Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a plan to expand products and services covered by Medicare Advantage plans. The department has revised its definition of “primarily health-related” benefits to help Medicare Advantage enrollees lead more independent lives. Some of the new services could include minor home modifications such as grab bars, transportation to and from medical appointments, and home-delivered meals. A prescription is not needed for...
At least 21,000 Americans have died waiting to enroll in Medicaid, thanks in part to the expansion of the ACA government healthcare program, based on research reported by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA). See “ The Medicaid Waiting List Crisis ” report The report focuses primarily on the waiting lists generated by the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program. That program, created in 1981, allows states to extend Medicaid services to individuals in th...
Insurers May Now Charge Higher Premiums to Seniors The administration would like to see the ACA market to reign in some features, such as allowing insurers to charge higher premiums to older people. Suggested changes include: Allowing insurers to charge older people five times as much as younger people Expanding access to health savings accounts and increasing the amount of money that people can contribute to them Supporting a permanent congressional appropriation for subsidies to insurance com...
Congressional Repeal of ACA’s Individual Mandate Leaves A Number of Lawmakers Examining Replacement Measures At least nine states are considering their own versions of a requirement that residents must have health insurance, a move that could accelerate a divide between states trying to shore up the ACA and other states intent on eliminating requirement. Congressional Republicans in December repealed the individual mandate, a pillar of the ACA, as part of their tax overhaul. That cheered t...