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  • Obamacare's Patient-Dumping, Privacy-Meddling Scheme

    05/15/2012 10:16:54 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 3 replies
    Townhall ^ | 5-16-2012 | Michelle Malkin - Commentary
    May 16, 2012 Obamacare's Patient-Dumping, Privacy-Meddling Scheme Michelle Malkin The stench of Chicago cronyism over the White House just got fouler. Inhale this: A shadowy $10 billion Obamacare agency with zero oversight just awarded first lady Michelle Obama's pet patient-dumping scheme at the University of Chicago Medical Center a $5.9 million taxpayer-funded grant. It will enable Mrs. Obama's cronies to build a government-sponsored electronic medical record-sharing system. The Chicago program, known as the Urban Health Initiative, is run by one of President Obama's closest golfing buddies, scandal magnet Eric Whitaker, who has been entangled with Illinois corruption celebrities Rod Blagojevich...
  • Obamacare's Medicare Scam

    05/13/2012 8:26:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2012 | Susan Brown
    America's senior citizens deserve to enjoy their golden years in security rather than be faced with the uncertainty of having their beloved Medicare benefits yanked away thanks to provisions within the Democratic Party's darling, Obamacare. Mathematicians Congressional Democrats are not. Democrats failed to inform seniors nearly half of Obamacare's cost would be funded initially by taking more than $500 billion from Medicare. When this information was made public, Democrats promised the cost-shifting would not in any way lead to benefit cuts. In addition, they were told Obamacare would reduce the deficit and were told everyone could keep their doctors. If...
  • Feds to put up $1.9B for Oregon health overhaul

    05/03/2012 12:47:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    ap ^ | 5/3/12 | JONATHAN J. COOPER
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Obama administration is buying into an ambitious health care initiative in Oregon, announcing Thursday it has tentatively agreed to chip in $1.9 billion over five years to help get the program off the ground. Oregon hopes to prove that states can save billions on Medicaid without sacrificing the quality of health care. Gov. John Kitzhaber's plan would invest in preventive care to keep patients healthy so they don't need expensive hospitalizations. "If this works, I think other states are going to be looking at this as a way to manage that patient population," said Kitzhaber,...
  • Rockwall teacher fired for out-of-wedlock pregnancy

    04/11/2012 9:44:41 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 163 replies
    WFAA ^ | 04/10/2012 | JASON WHITELY
    ROCKWALL — Cathy Samford, a volleyball coach and science teacher, was fired from Heritage Christian Academy for getting pregnant and not being married, the school acknowledged. "I looked it up and thought, 'They can't do this,'" said Samford, 29. For almost three years, she coached volleyball at the private school. Samford was named "Coach of the Year" and recently began teaching science. But when she got pregnant last fall, the school fired her because she was not married. "We all have different views and interpretations," Samford said. "It's not necessarily the Christian thing to do to throw somebody aside because...
  • Chief Justice Says States Have Compromised Their Sovereignty

    03/30/2012 6:29:41 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 70 replies
    The New American ^ | 3/29/2012 | Jack Kenny
    Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday what has long been known but seldom spoken. During the third and final day of Supreme Court hearings on whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is unconstitutional, Roberts said states have been compromising their sovereignty for decades through increased reliance on the federal government for money and accompanying directions on the governance of state affairs. "It seems to me that they have compromised their status as independent sovereigns because they are so dependent on what the federal government has done," the chief justice said during Wednesday's nearly three hours of...
  • Florida must pay for autism therapy for poor kids, judge says

    03/29/2012 5:16:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Tampa Bay - St. Petersburg Times ^ | March 29, 2012 | Carol Marbin Miller, Miami Herald
    ...U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard, in an order signed this week, required the state's Medicaid insurance program for needy families to begin paying for a psychological program, called applied behavioral analysis, designed to improve the behavior, language and cognitive development of autistic children. The state already requires commercial carriers to provide the therapy, also called ABA, to Floridians with private insurance — meaning children from poor families were being denied services more affluent children could access. In a blistering order, Lenard called "outrageous" the state Agency for Health Care Administration's position that behavioral therapy is an experimental treatment that is...
  • Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Seems Long Shot at SCOTUS

    03/28/2012 1:54:05 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 3/28/2012 | Kate Hicks
    It’s a testament to Paul Clement’s brilliant advocacy that reporters and spectators left the courtroom feeling less sure of a win for the federal government. Medicaid expansion was easily the hardest of the four issues he had to argue – both the lower courts previously had rejected the states’ premise – and he seemed to provide compelling evidence that coercion may be at play here. Justice Kagan hardly let the word “coercion” leave Mr. Clement’s mouth before she hit him with a very blunt question: “Why is a big gift coercive?” Therein lies the major distinction at the heart of...
  • Day Three: If the Mandate Goes, Can the Rest Stay? Is Medicaid Expansion Coercive?

