medicaid

Why Spending More For Meals on Wheels Would Cost Almost Nothing

Posted on 10/17/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin TodayBy David Orenstein Expanding programs like Meals on Wheels would save 26 of 48 U.S. states money and would allow more seniors to stay in their own homes, research shows. A new study reports that if every state in the lower 48 expanded the number of seniors receiving meals by just 1 percent, 1,722 more Medicaid recipients could avoid living in a nursing home and most states would experience a net annual savings from implementing the expansion. Pennsylvania would see …

Study: 5.2 Million Americans Will Fall Into Medicaid ‘Coverage Gap’

Posted on 10/16/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News About 5.2 million poor, uninsured adults will fall into the “coverage gap,” created by 26 states choosing not to expand Medicaid under the federal health law next year, according to a study released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.) Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter These people are projected to have incomes too high to qualify for their state’s existing Medicaid programs, but below the federal poverty …

Una crisis peor que la del cierre temporal del gobierno

Posted on 10/12/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolEl cierre temporal del gobierno ha estado acaparando la atención del país, y aunque continúan las negociaciones para resolver esta crisis, lo cierto es que se siembran más dudas sobre la economía a medida que se acerca límite de la deuda (“debt ceiling”). Imagínate qué pasaría si el gobierno tuviera qué decidir a quién pagarle primero: ¿el Seguro Social a los jubilados o los fondos al programa de Medicare? Esto es lo que podría suceder, según la Casa Blanca, si …

26 States With a Big Health Coverage Gap

Posted on 10/4/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThis week, Health Insurance Marketplaces opened in states across the country.  It’s true: Many more Americans will now have access to affordable health care.  But, other hard-working people, who live in states that have not yet committed to expanding Medicaid, will fall into a new coverage gap. That’s right: In the 26 states that have not accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid, adults who earn up to $15,000 a year will not qualify for any type of subsidy through the …

Why People Love Their Medicare Drug Coverage

Posted on 09/27/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMedicare’s drug coverage gets a 90 percent satisfaction rating from people who use it. Medicare Part D, in short, gets an A from beneficiaries. Pretty good for a program that barely squeaked through Congress 10 years ago. Here’s what Medicare beneficiaries think about Part D today, according to a national survey sponsored by the Healthcare Leadership Council: Ninety-six percent say the drug coverage gives them peace of mind. Ninety-five percent say their plan is convenient to use. Eighty-four percent say …

Programas vitales nuevamente en la lupa del presupuesto federal

Posted on 09/24/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolUn informe de la Congressional Budget Office (CBO) señala que a pesar de que el déficit presupuestario nacional está bajando conforme se recupera el país de la crisis económica, ese déficit podría subir debido al costo de los servicios de salud. Estos servicios contemplan también los subsidios federales correspondientes a la nueva ley de salud (más conocida como Obamacare) y el Seguro Social. Según los cálculos de la CBO:   Los gastos federales para el servicio de salud y el …