Medicare

Feds direct states to strengthen home and community-based care

Monday, August 22, 2016The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services issued a bulletin August 3, urging states to continue reducing their reliance on institutions in their Medicaid long-term services and supports, LTSS. The bulletin provides a series of recommendations to state Medicaid programs.…

Disability and senior rights groups demand investigation of Kansas Medicaid backlog

Thursday, August 11, 2016In a letter sent July 8 to the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services [PDF], the Disability Rights Center of Kansas called on the federal government to investigate the state’s growing Medicaid backlog. “Ongoing delays risk depriving applicants…

Bill seeks to end SSDI waiting period for people with ALS

Wednesday, May 25, 2016A new bill seeks to expedite Social Security Disability Insurance payments for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Currently, people deemed eligible for SSDI cannot receive payments until five months after being denied with…

Disability rights groups oppose proposed House budget

Wednesday, March 30, 2016The nation’s largest consortium of disability rights groups slammed the House of Representative’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget [PDF] on March 15, over concerns about the impact of its proposed cuts to the federal safety net for people with disabilities.…

Complaint demands accessible Medicaid and Medicare documentation

Monday, February 22, 2016The National Federation of the Blind and three individuals sued the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in federal court February 10, calling on the agency to make its documentation, including key materials relating to benefit changes and denials, accessible…

Report raises alarms about outsourced home care workers

Monday, January 18, 2016New labor protections for the nation’s fast growing workforce of in-home care workers for the elderly and people with disabilities may be largely unenforceable, without further structural changes, the National Employment Law Project asserts in a new report released January

Report: Florida has purged 9,000 children from health program since May

Wednesday, December 16, 2015The Miami Herald reported its findings December 5 of an extensive two-part investigation into Florida’s Children’s Medical Services Network (CMS), finding that the state has cut more than 9,000 children with disabilities from the program using a screening tool, which…

Disability rights group submits comments on Medicare, advanced planning proposal

Wednesday, September 23, 2015Not Dead Yet is working to ensure its voice is heard in the development of the Obama Administration’s new proposal to reimburse doctors for end-of-life counseling. Current federal Medicare law prohibits doctors from being reimbursed from such services. In July,…

Report highlights continued growth of community-based Medicaid services

Thursday, August 6, 2015Medicaid is continuing to make progress redirecting funding from institutional care toward more integrated, home and community-based services. According to a new report [PDF], funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the percentage of national Medicaid funding…

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