    03/28/2012 4:17:53 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 3/28/2012 | Kate Hicks
    If yesterday was the dramatic climax of the health case, then today is its denouement. The Court will consider two questions today: this morning, If the mandate is unconstitutional, how much, if any, of the PPACA may remain? This afternoon, Is Medicaid expansion coercion of the states? These two issues are decidedly less sexy than the mandate, and in all probability, more likely to go the federal government’s way. In general, the Court takes a deferential stance to the legislative branch. While it may decide that Congress overstepped its power by enacting the mandate, it’s unlikely to issue them the...
  • Whistleblower Lawsuit: Planned Parenthood in Texas Filed Millions in Fraudulent Medicaid Claims

    03/17/2012 9:28:03 AM PDT · by Semper911 · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Breitbart ^ | March 15, 2012 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A federal whistleblower lawsuit has been filed against Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, now known as Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, charging the provider of abortion services with fraudulent Medicaid claims in the amount of nearly $6 million. The lawsuit, filed by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), on behalf of former Planned Parenthood clinic director, Abby Johnson, accused Planned Parenthood of submitting over 87,000 "false, fraudulent, or ineligible claims for Medicaid reimbursements” under Title XIX, in association with the Texas Women’s Health Program. The Medicaid claims, filed between 2007 and 2009, were valued at more than $5.7 million. The...
  • Obama Admin. Pulls Funding, But CBS Scolds Texas for Daring to Harm Sacrosanct Planned Parenthood

    03/16/2012 8:15:11 AM PDT · by Qbert · 9 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 16, 2012 | Brent Baker
    Obama administration officials in the Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday they would pull all of Medicaid’s funding for Texas’ Women’s Health Program because the state decided to no longer pass those funds along to abortion providers, such as Planned Parenthood. Instead of holding the Obama officials accountable for putting the interests of a favored liberal group ahead of the poor women of Texas, right on cue the CBS Evening News turned it into another tale of woe with women as victims in the loss of “free” services provided by the sacrosanct Planned Parenthood.  “A fight over Planned...
  • VIDEO: Stealth-Unionization Scheme Bleeds Medicaid

    03/13/2012 1:29:39 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/13/2012 | MichCapCon
    Robert and Patricia Haynes of Macomb Township take care of their adult children — Melissa, 34, and Kevin, 30 — who suffer from hypertonic cerebral palsy and function at the level of six-month-olds. Now, some of the Medicaid assistance that is supposed to go to the Haynes family is being diverted to the coffers of the Service Employee International Union.
  • Planned Parenthood accused of $6M fraud

    03/12/2012 3:13:09 PM PDT · by don-o · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 11, 2012 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Texas knowingly sent in about $6 million in false claims to Medicaid and took steps to cover up its acts, says a federal "whistleblower" lawsuit that was unsealed Friday. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast submitted more than 87,000 reimbursement claims for services that were "false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible," said the lawsuit filed by Abby K. Johnson on behalf of the United States and the state of Texas in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston. Ms. Johnson is a former director of one of the clinics and had "system-wide" access to patient...
  • Texas to administration: Never mind your threats, we’re cutting Medicaid to abortion providers

    02/24/2012 5:11:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/24/2012 | Tina Korbe
    At CPAC, Texas Gov. Rick Perry quipped, “I haven’t left the fight; I just went home, reloaded my Mag and am fighting on a different front.” Clearly, he wasn’t kidding. Texas today cut Medicaid funding to abortion providers — even though the administration threatened to cut the state’s funding if it did so. The Daily Caller reports: On Thursday, Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Thomas Suehs signed a rule at the behest of lawmakers and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott that will formally ban Planned Parenthood affiliates and other abortion providers from participating in Texas’ Women’s Health Program.The administration...
  • Texas ignores administration’s threats, cuts off Medicaid to abortion providers

    02/24/2012 4:35:47 PM PST · by blueyon · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/24/2012 | Caroline May -
    The Lone Star state is reminding the Obama administration of it’s unofficial motto: “Don’t mess with Texas.” On Thursday, Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Thomas Suehs signed a rule at the behest of lawmakers and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott that will formally ban Planned Parenthood affiliates and other abortion providers from participating in Texas’ Women’s Health Program. The administration had threatened to revoke federal funding from the state-federal Medicaid program if Texas went through with the ban.
  • What’s Behind the Medicare Increase?

