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04/03/14The disputed math behind Medicaid expansion fightMedicaid & Texas
Republicans across Texas haven’t been shy about their opposition to the Affordable Care Act, or the expansion of Medicaid it includes. “Medicaid expansion is a misguided, and ultimately doomed, attempt to mask the shortcomings of Obamacare. It would benefit no one in our state to see their taxes skyrocket and our economy crushed as our budget crumbled under the weight of oppressive Medicaid costs,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said at a press conference in March 2013.
03/17/14Boehner’s claim that Obamacare has resulted in a ‘net loss’ of people with health insuranceMedicaid, Obamacare & Health Insurance Industry
Reporter: “Mr. Speaker, you said a minute ago there are fewer people today with health insurance than when the law was passed. I want to make sure I understand. You’re saying that Obamacare has resulted in a net loss of insurance?” House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio): “I believe that to be the case. When you look at the 6 million Americans who have lost their policies and some — they claim 4.2 million people who have signed up — I don’t know how many have actually paid for it — that would indicate to me a net loss of...
03/07/14Deep mysteries of the Medicaid expansionMedicaid, Obamacare, Rick Scott & Florida
Of the 25 states that haven't expanded Medicaid coverage, many are still debating whether they made the right call. In Florida, Republican House Speaker Will Weatherford remains against expanding the joint federal-state health care program to more low-income residents. His argument: Half those people can buy coverage for less than $30 on the federal insurance marketplace anyway.
02/25/14Rick Scott opposed Medicaid expansion before he supported itMedicaid, Rick Scott & Florida
States across the country are still debating whether to expand Medicaid to serve the poor as part of the federal health care law. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is on record supporting an expansion, but he did not always hold that view. Scott’s critics continue to argue he isn’t pushing for the expansion hard enough.
02/23/14Scott Walker says federal government reneged on Medicaid payments to WisconsinMedicaid & Scott Walker
One of Gov. Scott Walker’s explanations for rejecting a full expansion of Medicaid under the federal "Obamacare" health care law was this: The feds won’t be good for the money. And for more than a year, the Republican governor has cited a piece of recent state budget history as evidence.
01/14/14Rubio’s claim that Medicaid expansion funds will ‘go away’Medicaid, Obamacare, Marco Rubio & Florida
“Under Obamacare, when you turn Medicaid over to the states, what you’re saying to them is the money will be available up front for the expansion for a few years, then the money will go away but you get stuck with the unfunded liability.” – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Jan. 12, 2014
01/10/14Medicaid Estate Recovery ProgramMedicaid & Obamacare
Q: Does the Affordable Care Act allow states to confiscate the estates of seniors on Medicaid when they die? A: No, but a 1993 federal law requires states to recover Medicaid costs for long-term care from the estates of deceased Medicaid beneficiaries over the age of 55.
01/01/14Illinois Medicaid Moving Forward in 2014Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) & Illinois
The Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) will be offering health coverage in Illinois through a state partnership model in 2014. The FFM will make assessments of Medicaid/CHIP eligibility and then transfer the applicant's account to the state agency for a final eligibility determination. Illinois is expanding Medicaid coverage to low-income adults effective January 1, 2014.
12/31/13Stunning new report undermines central GOP Obamacare claimMedicaid, Obamacare, 113th Congress Republicans, Health Insurance Industry & Millions Will Lose Health Insurance Under Obamacare
A crucial GOP line of attack against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that millions of people will supposedly lose coverage thanks to shifting requirements on the health insurance exchanges — a flagrant violation of President Obama’s infamous “if you like your plan, you can keep it” proclamation. The truth has always been more complicated, of course. Republicans are constantly blurring the line between people who lose a plan and people who lose coverage. That is, many people might lose a particular insurance plan but immedi...
12/17/13This Chart Blows Up the Myth of the Welfare QueenWelfare Program & Poor
Here's a useful graph to keep handy for the next time Fox News airs a report about food stamp users buying lobster with their benefits. This month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics compared yearly spending between families that use public assistance programs, such as food stamps and Medicaid, and families that don't. And surprise, surprise, households that rely on the safety net lead some pretty frugal lifestyles. On average, they spend $30,582 in a year, compared to $66,525 for families not on public assistance. Meanwhile...
