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5 Ways Health Reform Helps Medicaid Beneficiaries

March 20, 2012

From the folks at the National Health Law Program, 5 ways that health reform helps medicaid beneficiaries. 1.     ALREADY IN PLACE: Protection for Medicaid enrollees           The ACA included a “Maintenance of Effort” provision prohibiting states from cutting eligibility for adults until 2014 and children until 2019. If states do not comply, they can be…

Healthcare Costs Driving Americans Into Poverty

November 22, 2011

From The Washington Post: By Drew Altman and Larry Levitt November 18, 2011 Policymakers in Washington are consumed with the federal budget deficit. The Congressional Budget Office serves as the official referee in budget debates, keeping score of how proposed legislation would make the deficit bigger or smaller. But Congress and the public could get a…

Opinion: Stop Subsidizing Medical Errors, Cut Costs

November 1, 2011

From The Charlotte Observer: Mistakes are a fact of life in hospitals, and reducing them would yield billions in savings. By Robert Restuccia and Adam Searing Special to the Observer Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011 A congressional “super committee” is working right now on a national debt reduction plan. Medicare is sure to be on the…

States That Cut Medicaid To Lose Big In Jobs, Funding

October 28, 2011

From Reuters: By Joan Gralla Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:22pm EDT Cutting Medicaid by 5 percent would cost U.S. states $14 billion and trigger job losses in the tens of thousands by depressing spending by states, hospitals, nursing homes, drug companies and others, a study said on Wednesday. “Such a drastic reduction would stifle business activity…

Think Medicaid Is Safe? Think Again.

August 9, 2011

From The Washington Post: By Sarah Kliff 11:20 AM ET, 08/05/2011 Medicaid advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief when the debt debate wrapped up early this week. The entitlement program, initially seen as vulnerable in negotiations, was protected from across-the-board cuts in the trigger deal. A federal exemption, however, is only half the story.…

What The Debt Deal Means For Health Reform

August 8, 2011

From The Washington Post: 10:40 AM ET, 08/04/2011 By Sarah Kliff For a law regularly at the center of controversy, there was surprisingly little talk of the health care reform law during the debt ceiling debate. It certainly factored into some discussions — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reportedly pushed for the individual mandate’s repeal…

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