Watching the GOP try to force through its latest healthcare reform plan, which would once again hit Medicaid hard, I was reminded of something my mother used to jokingly say: "It's like deja vu all over again."
When politicians talk about Medicaid funding and nursing homes these days, an unsettling theme often emerges: the need to spend less of the former on the latter.
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.
Clinton also criticized Republican proposals to turn Medicaid into a block grant program, while cutting government spending on the program by a third.
Preventing further reimbursement cuts, home- and community-based services, and housing will be the main topics of conversation Tuesday, when long-term care providers personally visit dozens of their respective U.S. lawmakers in Washington.
A prominent long-term care group is joining several Republican governors in saying that that block grants wouldn't work for their state Medicaid budgets.
Republican governors are pressuring the federal government to give states more control over Medicaid programs in anticipation of the program's expansion under healthcare reform, according to a report issued Tuesday.
Pushing for less drastic cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, more than 400 long-term care operators visited their lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Thursday as part of the American Health Care Association's annual Congressional Briefing.
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.
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.
Many cash-starved states are pushing for a Medicaid block grant so they can change and reduce provider payments. But this option will be a political disaster, according to Joe Scarborough, co-host of "Morning Joe," a daily news show on MSNBC.