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Republican Governors’ Proposal Calls for Major Medicaid Overhaul

Adequate funding for Medicaid and urban safety-net hospitals could be jeopardized under proposals unveiled yesterday by the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee’s Health Care Task Force. In a 16-page report that calls for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the task force presents seven principles and 31 solutions for reforming Medicaid in a manner that give states greater flexibility to decide how to structure and finance their Medicaid programs, whom to serve through those programs, what services to offer, and how to compensate those who care for Medicaid patients. The report is a precursor to a health care summit [&hellip

Integrating Care for the Dually Eligible

Urban safety-net hospitals are major providers of care to low-income elderly patients, many of whom are dually eligible – that is, eligible both for Medicare and for Medicaid.  These hospitals care for so many of these patients that they typically are eligible for both Medicare disproportionate share (Medicare DSH) and Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) payments. As part of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to pursue better ways to integrate and pay for care for the nearly nine million Americans who are dually eligible, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) awarded contracts to 15 states to develop new [&hellip

Reform May Boost Safety-Net Hospital Patient Volume

If the Massachusetts experience is any indication, patient volume may rise at urban safety-net hospitals under health care reform and the Affordable Care Act. When health care reform in Massachusetts greatly increased the proportion of people in that state with health insurance, many safety-net hospitals feared that low-income patients who had previously turned to them as providers of last resort would seek care elsewhere when they felt they had more choices.  According to the study “Safety-Net Providers After Health Care Reform,” however, these patients – now insured – actually increased their utilization of safety-net hospitals (defined as those that receive [&hellip

NAUH Writes to Congressional Leaders About “Super Committee” Appointments

NAUH has asked congressional leaders to appoint to the new deficit reduction “super committee” members who are knowledgeable about Medicare and Medicaid and who also understand the vital role that private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals play in serving the low-income, low-income elderly, and uninsured residents of urban communities throughout the country.  Read NAUH’s letter to the House speaker and minority leader and Senate majority and minority leaders

The Potential Impact of the Deficit Reduction Deal on Medicare, Medicaid, and Hospitals

How will the deficit reduction deal affect hospitals, Medicare, Medicaid, and implementation of the Affordable Care Act?  The Kaiser Family Foundation offers an FAQ on how the actions of the new Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction may affect Medicare and Medicaid and the publication Politico presents an informative article on how that committee’s actions – and Congress’s response to it – may affect implementation of the Affordable Care Act

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