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    By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Joyce Barnes has become sick before by caring for someone who was carrying a communicable disease without anyone knowing it — a bacterial infection that put her in the hospital last year. The coronavirus pandemic has raised the stakes for Barnes, 61, who cares for Medicaid patients in their homes but does not have health insurance or paid sick leave or hazard pay to care for herself if she contracts COVID-19....
    Changes to Medicare that advocates have been seeking may end up in the next federal coronavirus relief legislation,  experts say. The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to unveil its version of the next stimulus package in late July as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to slow economic recovery and unemployment remains high. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, indicated in public comments Monday that the theme of the next relief legislation would be liability reform, kids in school, jobs and health care.Karen...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is now accepting applications to reimburse the cost of COVID-19 testing for people without health insurance. Tests provided by healthcare providers enrolled in Healthy Connections Medicaid on or after March 18 are covered through the new COVID-19 Limited Benefit Program, the agency announced this week. The program was authorized by Congress in March through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, providing financial support to increase testing access...
    Supporters of a ballot measure to expand Medicaid to 230,000 Missourians are airing their first TV ad ahead of next months vote. The spots narrator says that Amendment 2, as the measure is known, would fix the problem of Missouris federal tax dollars helping to pay for health care in other states by bringing those funds back to Missouri. The remainder of the ad argues that the amendment would protect thousands of healthcare jobs, help keep our rural hospitals open,...
    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● MO Ballot: Supporters of a ballot measure to expand Medicaid to 230,000 Missourians are airing their first TV ad ahead of next months vote. The spots narrator says that Amendment 2, as the measure is known, would fix the problem...
    Efforts to curb the countrys maternal mortality crisis through policy change have, like most issues, taken a back seat to the coronavirus pandemic. Filling gaps in health coverage is seen as a critical way to improve maternal outcomes, as nearly 12% of pregnancy-related deaths occur six weeks to a year after birth, and racial disparities in health coverage and maternal mortality are stark. Since early 2019, efforts to extend Medicaid coverage for low-income new mothers – who are usually eligible...
    PHOTO VIA ADOBE IMAGESAs the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 increases, Florida hospitals are asking the state to waive rules that require managed-care organizations to authorize care before it can be delivered to Medicaid beneficiaries. In a phone call with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ top health care regulators this week, Dawn White, vice president of government and community relations for Baptist Health South Florida, asked whether the state would consider waiving Medicaid prior-authorization rules as Florida sees thousands of...
    Jad Kamal lost his job and health insurance in March.Source: Jad Kamal In mid-March, Jad Kamal was laid off from his job as a sommelier at Lupa, an Italian restaurant in Manhattan. That meant another loss: his health insurance.  What followed were headaches. Sorting out Medicaid and unemployment was work, Kamal, 36, said. I didnt mind putting in the effort, but the prohibitive layers of bureaucracy make you feel like they dont actually want to help you.  This one-two punch of...
    Oklahoma is one of the reddest states in the country, yet it just voted for Medicaid expansion, a key element of Obamacare. Government may be broken, but democracy is making itself heard.  In just under 90 days, 313,000 Oklahomans, twice the number needed, signed petitions to gain a place on the ballot to approve extending health care through Medicaid to more than 200,000 low-income Oklahomans. It passed by a whisker—with 50.5 percent support. Next up is Missouri, another red state,...
    Nursing home residents are among the Americans getting $1,200 checks as part of the U.S. governments plan to revive the economy. But with many long-term care facilities under lockdown to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, what are the rules around how the money is handled? The situation underscores the vulnerability of many elderly residents and potential confusion about what homes can and cannot do with residents money. One worry is that nursing homes could pressure residents to use the checks to pay...
    By CANDICE CHOI, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Nursing home residents are among the Americans getting $1,200 checks as part of the U.S. government’s plan to revive the economy. But with many long-term care facilities under lockdown to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, what are the rules around how the money is handled? The situation underscores the vulnerability of many elderly residents and potential confusion about what homes can and can’t do with residents’ money. One worry is that nursing homes...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Nursing home residents are among the Americans getting $1,200 checks as part of the U.S. government’s plan to revive the economy. But with many long-term care facilities under lockdown to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, what are the rules around how the money is handled? The situation underscores the vulnerability of many elderly residents and potential confusion about what homes can and can’t do with residents’ money. One worry is that nursing homes could pressure residents to use...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Nursing home residents are among the Americans getting $1,200 checks as part of the U.S. government’s plan to revive the economy. But with many long-term care facilities under lockdown to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, what are the rules around how the money is handled? The situation underscores the vulnerability of many elderly residents and potential confusion about what homes can and can’t do with residents’ money. One worry is that nursing homes could pressure residents to use...
