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PHOENIX — A federal agency is threatening to revoke the certification of the Arizona State Hospital, saying it found violations of regulations dealing with patient rights and nursing services.
Tired of getting email solicitations from Nigerian princes and Romanian bank presidents promising you millions of dollars if you will only give them your birthday, your Social Security number and nank account information? Not to worry. Those pesky emails will soon become a thing of the past. Why you may ask? Well because you will soon be giving all that “private” information and “more” to Obamacare’s so-called “navigators”.
What else can you do but chuckle at some of the “letter writers” and their devotion to ridiculous ideas they believe will “save America’ from succumbing to the disease of “socialism?”
Dear American citizens:
“Buy this stock. Based upon conservative talk radio in northern California where they are peeing in their pants over Obamacare, I recommend buying the company that manufactures ‘Depends.’”
When the Republicans talk about “Affordable Heathcare,” one of the options they tout is “Repeal and Replace.” Given their past history, a Republican “Replace” option concerns me more than anything else. Republicans have always prohibited Medicare — the single largest buyer — from attempting to negotiate drug prices, consistent with the pharmaceutical companies’ philosophy that completely unrestrained prices and profits are necessary to fund the risk-taking of research and development. Medicare is required by Congress to accept the pharmaceutical companies’ prices without comparison or negotiation, add 6 percent to it, and pay it. As a perpetual gift to the pharmaceutical companies, when Part D of Medicare was passed in 2003, Congress prohibited Medicare from negotiating altogether. There were some reciprocal gifts from the pharmaceutical companies to the cooperating Congressmen, as might be expected.
For the second time this year, the owners of a proposed mental health facility in Gilbert have opted to withdraw from its proposed location in the midst of vocal public opposition.
“The cupboard is bare”, said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently in reference to the federal budget crisis. “There’s [sic] no more cuts to make. It’s really important that people understand that.”
Arizonans lacking insurance can now begin the process of purchasing their own through the recently opened health insurance marketplace.
As you’re well aware, a partial government shutdown began Oct. 1. No matter what one’s views are on the political issues that led to this event, it’s probably fair to say that a shutdown is not particularly good news, on many fronts. Although essential services will continue, including Social Security and Medicare payments, other governmental functions will be disrupted, and hundreds of thousands of workers will be furloughed. So, as a citizen, you may well have concerns about the shutdown. But how will the shutdown affect you as an investor?
Arizona residents will be offered health-insurance plans with some of the lowest premiums in the country when federal insurance marketplaces begin open enrollment Tuesday under Obamacare, the government said Wednesday.
Common Core has been the enemy du jour of the tea party these days — at least when partiers are not busy trying to defund Obamacare or failing to stop Medicare expansion here in Arizona.
“U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warns that there will not be enough money to cover Social Security payments, military salaries, Medicare, and other government programs in mid-October – unless Congress lawmakers raise the country’s borrowing limit, which is already capped at $16.7 trillion.”
The Health Insurance Marketplace is coming to Arizona this fall. Through the Marketplace, uninsured individuals and small businesses in Arizona will be able to purchase coverage that may have been unaffordable or even unobtainable in the past.
PHOENIX — Arizona hospitals should net $108 million in the first six months of 2014 under a Medicaid expansion plan even after paying their new assessments, according to a state study.
In the 2012 presidential campaign, President Obama claimed Detroit as evidence of his successful policies: “We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt. We bet on American workers and American ingenuity and, three years later, that is paying off in a big way.”
David Sayen is Medicare’s regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Territories. You can always get answers to your Medicare questions by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
Social Security Disability Insurance is turning into a monster. It has experienced exponential growth, much like other big government entitlement programs. As a consequence, it threatens to run out of money by 2016. Worse, it weakens our economy and has become yet another dark cloud over our financial future.
Patients experiencing heart failure may not have as many out-of-pocket costs for cardiac-specific hospital care beginning as soon as October if plans by one East Valley hospital to simplify its payment structure go into effect.
Nothing's ever easy with President Barack Obama's health care law.
Issues related to Medicare and Social Security were the emphasis of a town hall hosted by CD 9 Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in Tempe.
U.S. Congress Representative Kyrsten Sinema holds a Town Hall discussion on Social Security and Medicare issues Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center in Tempe. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]