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DACA's fate worries healthcare industry

DACA's fate worries healthcare industry

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A potential hemorrhage of workers from the healthcare sector could be held off if a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals arises out of a deal between President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders.

We're all in this together

We're all in this together

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Most people around my age have relatively little experience with long-term care. Still, how many times has someone said to you something to the effect of, "Ugh, I could never do what you do. How depressing."

AHCA members get ready to lobby Congress

Members of the American Health Care Association will be spending the next week preparing their best lobbying pitches in advance of the group's "Capitol Hill Fly-in" event June 3-4. The Congressional Briefing attempts to have providers from as many states as possible press AHCA's points of emphasis with their respective lawmakers. Proposals about the "Doc fix," bad debt provisions, observation stay rules and Medicaid provider assessments will be hot topics. There also will be an opportunity to earn continuing education credits and hear top-name speakers, such as Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and investigative reporter Bob Woodward, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT).

Pelosi appoints three senior care experts to Commission on Long-Term Care

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday named three people to the bipartisan long-term care commission created as part of January's fiscal cliff deal.

Top Democrats opposed to Obama administration position on Medicaid lawsuits

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have parted ways with the Obama administration regarding the rights of Medicaid beneficiaries to sue their states over discontinuation of benefits and access to care.

Lieberman and Coburn propose increases to Medicare premiums, eligibility age

A new plan to change Medicare would raise the eligibility age to 67 and boost premiums for current beneficiaries, saving the federal government an estimated $600 billion over the next decade.

Congressional impasse could lead to government shutdown in less than two weeks

Congressional impasse could lead to government shutdown in less than two weeks

With Congressional Democrats and Republicans failing to reach an agreement on proposed federal funding cuts—including possible reductions to healthcare reform and entitlements—analysts are predicting a government shutdown by April 9 unless a deal is reached.

States, Congress look for Medicaid solutions

With Arizona and other states already seeking to drop coverage for thousands of Medicaid recipients, governors are asking the federal government for help in dealing with Medicaid budget shortfalls.

House poised to vote today on enhanced Medicaid funding bill

House poised to vote today on enhanced Medicaid funding bill

Members of the House of Representatives are expected to vote today in a special session to extend Medicaid assistance to states through the first six months of 2011.

Senate to vote on FMAP funding bill today

Senate to vote on FMAP funding bill today

The Senate voted Wednesday to end debate on a bill that would extend $16.1 billion in Medicaid assistance to states in 2011. The chamber is set to vote today on the package.

House presses for extension of state Medicaid assistance

House presses for extension of state Medicaid assistance

A narrow majority of members of the House of Representatives is urging House leaders to extend a temporary increase in the federal medical assistance percentage, which helps fund nursing homes and other Medicaid programs.

Lawmakers playing nice? Ha! April Fools'!

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It's April Fish Day again, and I think we could all use a little bit of levity.

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.

Future of healthcare reform still remains cloudy for Democrats

Future of healthcare reform still remains cloudy for Democrats

After narrowly passing a healthcare stopgap bill that included a therapy caps extension package, Democrats in Congress are finding it difficult to bring their major reform proposal across the finish line, according to recent reports.

Providers try to quash Medicare payment board proposal

Providers try to quash Medicare payment board proposal

A group of 74 healthcare groups, including the two major nursing home associations, urged congressional leaders this week to drop the Independent Payment Advisory Board proposal from healthcare reform legislation.

House leadership considers bypassing committee to speed vote on healthcare reform bill

House leadership considers bypassing committee to speed vote on healthcare reform bill

House leaders are keeping all options on the table on a healthcare reform vote as the Aug. 7 congressional recess date nears. Among the possibilities is their bypassing the Energy and Commerce Committee and sending their healthcare reform package straight to a floor vote.

House, Senate leaders back away from August deadline for healthcare reform

House, Senate leaders back away from August deadline for healthcare reform

President Barack Obama's August deadline for healthcare reform was always an ambitious goal. Ultimately, it is proving a little too difficult to achieve as legislators on the Hill Thursday said they plan to regroup after the upcoming recess.

Obama tries to maintain health reform timeline amid skepticism and doubt

As President Obama's August 7 deadline for healthcare reform approaches, he has begun to rally his healthcare troops with a series of public events scheduled for this week, according to recent news items.