Paul Ryan

A no-brainer plan for Medicare and Medicaid

A no-brainer plan for Medicare and Medicaid

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But for those of you who think outrageous political trickery is dead, please let me point you in the direction of Capitol Hill. For we appear to be in the midst of one of the better con jobs to come along in quite some time, and it's threatening your supply of Medicare and Medicaid dollars.

House threatening Medicare and Medicaid reform in 2018

House threatening Medicare and Medicaid reform in 2018

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Long-term care providers may be headed for another major Medicaid-funding fight in 2018 if House GOP leaders get their way.

Provider groups slam Medicaid cuts in last-chance 'catastrophic' bill to replace ACA

Provider groups slam Medicaid cuts in last-chance 'catastrophic' bill to replace ACA

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Republican lawmakers' last shot at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline is not earning any fans in the long-term care sector, the nation's largest provider groups confirmed on Tuesday.

GOP health plan moves forward, moving seniors closer to higher insurance rates, lower access to healthcare, analysts say

GOP health plan moves forward, moving seniors closer to higher insurance rates, lower access to healthcare, analysts say

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Seniors just shy of Medicare eligibility age could find their ability to pay for future long-term care services stymied due to projected rises in health insurance costs that would come under the House GOP's healthcare plan, analysts say.

Providers holding breath for Senate 'doc fix' vote

Providers holding breath for Senate 'doc fix' vote

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As expected, the House of Representatives on Thursday repealed the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), earning loud praise from the American Health Care Association.

Lawmakers praise long-term care 'credibility,' Paul Ryan says consumers and providers both struggle due to overregulation

Lawmakers praise long-term care 'credibility,' Paul Ryan says consumers and providers both struggle due to overregulation

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Long-term care providers have earned exceptional credibility in the halls of Congress and now have a golden opportunity to push for more favorable policies, high-profile lawmakers and leaders of the nation's largest provider association told an audience in Washington yesterday. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) were among the speakers at the briefing for American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living members, who are in the nation's capital for two days of meetings with legislators.

Ryan budget proposal would hurt nursing home residents on Medicaid, critics charge

Ryan budget proposal would hurt nursing home residents on Medicaid, critics charge

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A Republican budget plan unveiled in the House of Representatives Tuesday would slash healthcare spending by $732 billion over the next decade, in part by reengineering Medicaid. The proposed changes could jeopardize benefits for a huge number of nursing home residents, critics said.

White House proposes 'accelerated' skilled nursing facility payment cuts

White House proposes 'accelerated' skilled nursing facility payment cuts

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The White House's proposed 2015 budget includes sharp cuts to skilled nursing facility reimbursements, which has drawn strong criticism from the nation's largest long-term care provider group. To cut federal spending on healthcare by $402 billion, the White House seeks to "encourage efficient post-acute care by adjusting payment updates for certain post-acute providers."

Budget deal extends Medicare's 2% cuts

Budget deal extends Medicare's 2% cuts

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Long-term care providers face an additional two years of reduced Medicare reimbursements under a federal budget compromise hammered out in December.

Ryan, Murray strike budget deal that would extend Medicare sequestration cuts

Ryan, Murray strike budget deal that would extend Medicare sequestration cuts

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Top House and Senate budget negotiators have carved out a deal that would end many parts of the across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration, but long-term care providers would face an additional two years of reduced Medicare reimbursements.

Murray, Ryan begin budget negotiations as long-term care providers analyze White House plan

Murray, Ryan begin budget negotiations as long-term care providers analyze White House plan

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) met Wednesday to discuss budget negotiations. The architects of the House and Senate budgets had a "constructive discussion" and are "working to find common ground," according to a joint statement. Medicare funding is one major roadblock to an agreement.

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.

Ryan's budget targets Medicare and Medicaid

Ryan's budget targets Medicare and Medicaid

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The House Budget Committee approved the latest spending plan from Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) in March. The vote was 22 to 17 along party lines.

Lawmakers should leave Medicare and Medicaid alone, Sebelius says

Lawmakers should leave Medicare and Medicaid alone, Sebelius says

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Medicare and Medicaid should not be significantly altered, because spending for these programs is trending downward and incentives tied to the programs are working, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Debate over healthcare spending continues as House, Senate pass budgets

Debate over healthcare spending continues as House, Senate pass budgets

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Both houses of Congress passed budgets late last week, setting up the next phase of the ongoing debate over healthcare spending.

