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4/22/2014

Medicare beneficiaries are being denied access to Medicare’s skilled nursing facility (SNF) benefit because acute care hospitals are increasingly classifying their patients as “outpatients” receiving observation services, rather than admitting them as inpatients. Patients are called outpatients despite the fact that they may stay for many days and nights in hospital beds and receive medical and nursing care, diagnostic tests, treatments, medications, and food, just as
they would if they were inpatients. Under the Medicare statute, however, patients must have an inpatient hospital stay of three or more consecutive days, not counting the day of discharge, in order to meet Medicare criteria for coverage of post-acute care in a SNF.
4/18/2014

The U.S. House of Representatives approved Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2015 would destroy the current Medicaid program and slash benefits for low-income individuals. Led by Budget Committee Chair, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), H. Con. Res. 96 would make major cuts to Medicaid funding and repeal the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These changes would be detrimental to seniors and others who rely on Medicaid by potentially jeopardizing their access to nursing homes and long-term services and supports (LTSS), rationing health benefits, and affecting low-income seniors' ability to pay for Medicare benefits. 
4/17/2014

Facts about the Social Security program including COLA, percentage of people paying into the system, and the percentage of workers covered.
4/17/2014

Since passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republicans have accused Democrats who voted for health care reform of "cutting" Medicare. At the same time, Republicans in the House of Representatives have supported four Republican budget resolutions, introduced by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), that retain the same savings in Medicare spending while repealing the Affordable Care Act's Medicare improvements.
4/16/2014

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is a part of the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Enacted in 1956, SSDI pays benefits to millions of disabled workers and their dependent family members, providing a crucial source of financial security for people who are severely limited in their ability to work because of a disabling illness or injury. The SSDI program is financed through worker payroll taxes contributed to the SSDI Trust Fund, one of the two trust funds established for Social Security. The other fund is the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund. 
4/11/2014

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4/7/2014

Today’s announcement by CMS to, once again, preserve government overpayments to private insurers in Medicare Advantage is bad policy and bad economics for the Medicare program. These subsidies were supposed to be gradually trimmed in order to expand benefits and improve the quality of care for all seniors in Medicare. However, each year the insurance lobby threatens to cancel coverage or charge more to seniors in MA plans rather than accept a reduction in their overpayments or reimbursement rates.
4/7/2014

The House Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2015, H. Con. Res. 96, was introduced by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on April 4, 2014.  The budget proposes drastic cuts in federal spending for programs of importance to most low- and middle-income Americans while proposing tax breaks to benefit the very wealthy and large profitable corporations.  This paper summarizes some of the key proposals in the House Republican FY 2015 budget that would affect seniors and people with disabilities who rely on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. 


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