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Lawmakers revisiting requiring those on Medicaid to work, By Ricardo ALlonso-Zaldivar, April 21, 2017

As Some Holdout States Revisit Medicaid Expansion, New Data Show It Pays Off, By Shefali Luthra, April 12, 2017

Drowning In A ‘High-Risk Insurance Pool’ — At $18,000 A Year, By Mark Zdechlik, February 27, 2017

Why high-risk pools won't crack the pre-existing condition dilemma, By Harris Meyer, February 13, 2017

Judge Accepts Medicare’s Plan To Remedy Misunderstanding On Therapy Coverage, By Susan Jaffe, February 03. 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Block Grants — The Heart of GOP’s Medicaid Plans, By Shefali Luthra, January 24, 2017

Republican Plan To Replace Obamacare Would Turn Medicaid Over To States, By Alison Kodjak, January 22, 2017

With Trump's victory, GOP hopes to overhaul Medicaid, By Christina A. Cassidy, December 29, 2016

Life in Obamacare’s Dead Zone, By Inara Verzemnieks, December 6, 2016

Price’s Appointment Boosts GOP Plans To Overhaul Medicare And Medicaid, By Julie Rovner, Novemer 29, 2016

A Consumer's Guide To Medicare's New Rules On Doctor Pay, By Steven Findlay, November 17, 2016

As Medicaid loses stigma, its fate rides on stormy election, By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, October 24, 2016

Officials Warn Some Older Marketplace Customers To Switch To Medicare, By Susan Jaffe, October 14, 2016

Poll Finds Majority Of Americans Want Restraints On Drug Prices, By Jordan Rau, September 29, 2016

FAQ: Hospital Observation Care Can Be Costly For Medicare Patients, By Susan Jaffe, August 29, 2016

Audits Of Some Medicare Advantage Plans Reveal Pervasive Overcharging, By Fred Schulte, August 29, 2016

New Medicare Law to Notify Patients of Loophole in Nursing Home Coverage, By Robert Pear, August 06, 2016

What Clinton and Trump propose for Social Security and Medicare, By Philip Moeller, August 03, 2016

Study: Brand-Name Drugs’ High Copays Soak Medicare Part D Patients, By Rachel Bluth, July 06, 2016

Scammers offering to help with disability applications, By Andrew Johnson, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC, April 22, 2016

Scammers fake Social Security email, By Amy Herbert, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC, January 27, 2016

Obama Seeks To Offer New Incentive For States To Expand Medicaid, By Phil Galewitz, January 14, 2016

5 Facts for Consumers about the Fee for Not Having Health Coverage, By Kevin Counihan, The CMS Blog December 07, 2015

Fewer Medicare-Subsidized Drug Plans Means Less Choice For Low-Income Seniors, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, November 23, 2015

2016 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles Announced, By the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), November 11, 2015

Seniors Who Don’t Consider Switching Drug Plans May Face Steep Price Rise, By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News, October 20, 2015

Social Security Recipients Will Receive No Cost-of-Living Increase in 2016, By Nick Timiraos, Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2015

Don’t Just Renew Your Medicare Plan. Shopping Around Can Save Money., By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, October 15, 2015

How to save money during Medicare open enrollment, By Steve Vernon, CBS MoneyWatch, October 13, 2015

Congress and Obama Administration Seek Ways to Limit Increase in Medicare Premiums, By Robert Pear, New York Times, October 05, 2015

Medicare Says Doctors Should Get Paid To Discuss End-Of-Life Issues, By Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Public Broadcasting and Stephanie O'Neill, Southern California Public Radio, August 18, 2015

More debate ahead on Medicare ‘observation stays’, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, August 04, 2015

5 Challenges Facing Medicaid At 50, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, July 27, 2015

Social Security projected to hit insolvency by 2034, By Rebecca Shabad, The Hill, July 22,2015

Fraud Still Plagues Medicare's Prescription Drug Program, By Charles Ornstein, NPR, June 23, 2015

Despite Laws, Mental Health Coverage Often Falls Short, By Michael Ollove, Stateline, May 07, 2015

New cards for Medicare recipients will omit Social Security numbers, By Robert Pear, New York Times, April 20, 2015

