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  • Sleeper issue of Medicaid's future could prove health-care plans' stumbling block

    03/12/2017 7:57:48 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, March 12, 2017 | Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin
    As House Republicans hurtle toward shifting the nation's health-care system onto a more conservative path, nearly lost so far in the roiling debate over their plans is the profound impact they would have on insurance for the nation's poorest and most vulnerable residents. The proposed American Health Care Act would break with the government's half-century compact with states in helping to finance Medicaid, which covers 68 million low-income people, including children, pregnant women and those who are elderly or disabled.The House GOP's legislation would end the system in which the government pays each state a specific share of all its...
  • Indian-American Seema Verma moves closer to confirmation

    03/09/2017 9:53:15 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Friday, March 10, 2017 | PTI
    Seema Verma, President Donald Trump's nominee for administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (AP Photo/File) Washington -- Indian-American Seema Verma moved a step closer to being confirmed as the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as a bitterly divided US Senate voted 54-44, mostly on party lines, to end a debate on her nomination. The final confirmation vote on her nomination has been scheduled for Monday evening (March 13). The Senate vote to end the debate came moments after the White House blamed the opposition Democratic lawmakers for blocking the nomination of for the...
  • After tie, Senate Finance Committee to vote again on CMS nominee Seema Verma

    03/01/2017 4:44:17 PM PST · by buckalfa · 8 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | March 1, 2017 | Emily Rappleye
    Due to a lack of members present at a Senate Finance Committee executive session Wednesday, the committee will reconvene Thursday to vote again on the candidacy of Seema Verma for CMS administrator. Senators present at the meeting voted 9-9 on the nomination, and the final tally with proxies was 15-11 to confirm Ms. Verma as CMS administrator. However, because proxies do not count, the committee must vote again before they can send her nomination to the full Senate for a final vote. The full committee has 26 members, 14 Republican and 12 Democrat. Ms. Verma is the president, CEO and...
  • Medicaid Blew $26 Mil on Health Coverage for Dead People (Florida alone)

    12/16/2016 11:47:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 16, 2016
    The government spent a breathtaking $26 million to provide dead people—who were poor when they were alive—with health insurance in one state alone, according to a new federal audit. The benefit was administered through Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the needy and the astonishing multi-million-dollar figure applies to just Florida but similar atrocities are likely occurring in other states. American taxpayers may wonder how this could possibly happen, though fraud and corruption are rampant in government, especially in welfare programs. First let’s explain how Medicaid, jointly funded by federal and state governments, functions. The Centers for Medicare &...
  • Is Trump taking aim at Obama’s Medicaid expansion with CMS pick, Seema Verma?

    11/29/2016 11:30:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/29/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans in Congress pledge to use the first opportunity of the Donald Trump presidency to repeal ObamaCare. Trump has met that pledge by appointing people most likely to dismantle it from the inside. First Trump appointed staunch ObamaCare opponent Rep. Tom Price to head HHS, and now he’s picked a health-industry expert to run the agency responsible for its Medicaid expansion. Seema Verma has plenty of experience in working the margins of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion to push back against it: President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday morning picked the founder and CEO of a health policy consulting firm, Seema Verma,...
  • IT’S OFFICIAL: TRUMP CHOOSES TOM PRICE FOR HHS; SEEMA VERMA FOR CMS

    11/29/2016 7:29:39 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 79 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 29 Nov 2016
    President-elect Donald Trump is tapping Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) to be Secretary of Health and Human Services and Seema Verma as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to a release from the transition team. “Together, Chairman Price and Seema Verma are the dream team that will transform our healthcare system for the benefit of all Americans,” Trump said in a statement. Price, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, is a physician and a fierce opponent of Obamacare. “It is an honor to be nominated to serve our nation as Secretary of Health and Human Services....
  • Surgeons protest CMS proposal requiring them to code every 10 minutes

