April 8, 2013
What first-term governor would welcome a legacy of letting thousands of low-income adults and children slip through widening holes in his state's health-care safety net? Gov. Corbett may be coming around to the realization that his track record in this area isn't likely to win many points with Pennsylvania voters around reelection time next year. Because of Corbett's austere spending policies, 41,000 working-poor adults lost access to adultBasic, the low-cost state health plan, almost as soon as he took the oath of office in early 2011.
February 8, 2005 |
The first part of a financial double whammy for health-care providers in Pennsylvania and across the nation hit yesterday when President Bush released his 2006 budget proposal. The Bush administration proposes cutting Medicaid spending by tens of billions of dollars over the next decade. "It is fair to say that, at $60 billion, both the hospitals and nursing homes would be negatively impacted" if the Bush budget were enacted, said Tom Nickels, chief lobbyist of the American Hospital Association in Washington.
September 12, 2013 |
Gov. Corbett is considering an expansion of Medicaid to cover hundreds of thousands of uninsured residents if he can also win significant changes to the existing part of the entitlement program, which otherwise would continue in its current form. Linking the two issues - a Medicaid expansion envisioned by the Affordable Care Act and money-saving changes in a program that he considers unsustainable - could achieve goals sought by liberals and conservatives. But it will require a delicate balancing act with both parties in Harrisburg as well as the Obama administration.
May 24, 2011 |
Gov. Christie plans to seek approval for a proposal that would deny Medicaid coverage to adults in a family of four with an annual household income of little more than $6,000, down from the current $30,000. A single mother raising three children who earned as little as $118 a week would not qualify for the government-funded medical coverage. The eligibility-requirement change, which must be cleared by the Obama administration and would apply only to new adult Medicaid applicants, would follow Christie's eliminating - for the second year - a long-standing line item that would provide nearly $7.5 million in funding to family-planning clinics.
October 8, 2011 |
A former executive with a pharmaceutical distributors trade group alleges in a federal whistle-blower lawsuit that 13 drug companies manipulated price data to reduce the amounts they owed federal and state governments for the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program that serves the poor. The number of companies named as defendants has fluctuated. The original filing accused 30 companies. The fourth and most recent version of the complaint, unsealed this week in Philadelphia, accused 13 companies: Allergan, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Biogen, Bradley, Cephalon, Eisai, Genzyme, Mallinckrodt, NovoNordisk, Reliant, Sunovion, and Upsher-Smith.
August 21, 1991
There's always something pushing reform of the American health-care system to the bottom of the agenda. This week, out of the blue, it was a Soviet coup. That's not exactly how the National Governors' Association had planned it. In an August that was shaping up dull and slow, they'd counted on this week's Seattle conference to rekindle interest in a matter that the states want dealt with in the worst way: Health costs are eating state budgets up as they rise 25 percent annually. The governors didn't get their wish, obviously.
April 17, 2009 |
Elderly residents who spent the last of their life savings to be cared for at some assisted-living facilities in South Jersey were improperly discharged when they qualified for Medicaid, an 18-month investigation by a state watchdog has found. Assisted Living Concepts, a Wisconsin company that operates the facilities, "broke its trust with dozens of elderly residents who believed they would be permitted to age in place once their private funds were exhausted," New Jersey Public Advocate Ronald K. Chen said.
July 5, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania is on hold. And a $45 million piece of the financial rescue plan for Philadelphia schools is in limbo. Those were the results of votes Wednesday by a key state Senate committee on the so-called code bills that accompany the annual budget. At issue were two controversial revisions the state House had made in those bills before adjourning Monday night for the summer. Those changes removed Medicaid expansion and added new wording that would legalize so-called payday lending in the state.
February 23, 2013 |
As a Republican, Jamie Coleman might be expected to side with Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett when he wrote that an expansion of federal Medicaid - health coverage for the poor - would be a bad idea for state taxpayers. But as a nurse at the Hershey Medical Center, she has a different point of view: "There will be some impact," Coleman said. "What that means we don't know yet. We're not sure if it is going to cause layoffs, or if there will be some facilities in the state closing down.
June 28, 2006 |
Deborah Zubow is coordinator of the Healthwatch Help Line at Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth More bureaucracy: not exactly what our health-care system needs, but it's what we're getting, starting Saturday. On that day, our national government, with nothing more important to do than interfere with state-administered health insurance programs, will begin to require that every U.S. citizen who applies for Medicaid present, in person, yet another pile of documents and then wait even longer than before for access to a doctor for even the simplest and most basic medical care.