Posts for Medicare

Spotlight on Federal Funds to Boost Mental Health Services

This blog is the second in a three-part series on targeting newly approved federal funds for substance use disorders and mental illness to areas of greatest need.

Oral Health is a Right, Not a Luxury

A system that affords dental care as a luxury to the few while denying access to even the most basic care to the many will never lead to oral health equity.

The American Jobs Plan Includes Important Steps Forward for Home and Community-Based Services

Within the American Families Plan is $400 billion to improve HCBS and extend Medicaid’s Money Follows the Person program that allows people with disabilities to live independently and older adults to age in place.

It’s Far Past Time: New Medicaid Federal Funding Renews Urgency in Non-Expansion States

Medicaid expansion is an urgent issue of health and racial justice. If all 12 of the remaining states expand, 4 million more Americans will be eligible for health coverage, 60 percent of whom are people of color.

Excitement, Caution and Unanswered Questions: A Look at CMS’s New Primary Care Models

At the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation, we’ve long been champions of the important role primary care plays in improving health outcomes, lowering health care costs and achieving health equity.

Trump’s 2020 Budget – A Laundry List of Failed and Unpopular Policies

The newly-released 2020 budget from President Trump proposes policies and significant cuts would make health care harder to access and afford. Not only that, but they are policies that broad swaths of the American people have already opposed.

A Medicaid and Medicare Anniversary That Brings Uncertainty for Dual Eligibles

As the Senate continues to debate health care proposals that could result in significant cuts to vital public programs, we want to talk about the importance of Medicaid and Medicare to the population that crucially depends on both programs working...

#Aging Out Loud…From Generation to Generation

During this Older Americans Month, we want to pay tribute to a leader with whom many Health Policy Hub readers may not be familiar: Nelson Cruikshank.

The Takeaway: Math Problems

As Republicans struggle to come to agreement on how far to go with ACA repeal and what to put in its place, they are confronted with three interlocking math problems.

ACA Repeal Without Replacement Further Endangers Struggling Rural Communities

In 2015, Belhaven, North Carolina Mayor Adam O’Neal and supporters from 11 other states set out on foot for their second 300-plus mile trek from his rural town to our nation’s capital to draw attention to an important issue: rural communities...

The Takeaway: Will the Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up?

It is often said that the first casualty of war is the truth. In the coming war on health security for the American people, one question is whether Donald Trump was sincere when he said he would not cut Medicare...

Under the MACRA-Scope: Why Should Consumers Care?

In the next few weeks, we expect the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to release a proposed rule detailing their proposal for how physicians will be paid under the Medicare program.

Using Big Data to Improve Care for Older Adults

This guest blog by Marcus Escobedo, Senior Program Officer at The John A. Hartford Foundation, was originally published February 18 in the foundation’s Health AGEnda blog.

The Takeaway: Medicare and Medicaid at 50

Michael Miller reflects on the 50th Medicaid and Medicare Anniversary

Celebrating the Golden Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid – Looking Ahead to the Next 50 Years

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the landmark amendments to the Social Security Act that created the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Closing the Gap in Indian Country

Right now, Hannah is uninsured. She can’t afford health insurance and doesn’t make enough to qualify for tax credits.

Building Bridges to Better Health

To mark Older Americans Month, the Voices for Better Health project has debuted a new video highlighting an important strategy to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable older adults.

The Smart Shopper's Guide to Medicaid Managed Care Plans

In this season of giving, Community Catalyst has teamed up with the Kaiser Family Foundation to create an online tool that gathers in one place, for the first time, key data on the records of these companies.

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For: Improving Behavioral Health in Medicare and Medicaid

Senators Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch recently asked the behavioral health community to help answer questions about barriers to behavioral health care and effective integrated care models.
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