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Eligibility Determination in Virginia’s Medicaid Program 2015

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Virginia Issues,Welfare/Social Services

Finds problems with procedures used by the state to determine eligibility for Medicaid benefits. Offers 16 recommendations for improvement. From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


State Spending: 2015 Update

Categories: Education,Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Reports on the growth of Virginia state spending over the past decade. Controlled for growth in population and inflation, the total state budget grew by 15%. Largest areas of budget growth were in direct aid to education and Medicaid services. From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


OASDI and SSI Program Rates and Limits, 2016

Categories: Elderly,Headlines,Medicare/Medicaid,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Bad news for those on Social Security who will receive no cost of living adjustment for 2016. Also covers tax rates, maximum taxable earnings lid, maximum monthly benefit for workers retiring at full retirement age, and more. From the Social Security Administration


Hospitalization, Readmission, and Death Experience of Noninstutionalized Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries Aged 65 and Over

Categories: Births/Deaths,Elderly,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

In 2012 nearly one-fifth of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries who were discharged from a hospital were readmitted within 30 days. Also tracks the number of such readmissions which result in death. From the National Center for Health Statistics


Budgetary Effects of Legislation That Would Permanently Prohibit the Availability of Federal Funds to Planned Parenthood

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Women

Estimates that federal spending would increase by $130 million over the 2016-2025 period if legislation permanently prohibiting Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds were passed. From the Congressional Budget Office


Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: 2013 Part D Prescriber Look-Up Tool

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

A searchable database that allows users to look up physicians by name, location, or National Provider Identifier number and check on prescriptions provided to and filled by Medicare beneficiaries, including drug name, total number of prescriptions dispensed, and total drug cost. From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s Essential Health Benefits (EHB)

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Mental Health

The Affordable Care Act requires all non-grandfathered health plans to offer a core package of health care services, known as essential health benefits. Because each state selects its own EHB benchmark plan, considerable variation occurs from state to state. This report discusses the variations and other aspects of essential health benefits under the law. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-March 2015

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

The number of uninsured people continues to decline in this latest report.  Among adults aged 18-64, the uninsured percentage decreased from 16.3% in 2014 to 13% in the first three months of 2015.  Provides estimates of persons uninsured at time of interview, at least part of year prior to interview, and more than one year at time of interview.  Also shows estimates by selected demographics.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


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