Posts Tagged ‘Kaiser Family Foundation’

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Holds Hearing on Medicare Benefit Redesign

June 28, 2013

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health recently held a hearing that looked at ways to redesign the Medicare benefit. The hearing’s witnesses were: Katherine Baicker, Ph.D.Professor, Health Economics, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health; Thomas P. Miller, J.D., Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, and; Patricia Neuman, ScD., M.S., Senior Vice President, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

The National Association of Home Care & Hospice submitted testimony for the hearing, emphasizing the organization’s commitment to preserving the Medicare benefit without placing more financial responsibility on the backs of the program’s beneficiaries – particularly through the misguided idea to reintroduce the Medicare home health copayment. (more…)

Legislative Analysts Told Scott His Medicaid Estimates Are Wrong (But He’s Using Them Anyway)

January 8, 2013

By , Health News Florida

The state’s chief economist has warned the staff of Gov. Rick Scott that his Medicaid cost estimates are wrong, but Scott keeps using them anyway, according to a series of e-mails obtained by Health News Florida.

Scott says he opposes expanding Florida Medicaid because it would cost too much: $63 billion over 10 years, he says, with the state paying $26 billion of that. (more…)

Savings in Medicaid Expansion Under ACA Outweigh Costs

November 30, 2012

Study Finds States Would Spend
Less for Uncompensated Care

If all 50 states fully expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, they would collectively save more money than they would spend, according to an analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation released Monday.

States would spend a combined $8 billion through 2022 to fully expand the low-income insurance program (compared to expected spending with other ACA provisions but without the expansion), according to accounts for the small state match starting in 2017; the ACA specifies that states will never be responsible for more than 10 percent of the costs for the expansion population. (more…)

NY Times: With Medicaid, Long-Term Care of Elderly Looms as a Rising Cost

September 10, 2012

By Nina Bernstein, The New York Times

Medicaid has long conjured up images of inner-city clinics jammed with poor families. Its far less-visible role is as the only safety net for millions of middle-class people whose needs for long-term care, at home or in a nursing home, outlast their resources.

With baby boomers and their parents living longer than ever, few families can count on their own money to go the distance. So while Medicare has drawn more attention in the election campaign, seniors and their families may have even more at stake in the future of Medicaid changes — those proposed, and others already under way. (more…)

Medicaid Expansion May Lower Death Rates, Study Says

July 27, 2012
By Pam Belluck, The New York Times

Into the maelstrom of debate over whether Medicaid should cover more people comes a new study by Harvard researchers who found that when states expanded their Medicaid programs and gave more poor people health insurance, fewer people died.

The study, published online Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, comes as states are deciding whether to expand Medicaid by 2014 under the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration’s health care law. The Supreme Court ruling on the law last month effectively gave states the option of accepting or rejecting an expansion of Medicaid that had been expected to add 17 million people to the program’s rolls. (more…)

Report Shows States Looking to Reign in Medicaid Spending as Cost Increases Loom

October 31, 2011

States are focusing on reigning in costs as they face an end to federal stimulus money and the continuing weak economy, according to a survey released by the Kaiser Family Foundation Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

State spending for Medicaid is expected to jump 28.7% in FY11, the report said. The Commission’s 11th annual 50-state Medicaid budget survey captured cost containment actions ranging from restrictions on payments to providers and benefits, to new copayments for beneficiaries and additional efforts to contain the costs of prescription drugs. (more…)