Sen. Jay Rockefeller
Giving long-term care stakeholders a reason to cheer, California recently requested a federal waiver to implement Cal MedConnect, a demonstration project meant to improve care coordination for people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.
At financial discussions heat up about cuts needed to reduce the federal deficit, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) called Medicaid a "lifeline" and told fellow legislators to "Keep your hands off Medicaid, and keep your hands of Medicare."
Large demonstration programs meant to coordinate the care of dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries could limit access to care and require more thorough testing, critics said this week.
Senate Republicans are continuing to push for repeal of the CLASS Act.