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House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Unveils Medicare Long-Term Care Services and Supports Act of 2018

June 25, 2018

To address the growing need for long-term care supports and services for over 90 million Americans age 65 and older by 2055, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) unveiled a discussion draft to create a new Medicare benefit that would extend services to eligible beneficiaries for long-term care. The proposal would cover all long-term services and supports,…


LifeSpan Network Applauds Rate Increase for Maryland Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports Providers

May 23, 2018

Columbia, Md. —  LifeSpan Network applauds Gov. Hogan for his approval of a 3 percent—or $20.2 million—rate increase for long-term services and supports (LTSS) providers as part of the state’s fiscal year 2019 budget. “This rate increase demonstrates the level of commitment that both the governor and the legislature have for the more than 42,000 individuals…


MatrixCare Platform Supports Newly Proposed CMS Requirements for ‘Promoting Interoperability’

April 26, 2018

Bloomington, Minn. – MatrixCare®, the largest long-term, post-acute care (LTPAC) technology provider in the United States and perennial winner of the coveted Best in KLAS award for Long-Term Care Software, is well-positioned with its CareCommunity platform to help LTPAC providers adapt to proposed changes announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to…


Entitlement Reform Unlikely This Year

April 25, 2018

With the planned retirement of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), mid-term elections, and President Trump’s campaign pledge not to cut Social Security and Medicare, House and Senate GOP members have indicated that the possibility of entitlement reform this year or in the next Congress is very slim.  House members discussed their skepticism at a recent…


House and Senate Aim to Vote on Opioid Legislation by Memorial Day Recess

April 25, 2018

Health Oversight Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have held a series of hearings over the past two months to discuss and receive input on a legislative package to address the opioid crisis. Over 30 individual bills have been introduced that aim to address the crisis primarily though Medicare and…

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Senior Living Advocates Convene to Discuss Growing Industry Trends

March 21, 2018

At the Argentum Public Policy Institute on Tuesday, March 20, keynote speaker Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring reaffirmed the critical importance of providing quality, compassionate care for older Americans, which includes combatting financial fraud and scams and addressing the growing opioid epidemic. “By being open and proactive, by making sure your team members are aware…


GAO Releases Report on Medicaid Funding in Assisted Living

February 22, 2018

Background On Feb. 5, the GAO released a report entitled “Medicaid Assisted Living Services: Improved Federal Oversight of Beneficiary Health and Welfare Is Needed.” The report comes in response to a 2015 request from Sens. Collins (R-ME), McCaskill (D-MO), Warren (D-MA) and Hatch (R-UT) for a review of Medicaid spending, and federal and state oversight…


President Trump Unveils $4.4 Trillion Budget for FY 2019

February 13, 2018

On Feb. 11, 2018, the Trump administration released a proposal for government funding for FY 2019. This funding comes on the heels of Congress enacting a two-year budget agreement that sets spending limits for both defense related-matters and domestic programs. The proposed budget blueprint funds domestic program levels significantly below the Congressional agreement and also repeals…

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Argentum Monitoring Impact of Proposed Budget on Senior Living

May 23, 2017

President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget submitted to Congress this week leaves core Social Security and Medicare benefits untouched, but proposes substantial cuts to anti-poverty programs impacting seniors and their families. The budget proposal “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” aims to balance the federal budget over ten years with tax and regulatory reforms aiming…


CMS Announces 2017 Medicare Premiums and Deductibles

November 16, 2016

The Social Security Administration announced that the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for Social Security benefits will be 0.3 percent for 2017 and because of that low COLA, a statutory “hold harmless “ provision designed to protect seniors largely wi


CMS Puts Temporary Halt on Medicare ‘Seamless Conversion’

November 10, 2016

The federal government is preventing additional health insurance companies from automatically moving Medicare beneficiaries into Medicare Advantage plans while officials assess the practice.


Senate Committee Floats Idea of New Medicare Code for Alzheimer’s Planning

November 1, 2016

Senate Finance Committee staff have issued a draft of legislation to address chronic care issues, which includes asking for a report to Congress to inform the development of a Medicare payment code for creating a long-term care plan for a beneficiary diag

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