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ACA Repeal Fails in U.S. Senate

On August 1, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

After 20 hours of debate, the Senate’s “skinny repeal” bill to overturn major parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) failed on a 51-50 vote late last week. 

Time for Action is Now: US Senate Takes Up Healthcare Reform Bill

On July 26, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

Yesterday, the Senate passed a motion to proceed and take up the federal health care reform bill. Now we will see up to 20 hours of debate, followed by amendments, and then a final vote. Instead of going through the traditional committee process, the bill essentially will be crafted on the Senate floor. 

Still No Action in U.S. Senate on Health Care Reform

On July 12, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

The U.S. Senate has failed to schedule a vote on its version of federal health care reform, leading many to speculate whether Republicans can pull together enough votes to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act. In the past two weeks, we and our members have continued to participate in advocacy events to further educate lawmakers and other stakeholders on the debilitating impact the fundamental restructuring of Medicaid will have on seniors. 

Senate Bill Imposes Massive Cuts to Medicaid, Forces States to Make Tough Choices

On June 28, 2017 by Gayle Kvenvold

The U.S. Senate last week released its plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) is highly complex and covers many different areas. But for senior care providers, the focus must be on how the bill changes and restricts funding for Medicaid services. There is a lot at stake: 

Senator Franken Joins Hundreds for This Is Medicaid Event in Burnsville

On June 28, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

Minnesota Senator Al Franken joined hundreds of concerned citizens at a community meeting in Burnsville to discuss proposed changes to Medicaid. 

Minnesota a High-Risk State for Older Adults to Age at Home Under Medicaid Per Capita Caps

On June 20, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

The proposed “one size fits all” formula to Medicaid financing under the American Health Care Act (AHCA) poses a high risk to Minnesota and could significantly decrease home health and personal care aide jobs, according to a new report from LeadingAge and the Center of Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation. 

Share Your Medicaid Story with Senator Franken

On June 20, 2017 by Libbie Chapuran

The U.S. Senate is poised to take up the American Health Care Act, which could impose drastic cuts to Medicaid funding. LeadingAge Minnesota is working with a broad healthcare coalition on this issue called “This is Medicaid.” 

Survey Says: Majority Support Continued Medicaid Expansion with No Federal Caps

On June 7, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

Almost six in 10 Americans believe Medicaid is important to them and their family, and nearly 71 percent oppose changing Medicaid to a block grant or per capita program, according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.  

LeadingAge Weighs in with Senate Finance Committee on Medicaid

On June 7, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

LeadingAge continues its aggressive advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. In response to a request for comments on health care reform from the Senate Finance Committee, LeadingAge CEO Katie Smith Sloan expressed LeadingAge’s opposition to changing Medicaid’s financing system to block grants or per capita caps. 

Senate Begins Drafting ACA Reform Bill

On May 31, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

The U.S. Senate has begun drafting its bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Despite some reservations with the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives last month, the Senate health care reform bill may feature many of the same provisions. 

U.S. House Passes AHCA; Bill’s Path Uncertain in U.S. Senate

On May 9, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

On its second attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the U.S. House last week approved the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that, among other items, fundamentally restructures Medicaid with a new per capita cap reimbursement system that poses detrimental financial impacts to the State of Minnesota. In this week’s Advantage, we present an overview of this proposed system and its potential impact on the State of Minnesota and older adult services. 

Health Care Reform: No Vote Until GOP Lines Up Support

On April 25, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said a vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will not happen until Republicans are confident they have the support to pass the bill through the House. 

Federal Update: ACHA Revival Underway, Survey Overreach and HCBS Funding

On April 10, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

Rumors that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) could be revived are becoming more of a reality. Behind-the-scenes work on the bill is taking place during the two-week congressional recess and a vote is anticipated when Congress returns on April 24 or as soon as House leadership can secure 216 votes in favor of the bill. 

House Republicans Pull AHCA

On March 28, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

A bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was pulled from a vote by U.S. House Republican leadership late Friday afternoon. The decision to delay the vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) came after days of internal negotiations that did not yield enough votes to pass the bill. 

Congressional Budget Office Releases Fiscal Analysis of AHCA

On March 15, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would cut federal funding for Medicaid by $880 billion – a 25 percent reduction - by 2026, according to an analysis released this week by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). 

Take Action: Tell Congress to Oppose Medicaid Per Capita Caps

On March 15, 2017 by Jodi Boyne

The fundamental restructuring of Medicaid under the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will force states to cut back on services and reduce reimbursement for providers. We need you to contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators TODAY and tell them to oppose per capita caps funding. 

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