Huff Post: Income Inequality Among America’s Seniors Means It’s Not Time to Cut the Safety Net

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Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director, The National Senior Citizens Law Center  Two weeks ago, a USA Today story revealed that the U.S. has the fourth most uneven income distribution in the developed world. We rank just behind Chile, Mexico, and Turkey with one of the developed world’s largest income gaps. While income inequality in America is not news, few are … Continue reading

The Washington Post: Obama administration reverses proposed cut to Medicare plans

BY JASON MILLMAN Daniel Acker/Bloomberg Medicare has reversed proposed payment cuts to private heath plans in the popular Medicare Advantage program for the second straight year amid strong pushback from health insurers and Capitol Hill. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday, after proposing in February a 1.9 percent cut to private plans, said … Continue reading

California Healthline: San Francisco Adult Day Centers Get Reprieve From 10% Medi-Cal Rate Cut

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by David Gorn The state Department of Health Care Services has granted an exemption from a Medi-Cal reduction to nine San Francisco adult day health care facilities catering to a frail and elderly patient population. Officials hope the move will help all nine Community-Based Adult Services centers stay in business — particularly four of them that … Continue reading

California Healthline: Medi-Cal Cuts Undermining Senior Programs, Facilities, Advocates Say

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by David Gorn,  The irony of the situation was not lost on Linda Trowbridge, CEO of the Center for Elders’ Independence in Oakland. At an Assembly hearing in Sacramento last week, Trowbridge said funding for California’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly — or PACE — has been systematically cut over the past six … Continue reading

California Healthline: Bills Introduced To Reverse, Study Effects of 10% Cut to Medi-Cal Providers

by David Gorn An Assembly bill introduced yesterday would reverse the 10% cut in Medi-Cal provider rates approved by the Legislature in 2011. A second Assembly bill, also introduced yesterday, would take a different tack on the reimbursement conundrum. It would order an independent analysis to determine the degree of impact rates have on access to … Continue reading

California Healthline: CMA Calls for State To Completely Eliminate 10% Medi-Cal Rate Cut

The California Medical Association has praised Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) fiscal year 2014-2015 budget proposal for eliminating a 10% retroactive cut in Medi-Cal reimbursements, but the group wants the state to completely eliminate the cut in future payments, Modern Healthcare reports (Robeznieks, Modern Healthcare, 1/10). Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. Background on Medi-Cal Reimbursement Cut In October 2011, … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Pharmacists brace for Medi-Cal cuts

The California Pharmacists Association and a national coalition of consumers, pharmacists and business interests is gearing up to stop Medi-Cal provider cuts.  Kathy Robertson Senior Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal   Looking into the new year, California pharmacists see red ink. The state’s long-litigated 10 percent Medi-Cal provider cut is slated to hit pharmacists Jan. 9, along … Continue reading

U-T San Diego: Key support for budget deal

By ANDREW TAYLOR, DAVID ESPO  House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, joined by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., takes reporters’ questions, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, as House Republicans signaled support for a budget deal worked out yesterday between Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chair Rep. Patty … Continue reading

California Healthline: Providers Brace for Medi-Cal Rate Cut, Hold Concerns About Access to Care

  In a California Healthline report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed how a 2011 law to cut reimbursement rates by 10% for all providers of Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. At a time when California is poised to expand Medi-Cal to 1.4 million more Californians, the demand on many physicians is expected to rise while Medi-Cal reimbursement rates … Continue reading

SacBee: 9th Circuit says California illegally cut medical aid to poor

John William Springs, a retiree who gets nearly $12,000 a year in Social Security and disability checks, is $1,300 above the poverty threshold: officially, not poor.

By Denny Walsh Published: Saturday, Jul. 6, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 8, 2013 – 7:57 am A federal appeals court Friday struck down California’s 2009 cuts of health care for the rural poor, which were made to save money while the state was in the throes of a budget crisis. The … Continue reading

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