The Dividing Line Between the Presidential Candidates on Social Insurance Really Falls on Medicaid

By: Monday October 15, 2012 1:43 pm

Throughout the election campaign, when the two competitors talk about social insurance programs, they usually confine it to Social Security and Medicare, and really just Medicare. And it’s true that the Romney-Ryan plan for a voucher program instead of traditional Medicare would lead to higher premiums for most seniors. But the planned growth rates for [...]

Medicaid Cuts Far Deeper in Republican Plans, But Those Would Hit Seniors As Well

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 8:55 am

You cannot really divorce the Romney-Ryan plan for Medicare with their plan for Medicaid. The simple reason for this is that Medicaid is the leading provider of long-term care for seniors. Six million seniors, in fact, get their nursing home care from Medicaid. Dual eligibles would lose the ability to access Medicaid benefits for this [...]

Long-Term Care Still Adrift

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 8:50 am

It’s sad that it took the demise of the CLASS Act for the media to take notice that the problem the measure was trying to solve, long-term care, is both serious and growing. But whether or not the CLASS Act comes off the books, the problem it was meant to address remains: A gap in [...]

CLASSy: Advocates Not Told of CLASS Act Demise Until Minutes Before Announcement

By: Thursday October 20, 2011 2:18 pm

The Obama Administration did not notify Congressional supporters of the CLASS Act, a voluntary public long-term care insurance program passed with the Affordable Care Act, before pulling the plug on the idea. Advocates were left blindsided by the official announcement, though the Administration had recently released the chief actuary and shut down the offices doing [...]

Obama Administration Nixes the CLASS Act

By: Friday October 14, 2011 1:35 pm

The Obama Administration announced that they will not implement the CLASS Act, a voluntary long-term care insurance program that was a key priority of the late Ted Kennedy, and which was instituted as part of the Affordable Care Act. The initiative, known as the Class Act, was included in the law to help Americans cover [...]

Democrats Try to Rescue CLASS Act

By: Monday September 26, 2011 9:35 am

I wrote last week about the sad and expected demise of the CLASS Act, a long-term care insurance program that was included in the Affordable Care Act. The Administration has effectively stopped implementation of the measure, and the recently departed chief actuary basically said that the office was shutting down. The main worry is over [...]

Gang of Six Attempts to Strangle CLASS Act

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 9:30 am

The CLASS Act, created by Ted Kennedy and included in the Affordable Care Act, establishes a voluntary federal long-term care insurance program. Currently, people requiring long-term care need either private insurance or to qualify for Medicaid. Right now, around 40% of all long-term care is funded through Medicaid, and given that Medicaid faces budget cuts [...]

Threading The Health Care Needle

By: Sunday November 22, 2009 3:09 pm

I don’t think anyone believes that yesterday’s passage of the motion to proceed on health care reform presages passage of the overall bill in the Senate. Practically moments after yesterday’s vote and even before, every Democrat who wants leverage over the bill scrawled their ransom notes and made public their demands. Many of them received [...]

House Health Care Bill Covers More, Saves More Than Senate Bill

By: Saturday November 21, 2009 9:16 am

In a little-noticed revision put out last night, the Congressional Budget Office altered their analysis of the House health care bill, saying it would save $30 billion more than expected in the first ten years. This would make the House bill MORE of a deficit-reducer than the companion legislation in the Senate. The Congressional Budget [...]

Setting The Stage For Reid’s Unveiling Of The Senate Health Care Bill

By: Wednesday November 18, 2009 10:26 am

As reported here last night, Harry Reid will meet with the Democratic caucus at 5:00 ET this afternoon to unveil the health care bill. There will be some press releases and Q&A sessions shortly thereafter; hopefully we’ll see some language or at least a summary of what’s in the bill tonight. Reid’s office is “very [...]

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