Ryan budget begets testimony on immigrant workers in nursing homes

Ryan budget begets testimony on immigrant workers in nursing homes

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Thursday's Congressional hearing about immigration policy became a forum for discussing how the recently proposed budget from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) would affect long-term care providers.

Ryan budget proposal calls for Medicare vouchers, Medicaid transformation

Ryan budget proposal calls for Medicare vouchers, Medicaid transformation

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) submitted a proposed budget calling for large cuts to Medicaid and partial privatization of Medicare on Tuesday. The budget — which includes repealing the Affordable Care Act — would save the federal government $2.5 trillion in healthcare costs over the next decade, according to Ryan.

With Medicare cuts coming, GOP prepares another push for vouchers

With Medicare cuts coming, GOP prepares another push for vouchers

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is working on a proposed budget that would revamp the Medicare program. Republicans believe the option of turning Medicare into a voucher program may win support despite uncertainty over the effects of $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that began last Friday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Medicare, Medicaid fight could take center stage after debt ceiling extension

Medicare, Medicaid fight could take center stage after debt ceiling extension

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Medicare and Medicaid funds could face steep cuts in the House of Representatives' 2014 budget. GOP congressional leaders have promised dramatic spending reductions to rally conservative support for a three-month extension of the nation's debt ceiling without the condition of spending cuts. With a debt ceiling extension approved, legislators likely would tackle sequestration cuts scheduled to take effect March 1.

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.

The heart of what we believe

The heart of what we believe

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If the AARP convention last week was any indication, some seniors aren't buying what Paul Ryan is selling. The question is, are you?

Presidential campaign rhetoric on Medicare eclipses Medicaid policy debate

Presidential campaign rhetoric on Medicare eclipses Medicaid policy debate

While Mitt Romney advocates $810 billion in Medicaid cuts over the next decade, President Obama's plan would cost taxpayers an additional $642 billion over the same period. The president's plan would also add millions of people as Medicaid beneficiaries.

Republican healthcare platform calls for Medicare and Medicaid overhaul

Republican healthcare platform calls for Medicare and Medicaid overhaul

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Republican National Convention delegates voted Tuesday on the party's official platform, which proposes significant structural changes to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. It notably calls for the repeal of recent healthcare reforms mandated under the Affordable Care Act.

All eyes on the Republican convention with Medicare reform a hot topic

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Long-term care providers will be giving the Republican national convention in Tampa more scrutiny than usual next week.That's when the party's leaders will give Medicare reform higher importance than usual. With the nomination of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate earlier this month, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his advisors all but guaranteed that Medicare will be more prominently mentioned in discussions and party platform building. As a House leader, Ryan led a defiant charge against Obama administration policies to overhaul the Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement programs. Many analysts believe the Medicare issue will play a pivotal role in at least a handful of key states in this November's election.

VP nominee Ryan a saving grace?

VP nominee Ryan a saving grace?

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Now that the Olympics are over, let politics take center stage again. Clearly, no one is interested in winning the silver medal when it comes to the race for U.S. president. But interest in second bananas IS high.

Voters give providers something to worry about

Voters give providers something to worry about

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GOP and Democratic strategists were watching the Wisconsin governorship recall race earlier this week as a possible harbinger of this fall's presidential election. But that's a shortsighted view.

Consumer group cries foul over GOP's 2013 budget

Consumer group cries foul over GOP's 2013 budget

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The fiscal 2013 budget, which was passed in the House, would cause seniors' healthcare costs to surge and wreak havoc on Medicare and Medicaid, two new reports suggest.

Our elected officials: patriots or lackeys?

Our elected officials: patriots or lackeys?

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It's becoming increasingly obvious that our elected leaders need to quit playing political chicken. Otherwise, there are going to be some bleak days ahead for We the People.

New budget proposal would slash Medicaid, repeal the Affordable Care Act

New budget proposal would slash Medicaid, repeal the Affordable Care Act

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The proposed fiscal 2013 budget released by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Tuesday would repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid spending by $810 billion over 10 years.