    09/10/2016 12:42:53 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 26 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | 09/09/2016 | Kelly Gooch
    Surgeons are speaking out against a Medicare proposal that would require them to use new billing codes to track their work in 10-minute increments during global surgical "packages" that span 10 days and 90 days, reports Medscape Medical News. The "packages" include preoperative and postoperative care as well as the procedure itself.
  • CMS recommends children not be called boys and girls

    08/07/2016 10:26:25 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    wsoctv.com ^ | 8/6/16 | Joe Bruno
    A CMS presentation to principals and counselors recommends kids are not referred to as boys and girls, but instead as scholars and students. DOCUMENT: CMS transgender student presentation Eliminating boy and girl references is one of several policies included in the CMS bully prevention regulations. One policy allows students to participate in extracurricular activities and overnight field trips based on their gender identity. A student who identifies as a girl would be allowed to participate in an "all-girl" overnight trip. Another policy says CMS must evaluate all gender-based activities and "maintain only those that have clear and sound pedagogical purpose."
  • House committee: Obama admin official lied to Congress about ObamaCare exchange grant funding

    05/10/2016 3:13:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 10, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    Did a key official in the ObamaCare chain of command lie to Congress about funds recouped from state-based exchanges? Andy Slavitt, acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) testified in a House Energy and Commerce hearing last December that CMS had recouped over $200 million from state-based exchanges (SBEs) that have failed. Further investigation, however, shows that Slavitt’s claim was false — that the actual grant dollars recovered was about a tenth of what he claimed, and that even those dollars were not “recouped,” but just never transmitted in the first place. The executive summary lays...
  • Top Obamacare Official Accepts No Responsibility For Health Insurance Co-Op Fiascos

    01/21/2016 1:16:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/21/16
    The head of the agency that oversees President Barack Obama’s health-care legislation suggested it should not be held responsible for the 12 Obamacare health insurance co-ops that closed their doors to customers last year, according to prepared testimony he is scheduled to deliver today before the Senate Finance Committee. Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), was not apologetic in his testimony and accepted no personal responsibility for the co-op failures in 15 states, according to an advance copy of his testimony obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The closures sent millions of Americans...
  • New HHS Documents Reveal Security Concerns, Healthcare.gov Had No "Authorization to Operate"

    01/20/2016 1:04:37 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | JANUARY 19, 2016
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released over 1,000 pages of new documents that show federal health care officials knew that the Obamacare website, when it launched in 2013, did not have the required "authorization to operate" (ATO) from agency information security officials. These documents, obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), come in two productions of records: a 143-page production and an 886-page production. The email records reveal that HHS officials had significant concerns about the security of the Healthcare.gov site leading up to its October 1, 2013, launch. Judicial Watch obtained the HHS documents...
  • New video catches Planned Parenthood abortionist describing harvesting baby’s brains

    10/27/2015 2:13:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 27, 2015 | Ben Johnson
    AUSTIN, TX, October 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - Abortion workers sometimes like to look at the dissected body parts of the babies they have aborted, because their organs are "cute," an abortionist admits in a new video released by the Center for Medical Progress. "One of our POC [point of care] persons is really into organ development," Dr. Amna Dermish , an abortionist with Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas' Austin location, says in an undercover video released this morning. "She'll pull out, like, kidneys and heart. The heart we frequently see at nine weeks. She always looks for it." "Just like...
  • Planned Parenthood TX Abortion Apprentice Taught Partial-Birth Abortion to... (11th Video released)

    10/27/2015 6:55:37 AM PDT · by blueyon · 11 replies
    The Center for Medical Progress ^ | 10/27/15 | The Center for Medical Progress
    Planned Parenthood TX Abortion Apprentice Taught Partial-Birth Abortion to "Strive For" Intact Heads... AUSTIN, Oct. 27--The eleventh video release from The Center for Medical Progress in the ongoing Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal shows the abortion doctor for Planned Parenthood in Austin, TX, Dr. Amna Dermish, describing a partial-birth abortion procedure to terminate living, late-term fetuses which she hopes will yield intact fetal heads for brain harvesting.
  • Feds push forward with controversial health rule

