Health Care (page 15)

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    Where is the President’s Medicare Reform Plan????

    The White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said in an interview Sunday morning on ABC’s This Week that Medicare will run out of money within five years without large reform. The transcript can be found here. This interview communicated particularly interesting wording given that House Speaker John Boehner released…
    Nicole Fisher, July 11, 2011
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    Entitlement Programs Turn 45… and No One Celebrated

    The Medicare and Medicaid programs were established by Title XIX of the Social Security Act and signed into law on July 30, 1965. Then President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the legislation in Independence, Missouri at the Truman Library with former President Truman (the champion of both causes)…
    Nicole Fisher, July 5, 2011
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    State Employee Health Benefit Premiums

    When she vetoed the original State Employee Health Plan (SB265) North Carolina…
    Nicole Fisher, June 6, 2011
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    How PPACA Penalizes You For Being Married

    It may sound crazy in theory, but the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) actually has in place two penalties that target those who are married. The first penalty strongly encourages individuals to cohabitate instead of marrying. For health insurance, two singles living together who each earn $30,000 would…
    Nicole Fisher, May 25, 2011
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    Waivers, Waivers and More Waivers

    Late last week the White House released a blog (I assume in response to my blog post) addressing the many waivers it has issued in the few months since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was passed. In the blog post, the White House says…
    Nicole Fisher, May 23, 2011
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    BHA, Humbug

    Ten years after Mental Health Reform started, we know some things that work in local care managers (LMEs) and in state-run hospitals, but not enough. Legislators and regulators continue to experiment with how care is provided and paid for. The latest experiment is called a “behavioral health authority” (BHA) and…
    Nicole Fisher, May 18, 2011
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    Be still my heart, Medicaid Waivers are Trending on Twitter!

    When a topic is “trending” on twitter, you know it’s either getting a lot of media attention or people are really interested in discussing the issue. Those “trending” topics almost never overlap with my career interests, so I couldn’t be more proud than when this happens about an issue I’ve…
    Nicole Fisher, May 17, 2011
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    “Hatch”ing a plan for Medicaid Reform

    It’s not new information that Medicaid costs and requirements are crippling state and federal budgets. What is new is that federal action is now being taken to repeal these burdensome requirements. U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced on May 3rd, 2011 Senate Bill 868, known as the State Flexibility…
    Nicole Fisher, May 13, 2011