Susan Collins

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.

New report highlights need for Alzheimer's research

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A new report has compelled one of the leading advocates for Alzheimer's research in the U.S. Senate to renew a call on the federal government to significantly boost research funding for the disease, or face a near quadrupling of treatment costs over the coming decades.

RACs return $100 million to providers, as criticism grows

RACs return $100 million to providers, as criticism grows

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Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors returned a record $100.4 million in identified underpayments to providers between April and June.

Senators weigh need for individual mandate in long-term care financing reform

Senators weigh need for individual mandate in long-term care financing reform

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Senators and a panel of experts wrangled over whether effective long-term care reform hinges on a federal mandate for all individuals to buy some type of LTC insurance, at a Special Committee on Aging hearing on Thursday.

Bill would help nursing homes pay for sprinkler system updates

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Nursing homes that need to update their sprinkler systems would benefit from a recently introduced tax bill.

Medicare should cover SNF stays without prior hospitalization, American Medical Association asserts

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The American Medical Association will work to change the 72-hour hospitalization requirement for Medicare Part A coverage of skilled nursing care. Delegates approved this resolution at the AMA annual conference in Chicago on Monday.

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.