    10/07/2015 8:42:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 6, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Obama administration is moving ahead with controversial new rules that require doctors to switch to electronic health records or face fees, resisting calls from both parties to delay implementation. Federal health officials said the final rules released Tuesday will make “significant changes" in the "meaningful use" electronic health records program, such as lowering the number of standards each provider must meet and allowing providers to apply for hardship exemptions. But the administration will not delay what it calls "Stage 3" of the records program, a move that is already angering vocal Republicans like Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who have...
  • Healthcare ‘Navigators’ Awarded $67M By Feds

    09/08/2015 10:13:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 8, 2015 | 12:53 PM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced grant awards totaling $67 million to healthcare navigator efforts over the next three years. The awards come before the upcoming third year of Affordable Care Act enrollment starting November 1, 2015. CMS awarded funds to 100 organizations in 34 states that operate Federally Facilitated Marketplaces and State Partnership Marketplaces with three-year long Marketplace Navigator grants. …
  • Judgment Day in Washington: Why Andy Slavitt Must Not Run Medicare

    07/29/2015 10:31:44 AM PDT · by Rona Badger · 1 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | July 29, 2015 | TAMMM Staff
    Many of us cheered in January of this year when Marilyn Tavenner, the woman who headed the disastrous rollout of the healthcare.gov website, announced she’d be stepping down from her position as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). At the time, we weren’t too focused on who would be replacing her. Waiting in the wings was Andrew M. Slavitt, now Acting Medicare Chief, who had been biding his time as CMS’ deputy administrator since July 2014. Even though he’s been accused of possible cronyism and conflicts of interest, Andy Slavitt has a special brand of insurance...
  • CMS’ Secretive Settlement: $1.3 billion in improper hospital claims paid out

    07/02/2015 1:21:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | July 2, 2015 2:00 pm | Joe Schoffstall
    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services secretly paid out over a billion dollars in improper hospital claims earlier last month, despite auditors labeling them unnecessary previously. The payments, which were quietly announced on June 1 by CMS, totaled $1.3 billion and involved 1,900 hospitals and 300,000 claims that had been already denied by CMS auditors on two different levels as medically unnecessary. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals settled hundreds of thousands of appeals for 68 cents on the dollar. The money used to cover the claims will be taken from the...
  • Tavenner Takes a Powder

    01/19/2015 4:14:21 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 4 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1/19/2015 | David Catron
    Marilyn Tavenner, the Obama administration official who presided over Obamacare’s worst debacles and most devious deceptions, has finally made an intelligent decision—she resigned. Tavenner ran the government bureaucracy responsible for the inept rollout of HealthCare.gov, the promulgation of phony PPACA enrollment figures, and the handout of legally dubious waivers to Democrat-friendly donors. And, when Congress subpoenaed her emails—stop me if you’ve heard this one before—she discovered that they had somehow been deleted. Having thus committed as many blunders as can be reasonably expected of any incompetent apparatchik, she announced last Friday that she will depart next month. The “news” media...
  • Top ObamaCare official stepping down

    01/16/2015 8:11:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The leader of the agency charged with the ObamaCare rollout is stepping down after five years on the job. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), announced her departure Friday, which will take effect next month. "It is with sadness and mixed emotions that I write to tell you that February will be my last month serving as the administrator for CMS," Tavenner wrote in an email to staff. Tavenner is leaving after five turbulent years overseeing the agency. Her tenure included the disastrous rollout of the government’s HealthCare.gov website as well as, most recently,...
  • Obamacare’s Christmas surprise

    12/20/2014 8:00:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2014 | Rep. Mark Meadows
    If you like your health care plan, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a Christmas surprise for you! When will this new present arrive? December 25th. In an ongoing effort to keep Obamacare numbers elevated, CMS has embarked on the next step of its government takeover of healthcare. It seems CMS is taking a page from Jonathan Gruber’s book; rather than allowing the “stupid” masses to make a decision on their own health plan, CMS has proposed a new rule that includes an overly reaching provision allowing CMS to re-enroll anyone who has not made the annual...