    02/14/2012 3:54:44 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Washington Wire ^ | 2-14-12 | Janet Adamy
    The Obama administration proposed a sharp increase in spending at the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid – and the reason why might surprise you. Monday’s budget calls for spending $4.82 billion on administrative costs at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for fiscal 2013, a 25.9% increase in the previous year’s estimated budget of $3.83 billion. That doesn’t include the much larger sums the agency spends on its actual programs, which provide insurance to seniors, the disabled and the poor. A chunk of Baby Boomers will turn age 65 this year and become eligible for Medicare, but that...
  • Babies for braces? News 8's Medicaid investigations continue .

    02/03/2012 2:57:36 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    WFFA.com ^ | February 3, 2012 | BYRON HARRIS
    DALLAS - No one would say being a single mom is easy. Especially being a single, teenage mother. But the State of Texas appears to be encouraging teenage girls to become pregnant so they can receive free dental care under Medicaid. Our investigation last year found hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money spent for free braces on kids' teeth under Medicaid. That spurred a federal investigation, because cosmetic braces aren't supposed to be paid for under Medicaid. If that is an example of good intentions gone bad, Latricia Banks and her mom, Patricia Jones, may exemplify a good...
  • email from VA Planned Parenthood, OPPOSING bill to stop taxpayer funded abortions (BARF ALERT)

    02/02/2012 9:58:53 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 2 replies
    VA Planned Parenthood email
    We are 23 days into the 2012 session of the Virginia General Assembly, and things are moving fast! Over the past few days, we've had some really awful legislation pass committees, including HB62. HB62 is an attempt to repeal Medicaid funding for abortion for women whose pregnancies have been diagnosed with severe fetal abnormalities. These cases are rare and often these pregnancies are very wanted by the families. HB62 will punish the poorest women of Virginia by adding a crippling financial impact to a devastating diagnosis. Please take action and let your Delegate know you OPPOSE HB62!
  • THIS Is The Future Of Work In America (If you want a job, here's where you should be)

    12/05/2011 10:06:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/05/2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    There's a lot of debate about the future of labor in America: Will manufacturing ever come back? Will automation be a job destroyer? Will we all be freelancers working from home, shifting from gig to gig every 6 months?It's all interesting to think about, but if you want to place one solid bet on the future of jobs in America, this chart would be a pretty simple place to start.Regardless of where the economic cycle is, health care jobs just keep going up in a straight line. Image: https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/graph/?id=CES6562000101 The chart is even more impressive when you look at healthcare...
  • In Texas, a surprising Perry plan for Medicaid reform (Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!)

    11/19/2011 12:17:32 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 19, 2011 | Sarah Kliff
    It’s a perennial complaint from Texas Gov. Rick Perry: The federal government places far too many restrictions on how states can run Medicaid, the entitlement program that provides health care to low-income Americans. “We know for a fact that, given that freedom, the states can do a better job of delivering health care,” Perry said in a Republican debate last month. He’s endorsed turning the entitlement program into a block grant and flirted with having Texas drop out of it altogether. But back in Texas, Perry is actually pursuing a highly technocratic and pragmatic attempt at Medicaid reform that doesn’t...
  • Supreme Court’s planned review of health-care law shocks Medicaid advocates

    11/16/2011 8:30:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 16, 2011 | N.C. Aizenman
    While there was no surprise over the Supreme Court’s decision Monday to review the 2010 health-care act’s insurance mandate, supporters of the law are reeling over the justices’ announcement that they will also consider a long-shot challenge to what many consider an even more central provision of the statute. That provision is the extension of Medicaid to cover a greater number of the poor. Twenty-six states say the expansion amounts to an unconstitutional coercion of state governments, which provide part of Medicaid’s funding. “The decision on this issue is probably the most important the Supreme Court will be making on...
  • SEIU siphons 'dues' from Mich. Medicaid payments

