New England News
9:45 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Advocates Fear New Rules Could Hamper Medicaid

Some Vermont legal advocates say they are worried that new health care rules will make some people ineligible for long-term care under Medicaid.

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New England News
7:30 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Vermont Ranks 5th In Medicaid Homecare Spending

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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.

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3:34 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Samuels: Medicaid Reform Needed From Albany

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.

New York News
8:59 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Feds Urge More Talks On NY Medicaid Application

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.

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.

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New York News
6:02 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Schumer: Ambulance Funding Threatened

New York Senator Charles Schumer warns that ambulance crews are threatened with the loss of critical funding.

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.

The Democrat says that without action, urban ambulances will lose 2 percent of their federal funding and rural services will lose 3 percent.

Schumer says ambulance crews say the funding is vital. He is proposing a five-year extension of the funding.

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New York News
8:13 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Study Shows NY Spending For Inmate Health Care Up


A new study on rising prison health care costs shows New York 13th among states in spending for inmate care.

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.

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.

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New York News
5:45 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

State Audit Reveals Nursing Home As Financial Drain On Saratoga County

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.

The audit released by the Comptroller’s office found that between January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012, Saratoga County’s general fund balance decreased 41 percent, from $24.7 million to $10.3 million.

The cause to blame? The increased costs of running Maplewood Manor – a subsidized nursing home facility.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:41 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Blair Horner: Obama Administration Weakens Federal Health Care Reform

In a few short months, Americans who need health insurance will be able to obtain it.  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.

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North Country News
8:21 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Vermont House gives final OK to budget adjustment

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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.

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.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

NY recovers $335M from Medicaid fraud, abuse

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. 

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.

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