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Senate Leader: S.C. Cannot Sustain Medicaid Spending

April 28, 2011

The Associated Press April 27, 2011, 8:41AM ET By JIM DAVENPORT COLUMBIA, S.C. South Carolina’s soaring Medicaid program spending is siphoning money away from other state priorities such as school buses and needs to be kept in check, Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell said Tuesday. McConnell’s remarks came as the Senate opened debate on…

Poll: 70% Of Tea Partiers Oppose Cuts To Medicare, Medicaid

April 20, 2011

From Talking Points Memo: Tea Party activists in Washington, D.C. Jon Terbush | April 20, 2011, 3:05PM Tea Partiers may say the government is too damn big, but when it comes to at least two federal entitlement programs, they sing a wholly different tune. In a McClatchy-Marist poll released this week, 70% of registered voters…

House Passes Plan To Phase Out Medicare, Slash Medicaid

April 15, 2011

From Talking Points Memo: Brian Beutler | April 15, 2011, 2:23PM House Republicans voted Friday in favor of a vision of the future without Medicare, with a significantly eroded Medicaid, and with lower taxes on wealthy Americans. By a vote of 235-193, they passed their budget resolution — an opening bid in a broader partisan…

States Get New Flexibility To Improve Medicaid, Innovate

April 14, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: HHS Press Office Thursday, April 14, 2011                                                                                              (202) 690-6343 New rules will make Medicaid more flexible and efficient, helping states provide better care and lower costs The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced four initiatives to give states more flexibility to adopt innovative new practices…

Study: Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Cost S.C. 5,000 Jobs

March 11, 2011

An exclusive from The State: By JOHN O’CONNOR  Friday, Mar. 11, 2011 S.C. hospitals, doctors and other health care businesses could cut 5,000 jobs if legislators approve a proposal to reduce what medical providers are paid to treat poor and disabled patients, according to a University of South Carolina study. A spending plan for the…

SC DHHS Restores $13.8M In Cuts, Hospice Care

February 1, 2011

Health Agency To Halt Some Cuts In Services To Poor By JOHN O’CONNOR [email protected] Columbia resident Carolyn Stover said she was dismayed to learn last month that the state was cutting hospice care for her mother, Nellie. Monday, Stover was thanking God and citing the power of prayer after state officials said they will continue…

S.C. Mandating Managed Care For Medicaid Patients

January 13, 2011

From The Associated Press: Published: Tuesday, 11 Jan 2011 | 5:24 PM ET COLUMBIA, S.C. – Most Medicaid patients in South Carolina will be required to choose a managed care plan starting this spring, a state agency announced Tuesday. With few exceptions, the state Department of Health and Human Services is getting rid of the…

SC Proposes Cutting Hospice, “The Best, Cheapest Option”

December 14, 2010

Andy Burriss [email protected] – – Nurse Jill Ray checks a patient on Monday. SC Hospices Say Medicaid Cuts Would Be ‘Devastating’ By Andrew Dys – Herald Columnist ROCK HILL — Somebody gets “hospice,” they get dignity for the final days, or weeks, and rarely, months. Yet if proposed cuts in South Carolina’s Medicaid program go…

More Pain For The Poor Of South Carolina

December 13, 2010

SC Medicaid Plan: End Adult Dental, Hospice Care, Etc. By JIM DAVENPORT Associated Press The state’s Medicaid program plans to stop paying for adult dental, vision and hospice services and cut home health visits by a third for the state’s elderly and disabled in February. Meanwhile, the agency plans to eliminate routine infant circumcisions, cut…

Low-Income Arizonans Face Death By Budget Cut

December 6, 2010

From The New York Times: Please note that AZ Gov. Jan Brewer “has in turn blamed ‘Obamacare,’ meaning the federal health care overhaul, for the transplant cuts even though the Arizona vote came in March, before President Obama signed that bill into law.” This is worrisome, especially given the rumblings of Medicaid cutting that we…

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