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Half of Californians Say They Can’t Afford Long-Term Care For Family

And who knows how many don’t realize that they can’t afford long-term care:

A new poll released Wednesday by The SCAN Foundation and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that half of California voters say they’ll need long-term care for a close family member in the next few years, but won’t be able . . . → Read More: Half of Californians Say They Can’t Afford Long-Term Care For Family

Would a Medicaid Expansion Save Lives?

The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance mandate may have passed Supreme Court scrutiny, but the Court put the kibosh on the planned Medicaid expansion, so this study by The New England Journal of Medicine makes for something to chew on:

Into the maelstrom of debate over whether Medicaid should cover more people comes a new . . . → Read More: Would a Medicaid Expansion Save Lives?

13 States Cut Medicaid, How Could It Affect Your Prescriptions?

By now, you’ve probably heard that 13 states have cut their Medicaid in order to balance their budgets, a brutal blow while so many are still trying to climb their way out of the Great Recession. If you are affected by the Medicaid cuts, you are probably still trying to absorb everything going on, so . . . → Read More: 13 States Cut Medicaid, How Could It Affect Your Prescriptions?

Why the Supreme Court Decision on Medicaid Matters…

Most of the coverage on the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has been about the individual mandate, but the Supreme Court decision to strike down the Medicaid expansion will affect huge numbers of Americans as well:

Ashley Tagert didn’t know her family might gain health coverage from the health law — or that the Supreme Court . . . → Read More: Why the Supreme Court Decision on Medicaid Matters…

Are Divorce and Unemployment the Answer to the Health Insurance Blues?

While we’re still waiting for the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, we just wanted to say that we’re kind of disturbed by some of the answers that uninsureds with pre-existing conditions are turning to:

When they found he had cancer, the family struggled with how they would pay for his care. Once . . . → Read More: Are Divorce and Unemployment the Answer to the Health Insurance Blues?

Do We Really Have To Go Broke To Go On Medicaid Long-Term Care?

That’s one of the biggest questions we get once folks find out that Medicare doesn’t cover long-term care. Do we really have to go broke to broke in order to get Medicaid assistance for long-term care? Well, the answer is Sort of…

Medicaid is the country’s largest public payer of long-term care. If you are . . . → Read More: Do We Really Have To Go Broke To Go On Medicaid Long-Term Care?

Would the Social Safety Net Catch You If You Were Diagnosed With Cancer?

There’s been plenty of talk the social safety net this election year, so we thought we’d share an article on one possible cancer patient’s experience falling through the holes:

Deborah Thomas’ lifeline is a hastily written list of charitable organizations and medical specialists on the back of a sheet of old Christmas wrapping paper taped . . . → Read More: Would the Social Safety Net Catch You If You Were Diagnosed With Cancer?

Utah Ponders Charging Smokers More For Medicaid

If you’re wavering on your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking, here’s some more incentive.  Now, Utah is joining Arizona and Maine in the debate over whether states should charge Medicaid recipients more to use their health insurance.

Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield has asked a legislative committee Thursday for help in developing a “wellness” program . . . → Read More: Utah Ponders Charging Smokers More For Medicaid

Obama’s Medicare/Medicaid Chief Resigns

Some surprising news came out this Thanksgiving…. President Obama’s chief of Medicare and Medicaid has resigned, nearly a month before his recess appointment ends. Earlier this year, 42 Republican Senators had pledged to block Dr. Donald Berwick’s permanent appointment, effectively ending any chance for him to continue serving as the head of the Centers for . . . → Read More: Obama’s Medicare/Medicaid Chief Resigns

Healthcare Reform: CLASS Program for Long-Term Care Dropped

Considering how much many of us worry about how we will be caring for parents and grandparents as they age, we’ve been wondering for a while why we haven’t heard more about how the new Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program (usually called the “CLASS” program) since it was announced as part of the . . . → Read More: Healthcare Reform: CLASS Program for Long-Term Care Dropped