As our leaders in Washington continue to debate how to best address the national deficit, let's take a moment to consider what is at stake when the Republican leadership pushes for deep cuts in Medicaid.
Many of you have sent in questions about how the new health care law will affect you and your family. We’ve compiled answers for select questions to our experts in a short series to help you navigate changes to the health care system. Here's the latest:
Question: What is the future for the doughnut hole for medication for people on Medicare?
Just last month, legislation was signed in California that created the state’s insurance exchange, making California the first state to establish an insurance exchange since the Affordable Care Act passed! If that wasn’t enough good news for you, we just heard more good news from the Golden State this week: On Tuesday, the federal government approved a five-year, $10 billion dollar “Bridge to Reform” plan to expand and improve California’s Medicaid program.
In a nutshell, California’s Bridge to Reform plan will:
No one knows for sure just how much waste, fraud, and abuse occurs in the Medicare system, but everyone agrees there’s plenty of work to be done.
For example, one estimate says that Medicare could save as much as 30 percent if it could stop the delivery of unnecessary care. Everyone knows someone who’s received the same test twice—that’s wasteful, and coming improvements to the health care system, such as electronic medical records, should help address this problem.
A majority of states are taking advantage of federal funds and expanding their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Several states have done so using Section 1115 waivers to modify aspects of their Medicaid program, like benefits, premiums, and cost-sharing. Our new Medicaid Expansion Waiver Center outlines what’s in state expansion waivers and gives state advocates resources for challenging potential harmful proposals.
Remember this time last year? The infamous “August Recess of 2009.” Town hall meetings filled to capacity with both supporters of reform touting the benefits of the pending health reform legislation and opponents spewing out lies and rhetoric claiming the bill would “kill grandma” or “ruin America.” Thank goodness that’s all over, right? We’ve passed health reform, the Affordable Care Act is now law and people are finally seeing through the lies to realize all the benefits they will gain from the new law. Well, not quite.
The Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver recently submitted to the federal government by the Department of Human Services will not include a major reduction in the eligibility level for parents in NJ FamilyCare.
Just last week, new and helpful health reform provisions kicked in, benefiting millions of American families across the country. Recent college graduates can now stay on their parents’ plan until they’re 26. Moms now have the freedom to choose their own OBGYNs without prior approval from their insurance plan. And insurance companies can no longer arbitrarily take away your coverage if you get sick.
This post is written by Dr. Chris Lillis, and is cross-posted on the Doctor's for America Blog, Progress Notes.