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Medicare and Medicaid set to expand telehealth

The telehealth remote medical practice received a boost recently with a strong indication that the U.S. health schemes Medicare and Medicaid are set to endorse the practice, especially for elements of the population residing out of town.

Op-Ed: Trump's proposed budget eliminates 66 U.S. Federal programs

Washington - Trump's 2018 budget proposals would eliminate many federal programs that help the very American workers that Trump's campaign said he would support. Yet his budget proposals serve to cut savagely the safety net upon which many of his supporters depend.

Op-Ed: Mylan's $465 million EpiPen settlement to Medicaid is laughable

Drug-maker Mylan has agreed to pay $465 million to settle allegations that it over-billed Medicaid for its life-saving EpiPen, all without their admitting any guilt, and closing the book on a federal investigation.

Marilyn Tavenner, head of Medicare and Medicaid resigns

Washington D.c. - Marilyn B. Tavenner, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced on Friday that she is resigning. Tavenner supervised the chaotic rollout of the federal insurance marketplace.

Op-Ed: Medicaid expansion and Obamacare are the real winners in midterms

Washington - Voters argue whether Republicans will seize control of the U.S. Senate. Or whether Democrats retain power in the upper chamber. The results are in and the real winner in this midterm election: Medicaid expansion, and by extension, Obamacare.

Michigan GOP Gov. Rick Snyder campaigning on support of Obamacare

East Lansing - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is touting the fact that 63,000 more low-income adults have signed onto the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion program than had previously been projected. Snyder is a Republican and running for reelection on Nov. 4.

Obamacare saves states with Medicaid $5.7B for uncompensated care

Washington - The pressure for the 23 states that have not enrolled to enroll in the Medicaid cash expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act, is increasing by the day. This year alone, those states enrolling in the Medicaid expansion will save $5.7 billion dollars.

Obamacare saves states with Medicaid $5.7B for uncompensated care

Washington - The pressure for the 23 states that have not enrolled to enroll in the Medicaid cash expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act, is increasing by the day. This year alone, those states enrolling in the Medicaid expansion will save $5.7 billion dollars.

Op-Ed: North Carolina pays $10B for Medicaid whether it 'opts in' or not

Charlotte - The state of North Carolina made a decision to "opt-out" of the Medicaid expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act for purely political reasons. Those political beliefs come with a hefty price tag for North Carolina, a whopping $10 billion by 2022.

Op-Ed: Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania trailing polls, expands Medicaid

Harrisburg - The Medicaid expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act is optional for the states thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Every Democratic governor, except for one, is participating. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania became the ninth GOP governor to sign on.

60,000 with HIV left uninsured in States not expanding Medicaid

Close to 60,000 people with the virus live in U.S. states that are not expanding their Medicaid programs and are likely to remain uninsured.

Could Medicaid expansion debate turn into an immigration issue?

Proponents of expanding Medicaid in Florida argue that a 'no' vote means that legal immigrants will have access to insurance subsidies while some U.S. citizens go without coverage.

Op-Ed: The Price of Freedom — What are we sacrificing now?

The proposed budget cuts by the Secretary of Defense are nothing more than a red herring from an administration with out of control spending habits, desperate to make the Affordable Care Act work, and a habit of targeting the military.

Op-Ed: Undocumented immigrants caught in the middle over health care

The new national health care law is supposed to allow people who have been ineligible to get health care coverage to now get health care. But there is a vast group of people in the U.S. who have been overlooked, particularly in California.

Op-Ed: Medicaid — The Public Option that works

Obscured by the anti-Obamacare blitzkrieg has been the real success story of Medicaid. Once the expanded coverage kicks in on January 1, 2014, will the regressives finally jump on the bandwagon, or try to run it off the road?

The ACA makes healthcare unavailable to those that need it most

The Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare had its major rollout on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Unbeknowst to many, a dark cloud looms, for those that need affordable healthcare the most.

Antipsychotic drug use increases for Medicaid kids

New research, from the U.S., has shown that antipsychotic drugs among Medicaid-insured children were prescribed five times more often than for children with private insurance from 1997 to 2006.

White House opens door to cutting Medicare and Social Security

Washington - President Barack Obama blamed Republicans for allowing $85 billion in budget cuts to move forward as part of the Sequestration agreement he signed.

Op-Ed: Obamacare and its impact on end-of-life care

End-of-life care is facing a very serious challenge from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. What will be affected and how the program could have to turn to the private sector.

Rules for Texas' health program puts Planned Parenthood at risk

Austin - A Texas health program that serves more than 100,000 low-income women will shut down if Planned Parenthood is allowed to continue participating, the state's health and human services chief said on Thursday.

Op-Ed: Restriction on TriCare Providers lumps Military with the poor

To the average American TriCare benefits as provided by the military are the silver lining surrounding the dark cloud that is medical insurance in America. Then why do so many compare it to welfare benefits such as Medicaid?

Washington Walgreens to Stop Taking New Medicaid Patients

As of April 16, Walgreens drugstores across Washington state will stop taking new Medicaid patients, saying that filling their prescriptions is a money-losing proposition because of continued reduction in reimbursement under Washington's Medicaid program

Op-Ed: High fines and misdemeanors needed in healthcare reform

A series of events continuing to unfold in a rural Texas county underscore the fact that the national healthcare reform debate has little to do with health care and even less to do with reform.

The Long Way To Healthcare Reform

Tune into any news or talk show, pick up any newspaper and the one subject that is getting a lot of attention is heath care reform.

Op-Ed: Waste, fraud, and abuse the weird sisters of healthcare costs

Here’s a quiz. Your car won’t start because the battery is fried. Do you A) buy a new battery and continue your careless habits; B) buy a new battery and take better care of it; C) buy a new car? Only the very stupid choose C.

Health Care Company Scams Floridians out of Millions

A Tampa Bay health-care management company has cheated thousands of Floridians through overpayments, suspected fraud and inflated expenditures. WellCare Health Plans has also pumped money into the Republican Party to get favourable legislation.

Wall Street Journal: McCain’s Health Care Plan Best for Almost Everyone

According to Robert Carroll of the Wall Street Journal, McCain’s health-care insurance tax credit proposal is most misunderstood but “Almost Everyone Would Do Better Under the McCain Health Plan.”

Op-Ed: Medical Insurance Will Likely Remain Status Quo No Matter Who Becomes President

Medical reform in a nation that doesn't have a national health plan is a hot topic during election years. The United States have few health plans in place for those on the edge of poverty. Most without insurance pray that an illness doesn't come.

Hospitals file lawsuit over Medicaid

On Tuesday representatives from most of the nation's hospitals announced that they were suing federal health officials to block enactment of regulations that some hospitals claim threaten their survival.

Social Programs Account for Nearly Half of Federal Spending

The cost of social programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid) in America is nearly half the 2005 federal budget according to a recent study released in September by the Census Bureau.
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