    Restoring benefits for LGBTQ veterans is the right thing to do and an appropriate way to show our appreciation for their service to this country, Cuomo said in a statement on the final Sunday of Pride Month. Benefits are being made available thanks to the Restoration of Honor Act, which Cuomo signed into law last November. The law restores eligibility to veterans impacted by Dont Ask, Dont Tell, as well as LGBTQ veterans who were dismissed for other exclusionary policies....
    SAN ANTONIO – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday along with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced that $2.67 billion in federal funding has been approved for Texas hospitals that provide care for people receiving Medicaid. The money is a $1.07 billion increase from the previous year, the press release states. “This federal funding is a crucial source of support for Texas hospitals that provide care for Medicaid patients,” said Abbott. “As we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,...
    By the slimmest of margins, voters in Oklahoma passed a constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid in their state. Not only will that allow an additional 200,000 people to obtain health insurance, Keith Humphreys noted how it will impact the state more broadly. This will help Oklahoma save its rural hospitals, turn back the opioid addiction & overdose crisis, raise healthy babies, and protect nursing home residents, among many other good things. https://t.co/hL9R80eBze — Keith Humphreys (@KeithNHumphreys) July 1, 2020...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has announced that $2.67 billion in federal funding was approved to support Texas hospitals that provide care for people receiving Medicaid. That’s a $1.07 billion increase from the previous State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2020. “This federal funding is a crucial source of support for Texas hospitals that provide care for Medicaid patients,” said Governor Abbott. “As we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the State is...
    Phil Galewitz July 1, 2020 11:30AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Kaiser Health News. Oklahoma residents going to the polls June 30 have the chance to override state leaders decadelong refusal to expand Medicaid, which would cover more than 200,000 low-income adults and bring billions of federal dollars into the state. But advocates are concerned that turnout for the summer primary election could be hampered by fears of contracting COVID-19 at voting stations and by Republican Gov. Kevin...
    Sue Ogrocki/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones newsletters.The deep red state of Oklahoma voted Tuesday to expand Medicaid, which could end up offering 200,000 low-income residents access to health care. The measure, which passed with 50.5 percent, a margin of just 6, 488 votes, will expand Medicaid access to adults whose income is at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Medicaid expansion was a provision of the Affordable Care...
    Oklahomans voted Tuesday to extend Medicaid to approximately 200,000 uninsured adults in the state, rebuffing efforts by Gov. Kevin Stitt to prevent an expansion of benefits. The margin of victory on State Question 802 was narrow – about 50.5% of residents voted in favor of the ballot measure, with strong approval especially in metropolitan areas, according to The Associated Press. Medicaid in Oklahoma will now be extended to those earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level, which amounts...
    Jake Johnson July 1, 2020 3:40PM (UTC) This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. Potentially derailing an effort by Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Trump administration to slash the states Medicaid funding by turning it into a block grant, Oklahoma voters on Tuesday approved a ballot measure to expand the healthcare program to around 200,000 low-income adults amid a sharp rise in...
    Oklahoma voters narrowly approved a wide-ranging Medicaid expansion, extending the service to thousands of low-income adults amid the coronavirus pandemic. The ballot measure passed with 50.5% support, bucking Oklahoma Republicans that had sought to reign in the expensive program, Politico reported. Despite Oklahoma’s conservative lean, supporters of the expansion acknowledged that the coronavirus likely helped the amendment pass. Confirmed cases in the state have doubled in the past month, including nearly 600 new cases yesterday, according to a Johns Hopkins...
    Maine expanded coverage in 2017 after Republican Gov. Paul LePage stood as a constant road block to providing more low-income Mainers with health care. Voters in Idaho, Utah, and Nebraska — all Republican-run states — also expanded Medicaid via ballot measure. A sixth Republican-controlled state, Missouri, is set to vote on Medicaid expansion in August. Just 13 states have not expanded Medicaid, an option given to the states under the Affordable Care Act enacted in 2010. Known as Obamacare, the...
    REACT EMS paramedics wearing protective gear prepare to transport a potential coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient in Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S. April 2, 2020.Nick Oxford | Reuters Oklahoma voters narrowly decided on Tuesday to expand Medicaid health insurance to tens of thousands low-income residents, becoming the first state to amend their Constitution to do so. With 100% of precincts reporting unofficial results, State Question 802 passed by less than 1 percentage point. The question fared well in metropolitan areas, including Oklahoma City...
    The pre-pandemic petition delivery for the ballot initiative. Following Maines lead in 2017, and red states Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah in 2018, Oklahomas voters have gone over the heads of their governor and legislature to vote for Medicaid expansion. It narrowly passed, by less than one percentage point, but it passed. It’s more than just expanding Medicaid—they amended their constitution to do so, which will prevent the Republican-controlled legislature from rolling back coverage or imposing restrictions on it. The measure expands...