Affordable Care Act

LTSS providers to receive 3% rate increase in Maryland

LTSS providers to receive 3% rate increase in Maryland

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Providers of home- and community-based services and nursing home care to Medicaid beneficiaries in Maryland will receive a 3% rate increase for fiscal year 2019, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday.

Scrap tax bill, LeadingAge and 41 other groups urge Senate

Scrap tax bill, LeadingAge and 41 other groups urge Senate

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LeadingAge and 41 other organizations are urging Senate leaders to scrap the body's tax reform bill and start over, expressing "deep concerns" about "drastic cuts" that potentially would occur to Medicare, Medicaid and other programs, as well as increases in out-of-pocket medical expenses for older adults and those with disabilities, should the legislation pass.

Provider group concerns with House, Senate tax bills continue

Provider group concerns with House, Senate tax bills continue

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Provider groups continued to express concerns over provisions in the $1.5 trillion tax reform legislation that passed 227-205 Thursday in the House of Representatives and in the tax reform bill under consideration in the Senate.

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Parkinson: 4 reasons operators will survive tough times

Parkinson: 4 reasons operators will survive tough times

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Las Vegas — Despite the "tough" political and regulatory environment, assisted living and skilled nursing providers "will make it through this. And many of you will not only survive; you will prosper," American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living President and CEO Mark Parkinson told those attending the opening general session of the organization's 68th Annual Convention & Expo. He gave four reasons.

Tittle: No time for assumptions about assisted living regulation

Tittle: No time for assumptions about assisted living regulation

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Las Vegas — The state of affairs in the nation's capital puts assisted living in a strong position to maintain regulation at the state level, National Center for Assisted Living Executive Director Scott Tittle said Sunday to the more than 200 assisted living professionals attending NCAL Day. "But that doesn't mean we are without risk," he said.

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'It's OK to fall short,' Graham says, suggesting ACA repeal efforts may continue

'It's OK to fall short,' Graham says, suggesting ACA repeal efforts may continue

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday night appeared ready to proceed to a vote on the healthcare reform bill that bears his name, even after the release of a negative preliminary analysis from the CBO and the loss of another Republican vote just hours earlier.

Collins, McCain express concerns about Graham-Cassidy, call for bipartisan effort

Collins, McCain express concerns about Graham-Cassidy, call for bipartisan effort

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As the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace Obamacare heads toward a hearing, a televised debate and a possible vote this week, two Republican senators have expressed serious concerns about it, calling for a bipartisan attempt at heatlhcare reform instead.

State Medicaid directors urge caution on Graham-Cassidy reforms

State Medicaid directors urge caution on Graham-Cassidy reforms

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The Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act contains "significant challenges" that deserve "thorough discussion, examination and analysis," the National Association of Medicaid Directors said Thursday, urging senators not to rush complex Medicaid reform.

This isn't a horror flick; it's a lot more frightening

This isn't a horror flick; it's a lot more frightening

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We've all seen those horror films where the villain appears to be terminated — only to return for more. A real-live version of this scenario may be playing out in Washington.

Provider groups oppose Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal ACA

Provider groups oppose Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal ACA

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Two national organizations representing senior living operators came out against the Graham-Cassidy bill Tuesday. The legislation, which is expected to be voted on next week in the Senate, would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, in the process changing open-ended Medicaid funding to block grants for states.

Senators push for Graham-Cassidy bill vote to repeal ACA next week

Senators push for Graham-Cassidy bill vote to repeal ACA next week

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Four Republican senators who introduced a bill on Sept. 13 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are pushing for a Senate vote on it before Sept. 30. As with bills under consideration in the Senate and House earlier this year, the Graham-Cassidy bill would cap Medicaid funding for each state.

'Time to move on' from healthcare reform, or is it?

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Provider groups applauded Friday's early-morning failure of the Senate's effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Some in the federal government, however, later suggested that their battle may not be over to prevent the Medicaid cuts contained in reform efforts to date.

$756 billion Medicaid reduction in revised BCRA affected by HCBS pilot projects, CBO says

$756 billion Medicaid reduction in revised BCRA affected by HCBS pilot projects, CBO says

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A $16 billion difference in Medicaid cuts between a July 20 version of the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act and the June 26 version is due in part to a provision in the revised bill that would fund home- and community-based services demonstration projects, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Congressional Budget Office.

Trump continues to push for repeal and replacement of ACA; CBO says repeal-only effort would cut Medicaid by $842 billion

Trump continues to push for repeal and replacement of ACA; CBO says repeal-only effort would cut Medicaid by $842 billion

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Senators should stay in Washington until they pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Trump said on Wednesday. His comment came hours before the Congressional Budget Office released an analysis finding that a Senate bill to repeal the ACA without replacing it would lead to $842 billion in Medicaid cuts through 2026.

