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California Healthline: If Calif. Ends Coordinated Care Initiative, What Happens to Frail Senior Duals?

by David Gorn

Zelda Gamble of Long Beach, 74, has diabetes, high blood pressure and severe rheumatoid arthritis that keeps her confined to a motorized wheelchair all day. 129 more words

Seniors

NY Times: Senate Approves Budget of G.O.P. Wishes in All-Night Session

By JONATHAN WEISMAN

WASHINGTON — Emerging from an all-night session that contained more exhaustion than drama, Senate Republicans squeaked through a budget blueprint Friday morning that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, fundamentally remake federal health care for the poor and elderly, and push the federal deficit toward zero over the next decade. 115 more words

Seniors

California Healthline: CMS Settlement May Have Ripple Effect

by David Gorn

MS officials this week approved a settlement officially halting a 10% Medi-Cal payment reduction from 2011 at California independent living centers. Federal approval came three years after the issue was settled in court. 100 more words

Seniors

California Healthline: If Duals Project Is Curtailed, Future Is Cloudy for Program for Frail Seniors

by David Gorn

Some advocates and legislators are urging the state to extend the timeline for transitioning the Multipurpose Senior Services Program into managed care plans within the seven-county duals demonstration project. 111 more words

Seniors

California Healthline: State Readies Health Home Project

by David Gorn

California health officials expect to release within a week a fleshed-out proposal for a health home project that could reduce state costs and improve the lives of super users of the Medi-Cal health care system. 133 more words

Seniors

California Healthline: Medicare, ACA Have Faced Similar Criticism. But Is That Where the Comparison Ends?

by Michelle Stuckey, California Healthline Editor

As Medicare turns 50, many observers are looking back at the program’s beginning and drawing comparisons with more recent health reform efforts, namely the Affordable Care Act. 143 more words

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