12/15/13Texas has highest uninsured rate and most uninsured children in countryMedicaid, Obamacare & Texas
As a congressional committee prepared for a North Texas hearing about Obamacare "navigators," U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rose to their defense. Texas particularly needs them to educate and enroll others in the online health insurance marketplaces created by the law, she said.
11/14/13Did Medicare Part D have the same rollout problems as the Obamacare online marketplaces?Medicare & Obamacare
Democrats are pleading for patience as they try to reassure the country that the online insurance marketplaces critical to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul can be fixed. Big programs have seen rocky rollouts only to achieve success later, they say. Their top example: the 2005 launch of Medicare Part D, President George W. Bush’s prescription drug benefit plan.
11/07/13Reporter Shoots Down Fox's Scapegoating Of Immigrants For Medicare ErrorsMedicare & Immigrants
Hill reporter Elise Viebeck shot down Fox News' continued attempt to scapegoat undocumented immigrants for improper Medicare payments, disputing the claim that undocumented immigrants were willingly involved in defrauding the federal government of millions of dollars. On October 30, the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services released a report finding that from 2009 through 2011, Medicare inappropriately paid out $29 million in drug benefits for undocumented immigrants.
11/07/13Will Medicaid Expansion ‘Bankrupt’ Kentucky Hospitals?Medicaid, Obamacare, Rand Paul & Kentucky
Sen. Rand Paul says the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion may “bankrupt” rural hospitals in Kentucky. But state health care leaders say its hospitals stand to benefit, since the expansion would provide insurance to those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to pay their hospital bills.
11/06/13Fox News Ignores Medicare Facts To Scapegoat "Illegal Aliens"Medicare, Undocumented Immigrants & Illegal Immigrants Will Get Free Healthcare With Obamacare
Fox News cherry-picked from reports by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to single out undocumented immigrants for improperly benefitting from Medicare drug benefits, taking the opportunity to smear them as "illegal aliens." However, undocumented immigrants are partially responsible for keeping Medicare solvent. On October 30, the OIG released reports showing that Medicare inappropriately paid out millions in benefits for dead patients and drug benefits for undocumented immigrants. B...
10/01/1315 Myths The Media Should Ignore During Obamacare ImplementationMedicaid & Obamacare
Right-wing media have consistently hyped several myths about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during the lead up to open enrollment for state-based exchanges. As media outlets report on implementation of the health care law, they should be aware of these false claims, including zombie myths that the law includes "death panels" and that Congress is "exempt" from the law.
05/31/13Distortions in the Medicaid BattleMedicaid, Obamacare & Arizona
Conservative critics of the Affordable Care Act are misrepresenting a study examining the health benefits of expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income people. In Arizona, a group calling itself American Commitment has launched a series of 30-second Web ads claiming that “a recent study shows that Medicaid doesn’t even improve physical health.” But that’s a distortion. The study, released May 1 and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, actually found several positive benefits. And it measured only three heal...
04/01/13Ted Cruz says expanding Medicaid will "worsen health care options for the most vulnerable"Medicaid, Obamacare & Ted Cruz
Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who is gaining a reputation for bold statements, is backing Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to reject a major expansion of Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor. Under the new health care law, states can get federal dollars to enroll their uninsured residents in Medicaid. Some politicians, including Cruz and Perry, argue that taking the federal money now leaves the state on the hook for long-term fiscal commitments it can’t afford. Cruz, though, has gone beyond arguin...
02/06/13Medicaid Expansion in Illinois: Costs and BenefitsMedicaid & Illinois
The State of Illinois, like other states, is faced with a decision on whether to expand its Medicaid program in 2014 under the federal Affordable Care Act. The decision in Illinois is complicated by a State law that bans such a Medicaid expansion until 2015. As discussed here, the State moratorium was lifted by the Illinois General Assembly in 2012 for the limited purpose of allowing Cook County’s public health system to gain early access to Medicaid coverage for newly eligible recipients in its County Care plan. But the...
2012 SEPHealth Care Reform and Medicare Myths vs. FactsMedicare & Obamacare
The looming presidential election is heating up the rhetoric on health care reform. But how much of it is true? “The amount of misinformation about the Affordable Care Act [ACA] — including outright lies — is astonishing,” says Shana Alex Lavarreda, Ph.D., director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “The point of the law is to make the health system better for each person, for less cost to society overall.”