Barack Obama

House GOP asks for no new regs until after Trump takes office

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Federal agencies should not issue any regulations until after Inauguration Day, House Republicans demanded in a Nov. 15 letter.

Anticipated Obama budget would hurt healthcare for seniors, critics say

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Substantial Medicare cuts will be on the table after the White House budget is released Wednesday, administration officials have indicated. The proposed budget is expected to include about $400 billion in Medicare savings over 10 years.

Obama backs state-set rates

Obama backs state-set rates

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States can and should exercise "wide discretion" in setting Medicaid payment rates, the White House said in a court brief supporting reimbursement cuts in California.

Obama seeks bipartisanship, so long as it happens his way

Obama seeks bipartisanship, so long as it happens his way

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In a State of the Union address that largely touted objectives favored by Democrats, President Obama called on Republicans to be less partisan.

Obama recommits to preserving Medicare in coming sequester battle

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President Barack Obama reaffirmed his vow to protect Medicare in the fight over sequestration spending cuts last week.

White House will not touch Medicaid in proposed budget

White House will not touch Medicaid in proposed budget

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The Obama administration will not cut Medicaid spending in its upcoming 2014 budget proposal, according to senior White House advisor Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council. Sperling spoke Thursday at a Washington, D.C., event sponsored by Families USA, an advocacy group for healthcare consumers.

Governors divided on Medicaid expansion, creating uncertain fiscal forecast for long-term care operators

Governors divided on Medicaid expansion, creating uncertain fiscal forecast for long-term care operators

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There are likely to be notable gaps in Medicaid coverage through the nation when major parts of the Affordable Care Act go into effect on the first day of 2014, according to a New England Journal of Medicine study released Wednesday.

LTC groups asks president, new Congress to tackle Medicaid, Medicare reform

LTC groups asks president, new Congress to tackle Medicaid, Medicare reform

Within hours of President Barack Obama winning a second term, major long-term care association groups were asking him and Congress to reform Medicare and Medicaid policy.

Who is ready for 2016?

Who is ready for 2016?

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I imagine, no matter their political affiliation, there's one thing that vendors in long-term care and politician operatives can agree on: This fall has felt like a marathon. Only the well energized survive, as they either jumped to swing states, set up conference booth after conference booth, or, in the case of the American Health Care Association conference in Florida and LeadingAge Convention in Colorado, did both.

AAHSA praises Berwick recess appointment

AAHSA praises Berwick recess appointment

The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging applauded President Obama's appointment Wednesday of Don Berwick to the top spot at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

A vacancy that needed filling

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President Obama has made another recess appointment—this one with big implications for long-term care.

Vermont decides not to recoup some seniors' Medicare Part D rebate checks

Some low-income seniors in Vermont received good news Monday: State officials said they are giving up in their attempt to collect the $250 Medicare Part D rebate checks.

Berwick backlash: Republicans criticize CMS nominee's support of cost-control measures in Britain

Republicans in Washington have begun their attacks against Donald Berwick, President Obama's nominee for administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to recent news reports.

President nominates Berwick to run agency for Medicare, Medicaid

President nominates Berwick to run agency for Medicare, Medicaid

After much anticipation, President Obama Monday nominated Dr. Donald Berwick for administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

New makeup of National Labor Relations Board could lead to decisions favoring unions

Nursing homes should brace for more pro-labor rulings in the wake of the appointment of two more Democrats to the National Labor Relations Board, a news story asserts.

Medicare physicians receive temporary reprieve from pending pay cut

Medicare physicians are once again facing a 21.2% pay cut when a provision to delay the reduction expires at midnight Thursday. But the government has ordered that claims submitted on or after April 1 be held for an additional 10 days until Congress can return from recess, according to a news outlet.

President Obama signs major healthcare reform bill into law

President Obama with much fanfare but still without Republican support signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on Tuesday.

ONE DAY TO GO: McKnight's Online Expo to start Wednesday as Senate debates healthcare fixes

ONE DAY TO GO: McKnight's Online Expo to start Wednesday as Senate debates healthcare fixes

Now that the House has passed a healthcare reform bill, long-term care leaders are again turning their sights to the Senate. That chamber is expected to begin debating changes to the healthcare reform bill today.

TWO DAYS TO GO: House passes healthcare reform as McKnight's gears up for fourth annual online expo

TWO DAYS TO GO: House passes healthcare reform as McKnight's gears up for fourth annual online expo

The House in a late-night voting session Sunday approved a historic healthcare reform bill that has been the subject of extreme tension and partisan rancor over the last year.

Obama: Healthcare bill would help seniors on Medicare

The healthcare reform package, if passed, will add almost a decade of solvency to the Medicare program, President Obama told seniors Monday during a stop in Ohio.

The healthcare reform roller coaster

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This week and next will largely determine the fate of healthcare reform. Of course, we in the media have been offering variations on that theme a lot during the past year.

Obama targets Medicare, Medicaid waste

Obama targets Medicare, Medicaid waste

President Obama on Wednesday instructed the heads of all executive departments and agencies to increase their use of "Payment Recapture Audits" to reduce the amount of improper Medicare, Medicaid and other similar payments.

White House to release its version of healthcare reform

White House to release its version of healthcare reform

The White House today is expected to release its own version of a healthcare reform bill in advance of a healthcare summit to be held Thursday.

Healthcare reform is still alive

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The release of President Obama's healthcare reform proposal couldn't have come at a better time. The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging is holding its advocacy conference in the capital this week.

Republicans set to debate healthcare ideas with Obama; Medicaid, malpractice caps may be on agenda

Republicans set to debate healthcare ideas with Obama; Medicaid, malpractice caps may be on agenda

Republicans are scheduled to participate in a televised showdown with President Obama on healthcare reform on Feb. 25.

Medicare physician pay fix not bound by new 'pay-as-you-go' rules

Newly approved "pay-as-you-go" budget rules contain an important exception: They allow Congress to delay a pay cut for Medicare physicians for a number of years without necessarily taking money away from other areas of spending.

Obama's FY 2011 budget to extend FMAP increase, ramp up anti-fraud efforts

Obama's FY 2011 budget to extend FMAP increase, ramp up anti-fraud efforts

President Obama is scheduled to unveil his FY 2011 federal budget proposal today. The blueprint would provide states with some additional Medicaid funding and crack down on Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Rumors swirl about possible nominees to head Medicare, Medicaid office

Rumors swirl about possible nominees to head Medicare, Medicaid office

In the hours leading up to President Obama's first State of the Union address Wednesday night, Washington was abuzz with a rumor that the president would soon unveil his nominee for the top job at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Impact of proposed spending freeze on healthcare could be smaller than expected

President Obama is expected to call for a three-year, $250 billion discretionary spending freeze during his State of the Union address tonight. Its effect on healthcare might not be as bad as many think, according to recent analyses.

AAHSA members to call lawmakers today, urging them to pass healthcare reform

AAHSA members to call lawmakers today, urging them to pass healthcare reform

The White House has signaled that it may be scaling back the healthcare reform bill, and one long-term care group is speaking out about it.