Most people and families won’t benefit from these tax cuts. Yet most will be harmed by the spending cuts needed to pay for them. Instead of gutting the social compact Americans rely on, Congress should work to pass true tax reform that helps all Americans and invests in a better future for everyone.
Congress’ rushed effort to push through a massive tax cut for corporations and the wealthy presents a clear and present danger to health coverage, other vital programs, and families throughout the country.
Medicare home health coverage is often erroneously described as a short-term, acute care benefit. This is not true. Although it may be implemented in this way, under the law people who meet the threshold qualifying criteria (legally homebound and needing skilled care), are eligible for Medicare home health coverage so long as they need skilled care.
Recent regulations issued by CMS would discriminate against patients with chronic conditions, threaten access care in rural and undeserved areas, and cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the Medicare home health program.
When looking to expand access to health care coverage, it’s natural to look to Medicare, but before moving more people into Medicare, it needs to be improved and simplified.
Repealing ACA threatens access to health coverage and Medicaid for 20 million people, reduces Medicare prescription drug coverage, reduces Medicare preventive benefits, and decreases the long-term solvency of the Medicare program.
Policy-makers and people who rely on Medicare should think twice before supporting legislation that will give windfalls to private insurance companies, while reducing coverage and increasing costs for older and disabled people.
Medicare is not in crisis. It is on solid financial footing, and, in fact, is stronger than was predicted before the enactment of the Affordable Care Act.
Despite statements during the campaign that he would protect Medicare, the President-Elect is indicating otherwise with his selections of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to head the Department of Health & Human Services, and health consultant Seema Verma to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
In 1995 Newt Gingrich predicted that privatization efforts would lead Medicare to wither on the vine. Well … that’s what’s happening. And it's no accident.
Ten things we are thankful for this year, from the Center for Medicare Advocacy.