Medicaid advocacy to continue after GOP health bill dies, provider groups say

Medicaid advocacy to continue after GOP health bill dies, provider groups say

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Advocates for aging-services providers say they'll continue their efforts to protect Medicaid funding in the wake of Monday night's collapse of Senate Republicans' effort to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Providers condemn 'shortsighted' Medicaid cuts in revised Senate healthcare bill

Providers condemn 'shortsighted' Medicaid cuts in revised Senate healthcare bill

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"Shortsighted," "draconian" and "drastic" are some of the words provider group leaders are using to describe the continued Medicaid cuts in the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act unveiled Thursday by Senate Republicans.

New CBO analysis shows deeper Medicaid cuts under Senate healthcare bill

New CBO analysis shows deeper Medicaid cuts under Senate healthcare bill

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Medicaid spending under the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 would be approximately 35% lower in 2036 compared with spending expected under the current law, according to a new analysis of the legislation released Thursday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Advocates bring attention to affordable housing

Advocates bring attention to affordable housing

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Most eyes on Washington may be focused on healthcare reform, but advocates for seniors and seniors housing ensured that affordable housing received some attention, too, on Tuesday, holding a rally in Upper Senate Park outside the Capitol.

CBO: Senate healthcare bill would cut Medicaid funding by $772B through 2026

CBO: Senate healthcare bill would cut Medicaid funding by $772B through 2026

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Senate Republicans' bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would cut federal spending on Medicaid by $772 billion through 2026, according to an analysis released Monday by the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation. The news reinforces operator fears that states will cut funding for home- and community-based services.

Senate healthcare bill would 'ruin Medicaid as we know it'

Senate healthcare bill would 'ruin Medicaid as we know it'

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As Senate Republicans released a "discussion draft" of their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, advocacy organizations in senior living expressed concerns about the legislation's Medicaid-related components, and former President Barack Obama said the bill would "ruin Medicaid as we know it."

Medicaid proposals could harm individuals, burden healthcare system, CEOs say

Medicaid proposals could harm individuals, burden healthcare system, CEOs say

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The 74 million lower-income, disabled and older adults who rely on Medicaid for their healthcare coverage could be harmed, and the healthcare system unduly burdened, under current proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act, the leaders of 10 large managed care organizations said Tuesday in a letter to Senate leaders.

CMS analysis shows HCBS vulnerability, AARP says

CMS analysis shows HCBS vulnerability, AARP says

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A newly released analysis by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' chief actuary "makes clear" that the American Health Care Act poses a "danger" to Medicaid beneficiaries, especially older adults and those with disabilities who rely on Medicaid for home- and community-based services, according to an AARP policy research senior analyst.

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The wrong policy at the wrong time

The wrong policy at the wrong time

As Congress has developed healthcare legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act, a dangerous proposal has emerged that would dramatically alter Medicaid's financial structure and shift far more of the risk for the increasing cost of care to the states, where budgets are ill-equipped to deal with the burden.

Up to 713,000 direct-care jobs could be lost under proposed Medicaid cuts: report

Up to 713,000 direct-care jobs could be lost under proposed Medicaid cuts: report

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Medicaid cuts proposed under the American Health Care Act could result in the loss of up to 713,000 direct-care jobs to provide long-term services and supports, according to a report released Thursday by LeadingAge and the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst.

21 states where seniors especially could be at risk if Medicaid funding changes

21 states where seniors especially could be at risk if Medicaid funding changes

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States that currently offer relatively low levels of home- and community-based services or where the projected increase in older adults aged 85 or more years is high would be among those especially at risk in their ability to serve beneficiaries who want to stay out of the nursing home under changes to Medicaid funding proposed in the American Health Care Act, according to a new report from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

States must improve residential care options, HCBS funding, AARP says

States must improve residential care options, HCBS funding, AARP says

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States will need to accelerate the rate of improving long-term services and supports in several areas to meet the upcoming needs of aging baby boomers, according to a report released today by the AARP.

Operators join march against possible Medicaid cuts

Operators join march against possible Medicaid cuts

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Senior living executives joined hundreds of demonstrators and several lawmakers opposed to Medicaid funding cuts during a rally this week at the U.S. Capitol.

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July 11

Patriotic parade

Naples, FL 

More than 100 residents and employees of Vi at Bentley Village participated in a golf cart parade to celebrate the Fourth of July.

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