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Are you counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

Are you counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

States can choose whether to offer Medicaid services at home, but nursing home coverage, which is more expensive, is a required benefit. Optional benefits like home services would likely be first to go if states face budget troubles.

July 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Even without Congress, Trump can still cut Medicaid enrollment

Even without Congress, Trump can still cut Medicaid enrollment

President Donald Trump’s top health officials could engineer lower enrollment in the state-federal health insurance program by approving applications from several GOP-controlled states eager to control fast-rising Medicaid budgets.

July 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
McCain votes no, derails ‘Skinny Repeal’ in marathon session

McCain votes no, derails ‘Skinny Repeal’ in marathon session

 Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cast the dramatic and decisive “no” vote in the early morning hours that upended the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

July 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Analysis: GOP failure to replace the health law was years in the making

Analysis: GOP failure to replace the health law was years in the making

Seven years of Republican vows to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act came to a crashing halt Tuesday, when it became clear that the Senate could not muster the necessary votes for any of three separate proposals that have been under consideration. The failure, at least for now, breaks one of the key promises Republicans have made to their voters since 2010, when the ACA first became law.

July 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to get long-term care at home without busting the bank

How to get long-term care at home without busting the bank

The vast majority of older adults receive long-term care at home, not in nursing homes. But few people plan for this expense. Nor do they see long-term care insurance as a viable option — because it’s expensive and is often seen as protection against the cost of nursing home care.

July 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
States have tried versions of ‘Skinny Repeal.’ It didn’t go well.

States have tried versions of ‘Skinny Repeal.’ It didn’t go well.

Premiums rose and insurers fled, leaving consumers who buy their own coverage, because they don’t get it through their jobs, with fewer choices and higher prices.

July 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rural Californians Want Price Relief From GOP Health Bill, But Unlikely To Get It

Rural Californians Want Price Relief From GOP Health Bill, But Unlikely To Get It

Many in this Republican corner of California are looking to the GOP majority in Congress to bring some relief from high premium prices. But for most of them, prices would jump even more under the main proposals the party has served up so far, and fewer services would be covered,

July 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Who knew Senate health bill debate could be so complicated?

Who knew Senate health bill debate could be so complicated?

Budget reconciliation rules limit debate to 20 hours. While that 20-hour clock starts running as soon as the Senate votes to proceed to the bill, the debate can be paused. In other words, the Senate can recess for the night, then come back the next day and the clock would resume where it left off the day before. The 20 hours does not include time spent voting on amendments.

July 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
CDC reminds travelers to Europe: Protect against measles

CDC reminds travelers to Europe: Protect against measles

With the peak summer travel season under way, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding travelers to Europe and other global destinations to take steps to protect themselves against measles amid outbreaks of the disease.

July 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
California Valley Fever cases highest on record

California Valley Fever cases highest on record

The number of Valley Fever cases in California rose to a record level in 2016, with 5,372 reported — a jump of 71 percent from the previous year. The fungal infection, known as coccidioidomycosis, or “cocci,” is most common in the southern portion of the Valley and along the Central Coast of California.

July 24, 2017 | By | Reply More