Viewpoints: Fla. Gov. Fears Medicaid Expansion As Idaho, Missouri And Colorado Wrestle With Issue ; Few Acceptable Options For Improving Medicare
The Idaho Statesman: Expanding Health Care Coverage Benefits All Idahoans As a member of Gov. Butch Otter’s task force, which voted 15-0 in favor of this [Medicaid] expansion, here are eight reasons why: 1. It saves Idaho money. The expansion of Medicaid to 150,000 people will cost Idaho $284 million over the next 10 years. However, the federal government’s payment program for this expansion will bring in $290 million to the state over that time. Idaho stands to gain $6 million by expanding Medicaid. Conversely, there are 70,000 Idahoans who already meet the expanded eligibility requirements and their coverage will cost the state hundreds of millions of additional dollars without the benefit of enhanced federal payment if we don’t do this (Dr. Ted Epperly, 1/6). Kansas City Star: Bid To Renew KC’s Extra Health Levy Merits Scrutiny Almost eight years ago, Kansas Citians narrowly approved a property tax increase to provide more public funds for indigent health care. It was a compassionate decision by voters. But the world of health care has changed a great deal since then. … Truman Medical Centers and a few other medical care providers in Kansas City still want to keep receiving the extra health levy. … If Missouri does not adopt Medicaid expansion or progress on the exchanges is delayed, the squeeze will be on hospitals in earnest to keep their doors open to serve indigent patients in Kansas City and the state. Still, the City Council and local health care providers must use this week’s hearing to start providing clear evidence they need a $135 million tax renewal over nine years (1/6).
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Colorado’s Medicaid Cost Drivers
Health policy discussions often focus on controlling the cost of the sophisticated medical care that is provided to relatively few people. Outside of this blog, relatively few people pay attention to the impact of routine costs like the cost of an extra physician visit for each of 150 million people. This is one reason why so many people are surprised by the fact that consumer directed health plans with proper incentive structures can lower health care expenditures by as much as 20 percent without compromising health or externally rationing care. It also explains why so many Medicare commentators have difficulty understanding how the Ryan Medicare reform plan might work.
THE Consortium: Colorado Medicare Claims Transition from Trailblazers to Novitas Solutions
As of October 19, Trailblazers stopped receiving all mail and requests in their role as the Medicare Contractor and forwarded these to Novitas Solutions. All future communication must go through Novitas. Since Novitas has prior experience as a MAC for a number of eastern states, CMS anticipates that the transfer to a new MAC will go smoothly, with few disruptions for Medicare beneficiaries or providers. However, providers should prepare for possible delays and implementation glitches.
Better primary care saves Colorado $20 million
The results of the ACC could drive critical health policy decisions following next week’s elections when Colorado’s governor and lawmakers must decide whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If Mitt Romney wins the presidency, he has vowed to dismantle the ACA. Furthermore, the U.S. Supreme Court this summer told states they did not have to expand Medicaid, which covers care for children, poor people, the disabled and the elderly in nursing homes.
Colorado Medicaid expansion up in air, others weigh in
You are deluded John. Obamacare will greatly expand the free rider problem as it promises more than half the population that someone else will pay their health care costs. Obamacare is a huge new entitlement that will explode deficits at both the federal and state levels. The CBO estimates that Obamacare will increase health care spending by $1.5T per 10 years. The Heritage Foundation estimates are $2T to $6T over 10 years. The Democrats in indicating that Obamacare would reduce deficits used phony accounting by double counting Medicare savings (probably will never happen anyway). Obamacare is a mess, a 2,700 page bill with 13,000 in new supporting regulations and a new army of IRS agents. Health care is more expensive here because we get better care. Our providers receive better compensation. No one has to wait to receive service except those on government programs. Obamacare promises price controls to control spending. The current state of critical hospital medicines indicates that price controls produce shortages. Obamacare promises another free lunch. Increase demand (because half the population has been promised free care) and reduced supply due to price controls equates to disaster.
Getting Medicare In Colorado
Colorado residents are eligible for Medicare offerings. The program offers a definite benefit to its members. Medicare programs come in two parts known as Part A and B. Part A refers to hospital care while Part B covers outpatient health care. In order to afford coverage for Parts A and B; a patient can choose the original Medicare coverage or a Medicare advantage plan or Part C. On the other hand, to cover prescription drugs; Medicare has a part D which is an extension of Part C.
Rental Real Estate Problems Loom with New Medicare Tax coming in 2013
2010 we knew there would be changes on the horizon, but did you know it would hold major changes for Residential Rental Income property holders? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect those who hold rental income properties and vacation homes starting in Jan 2013. “Unearned income” will be subject to
The Medicaid Crisis and the Urgent Need for Reform » Common Sense Policy Roundtable
Early efforts to restrain Medicaid were undermined midway through the 1980‘s as expansions once being offered by states voluntarily one-by-one became federal mandates. The Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1986 (OBRA 86) required states to cover emergency medical needs for illegal immigrants otherwise eligible for Medicaid, and gave them the option to offer Medicaid coverage to pregnant women up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level and infants up to a year old. In 1987 this option was expanded to include families with incomes of up to 185 percent of the federal poverty level, and just two years later the option became a mandate for all pregnant women and children under the age of 6 in families falling below 133 percent of the federal poverty level.