Rule Proposed On Providing Mental Health ‘Parity’ In Medicaid Program, By Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News, April 07, 2015

U.S. Senate delays vote on Medicare payment fix for two weeks, By David Lawder, Reuters, March 27, 2015

FAQ: What’s In The House’s Proposal To Fix Medicare’s Payments To Doctors, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, March 23, 2015

Former Brownback cabinet secretary testifies for Medicaid expansion, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, March 18, 2015

A Q&A On Achieving Mental Health Parity In Medicaid Managed Care, By Lisa Gillespie, Kaiser Health News, February 06, 2015

Social Security to Expand Field Office Hours Nationwide, From the Social Security Administration (SSA), January 22, 2015

10 Questions to Ask a Lawyer before Hiring One for Your Disability Case, By Guest Blogger Samuel Packard, a San Antonio Social Security Lawyer and Partner at The Packard Law FirmDisability Blog, January 21, 2015

Congress Seeks To Limit Transfers Between Social Security And Disability Funds, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, January 12, 2015

Social Security disability payments will be cut by a fifth if Congress doesn’t act, By Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post, January 07, 2015

Seniors’ Wait For A Medicare Appeal Is Cut In Half, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, December 23, 2014

Medicare To Offer Help To Some Seniors When Advantage Plans Drop Doctors, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, December 22, 2014

Disabled Vt. Senior Wins Medicare Coverage After 2nd Lawsuit, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, October 30, 2014

Social Security Announces 1.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2015, From the Social Security Administration (SSA), October 22, 2014

Volunteers offer help with Medicare enrollment, By Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, October 20, 2014

Medicare open enrollment begins Wednesday, Special to The Hays Daily News, October 14, 2014

Got Insurance? You Still May Pay A Steep Price For Prescriptions, By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News, October 13, 2014

U.S. Finds Many Failures in Medicare Health Plans, By Robert Pear, New York Times, October 12, 2014

Turning 65? 9 Tips For Signing Up For Medicare, By Caroline Mayer, Kaiser Health News, October 07, 2014

Medicare open enrollment: It pays to get it right, By Elizabeth O'Brien, MarketWatch, October 02, 2014

Medicare Open Enrollment Is Fast Approaching - Here's What We Know So Far, By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News, September 30, 2014

3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling, By Tim Murphy (AP Business Reporter), Kansas City Star, August 28, 2014

Federal Officials Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services, By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News, August 26, 2014

Medicare to Start Paying Doctors Who Coordinate Needs of Chronically Ill Patients, By Robert Pear, New York Times, August 16, 2014

Report: Part D premiums stay low despite fears of rising drug prices, By Ferdous Al-Faruque, The Hill, July 31, 2014

HHS report: ACA has saved Kansas seniors $10 million in drug costs, By Bryan Thompson, Kansas Public Radio, July 29, 2014

Advocacy Groups Say Medicare Should Negotiate With Drugmakers, By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News, July 24, 2014

Medicaid Patients Get Worse Cancer Care, Studies Contend, By Dennis Thompson, HealthDay, June 04, 2014

FAQ: VA And Military Care Are Different, But Often Confused, By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News, May 29, 2014

Why is it so hard for some Veterans to get care from the VA?, From the PBS Newshour, May 21, 2014

New hospice model allows curative therapy to continue, By Randi Belisomo, Reuters, May 14, 2014

Do Seniors Have Too Many Medicare Plans To Choose From?, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, May 14, 2014

Medicaid rolls grow in states resisting health law, By Associated Press, May 13, 2014

Who Really Pays For Health Care Might Surprise You, By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News, April 30, 2014

'Private Option' for Medicaid Expansion Would Cut Some Benefits, By Christine Vestal, Stateline, March 27, 2014

When a Hospital Stay Is Not a Stay, By Ann Carrns, New York Times, March 18, 2014

Lawmakers Weigh Changes To Medicare, By Kaiser Health News, March 13, 2014

Senators Take Aim At SSI Asset Limits, By Shaun Heasley, Disability Scoop, March 11, 2014

States Meld Medicare and Medicaid, By Christine Vestal, Stateline, February 12, 2014

Social Security Announces New Compassionate Allowances Conditions, From the Social Security Administration (SSA), January 15, 2014

Study: Refusing Medicaid expansion will cost states billions of dollars, By Reid Wilson, Washington Post, December 06, 2013

Strange Pricing Details Can Bedevil Medicare Beneficiaries, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, November 13, 2013

New Report from National Council on Disability Explores Scope of and Solutions to Veterans Backlog, From the National Council on Disability (NCD), November 12, 2013

Medicare Part B premiums won't go up in 2014, By Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY, October 28, 2013

Medicare Begins Open Enrollment, With An Online Caveat, By Bill Chappell, National Public Radio, October 15, 2012

Seniors Cautioned To Pay Close Attention To Details As Enrollment Begins In Medicare Plans, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, October 15, 2013

It's Time for Medicare Open Enrollment, By Anna Wilde Mathews, Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2013

Obamacare Aims to Close Medicare 'Doughnut Hole', By Jennifer Waters, Wall Street Journal, October 06, 2013

Watch out for ACA scams, From Sandy Praeger's Commissioner’s Corner, Kansas Insurance Commission, October 01, 2013

Medicare, Medicaid To Keep Running Despite U.S. Government Shutdown, By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer, October 01, 2013

Don't Confuse Medicare With Obamacare, By Jennifer Waters, Wall Street Journal, September 07, 2013

FAQ: Hospital Observation Care Can Be Poorly Understood And Costly For Medicare Beneficiaries, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, September 04, 2013

Obama Says Health Law Is Saving Consumers Money, By Phil Galewitz and Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News, July 18, 2013

An Experiment of Care for Dual Eligibles, By Bob Rosenblatt, Medicare News Digest, July 10, 2013

Scams prey on ‘Obamacare’ confusion, By Lindsay Wise, Kansas City Star, July 09, 2013

Medicare beneficiaries reach $5 billion in drug savings, By Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY, July 09, 2013

Current Medicaid Patients Miss Out on Better Preventive Care, By Christine Vestal, Stateline, July 08, 2013

Top Medicare Official: ‘We Can and Should Do More’ to Oversee Drug Plan, By Charles Ornstein, Tracy Weber and Jennifer LaFleur, ProPublica, June 25, 2013

States Missing Out on Millions in Medicaid for Prisoners, By Christine Vestal, Stateline, June 25, 2013

Study: Medicaid expansion a good deal for states, By Sam Baker, The Hill, June 03, 2013

U.S. charges 89 people in $223 million Medicare fraud schemes, By David Morgan, Reuters, May 14, 2013

Most doctors still reject Medicaid as program expansion nears, By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers, May 13, 2013

Medicare Drug Program Fails to Monitor Prescribers, Putting Seniors and Disabled at Risk, By Tracy Weber, Charles Ornstein and Jennifer LaFleur, ProPublica, May 11, 2013

The Arkansas Medicaid Model: What You Need To Know About The 'Private Option', By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News, May 01, 2013

Republicans propose Medicaid caps, By Sam Baker, The Hill, May 01, 2013

Medicaid has mixed record on improving health for poor, study says, By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times, May 01, 2013

Hospitals Lobby Hard for Medicaid Expansion, By Michael Ollove, Stateline, April 17, 2013

Democratic Lawmakers Seek To Restore Drugmaker Rebates For ‘Dual Eligibles’, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, April 16, 2013

Impact of the Chained-CPI Explained, by Nicole Vahlkamp, Medicare NewsGroup, April 10, 2013

The 'Hard To Change' Legacy Of Medicare Payments, By Julie Rovner, National Public Radio, April 09, 2013

3 Miami-Dade family members get long prison terms in multimillion-dollar Medicare fraud case, By Jay Weaver, Miami Herald, April 05, 2013

Medicare pay formula may finally get fixed, By Paige Winfield Cunningham, Politico, February 07, 2013

Impending rules will guide equality for mental health, By Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY, February 07, 2013

Medicaid appears off-limits to talk of budget cuts, By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times, February 02, 2013

White House adviser: Obama willing to cut Medicare, but not Medicaid, By Sam Baker, The Hill, January 31, 2013

AARP's Barry Rand: Mend, don't end entitlements, By Katie Glueck, Politico, January 16, 2013

Entitlement America: Who benefits?, By Tami Luhby @CNNMoney, January 15, 2013

Social Security Announces New Online Services Available with a my Social Security Account, From the U. S. Social Security Administration (SSA), January 07, 2013

Rules Eased for Veterans’ Brain Injury Benefits, By James Dao, New York Times, December 07, 2012

Medicare Trying To Nudge Seniors Out Of Plans With Low Ratings, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, November 05, 2012

People with Medicare save $4.8 billion on prescription drugs because of the health care law, From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), October 25, 2012

Industry Likes Medicare Home Care Expansion, But Cost Is Unknown, By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News, October 24, 2012

Debate brings attention to states' Medicaid plans, By Jason Millman, Politico, October 24, 2012

GOP Plan Would Cut Medicaid By $1.7 Trillion, Study Says, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, October 23, 2012

Settlement Eases Rules for Some Medicare Patients, By Robert Pear, New York Times, October 22, 2012

Seniors Satisfied With Medicare, Anxious About Future, Survey Finds, By Alvin Tran, Kaiser Health News, October 18, 2012

Shopping for Medicare, By Anna Wilde Mathews, Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2012

Social Security receivers get a 1.7% raise, By Catey Hill, MarketWatch, October 15, 2012

How Will The Election Change Medicaid?, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, October 03, 2012

Democrats And Republicans Differ On Medicaid Fix, By Julie Rovner, National Public Radio, October 02, 2012

Top Medicare Drug Plans Jacking Up Premiums By Double-Digits, By Forbes, September 25, 2012

Where the Candidates Stand on Medicare and Medicaid, By Suevon Lee, ProPublica, September 14, 2012

With Medicaid, Long-Term Care of Elderly Looms as a Rising Cost, By Nina Bernstein, New York Times, September 06, 2012

Obama Campaigns For Veterans' Mental Health, By Scott Horsley, National Public Radio, September 01, 2012

2 Campaigns Differ Sharply on Medicaid, Seeking Vast Growth or Vast Cuts, By Abby Goodnough, New York Times, August 31, 2012

Sharp Cuts in Dental Coverage for Adults on Medicaid, By Abby Goodnough, New York Times, August 28, 2012

GOP Govs Fight with Hospitals over Medicaid Opt-In, By Brianna Ehley, The Fiscal Times, August 20, 2012

FAQ: Decoding The $716 Billion In Medicare Reductions, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, August 17, 2012

FAQ: Ryan's Plan Would Make Key Changes In Medicaid, Too, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, August 14, 2012

Medicaid Fight Reinvigorated With Political Light On Health Care, By Julie Rovner, National Public Radio, August 13, 2012

FAQ: How Paul Ryan Proposes To Change Medicare, By Marilyn Werber Serafini, Kaiser Health News, August 11, 2012

Medicare Seeks To Cut Number Of Seniors Denied Nursing Home Coverage After Hospital Stays, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, August 10, 2012

Survey: Medicare patients happier than those with private coverage, By Noam N. Levey , Los Angeles Times, July 18, 2012

Once Focus of Health Law, Some In Poverty May Be Left Out, By Jenny Gold and Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News, July 18, 2012

Groups to CMS: Slow down, By Matt DoBias, Politico, July 16, 2012

Rockefeller, MedPAC: Focus Dual Eligibles Overhaul On Care Over Costs, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, July 12, 2012

Study: Most Medicaid patients visit the ER for urgent, not routine, care, By Sarah Kliff, Washington Post, July 11, 2011

Sebelius Signal To States: Don’t Roll Back Medicaid Eligibility, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, July 11, 2012

States Could Cut Medicaid Rolls In 2014 As A Result Of Court Ruling, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, July 03, 2012

Will States Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion?, By Merrill Goozner, The Fiscal Times, June 28, 2011

Court Challenge Could Result In Medicaid Cutbacks Instead Of Expansion, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, June 20, 2012

Almost half of new vets seek disability, By Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press, May 27, 2012

FAQ: Obama v. Ryan On Controlling Federal Medicare Spending, By Marilyn Werber Serafini, Kaiser Health News, May 03, 2012

U.S. charges more than 100 for Medicare fraud schemes, By Jeremy Pelofsky, Reuters, May 02, 2012

Competing Prescriptions For Medicare's Financial Health, From Kaiser Health News, April 25, 2012

Revamping Medicare: A Guide To The Proposals, Politics And Timeline, By Marilyn Werber Serafini, Kaiser Health News, April 03, 2012

Two Years In, A Consumer Guide To Health Reform Law, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, March 21, 2012

New Ryan Budget Would Transform Medicare And Medicaid, By Marilyn Werber Serafini, Kaiser Health News, March 20, 2012

One Nation, Two Health Care Extremes, By Nicole Cohen, National Public Radio, March 19, 2012

Candidates Court Seniors On Medicare, By Marilyn Werber Serafini, Kaiser Health News, February 14, 2012

Check Hospital Tab, By Anna Wilde Mathews, Wall Street Journal, February 05, 2012

New rules could save billions in prescription drug costs, By Christine Vestal, Stateline, February 02, 2012

Health law delivers $2.1 billion in savings on drugs for seniors, By Noam N. Levey , Los Angeles Times, February 02, 2012

Action Alert: Advocate for People Dually Eligible, From the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), January 27, 2012

2012 Medicare debate is all about the baby boomers, By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press, January 01. 2012

State cuts to Medicaid affect patients, providers, By Shannon McCaffery, Associated Press, December 27, 2011

Wyden Joins Forces With Ryan On Medicare, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, December 14, 2011

Medicare Extends Enrollment Deadline For Some, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, December 07, 2011

Medicare's December 7th Open Enrollment Deadline Nears!, From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, November 28, 2011

Big Drug Hikes in Some 2012 Medicare Plans, By Phil Moeller, U. S. News & World Report, November 28, 2011

Super Committee Urged To Alter Coverage For Some Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, November 07, 2011

New study shows health insurance premium spikes in every state, By N.C. Aizenman, Washington Post, November 16, 2011

White House Says U.S. Reduced Improper Payments by $17.6 Billion, By Roger Runningen, Bloomberg, November 15, 2011

Hensarling Says Debt-Reduction Supercommittee May Use 'Two-Step Process', By Greg Stohr, Bloomberg, November 13, 2011

Will Budget Cuts Threaten Mental Health in Your State?, By Dr. Mirjana Jojic, ABC News, November 10, 2011

Senate Investigates Billion Dollar Health Care Scam, By Merrill Goozner, The Fiscal Times, November 08, 2011

SHIP Programs Can Help Seniors Save Money On A Medicare Drug Plan, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, November 07, 2011

Beneficiary advocates hit Medicare with second class action suit, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, November 03, 2011

Twelve Are Charged in Medicare Fraud Schemes Said to Cost $95 Million, By Kirk Semple, New York Times, November 02, 2011

Seventeen accused of Medicare fraud, By Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times, October 28, 2011

State Medicaid Spending Skyrockets, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, September 14, 2011

Medicare Part B premium increase to be less than expected, By , Washington Post, September 27, 2011

States may lose big in jobs, funds if Medicaid cut, From Reuters, October 26, 2011

Federal officials target Medicare’s poor-performing drug plans, By Marilyn Werber Serafini, Washington Post, October 25, 2011

AGING AMERICA: Long-term care can bankrupt an average family, yet few carry insurance, By Associated Press/Washington Post, October 24, 2011

Advocates for disabled optimistic that CLASS Act program won’t be scrapped, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, September 29, 2011

Dem lawmakers to fight for CLASS health program's survival, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, September 25, 2011

Has the CLASS Act been dismissed?,By Sarah Kliff, Washington Post, September 22, 2011

CLASS Act under fire, but experts see plenty of fixes, By Joanne Kenen, Politico, September 15, 2011

Medicaid Advocates Seek Recognition Of Safety Net’s Value, By Sarah Barr , Kaiser Health News, September 14, 2011

Squeezed States Embrace Even More Medicaid Managed Care, By Christopher Weaver, Kaiser Health News, September 13, 2011

Increased Medicaid Reimbursement for Nursing Homes, Information Bulletin #339 from Steve Gold's Treasured Nuggets of Information, September 07, 2011

Republican governors announce proposals to overhaul Medicaid, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, August 30, 2011

Uninsured Largely Unaware Of Benefits Coming From Overhaul, By Julie Rovner, National Public Radio, August 29, 2011

Nursing homes launch TV, lobbying campaign to ward off Medicare cuts, By Sam Baker, The Hill, August 29, 2011

Social Security disability on verge of insolvency, By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press, August 21, 2011

CMS expanding DME competitive-bidding program, By Jaimy Lee, Modern Healthcare, August 19, 2011

SSI Program For ADHD, Other Disabled Kids Under Scrutiny, By Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News, August 18, 2011

Medicaid Pays Less Than Medicare for Many Prescription Drugs, U.S. Report Finds, By Robert Pear, New York Times, August 15, 2011

Medicare prescription drug costs to go down, By Kate Nocera, Politico, August 04, 2011

Governors Wary Of ‘Blending’ Federal Contribution To Medicaid, CHIP, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, July 08, 2011

HHS aims to aid states with dual-eligibles' care, By Jessica Zigmond, Modern Heathcare, July 08, 2011

Medicaid Makes 'Big Difference' In Lives, Study Finds, By Julie Rovner, National Public Radio, July 07, 2011

Modernize Medicaid to better support people with disabilities, By Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), The Hill's Congress Blog, June 30, 2011

Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Cost Jobs, Harm Economies of Every State, From Families USA, June 29, 2011

CLASS Act changes coming, By KHI News Service, May 26, 2011

Most Americans Oppose GOP Plan To Cut Medicaid, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, May 25, 2011

What Medicaid Cuts Will Mean For Seniors And Others With Disabilities, A Guest Opinion by Howard Gleckman, Resident Fellow at the Urban Institute from Kaiser Health News, May 18, 2011

House Republican Proposals Cutting Medicaid Would Devastate Seniors and People with Disabilities, From FamiliesUSA, May 12, 2011

Medicaid Coverage in Jeopardy for People with Disabilities: Congress Acts This Week!, From the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Weekly Advocacy Monitor, May 11, 2011

Study Details How GOP Budget Plan Would Cut States' Medicaid Funding, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, May 10, 2011

Appeals court orders better mental health care for veterans, By Paul Elias, Associated Press, May 10, 2011

Medicaid may be a better target for cuts than Medicare, By Sam Baker, The Hill, May 08, 2011

VA to Take Applications for New Family Caregiver Program, From the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), May 03, 2011

AARP: Ryan plan would limit Medicaid innovation, By Sam Baker, The Hill, April 27, 2011

GOP Medicare Plan Spurs Anger, Splits Public During Recess, By Kaiser Health News Health on the Hill Series, April 27, 2011

Action Alert: House Republican Budget Targets Medicaid & Medicare, From the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), April 20, 2011

Medicaid explained: How would block grants work?, By Christine Vestal, Stateline, April 18, 2011

Attacking Medicaid - Myths and Some Realities, Information Bulletin #330 from Steve Gold's Treasured Nuggets of Information, April 06, 2011

Social Security and Medicare: Deficit Myths, Information Bulletin #328 from Steve Gold,s Treasured Nuggets of Information, March 28, 2011

Medicare rise could mean no Social Security COLA, By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press, March 27, 2011

Medicaid advocates expect Dem proposal for program cuts, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, March 25, 2011

As Health Law Turns 1, Debate Far From Settled, By Julie Rovner, National Public Radio, March 22, 2011

Analyzing The Health Law's Rocky First Year, By Kaiser Health News, March 21, 2011

Hatch-Upton Report On Costs to States of Expanding Medicaid Relies On Seriously Flawed Estimates, By January Angeles, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, March 16, 2011

Veterans: Don’t cut military benefits, By Alicia M. Cohn, The Hill, March 15, 2011

Saving by taking care of the sickest, By J. Lester Feder, Politico, March 15, 2011

Bipartisan duo drops bill to terminate medical equipment bidding, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, March 14, 2011

Medicare Fraud: A $70 Billion Taxpayer Ripoff, By Merril Goozner, The Fiscal Times, March 10, 2011

Judge Roger Vinson issues stay of own ruling, By Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico, March 03, 2011

Haley Barbour's Medicaid fantasy, By Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, March 03, 2011

Republicans shift focus to Medicaid complaints, By N.C. Aizenman, Washington Post, March 01, 2011

Obama Rejects Governors’ Plan to Overhaul Medicaid, By Merrill Goozner, Financial Times, March 01, 2011

Obama backtracks on health mandate, wants opt-out from start, By Jason Millman, The Hill, February 28, 2011

Governors' Wish List For Medicaid, By Jessica Marcy and Aimee Miles, Kaiser Health News, February 25, 2011

Wisconsin Union Battle Masks Medicaid Tensions, By Christopher Weaver, Kaiser Health News, February 25, 2011

Sebelius Squad's Mission: Medicaid Savings, By Marilyn Werber Serafini, Kaiser health News, February 22, 2011

Long-Term Care Needs Changes, Officials Say, By Robert Pear, New York Times, February 21, 2011

States Pushing Managed Long-Term Care For Elderly And Disabled Medicaid Patients, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, February 20, 2011

FAQ: The Shrinking Medicare Doughnut Hole, By Marilyn Werber Serafini, Kaiser Health News, February 11, 2011

Sebelius Vows To Ensure CLASS Program Is Financially Viable, By Marilyn Werber Serafini, Kaiser Health News, Februray 07, 2011

More Than 70 Members of Congress Demand Cognitive Treatment for Troops With Traumatic Brain Injuries, By T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, and Daniel Zwerdling, NPR; February 4, 2011

Crushed by Medicaid costs, states expand managed care, By Christine Vestal, Stateline, February 04, 2011

Earned Income Tax Credit Can Put Money in Your Pocket, From the Internal Revenue Service, January 2011

GOP Governors Seek Leeway to Cut Medicaid Rolls, By Janet Adamy, Wall Street Journal, January 07, 2011

2 Million Medicare Beneficiaries Missing Out On Discounted Drug Coverage, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, January 04, 2011

Senate approves delaying Medicare pay cut, By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times, December 09, 2010

Senate leaders agree on 'doc fix', By Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico, December 08, 2010

Medicare Doctors Still Face Big Cuts, By Candy Sagon, AARP Bulletin, November 29, 2010

Open enrollment for 2011 Medicare prescription drug and health plans begins Nov. 15th, From the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), November 12, 2010

Medicare Part D Changes Not Overwhelming, Experts Say, By Amanda Gardner, HealthDay News, November 11, 2010

Dueling Letters On Medicare Part D Changes, By Jessica Marcy, Kaiser Health News, October 25, 2010

Gov't: No increase for Social Security next year, By the Associated Press, October 15, 2010

Groups Press Congress To End Patients' Wait For Medicare, By Jessica Marcy, Kaiser Health News, August 27, 2010

Sebelius To Governors: Extra Medicaid Money Comes With A String Attached, By Andrew Villegas, Kaiser Health News, August 19, 2010

State aid bill breezes into law, By David Rogers, Politico, August 11, 2010

House expected to approve $26 billion in aid to states,By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers, August 09. 2010

Senate OKs $26B jobs, Medicaid bill, By David Rogers, Politico, August 05, 2010

Dems get pre-recess victory as Senate breaks funding impasse, By Mike Lillis, The Hill, August 04, 2010

Senate vote on Medicaid, education funds delayed, By Walter Alarkon and Alexander Bolton, The Hill, August 02, 2010

Senate expected to take up enhanced Medicaid funding, By Julian Pecquet, The Hill, July 30, 2010

Recession-Weary Workers, States Still Hope For COBRA And Medicaid Subsidies, By Andrew Villegas, Kaiser Health News, July 23, 2010

Justice Department charges 94 people with health-care fraud, By Jerry Markon, Washington Post, July 16, 2010

Healthcare law offers preventive care at no cost, By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2010

VA Eases Claims Process For PTSD Treatment, By Rachel Martin, NPR, July 12, 2010

Medicaid Stalemate Tests Cash-Strapped States, By Janet Adamy, Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2010

Obama HIV/AIDS plan calls for reducing infections, By Julie Pace, Associated Press, July 13, 2010

COBRA, Medicaid Subsidies Still Loom Over Congressional Agenda, By Andrew Villegas, Kaiser Health News, July 02, 2010

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HealthCare.gov is a new on-line tool to help consumers connect to information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage in both the public and the private sector and find other important health care information.  The website is designed to be a one-stop-shop for information about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as well as other health care resources.  The website will connect consumers to quality rankings for local health care providers as well as preventive services.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) - On July 1, 2012, the Kansas Department on Aging (KDOA) merged with programs from the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) and the Department Health and the Environment (KDHE) to become the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). All of the disability services programs that were formerly housed in SRS now operate out of KDADS. KDADS mission is to foster an environment which; promotes security, dignity and independence, while providing the right care at the right time in a place called home.

Medicare is a health insurance program for people age 65 or older, people under age 65 with certain disabilities, and people of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease.

Medicaid is a Federal/State entitlement program that pays for medical assistance for certain individuals and families with low incomes and resources.

National Resource Directory (NRD) - The NRD connects Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, family members and caregivers with services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) is a free program offering seniors and Kansans with disabilitiesan opportunity to talk with trained, community volunteers and get answers to questions about Medicare Part D and other insurance issues. SHICK provides you with many resources that will help you with your struggle through the Medicare maze.

The Social Security Administration pays retirement, disability and survivors benefits to workers and their families and administer the Supplemental Security Income program. They also issue Social Security numbers. See their Quick Guide to all Social Security services.

The Department of Veterans Affairs website provides information about veteran benefits administered by the department and their Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service to veterans, employers, and the general public.

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Publications

Medicaid Home and Community-Based Service Programs: Data Update, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, December 19, 2008, Publication Number: 7720-02 - Developing home and community-based service (HCBS) alternatives to institutional care has been a priority for many state Medicaid programs over the last two decades. In 2005, overall spending on Medicaid HCBS increased 10 percent, with 2.8 million individuals being served through these programs. This report presents a summary of the main trends to emerge for the three Medicaid HCBS programs and the results of a survey of policies such as eligibility criteria and waiting lists.

Medicaid's Impact: Helping People with Serious Healthcare Needs - To get a sense of how important Medicaid is for people with serious health care needs, these reports look at  the number of individuals in each state with cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, or heart disease or stroke who rely on Medicaid for their health coverage.

Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities: Policy and Implementation Considerations for State and Federal Policymakers, March 13, 2013 - This report by the National Council on Disability addresses the implications of managed health care and long-term supports for Medicaid-eligible people with disabilities to help readers gain a better understanding of the intricacies of Medicaid managed care practices and the ways in which these practices can and should affect services for program beneficiaries with disabilities. (PDF) (doc)

Medicare Beneficiaries Less Likely To Experience Cost- And Access-Related Problems Than Adults With Private Coverage, Karen Davis, Ph.D., Kristof Stremikis, M.P.P., M.P.H., Michelle M. Doty, Ph.D., and Mark A. Zezza, Ph.D., Health Affairs, July 18, 2012 - This recent survey found that Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older are more satisfied with their health insurance, have better access to care, and are less likely to have problems paying medical bills than working-age adults who get insurance through employers or purchase coverage on their own.

Medicare & You 2015 contains important information about what’s new, health plans, prescription drug plans, Medicare benefits, rights and protections, and answers to the most frequently asked questions about Medicare.

Securing the Social Contract: Reforming Social Security Disability, January 29, 2015 - In this report, National Council on Disability (NCD) examines the policies behind the SSDI and SSI programs in light of the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Having examined these policies and how they impact the ability of beneficiaries to engage in meaningful work, NCD offers concrete policy recommendations for creating an economic environment that is more supportive of individuals with disabilities working; a revised disability definition; and programmatic changes. (Report in PDF format/in DOC format)

The Cost and Coverage Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: National and State-by-State Analysis, November 2012 - This report by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows modest state costs for implementing the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act compared to significant increases in federal funds, allowing some states to see net budget savings even as millions of low-income uninsured Americans gain health coverage. (Full Report - pdf) (Executive Summary - pdf)

The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs.

The Role of Medicaid in State Economies: A Look at the Research, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, January 09, 2009, Publication Number: 7075-02 - This policy brief synthesizes the results of 29 studies in 23 states that examine the role Medicaid plays in state and local economies. These studies estimate the economic stimulus derived from Medicaid spending, and also analyze the adverse effects on the state economy from reducing Medicaid spending. This policy brief provides an overview of Medicaid financing, explains the methods used to assess economic impact and summarizes the main findings from the research. (Policy Brief, Summary)



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