Federal Government Grants For Senior Citizens – Do You Qualify?

Senior citizens: learn how you can qualify for government grants that do not have to be repaid and are specifically for seniors. Over the years, you may have heard that the United States government is continually offering different types of grants for different groups of people. But did you know that some of these grants … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: John Chiang: Numbers reveal unfunded health care crisis

BY JOHN CHIANG A few numbers to remember: 1.9, 72, 24, 92, 25, 67 and 121. No, they are not related to last week’s lotto, nor are they the residual carnage of a Sudoku factory meltdown. But they are important numbers to remember as Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers prepare to tackle a fiscal liability … Continue reading

Kaiser Health News: Feds Demand Medicaid Backlog Fixes By Six States

By Phil Galewitz JULY 10TH, 2014, 5:44 AM This KHN story can be republished for free. (details) Tired of waiting for states to reduce their backlogs of Medicaid applications, the Obama administration has given six states until Monday to submit plans to resolve issues that have prevented more than 1 million low-income or disabled people from getting … Continue reading

SF Business Times: Covered California plans to award $16.9 million in “Navigator” grants

Chris Rauber Covered California, the state’s Obamacare exchange, plans to award $16.9 million in grants to educate consumers about its Navigator program, “the next phase in the agency’s outreach, education and enrollment efforts.” That next phase comes after some critics took issue with earlier outreach and enrollment procedures. The exchange, run by Executive DirectorPeter Lee, … Continue reading

California Healthline: Consumer Advocates Support California Bill Limiting Asset Seizure

by George Lauer, California Healthline Features Editor Collecting money from the estates of deceased Medicaid beneficiaries is not a new practice, but it is generating new interest. For a couple decades, all states have been required by CMS to try to get reimbursement for long-term care expenses of Medicaid beneficiaries who die at age 55 … Continue reading

LA Times: Analyst predicts $2.5-billion windfall for California

Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor says a healthier stock market and increasing property values will bring in higher tax revenues. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press) PHIL WILLON, PATRICK MCGREEVYcontact the reporters Forecast: Rising stock market and property values will bring California higher tax revenue California’s extra tax revenue would go to a $1.2-billion increase in Medi-Cal costs, … Continue reading

California Healthline: Health Care Spending Up by 9.9%, Reaches $43B in Q1 2014

Total health care spending during the first quarter of 2014 increased by 9.9% to $43.3 billion and contributed 1.1 percentage points to growth in the total gross domestic product, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Modern Healthcarereports (Evans, Modern Healthcare, 4/30). Analysts attributed the increase in health spending — which was the highest … Continue reading

LA Times: Proposed L.A. County budget shifts money to jails, foster care reform

  L.A. County children’s social workers strike outside the El Monte field office of L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina in December. The proposed county budget addresses hiring more social workers and reducing caseloads. (Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times)   By Abby Sewell and Soumya Karlamangla Los Angeles County officials proposed a budget Monday that would pump … Continue reading

Washington Post: Starter Savings Accounts: Obama’s ‘myRA’

By Michelle Singletary Hoping to get more people to save for retirement, President Obama announced in his State of the Union address this week that he’s authorized the Treasury Department to come up with a starter savings account, dubbed “myRA.” During a conference call with media, senior administration officials laid out some of the details of … Continue reading

USA Today: New care organizations save $380 million in first year

Kelly Kennedy Groups were created as part of the health care law to save money in Medicare. (Photo: Mattthew Septimus, Montefiore Medical Center) STORY HIGHLIGHTS The organizations focus on keeping patients out of the hospital Organizations bundle payments and use a team approach Intent is to stop using the fee-for-service payment system WASHINGTON — The … Continue reading

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