- Home health targeted for $20-million Medicare cut
The agency that oversees Medicare proposed a roughly $20-million cut Friday in payments to home healthcare companies.
- Study: 11.5 million who could lose Medicaid wouldn’t get subsidies, either
States’s decisions to opt out of the Medicaid expansion in President Obama’s healthcare law will deny millions of people access to affordable coverage, according to an analysis by the Urban Institute.
The Supreme Court ruled that states must have the option to opt out of the expansion without losing all of their federal Medicaid funding. Seven states have said definitively that they won’t participate, and another eight are leaning against it.
The Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid eligibility to people whose incomes fall below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The law also provides subsidies to buy private insurance, but only to people at or above 100 percent of the poverty line.
So people whose incomes fall between 100 percent and 138 percent of poverty are caught in the middle — they’re not eligible for subsidies, but they might not be able to get Medicaid, either, if their state opts out of the expansion.
- Gov. McDonnell tied to ultrasound law in Planned Parenthood attack
Planned Parenthood slammed Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) over a controversial abortion law after he was selected for a prominent role in creating the GOP’s national platform.
The attack centered on Virginia’s new requirement that women have ultrasounds before they get abortions, and could be a sign of things to come if McDonnell joins the Republican presidential ticket.
The prospective vice presidential contender has a “deeply troubling record on women’s health,” said Cecile Richards, president of the family planning group’s political arm, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
- McConnell ratchets up pressure on vulnerable Dems over healthcare repeal
In an op-ed, the GOP leader calls on Democrats to join members of his party to unwind the healthcare law.
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