CMA Alert - Medicare Home Health Coverage is Not a Short-Term, Acute Care Benefit ─ Congress Acted in 1980 to Provide for Longer-Term Coverage; Final Home Health Rules and Interpretive Guidance: Proposed Payment Model Rescinded; Advocates Oppose House Tax Cuts Bill that Would Set the Stage for Deep Cuts to Medicare & Other Programs; This Week in Sabotage – and Some Good News!
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CMA Alert - Joint Replacement Model Undermines Care; OTC Hearing Aids Legislation Passed; Severe Harm if ACA Cost-Sharing Payments End
CMA Alert - Former CMS Administrator Comments on Medicare Advantage Overpayments; Proposed Home Health Rules – Payments Drive Delivery of Care, Harming Beneficiaries; Observation Status Harms Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries; Poll: Americans Favor Making the ACA Work
CMA strongly opposes the proposed SNF payment system, as well as changes made to the minimization civil money penalties.
CMS rules and policies are resulting in neglected care and endangered safety for some Medicare beneficiaries. While Medicare home health coverage laws apply equally to all individuals, equitable application of coverage laws has been impeded by administrative payment rules and quality measure incentives that favor beneficiaries who have short-term care needs and disfavor those with long-term, chronic care needs.
“As Congress looks to strip health care from millions of people, Medicare has a long tradition of covering everyone who is eligible regardless of pre-existing conditions, all of whom are entitled to the same benefits” states Judith Stein, Executive Director and founder of the Center for Medicare Advocacy.
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.