The beltway has been abuzz ever since President Obama announced he plans to hold a Health Care Summit between key Congressional leaders. Will Republicans attend? Will President Obama provide a health reform proposal? Will the Republicans provide their own proposal? If they do provide a proposal, will meet the criteria of meaningful health reform?
Dr. Donald Berwick was sworn in today as the new Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Without a leader since 2006, the appointment of Dr. Berwick is a long-awaited addition to the federal agency. Dr. Berwick is widely known as a pioneer in the field of health care quality. The American Medical Association announced its support for Berwick weeks ago, stating,
The most significant improvements to the quality and safety of long-term care in the last 20 years were included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). But few people are aware of these changes because they have been overshadowed by all the controversy and misinformation that has surrounded the enactment of the comprehensive health reform law. Simply put, these provisions will improve the lives of millions of seniors and people with disabilities—and they deserve attention.
Republicans are getting a lot of attention these days for trying to starve the Affordable Care Act of funding in order to derail implementation. Behind all the politics, what‘s not getting as much attention is all the good that the Affordable Care Act is doing right now, and how it’s helping Americans in all walks of life.
We were just reminded of that again last week when the Department of Health and Human Services announced more than $621 million in new grants to states through 2016 to help people living in nursing homes move back into the community.
Explains how the Affordable Care Act will improve coordination of care for patients with both Medicare and Medicaid ("dual eligibles");provides detailed guidance for advocates.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) made his views on the recently released House budget resolution clear on Fox News Sunday when he said, “We are in a situation where we have a safety net in place in this country for people who frankly don’t need one.”
November is National Caregivers Month—a time to recognize and celebrate caregivers for their important role in our lives. There are professional caregivers, but there are also about 52 million unpaid caregivers—spouses, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and others who take care of loved ones in the home.
For the past few months, the super committee has been working to find agreement about how to further reduce the deficit. The goal of the bipartisan 12-member committee was to develop a plan to cut the deficit by an additional $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion (on top of an already agreed to cut of $900 billion) over the next 10 years. The super committee was allowed to consider any methods of reducing the deficit, including cutting vital programs like Medicaid and Medicare.
This series lays out arguments against cutting health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare in an effort to reduce government spending.
The House is expected to vote today on a Republican proposal to slash health care spending for low-income and middle-class families. Unfortunately, cutting services for America's families is becoming a familiar refrain of House Republicans.