What is Respect for the Aged Day?

In Japan, there is cause for celebration due to their national holiday, which is called Respect For The Aged Day! Japan has designated a national holiday simply to honor and show appreciation for the elderly. This holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of every September. It’s a paid holiday from work and traditionally, gifts are given to grandparents … Continue reading

LA Times: Live updates: Attention shifts to debt limit on Day 4 of shutdown

In Washington, it's called the Affordable Care Act. In Sacramento, it could be become known as another budget buster. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / July 9, 2012)

By Times staff writers October 4, 2013  The government shutdown is in its fourth day, but already lawmakers are shifting at least some of their attention to the debt limit, which will be reached Oct. 17. House Speaker John A. Boehner has said he cannot get the votes necessary to raise the debt limit — and avoid a … Continue reading

USA Today: Obama, congressional leaders: No deal on sequester

David Jackson, USA TODAY3:55p.m. EST March 1, 2013 President Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach a deal Friday ahead of the deadline for the sequester, $85 billion in automatic budget cuts that both sides say will be bad for the economy. WASHINGTON — Preparing to leap into the fiscal unknown, President Obama and congressional Republicans … 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

LA Times: Healthcare overhaul may threaten California’s safety net

If public hospitals and clinics lose too much funding, county health leaders say, who will treat the uninsured? About 10% of Californians could still lack coverage after the law takes full effect.  By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles TimesFebruary 25, 2013, 10:45 p.m.   Millions of uninsured Californians will gain medical coverage under the national healthcare overhaul … Continue reading

HHS: HHS providing states with additional flexibility, resources to enhance care

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 19: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius listens during a news conference December 19, 2011 at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. Sebelius announced that thirty-two health care organizations from across the country will participate in a new Accountable Care Organization (ACOs) initiative which encourage primary care doctors, specialists, hospitals and other caregivers to provide better, more coordinated care for people with Medicare and could save up to $1.1 billion over five years.

HHS announces 25 states will receive funding to test new models of care that will improve health, lower costs Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the first recipients of State Innovation Model awards made possible by the Affordable Care Act.  Nearly $300 million in awards will provide flexibility and support to … Continue reading

SacBee: CalPERS sets new long-term care rates, plans open enrollment

A key CalPERS committee today approved a plan to reopen its long-term care insurance to new policyholders, widen the eligibility pool and introduce a new, cheaper benefit program. Today’s news — “CalPERS enrollees receive notice of long-term care rate hikes” — underscored CalPERS’ decade-long effort to right a struggling program that pays for things like nursing care … Continue reading

California Healthline: Bowles, Simpson Unveil Deficit-Reduction Plan To Avoid Sequester Cuts

Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) — former co-chairs of President Obama’s deficit-reduction commission — on Tuesday unveiled a $2.4 trillion deficit-reduction proposal, which includes $600 billion in federal entitlement savings over a decade, in hopes of staving off the automatic cuts under sequestration that take effect in March, Modern Healthcare reports (Zigmond, Modern Healthcare, 2/19). The … Continue reading

California Healthline: LAO Report: Benefits of Medi-Cal Expansion Would Outweigh Costs

The benefits of expanding Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act would outweigh the costs, according to a new report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program (AP/Sacramento Bee, 2/19). Background The expansion would affect individuals with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level — or $15,415 annually (California Healthline, 1/29). … Continue reading

California Healthline: GOP Rejects Senate Democrats’ Plan To Avoid Mandated Spending Cuts

In Washington, it's called the Affordable Care Act. In Sacramento, it could be become known as another budget buster. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / July 9, 2012)

On Sunday, Republicans rejected a recent proposal by Senate Democrats to replace mandated spending cuts under sequestration with alternative spending cuts and tax increases, suggesting little chance that a compromise will be reached before the sequester takes effect in March, the Wall Street Journal reports (Peterson, Wall Street Journal, 2/17). The mandated cuts involve nearly $1 trillion in … Continue reading

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