medicaid

Health Care Law Helps Add 3 Million to Medicaid

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Erica Werner, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s new health care law as of the end of February, the administration announced on April 4, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety net health program has grown since implementation of the law. Many were newly eligible because of the law’s Medicaid expansion, while others already eligible but not yet enrolled came forward because of publicity around the …

The Cost of Not Expanding Medicaid

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsStates have divided almost evenly on whether to expand Medicaid to millions more low-income Americans, many of them uninsured. Many Republican governors or state legislatures have rejected expansion, saying that although the federal government will pick up most of the tab now, states could be left on the hook in the future. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter And although expansion aims for low-income people, “you’re expanding coverage for graduate students and Starbucks baristas,” says Edmund Haislmaier, senior research fellow at the Heritage …

New Drug for Hepatitis C: Effective, but Who Will Pay?

Posted on 03/3/2014 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News staff writer, in association with The Daily Beast There’s a new drug regimen being touted as a potential cure for a dangerous liver virus that causes hepatitis C. But it costs $84,000 — or $1,000 a pill. And that price tag is prompting outrage from some consumers and a scramble by insurers to figure out which patients should get the drug — and who pays for it. Related: CDC: All Boomers Need Hepatitis C Test Called …

The New Federal Rule on Home- and Community-Based Services: All Eyes on the States

Posted on 02/12/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteThe U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently took an important step toward helping low-income people with disabilities. In January, CMS issued a final rule [CMS-2249-F/CMS-2296-F] giving states new flexibility and responsibilities for using Medicaid dollars to pay for home- and community-based services (HCBS). The rule — which should help Medicaid recipients overcome fragmented systems of care and limited options for living in the community — is likely to affect states in three significant ways. New Definition of …

States Can Smooth the Transition from Medicaid to Medicare

Posted on 11/21/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteThe Affordable Care Act (ACA) created an additional set of rules governing Medicaid eligibility. These new rules and the traditional rules interact in ways that can significantly affect low-income Medicare beneficiaries. States need to understand what’s at stake. The ACA makes it easier for low-income individuals to qualify for Medicaid by using much simpler rules for counting income, called the modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) rules. People who qualify for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA are referred to as …

Modernizing Medicaid: Putting Home- and Community-Based Services on Equal Footing with Nursing Homes

Posted on 11/13/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteThe AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) had a Solutions Forum on Oct. 30 to discuss ways to ensure that Medicaid beneficiaries get the supportive services they need in settings that they choose (See Twitter conversation at #MedMod and event transcript). AARP Executive Vice President Debra Whitman remarked that “the need for long-term services and supports is not a partisan issue. It affects Democrats. It affects Republicans. It affects wealthy people. It affects poor people. It affects old and young, all …