    11/11/2011 3:03:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/11/11 | Joel Gehrke Commentary Staff Writer
    If you're a parent who accepts Medicaid payments from the State of Michigan to help support your mentally-disabled adult children, you qualify as a state employee for the purposes of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). They can now claim and receive a portion of your Medicaid in the form of union dues. Robert and Patricia Haynes live in Michigan with their two adult children, who have cerebral palsy. The state government provides the family with insurance through Medicaid, but also treats them as caregivers. For the SEIU, this makes them public employees and thus members of the union, which...
  • Boehner on supercommittee: Tax increases are out, revenues could be in

    11/04/2011 2:22:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/03/11 | Russell Berman
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made clear on Thursday that when it comes to a deficit reduction deal, his position hasn’t changed: Tax increases are out, but new revenues could be in. The question of taxes and revenue has bedeviled congressional and administration negotiators for months, and they were at the center of the dispute between Boehner and President Obama when their talks for a possible “grand bargain” on the budget fell apart over the summer. As the clock ticks down on the deficit supercommittee to find at least $1.2 trillion in savings, the size and scope of new revenues...
  • Cooking the books on Grandma's health care

    11/03/2011 7:39:29 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 1, 2011 | Betsy McCaughey
    The British medical journal Lancet reported last month that 32% of elderly American patients undergo surgery in the year before they die, a statistic culled from Medicare data. In an accompanying editorial, Dr. Amy Kelley of Mount Sinai School of Medicine labeled the 32% figure a "call to action"—to reduce costly surgeries, intensive-care stays and other high-intensity care for the elderly. Her call was parroted in hundreds of media outlets nationwide. But advocates for limiting health-care spending on the elderly are distorting science to make their argument. Don't be bamboozled: The Lancet investigators looked only at patients who died...
  • Hospital Limits Merely The Beginning Of Obamacare

    10/31/2011 12:46:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 31, 2011 | Bobby Schindler
    As a country whose laws show little respect for life at its most vulnerable stages, from the unborn to the elderly and disabled, it should come as no surprise that the government, in efforts to control costs, will begin to limit hospital stays for those covered by Medicaid. Indeed, with Medicaid increasing its roll significantly with the economic downturn, anyone should be able to see that this is merely the beginning of Obamacare. Under the new healthcare law, competition for health insurance will be finite as the government takes control of the market. Private insurance companies will be forced to...
  • California gets OK for large cuts to Medi-Cal

    10/28/2011 10:10:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 28, 2011 | Anna Gorman
    California plans to reduce payments to many Medi-Cal providers by 10%. The federal government's approval of the budget-cutting measure raises concerns from doctors and others. The Obama administration will allow California to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from Medi-Cal, a move doctors and experts say will make it harder for the poor to get medical treatment. California plans to reduce rates by 10% to many providers, including physicians, dentists, clinics, pharmacies and most nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday.
  • States struggle to pay for Medicaid

    10/28/2011 11:40:14 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/27/11 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    Infused with billions of extra Medicaid dollars from President Obama’s economic stimulus package, states have largely burned through the aid and are scrounging for a way to support programs bloated by the sluggish economy. The majority of states have cut provider payments as they try to make up the lost funding and grapple with budget imbalances in fragile economies, according to an annual study of state Medicaid programs released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. It’s a double-whammy this year. On July 1, states lost the extra federal funding that reached $100 billion over three years and helped them pay...
  • Part D Price Controls Kill Jobs

    10/12/2011 4:42:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 12, 2011 | SALLY PIPES
    Washington faces two pressing tasks — getting a handle on escalating federal debt and addressing the country's unemployment crisis. Unfortunately, the White House, thanks to its usual ideological blinders, has come up with a plan that will actually cost jobs — even as it achieves only trifling savings. The proposal, which Team Obama has now forwarded to the supercommittee charged with coming up with $1.6 trillion in savings over the next decade, is to extend Medicaid-style manufacturers' rebates to part of the Medicare Part D program. The proposal affects the so-called "dual eligibles," those eligible for Medicaid but who obtain...
  • Undercover calls reveal Medicaid covering $9,000 late-term abortions (your tax $)

    10/12/2011 2:15:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 12, 2011 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, October 12, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An undercover audio investigation has been released in which a New Mexico abortion clinic worker tells a potential client that an $8-9,000 elective abortion at 27 weeks gestation would be fully covered by taxpayer Medicaid dollars. As debate over tax funding of abortions in Obamacare is scheduled in Washington, D.C. for Thursday, Operation Rescue and Project Defending Life say their investigation shows that millions of state tax dollars are already paying for abortions each year. Operation Rescue released a short video containing excerpts from an undercover recording showing that Medicaid not only...
  • What We Don't Know About Health Insurance

