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Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal Plan Threatens Health Care for Seniors

The plan once again takes direct aim at Medicaid to pay for tax cuts and provisions that primarily benefit the wealthy and makes even more harmful changes to the ACA than the bills the Senate voted on in July.

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Grassley Presses CMS on Lack of Action in Abuse Cases

One of the most powerful and influential members of the U.S. Senate is pressuring the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for an explanation as to why the agency failed to ensure that nursing home abuse and neglect cases are reported to law enforcement, as required.

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A Cautionary Warning to Military Retirees; Beware the Lump Sum

The Defense Department is casting the lump sum feature of the new Blended Retirement System as a way to give service members new financial choices at retirement, but a detailed analysis of the program reveals that those who sign up for the cash buyout will likely pay a high price.

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Average Americanís Risk of Needing Nursing Home Care Seen High

The average Americanís lifetime risk of using a nursing home is substantially greater than previous research has suggested, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Among persons age 57 to 61, 56 percent will stay in a nursing home at least one night during their lifetime, according findings published online by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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HHS Responds as Storm Emergency Impacts Medicare Beneficiaries

As Hurricane Harvey continues to impact the Gulf Coast and local officials look toward assessing communitiesí health care infrastructure and medical needs, HHS placed additional personnel on alert.

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Seniors Need to Pay Attention to CMS Proposed QPP Rule

Coming in at just over 1,000 pages, itís a long and complex rule. And while there is a lot in there, you need to pay close attention to a few areas that are of particular importance to consumer advocates and anyone working with populations with complex medical and social need

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Older Adults with HIV: An Overlooked Population

When it comes to HIV prevention and treatment, there is a growing population that is being overlooked -- older adults -- and implicit ageism is partially responsible for this neglect, according to a presentation at the recently concluded 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC.

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Bill Improves Generic Drug Competition, Lowers Rx Prices

Provisions authored by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to improve generic competition and lower the cost of prescription drugs cleared the Senate on Thursday (Aug. 3) as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act.

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They Revised the BCRA, But It Still Falls Short: CBO Report

The CBO score indicates that the changes to the original bill make no difference in the number of people who would lose insurance ó 22 million ó or pay more for health care.

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Senate Revises Its Health Care Bill, But Will It Be Enough?

New language added this past week to the Senate health care bill would allow the sale of inexpensive, minimal coverage insurance plans to consumers. The added language is an effort by the Senate Republican leadership to attract sufficient conservative support to pass the measure. But whether it actually does that remains to be seen.

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