Medicaid en Advocates Fear New Rules Could Hamper Medicaid <p> Some Vermont legal advocates say they are worried that new health care rules will make some people ineligible for long-term care under Medicaid. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 01:45:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 93575 at Vermont Ranks 5th In Medicaid Homecare Spending <p></p><p></p><p>The state of Vermont ranks fifth in the nation in the percentage of Medicaid long-term care spending that allows the disabled to live in their homes and communities. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 93574 at Vermont Ranks 5th In Medicaid Homecare Spending Samuels: Medicaid Reform Needed From Albany <p></p><p>For years, county officials across New York have been calling on state leaders in Albany to give them relief from the mandates that are handed down from the state capitol and Medicaid reform is often at the top of the list of those mandates. The latest call for Medicaid relief comes from Bill Samuels, a New York City businessman, political activist and founder of the group Effective NY, which has been critical of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s policies. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 19:34:00 +0000 Brian Shields 89043 at Samuels: Medicaid Reform Needed From Albany Feds Urge More Talks On NY Medicaid Application <p>New York has revised its request for a $10 billion dollar Medicaid adjustment, which would allow using that money to pay for related health care programs, after federal officials concluded capital investment and some other programs are ineligible.</p><p>The application was first filed 18 months ago, prompting Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state health commissioner to publicly blame the delay for threatening financially distressed New York hospitals.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:59:06 +0000 Jaired Crofut 82629 at Feds Urge More Talks On NY Medicaid Application Schumer: Ambulance Funding Threatened <p>New York Senator Charles Schumer warns that ambulance crews are threatened with the loss of critical funding.</p><p>At stake is $40 million in Medicaid payments statewide used to pay for ambulance services. He says that critical funding will expire Jan. 1 if Congress doesn't act first.</p><p>The Democrat says that without action, urban ambulances will lose 2 percent of their federal funding and rural services will lose 3 percent.</p><p>Schumer says ambulance crews say the funding is vital. He is proposing a five-year extension of the funding.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:02:36 +0000 Jaired Crofut 79672 at Schumer: Ambulance Funding Threatened Study Shows NY Spending For Inmate Health Care Up <p>A new study on rising prison health care costs shows New York 13th among states in spending for inmate care.</p><p>The study by The Pew Charitable Trusts and MacArthur Foundation, examining costs from 2001 to 2008, shows New York spending rose 33 percent to nearly $5,900 for a prisoner's medical care in 2008.</p><p>That distantly followed California's $11,800 cost per inmate, up 84 percent, and New Hampshire's 306 percent increase to more than $9,000.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:13:24 +0000 Jaired Crofut 76640 at Study Shows NY Spending For Inmate Health Care Up State Audit Reveals Nursing Home As Financial Drain On Saratoga County <p>A recent audit by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli detailed a deteriorating financial condition in Saratoga County due in part to increasing costs at a subsidized nursing home.</p><p></p><p>The audit released by the Comptroller&rsquo;s office found that between January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012, Saratoga County&rsquo;s general fund balance decreased 41 percent, from $24.7 million to $10.3 million.</p><p></p><p>The cause to blame? The increased costs of running Maplewood Manor &ndash; a subsidized nursing home facility.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:45:37 +0000 Lucas Willard 75259 at State Audit Reveals Nursing Home As Financial Drain On Saratoga County Blair Horner: Obama Administration Weakens Federal Health Care Reform <p>In a few short months, Americans who need health insurance will be able to obtain it.&nbsp; They will either get it from the government – through programs like Medicare or Medicaid, from their employers, or purchase it themselves from health marketplaces, known as health benefit exchanges.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:41:43 +0000 Blair Horner 69246 at Vermont House gives final OK to budget adjustment <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House has given final approval to a mid-fiscal-year budget adjustment that takes savings from Medicaid and uses the money to address other growing demands in human services.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The biggest new line item is more than $4.5 million for the ReachUp program, which helps people move from welfare to work. Others are $3.2 million for child development and about $2 million each for general assistance and mental health.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 01:21:29 +0000 Associated Press 56375 at Vermont House gives final OK to budget adjustment NY recovers $335M from Medicaid fraud, abuse <p>ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office recovered more than $335 million last year from Medicaid fraud and abuse.&nbsp;</p><p>The total, including $146 million from a multi-state settlement with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, is the second highest annual recovery by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:59:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 56358 at NY recovers $335M from Medicaid fraud, abuse