    10/06/2011 4:03:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    Reason ^ | October 6, 2011 | Peter Suderman
    Is the drive for universal health coverage actually making people worse off? Advocates for universal health coverage frequently claim that they’re out to improve health and save lives. Just one problem: Despite the trillions of dollars we’ve spent on public health insurance programs, there’s very little strong evidence to suggest that subsidized health insurance actually improves health. Indeed, the push for universal coverage may be preventing other, more effective health measures. So here’s the question: Is the drive for universal health insurance actually making people worse off? That’s the alarming possibility raised by Michael Cannon, the health policy director at...
  • Vietnam Vet In Wheelchair Gets $15 MILLION Reward For Busting Medicaid Fraud !

    09/26/2011 3:32:58 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 16 replies
    NYP ^ | Joe Mirraco
    A frail but feisty, partially paralyzed wheelchair-bound Vietnam vet scored a $15 million whistelblower’s reward after uncovering a massive Medicaid fraud scheme -- with the help of his trusty calculator. “From my wheelchair, on a ventilator and oxygen, I have spent the last seven years in this fight. Sometimes, the good guy wins,’’ said plucky Richard West, 63, of Tuckerton, NJ. The savvy senior said he first smelled a rat when he went to the dentist in 2004 -- and was told his Medicaid benefits had maxed out. West returned home and scoured his own, meticulously kept records, discovering that...
  • (VIDEO) Dem Senator Harkin: Get Arrested to Save Medicaid

    09/22/2011 7:31:18 AM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 11 replies
    MRCTV.org (Media Research Center TV) ^ | 9/22/2011 | Joe Schoffstall
    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) spoke to a crowd gathered in Washington, D.C., outside of the Capitol and said, "We need some of you probably getting arrested for doing things you shouldn't be doing" to save Medicaid. Also, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont), who is a self-avowed socialist, told MRCTV he was at the rally to 'save' Medicaid and that Republicans care more about representing the 'wealthiest people in the country', large campaign contributors and 'hedge fund people' than working and low-income families.
  • California could pose problem for Obama's healthcare reform

    09/15/2011 2:28:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 15, 2011 | By Noam N. Levey
    For more than a year, as conservative states have battled President Obama's sweeping healthcare law, California was supposed to be a model that showed the law's promise. But the state is emerging as one of the biggest headaches for the White House in its bid to help states bring millions of Americans into the healthcare system starting in 2014. Many doctors have already closed their doors to Medicaid patients. Other providers are following suit. In June, Sharp Coronado Hospital in San Diego County stopped taking new patients at its facility providing long-term life support. "I'm afraid no one is going...
  • Good, Bad and Ugly

    08/31/2011 8:37:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Barron's ^ | AUGUST 27, 2011 | JONATHAN R. LAING
    There's hope for states that accept structural change, but pain for those that won't. Are you listening, Illinois and California? For most states, fiscal 2012 is shaping up as a brutal year. They've already had to close a collective gap of more than $100 billion between their projected revenues and previously budgeted expenses, mostly due to anemic sales taxes and personal and corporate-income levies. And all this comes after three years of large budget shortfalls, during which most of the low-hanging fruit in expenses had been plucked and rainy-day funds and other reserves had been plundered. Likewise, just about all...
  • City Shuts Down Ill Woman’s Yard Sale [SATIRE]

    08/20/2011 8:09:35 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 33 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 20 August 2011 | John Semmens
    A Salem, Oregon woman’s desperate efforts to raise funds to treat her bone cancer were stifled by City officials. Jan Cline had been holding weekly yard sales trading her possessions for the cash she needs to pay medical bills. City rules limit the number of yard sales per address to three per year. Harden Callas, spokesman for the City’s Community Development Department urged people “to not lose sight of the bigger picture here. We know a lot of people are going to feel sympathetic toward Ms. Cline. But we can’t let her or anyone else put their own personal needs...
  • HHS: Obamacare will hike state Medicaid costs

    08/12/2011 9:56:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 12, 2011 | Philip Klein
    Buried in a web of new rules issued on Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services acknowledged that the national health care law's definition of Medicaid elgibility would impose higher costs on states."The Administration is concerned and is exploring options to address it," according to HHS.The problem arises because not only will the health care law expand Medicaid by raising the income threshold to qualify for the program, but it will exclude Social Security benefits from the calculation to determine elgibility. As the Associated Press has reported, this would mean a couple with annual income of $64,000 could qualify...
  • Man With Breast Cancer Denied Medicaid Coverage Because He's Not a Woman

