budget cuts

Meals on Wheels Caught in Budget Food Fight

Posted on 05/8/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMeals on Wheels programs across the nation are seeing the pain of federal budget cuts. The system that delivers hot meals to millions of home-bound or low-income seniors five days a week isn’t near collapse. But with across-the-board spending cuts, called sequestration, taking hold since March 1, local programs have begun to limit who they serve and intend to pull back in other ways. “It’s a slowly developing crisis,” Martha Roherty, executive director of the National Association of States United …

Obama: Don’t Break Promises for Secure Retirement

Posted on 02/12/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Obama told the nation Tuesday that programs aimed at retirement security need reforming but don’t offer the solution to the nation’s deficit woes. In his 2013 State of the Union speech, Obama said across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to go into effect to tackle the deficit are difficult, but cutting Medicare and Social Security benefits instead would be a worse idea. “Yes, the biggest driver of our long-term debt is the rising cost of health care for an aging population. …

White House to GOP: Hands Off Medicaid

Posted on 02/5/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAs politicians squabble in the coming months over which federal programs to cut, Medicaid will be protected by a sort of favorite son status. “Other than the most minimal, smart, efficiency-type of measure, Medicaid savings — Medicaid cuts — for this president, for this administration, are not on the table,” said Gene Sperling, the director of the White House’s National Economic Council. Medicaid, the health care program for low-income Americans, will be expanded in 2014 under the provisions of President …

Automatic Budget Cuts Will Reduce Medicare Payments To Doctors, Providers By $11 Billion

Posted on 09/14/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodaySpecial Post By Mary Agnes Carey | Kaiser Health News staff writer Medicare providers would see reductions of about $11 billion beginning in January as part of series of automatic spending cuts set to begin next year unless Congress acts to halt them, according to estimates released Friday by the White House Office of Management and Budget. The numbers came in a report that details how federal agencies would implement roughly $110 billion in mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts agreed to …