The Assisted Living Federation of America is implementing substantial changes, including a new name, board chairwoman Brenda J. Bacon announced in a letter Tuesday.
A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Arizona ruled that requiring state Medicaid recipients to pay copayments for medical care and prescription drugs violates federal law.
A top Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official said this week that turning Medicaid into a block grant program is not a viable solution for easing state budget woes.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has proposed enacting an annual $50 surcharge for obese Medicaid enrollees, a move she says would help Arizona's financially troubled Medicaid program.
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.
New governors, 26 of whom were elected in November, are facing deep fiscal problems. Many are taking a hard look at Medicaid as a source of budget savings.