    08/08/2011 12:05:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/08/2011 | ALICIA TEJADA and COURTNEY HUTCHISON
    For Raymond Johnson it was bad enough being diagnosed with cancer when he was just 26 and with no health insurance, but his shock was only aggravated when he was denied Medicaid, because rules say men are not covered for breast cancer. Johnson, a construction worker from Charleston, S.C., is one of the roughly 2,000 men who develop breast cancer each year -- just 1 percent of all breast cancer cases. But doctors say even though the numbers of cases may be small compared to the number of women who get the disease, what male breast cancer patients suffer is...
  • Stop the Fiscal War Against Our Children Now

    08/07/2011 6:15:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies
    Bloomberg | 2011-06-29 | Laurence Kotlikoff
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  • Free cell phones for the needy drawing both cheers and jeers (included with Medicaid or food stamps)

    08/03/2011 4:20:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Pittsburgh Live ^ | 8/01/11 | Rachel Weaver
    Free cell phones for the needy drawing both cheers and jeersBy Rachel Weaver, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW Monday, August 1, 2011 Sharron Walters could not afford one more monthly bill. But without a phone, it would be difficult for Walters, who relies on a wheelchair, to secure rides to and from her daily errands. She also could not keep in touch with her son, who lives out of town. Three months ago, Walters, 48, of Swissvale started using Assurance Wireless, a program of Sprint subsidiary Virgin Mobile that provides free cell phones and 250 monthly minutes to people receiving government support such...
  • Advocates for seniors and health care industry fear big cuts could flow from debt deal

    08/02/2011 9:38:17 AM PDT · by yorkie · 17 replies
    The Washington Post and AP ^ | August 2, 2011 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON — When it comes to Medicare and Medicaid, the debt deal raises more questions than it answers.
  • Medicare cuts hammer the hospital sector

    08/01/2011 10:44:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Aug. 1, 2011 | Russ Britt
    Reductions to nursing facilities also take a bite out of REITs. Planned cuts in Medicare payments to skilled-nursing facilities hit the entire hospital sector in Monday trading, including real-estate investment trusts, and one nursing stock lost more than half its value. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Friday that it planned to reduce payments to skilled-nursing facilities by 11.1% for fiscal 2012, cutting $3.87 billion out of the spending plan. ... General-care hospitals also felt the pain, after a rough week in which prospective Medicaid cuts took a bite out of their shares.
  • Are baby boomers to blame for debt crisis?

    07/30/2011 10:32:57 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 215 replies
    CNN ^ | 2011-07-29 | Ed Hornick
    Baby boomers -- those born between 1946 and 1964 -- have been described as "the pig in the python" and the "sandwich generation." They lived well, grew up in relative abundance and, some say, expected their Social Security, health care and government support to be there as they grew old. Now, as the future of the country's economy is up in the air, is this group of 80 million aging Americans -- many of whom are sprinting toward retirement age -- the ones to blame for the nation's shaky economic system? (snip) Thomas Firey, a senior editor at the conservative...
  • VIDEO: Van Jones: GOP Putting A "Gun To The Head of 310 Million People"

    07/28/2011 1:37:27 PM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 30 replies
    On July 28, 2011, former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones attended the Rebuild the Dream rally held outside the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. and said the GOP is putting "a gun to the head of 310 million people" and using "hostage taking tactics" in regards to the current debate on the debt limit. Jones told MRCTV: "Any faction in America that would put a gun to the head of 310 million people and say 'If you don't do it our way, we will blow your dreams away, we will blow a hold in the American economy', that is un-American....
  • VIDEO: HOOSIER STATE CAUGHT IN MEDICAID FRAUD STING - MEDICAID PART V

    James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas today released the fifth in a series of undercover investigations into Medicaid fraud. Citizen journalists have uncovered widespread Medicaid fraud in state offices across the country. In the latest video, an undercover reporter attempts to apply for Medicaid benefits in two different offices in Gary, Indiana. The reporter indicates that he is a drug dealer who receives “shipment in floorboard.” He continues by saying that he has “50 people who work for us.” The Medicaid case worker says “We don’t want to know that.” The undercover reporter in the second office tells about Rolex...
  • McDonnell asks state police to review Medicaid video

