Recently, despite initial opposition, significant pressure from political interest groups, and the daunting task of getting support from the required 75 percent of legislators, the Arkansas legislature voted “yes” on the Medicaid expansion. This victory was made possible by an effective advocacy campaign that mobilized the people of Arkansas to call upon their elected leaders to do the right thing—an ideal strategy in a state where the motto is, “The People Rule.”
Lawmakers Should Not Delay Medicaid Expansion due to the President’s Proposal to Postpone Hospital Payments Cuts
Some lawmakers see the one-year delay in scheduled cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Program (DSH) in the President’s recently released budget proposal as a reason to delay the Medicaid expansion in their states. They claim that hospitals won’t be hurt if Medicaid isn’t expanded because DSH, which helps hospitals offset the cost of treating people who can’t afford to pay for their care, will still help hospitals continue to provide care to the uninsured.
This blog was originally posted on HuffingtonPost.com
Enroll America Releases New Interactive Maps Showing the Number of People Lacking Health Insurance at a Local Level
New health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act promise to help millions of uninsured Americans. Currently, 48.6 million Americans are uninsured. But under the Affordable Care Act, 25.7 million Americans will qualify for new tax credits to help pay for health coverage and millions more will be eligible for coverage as states expand Medicaid in 2014.
Tax time has just passed. For many people, that’s a time to take stock of finances and to start planning for the future. That should include plans in case you or a family member needs long-term care. It’s a tough topic. But if you plan ahead, you’re more likely to get the kind of care you want. Here are some questions and answers to help you jump-start the process.
If you need long-term care, what are your preferences?
With spring comes another crop of college graduates. For many, graduation can bring a flood of widely varying emotions. On one hand, there’s the fist-pumping, cap-in-the-air celebration of a diploma in hand: Four years of long nights of study, heavy class loads, and numerous deadlines for papers are now left behind. On the other hand, the day can also bring a gut-wrenching uncertainly about job prospects. There are few other milestones in life where emotions can run the gamut from one end of the continuum to the other.
Today, members of Congress in both the House and the Senate introduced the Medicare Drug Savings Act of 2013, which would restore drug rebates for low-income people with Medicare. President Obama included a similar proposal in his budget last week, and for good reason. Getting Medicare a better price on prescription drugs would save the federal government more than $140 billion without shifting costs to low- and middle-income seniors.
The New Commission on Long-Term Care Has an Opportunity to Improve the Lives of the Elderly and People with Disabilities
Last month, President Obama appointed the final members of the Commission on Long-Term Care. The purpose of this commission is to improve consumer choice and access to home- and community-based services (HCBS) for those who need long-term services and supports.
The President’s Budget Offers a Pragmatic Approach to Deficit Reduction while Protecting Health Care
Today President Obama released his proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year. Unlike the austerity budget passed by House Republicans last month, his proposal protects and strengthens our nation’s health care priorities, including Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and Medicare.