Services for mentally retarded caught in state budget debate – Daily Review & Sunday Review

Services for mentally retarded caught in state budget debate – Daily Review & Sunday Review
HARRISBURG — Reaching agreement on spending to support mentally retarded individuals in their hometowns is just one of many issues keeping opposite sides apart in the painful state budget debate. Gov. Ed Rendell and state lawmakers are literally …
Source: www.thedailyreview.com

Medicaid under review – Baton Rouge Advocate
Private health-care providers who treat Louisiana’s poor are facing a $180 million cut in the government health insurance program that pays them. The amount is far less than originally expected. But the cut’s impact will be hard to measure until …
Source: www.2theadvocate.com

Medicaid expansion idea turns up heat (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
WASHINGTON — Medicaid‘s role in health care is emerging as a flash point, exposing policy and political rifts not only between the two parties but also among Democrats themselves. Congressional Democrats are pressing for a major expansion in the state-federal program for the poor and disabled.
Source: www.stltoday.com

Our Say: Rising Medicaid costs one piece of national puzzle (The Capital)
You could say that the latest numbers on Marylanders joining the state Medicaid system indicate that changes made by the governor and the legislature are working as planned – indeed, better than planned.
Source: www.hometownannapolis.com

How Effectively Does the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Help Laid-Off Workers and States Cope with Health Care Costs?
Excerpt: “A new analysis from the Urban Institute concludes that these provisions are likely to achieve only partial success.” (The Urban Institute via Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Source: www.rwjf.org

[Guidance Overview] New Laws And Drafting Tips for Welfare Plans In 2009
52 slides from the firm’s March 26 presentation. Excerpt: “Federal COBRA Premium Subsidy for Involuntary Terminations; Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Reporting Changes; Drafting Tips: Strengthen Litigation Protections; Plan Statute of Limitations and Venue; Plan Definition of ‘Spouse’.” (Sidley Austin LLP)
Source: www.sidley.com

DELAWARE: Walgreens postpones cut-off for patients on Medicaid (The Daily Times)
DOVER – Delaware and its biggest pharmacy chain have agreed to spend another month trying to work out an agreement on Medicaid reimbursement rates, averting for now a scenario that would have limited the places where thousands of low-income people could fill prescriptions.
Source: www.delmarvanow.com

Obama To Formally Announce Medicare Drug Costs Cuts Today
Excerpt: “The pharmaceutical industry agreed Saturday to reduce Medicare drug costs as part of health overhaul in an apparent effort to stave off potentially more-burdensome givebacks under the Democrats’ health-overhaul plan. Today, President Barack Obama will make a formal announcement about the deal. The Wall Street Journal reports: ‘Drug makers on Saturday outlined a proposal to forgo $80 billion in revenue over a decade, largely by covering more of the cost of brand-name prescription drugs under the federal government program for seniors. It would make up part of the $313 billion in government health-spending cuts that President Barack Obama has proposed over a decade to help pay for the overhaul plan.'” (Kaiser Family Foundation)
Source: www.kaiserhealthnews.org

Metro Guide Online – Omaha World-Herald
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Source: www.omaha.com

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