    07/25/2011 5:27:14 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | July 23, 2011 | By Olympia Meola
    Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking Virginia State Police to review a video released this week that appears to be hidden-camera footage of an exchange in a Richmond Medicaid office in which a staffer advises a man not to disclose a drug and prostitution business on a Medicaid application. The 9 minute, 29 second video was posted on the website of Project Veritas as the fourth in a series of "undercover investigations into Medicaid fraud." On Friday, Richmond officials announced that the city will join forces with the Virginia attorney general's office to review the matter. The attorney general's office has...
  • O’Keefe unveils 4th Medicaid sting video

    07/22/2011 11:23:22 AM PDT · by curth · 13 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | Jul 21, 2011 | Dan Cleary
    This is the fourth installment of James O’Keefe’s Medicaid sting and there is no end in sight. This one takes place in Virginia, and as we saw in Ohio, the Carolinas, and NYC the Medicaid workers there are more than willing to help wealthy criminals grab a hunk of government cheese. As always, this is a must-watch that will leave you shaking your head in disbelief. By now I am convinced it is darn-near impossible to actually get turned away for any reason when walking into a Medicaid office. You could say “I have a stack of corpses in my...
  • VIDEO: MEDICAID STING HITS VIRGINIA CAPITAL CITY - MEDICAID PART IV

    07/21/2011 9:58:43 AM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 2 replies
    James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas today released the fourth in a series of undercover investigations into Medicaid fraud. Citizen journalists have uncovered widespread Medicaid fraud in state offices across the country. In the latest video, an undercover reporter attempts to apply for Medicaid benefits in Richmond, Virginia and several other offices in the Commonwealth. The reporter indicates that he is a drug dealer who traffics in “Bob Marley pharmaceuticals.” "But we won't get in trouble for running the drug business or like illegal prostitution?" asks man posing as drug dealer and owner of an $800,000 vehicle. The worker in...
  • Liberal governor's request for Medicaid cuts puts Democrats in tough spot (Cally's Moonbeam)

    07/20/2011 10:08:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/20/11 | Julian Pecquet
    Liberal governor's request for Medicaid cuts puts Democrats in tough spotBy Julian Pecquet - 07/20/11 06:00 AM ET President Obama and congressional Democrats have been put in a tough spot by California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) request to cut Medicaid spending by 10 percent. Brown says he needs to make the cuts to the state Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, to ease his state’s severe budget woes. But advocates say cuts of that size would be devastating to California’s most vulnerable residents. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — and, by extension, the White House — must...
  • Third O’Keefe video punks NYC Medicaid workers

    07/20/2011 8:43:06 AM PDT · by ponygirl · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/20/11 | Matthew Boyle
    Conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe released the third installment in his Medicaid fraud video investigation Wednesday. The new footage shows a government employee in New York City assisting a fictitiously named man, “Mario,” with a Medicaid application. In the video, the man said he’s an out-of-work plumber who has “some stuff” he does “on the side.” Mario begins explaining to the Medicaid worker in New York that he sells “mushrooms.” “I don’t want to raise any red flags in terms of what I’m doing,” Mario said. “I don’t know how to put it down exactly.” The Medicaid worker interrupts Mario. “Don’t,...
  • New O’Keefe Sting Exposes Medicaid Corruption

    07/19/2011 3:09:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 2+ views
    Commentary ^ | 07.18.2011 | Alana Goodman
    Conservative activist James O'Keefe traded in his pimp hat for a Russian accent during his latest undercover sting operation, in which he pretends to be an affluent European drug dealer attempting to obtain Medicaid benefits from an Ohio government office. Once again, the con apparently worked. Government employees are shown on video assisting O'Keefe in applying for medical assistance, after he tells them that he sells drugs, pimps out his underage sister and recently purchased an $800,000 car: In response, Ohio employees tasked with disbursing federal Medicaid dollars are shown coaching the men through the process of applying for benefits. "If...
  • WATCH: O' Keefe Shock Video: 25 Irish Republican Army Terrorists Receive Medicaid in South Carolina

    07/19/2011 8:37:43 AM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 5 replies
    For the first installment of the Project Veritas Medicaid fraud investigation that took place in a Ohio, click here. Today, a second video has been released. In this video, 25 members of Irish Republican Army get medicaid assistance in South and North Carolina. An employee tells one of the actors "I don't know anything" and "I don't want to go jail."