Obamacare Scams Grow, Many Targeting Medicaid and Medicare

The problematic rollout of the website has drawn a lot of attention, and has also probably led con artists to step up their Obamacare scam efforts. The Patient Protection and affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, is a federal law that will have a wide reaching effect beginning on January 1, 2014. Unfortunately, a lot of people are not very knowledgeable …  read more

Medicaid Expansion Moving Ahead in Less Than Half of U.S. States

The Medicaid expansion provisions outlined under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be adopted by less than half of all states, according to a new analysis from Avalere Health. The report says that 27 states will not adopt the expansion, at least not by the January 1, 2014 deadline. However, legislatures in six of the 27 states have not absolutely ruled out the …  read more

Congress Grappling With Long-Term Care

In late June, a 15-member congressional commission met for the first time to begin preparing a report that it would issue the Congress by September 30. The Commission on Long-Term Care grew out of the fiscal cliff deal reached earlier this year. As a part of that deal, Congress and the White House agreed to terminate the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, or CLASS, …  read more

Many People Uninformed About Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often abbreviated as PPACA and commonly referred to as Obamacare, became law in 2010. Two years later, the Supreme Court of the United States heard a challenge to the law and issued a ruling stating it was, for the most part, constitutional. Yet despite all the media coverage about the debate leading up to the law, the vote, and its …  read more

Medicaid Long-Term-Care Payments May Balloon

A new study says that Medicaid costs for long-term care may threaten the stability of the jointly run federal and state healthcare insurance program. According to the new study from the SCAN Foundation, about 70% of Americans will require some type of long-term care during their lifetimes. Most of such care comes at the end of a person’s life when a person has to transfer to a nursing …  read more

What You Need to Talk to Your Aging Parents About Right Now

None of us are getting any younger, and for children of elderly parents there are some specific questions you need to ask your parents before it is too late. Talking to your parents about these issues is often very difficult, so you may want to think about how to bring up this discussion in advance and in a way that isn’t too confrontational or accusative. Here’s what you need to talk …  read more

More States Open to Medicaid Expansion

The number of state governors opposed to accepting federal dollars to expand Medicaid coverage continues to dwindle. Just recently Florida Governor Rick Scott indicated his willingness to adopt the expansion after having voiced strong opposition to the idea ever since the Supreme Court’s ruling on the law allowed states to choose to opt-out of the expansion provisions. Ever since the …  read more

The Modernization of Medicaid by the States

Regardless of the decision by individual states to accept or reject the Medicaid expansion called for by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), all states have to make changes to their Medicaid enrollment systems in order to be in compliance with the PPACA provisions, which take effect on Jan. 1, 2014. And, according to the results of a state survey that was conducted …  read more

Woman Pleads Guilty in Medicaid Fraud Case

In early January a Shelby, North Carolina woman pled guilty to taking part in an $8 million Medicaid fraud scheme.  Victoria Finlay Brewton, age 37, pled guilty to seven counts of healthcare fraud and conspiracy to commit health care fraud, as well as one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of filing a false tax return. She faces a minimum of two years in prison and a …  read more

Election Means Healthcare Law Likely Permanent

Passed in 2010 and largely upheld by the Supreme Court earlier this year, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, now seems, in the wake of the presidential election, to be a permanent fixture in the laws of the country. There are several practical effects that this has on the nation. First, states will have to decide if they are going to …  read more

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