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40 states plan to increase nursing home Medicaid rates

40 states plan to increase nursing home Medicaid rates

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Reversing a trend of rate cutting during the Great Recession, most states are increasing Medicaid reimbursements for nursing homes, according to a recently released report. However, states also are accelerating efforts to reduce the number of nursing home residents, the report shows.

The ACA's 'comprehensive' long-term care failure

The ACA's 'comprehensive' long-term care failure

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There's been a lot of talk lately about what constitutes "comprehensive" health insurance coverage — and long-term care notably has not been part of this national conversation.

Taking care of Medicare and Medicaid's dual-eligibles: A job for Super- , er, Ombudsman

Taking care of Medicare and Medicaid's dual-eligibles: A job for Super- , er, Ombudsman

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Giving long-term care stakeholders a reason to cheer, California recently requested a federal waiver to implement Cal MedConnect, a demonstration project meant to improve care coordination for people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.

The real key to keeping employees well

The real key to keeping employees well

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Many long-term care operators have begun to put wellness programs in place. And by most accounts, they seem to be working out well so far. But do wellness programs really work? The short answer appears to be that we don't know.

Kaiser: Small savings possible in dual-eligible programs

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Attempts to better manage care for "dual-eligible" seniors produced a small savings, according to a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The findings show that hopes for a significant decrease in government spending on patients eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid might not be realized.

Report: Block grant proposals would reduce SNF payments by $220 billion over 10 years

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Republican proposals to convert Medicaid into a block grant program would cut government payments to nursing homes by $220.2 billion between 2013 and 2022, a new analysis finds.

Medicare premiums would rise for most beneficiaries under a premium-support model, study says

Medicare premiums would rise for most beneficiaries under a premium-support model, study says

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Under a premium-support model for Medicare, six in 10 beneficiaries would see an increase in their premiums, a non-partisan study released Monday found.

Swing state senior voters prefer Obama's Medicare plan to Romney/Ryan proposals

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President Obama's Medicare plan has more support among seniors in three swing states, new polls reveal.

States' Medicaid eligibility and enrollment remained stable in 2011, report says

Despite heavily burdened state budgets, states' Medicaid eligibility and enrollment was stable during 2011, thanks partly to the Affordable Care Act, a new report finds.

Report: States propose managed care plans for dual eligibles

All of the 15 states selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop better plans for dual eligibles have proposed managed care models.

Most Americans want Medicaid to stay 'as is,' survey finds

Most Americans want Medicaid to stay 'as is,' survey finds

Close to 60% of Americans do not want Congress to change the federal-state Medicaid program for low-income individuals, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey.

Briefing to discuss new long-term care data, opportunities in health reform law

The future of long-term care under specific provisions in the healthcare reform law will be the focus of a policy briefing at 10 a.m. (Eastern) Monday at the Kaiser Family Foundation's headquarters in Washington. The foundation also will conduct a panel discussion on Medicaid's role and the group's latest findings regarding long-term services for seniors and people with disabilities.

Employers passing cost of healthcare onto employees in tougher economy, Kaiser Foundation finds

Although premiums for family health coverage rose by just 3% in 2010, workers' shares of the cost of the plans has jumped 14%, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Seniors still angry with healthcare law, but many approve of the changes

Most Americans are still unsure what effect the new healthcare law will have on them, and seniors more than any other group view the new reforms unfavorably, according to results of a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey.