- Nursing homes say it’s time for states to undo Medicaid cuts
States should boost their Medicaid spending as the economy improves and their budgets begin to grow back, the nursing home industry said Friday.
Many states made significant Medicaid cuts in 2009 and 2010, to help keep their spending in line with falling tax revenues. But after those two years of decline, every state saw its tax revenues increase last year, according to data released Thursday by the Census Bureau.
Nursing homes said states should restore Medicaid funding as their budgets continue to improve.
- Interest groups laud Kasich for work with new federal healthcare office
Ohio’s Republican governor is drawing praise from several healthcare groups for working with a new federal office created by President Obama’s healthcare law.
The law created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to test new ways of cutting costs and improving quality. Although it wasn’t initially seen as one of the law’s most controversial provisions, some Republicans have recently begun criticizing the CMMI.
Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said in a report last month that the CMMI lets “bureaucrats gamble with billions of taxpayer dollars.” The center has too much power to make nearly unilateral decisions, they said.
Still, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has gotten some positive reviews for working with the CMMI on a major problem in healthcare spending — people who receive both Medicare and Medicaid.
- News bites: Komen grants, sex ed and more
Komen grants are flowing back to Planned Parenthood, The Washington Post reports.
The Obama administration has adopted an unprecedented 1-to-24 funding disparity between abstinence education and safe-sex programs, the National Abstinence Education Association says in a new report.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) and three health experts share their views about the state’s health law with Kaiser Health News on the law’s sixth anniversary.
The furor over “pink slime” has meant disaster for the man behind the product, Bloomberg reports.
Two Rockford hospitals nixed merger plans after federal regulators raised antitrust concerns, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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