California Healthline: LAO Report: State Could Lose $1 Billion

by David Gorn California stands to lose about $1 billion in federal health care funding through potential elimination of the current managed care organization tax if the governor’s proposed revision of the tax is not approved by federal officials, according to a report issued last week by the state Legislative Analyst’s Office. The Feb. 12 LAO … Continue reading

California Healthline: Health Issues Spur Debate Into Final Hours of Budget Negotiations

by David Gorn The Legislature yesterday passed a $108 billion budget and trailer bills on time, about four hours ahead of the Sunday midnight deadline. That doesn’t mean there was universal accord, at least around health care issues. The budget advanced several health-related programs, but shelved others. Budget highlights include:… Continue reading here: http://www.californiahealthline.org/capitol-desk/2014/6/health-issues-spur-debate-into-final-hours-of-budget-negotiations

California Healthline: Legislature Firms Up Budget Deal; Almost All Health Issues Go Wanting

Cecilia Hernandez(L) and Esperanza Morazan sit together for lunch in the main room at the Adult Day Health Care Center in San Francisco CA Thursday June 28th, 2012. Photo: Michael Short, Special To The Chronicle / SF

by David Gorn The California Legislature yesterday reached a budget deal and health care programs didn’t fare well. The budget proposal: Does not include restoration of a 10% Medi-Cal provider rate reduction; Does not make autism therapy a Medi-Cal benefit; Does not restore public health programs such as the Early Mental Health Initiative and the Children’s Dental Disease … Continue reading

California Healthline: How Budget Cuts Hit the Health System

by David Gorn A number of health care budget items are expected to be decided this week in talks between legislators and the governor: Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates are among the lowest Medicaid payments in the nation. Some legislators are pushing to restore the 10% cut made three years ago. California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell … Continue reading

California Healthline: Budget Process Latest Way to Reverse Cuts

by David Gorn Thousands of providers, patients, health care professionals and other protesters are expected to gather today outside the Capitol Building to support the idea of reversing a 10% Medi-Cal provider rate cut. Organizers say it will be the largest health care protest in Sacramento history. “We have people hopping on buses in Oceanside … Continue reading

CDCAN: US 9th CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS SIDES WITH STATE ON 10% MEDI-CAL PROVIDER CUTS

BREAKING NEWS: US 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS SIDES WITH BROWN ADMINISTRATION ON 2011 MEDI-CAL PROVIDER 10% RATE CUT ·      In Other Budget News: Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services Will Now Meet At 12 Noon – Met Briefly But Decided to Delay Hearing At Request of A Subcommittee Member – Senate Budget and Fiscal Review … Continue reading

Capital Public Radio: Legislative Dems Want to Restore Budget Cuts, but Priorities Differ

By Ben Adler CPR photo/Ben Adler     As budget talks head into their final weeks, supporters of programs suffering from years of cuts are asking for help. Gov. Jerry Brown opposes any new spending. But Assembly and Senate Democrats have different programs in which they’d like to invest. (Sacramento, CA)  Tuesday, May 21, 2013 The steps … Continue reading

USA Today: Rep. Ryan unveils GOP’s $4.6T plan to cut the deficit

Susan Davis, USA TODAY2:13p.m. EDT March 12, 2013 House Republicans would balance the budget with repeal of the Obama health care law and an overhaul of Medicare. WASHINGTON — House Republicans unveiled a budget Tuesday that would balance the nation’s books in 10 years without raising taxes but by eliminating President Obama’s health care law, … Continue reading

California Healthline: Lawmakers Might Have Time To Avert Medicare Payment Cuts

Health care providers are hoping that a one-month delay in reductions to Medicare reimbursement rates under sequestration will give lawmakers enough time to develop and pass legislation to avert cuts under the sequester, Modern Healthcare reports (Daly, Modern Healthcare, 2/26). The mandated cuts involve nearly $1 trillion in across-the-board reductions, including a 2% reduction to Medicare reimbursement rates. … Continue reading

NPQ: Governance, Anyone? The Stupidity of Sequestration

WRITTEN BY RICK COHEN  CREATED ON TUESDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2013 13:20 February 19, 2013; Source: Washington Post The nation is peering into the abyss of the sequester, which is scheduled to take effect on March 1st and which would come with potentially devastating consequences to the domestic human needs programs that many nonprofits deliver in partnership with or on … Continue reading

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