An update on the the devastation that would be caused by the Senate's health care repeal bill and the President's proposed budget, and more.
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Here We Go Again: Senate Health Repeal Bill Released Today, Vote Planned for Next Week; Medicare Trustees Project Increase in Solvency; Delay of New Medicare Home Health Conditions of Participation; Advocacy News from the Capitol
Congress is on recess, but we can’t be – the health care repeal debate continues! This CMA Alert provides updated “Myths & Facts” about the most recent potential changes to the health care bills to inform your advocacy to protect these key programs.
We got a reprieve this week when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed a planned vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA). Like the bill that passed in the House, BCRA would repeal the Affordable Care Act, decimate Medicaid, and weaken Medicare. The battle over health repeal is not over. Sen. McConnell continues to work to secure votes of reluctant senators by offering minor changes to the bill; changes that will not ultimately mitigate its harm.
Changes to the health care repeal bill will not fix what ails the policies behind it. Both the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) and BCRA would cause substantial harm to millions of Americans.
The Center for Medicare Advocacy has seen a significant increase in stories from people who rely on ACA, Medicaid and Medicare, and would be harmed if they are changed as planned. Here are some of their stories.
The Senate repeal bill cannot be improved – it must be scrapped. This is not a health care bill. It weakens Medicare, decimates Medicaid, and guts insurance for over 20 million people.
CMA Alert - The Fight Continues; Home Health Access Part 4; World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day highlighted the need to protect older people from the devastating effects of financial exploitation.
Administration Proposes Allowing Nursing Homes to Require Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses as a Condition of Admission; CMS Extends Comment Period for New Medicare Skilled Nursing Reimbursement System Until August 25, 2017; The Center Welcomes Chiplin Senior Fellow Ben F. Belton
Proposed rules not only allow facilities to ask a resident or resident representative to enter into an agreement for binding arbitration but also allow facilities to require a resident to sign such an agreement as a condition of admission.
This Week's Alert - AHCA’s Impact on Older Adults; Government Oversight Agency Urges CMS to Examine Medicare Advantage Disenrollment by Health Status; Tell the Senate to Drop the AHCA.