challenges to ACA Implementation: Sibelius told, stop … Continue reading

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How Businesses Fared in Massachusetts; Drug Companies Payment to Physicians; Rush Out and Read; Berwick for Governor; and Egan on Health Care

In 2006, Massachusetts passed health care legislation that is remarkably similar to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Like the ACA, the Massachusetts law focused on expanding health insurance for all the state’s 6.5 million residents. Key provisions of the law … Continue reading

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