On May 17, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a list of five great options states can use to ensure that low-income people get and keep Medicaid coverage when the new simplified, streamlined enrollment system opens in October 2013. (It’s important to note that those determined eligible for Medicaid before the end of the year won’t receive benefits until January 2014, unless they are currently eligible for Medicaid.) As states attempt to enroll millions of new applicants in coverage, the following options will make it easier for them to ensure people get covered:
A New Report Shows that Michigan Medicaid Beneficiaries Are Very Satisfied with Their Health Coverage
A new report by the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation in Michigan found that Medicaid beneficiaries in the state are very satisfied with their health coverage. As lawmakers in the state and across the country decide if they will take the opportunity under the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid coverage to more of their state residents, they should take into consideration this and other reports that show that Medicaid is good coverage.
Explains how accountable care organizations give financial incentives to health care providers to work as a team to deliver high-quality care;discusses challenges states face when implementing ACOs in Medicaid.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced late last week that 6.3 million Medicare beneficiaries have saved a total of $6.1 billion on their prescription drug coverage since the enactment of Affordable Care Act in 2010.
Low- and Middle-Income Americans Will Receive Tax Credits to Help Pay for Health Insurance. Starting in 2014, Americans earning up to four times the federal poverty level (currently $47,100 for an individual and $94,200 for a family of four*) will be eligible for premium tax credits to help them buy health coverage in insurance marketplaces (also known as “exchanges”).
The next couple of months are going to be pretty busy for Congress as they work to reach a budget resolution and avert a government shutdown. Like a broken record, opponents of health care are pushing to cut vital programs—like Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act—in order to reduce spending, while still trying to ignore the option of increasing revenues.
To find out if you may be eligible to receive help paying for health insurance premiums, answer these questions for each person in your family.
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.”
The budget fight is sure to heat up in the next couple of months in what seems like a never-ending battle between the President and Congress. So what’s at stake? Many lawmakers want to see large cuts to a range of health care programs—many of which reduce health disparities and provide vital services to millions of people of color. Such cuts would exact a heavy toll on the health of communities of color and only worsen racial inequities in health.
This piece by Ezekiel J. Emanuel was originally posted in The New York Times Opininoater section.
It is conventional wisdom that end-of-life care is an increasingly huge proportion of health care spending. I’ve often heard it said that people spend more on health care in the year before they die than they do in the entire rest of their lives. If we don’t address these costs, the story goes, we can never control health care inflation.