As a result of the Budget Control Act, which outlined mandatory cuts to both defense and non-defense discretionary programs in the event a Congressional committee could not agree to a deficit-reduction package, programs impacting the HIV community and funding are expected to be affected. According to the AIDS Institute, over $500 million would be cut … Read more

September 20, 2012 With the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA1997), Congress began an expansion of preventive benefits and services available through Medicare.[1]   The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) added additional preventive services.[2]  The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) made refinements to Medicare's preventive services.[3]  Finally, the Patient Protection … Read more

This Alert highlights elements of the 2012 annual report of the Coordinating Committee of HHS on improving the health and well being of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.[1]   This Alert also highlights work identified by HHS in its 2011 annual report, as that work anchors the agency's goals for 2012.  Background In … Read more

As students head back to campus and election season moves into full swing, young voters will be in the spotlight. While Medicare has been at the forefront of national discourse, in the media and on the campaign trail, much of the discussion has neglected young Americans under the assumption that they aren't affected by, or … Read more

In March 2012, the House of Representatives passed the House Budget Committee Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Resolution, The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal – called here, the Ryan Budget.[1]   In August 2012, the Republican Party adopted the Ryan Budget's principles for Medicare and Medicaid in its Platform for 2012, We Believe in … Read more

According to researchers from the Urban Institute, writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, Medicare's purported dire financial condition isn’t actually all that dire.  Given the aging of our population, increases in enrollment have obviously contributed to spending growth. But, according to the Urban Institute, “in recent years "spending growth per enrollee slowed in … Read more

On July 19, 2012, the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, announced the availability of roughly $80 million dollars in grant money to increase access to HIV/AIDS care, including eliminating waiting lists,[1] which have been a challenge in operating the Aids Drug Assistance Program. A Global Pandemic HIV/AIDS remains a global pandemic … Read more

August 16, 2012 On June 1, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Transmittal No.R2480CP, which updates its instructions on the issuance of the Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN), Form CMS-R-131.[1]  The changes are effective on September 4, 2012.[2]  The new transmittal is part of an ongoing effort by CMS to provide additional … Read more

Medicare has been front and center in the media and on the campaign trails this week. As part of our Medicare Truth Squad efforts to debunk myths and claims about the Medicare program, today we focus our attention on a pervasive myth that keeps going around. Some policymakers, candidates, and members of the media have … Read more

  NATIONAL MEDICARE ADVOCATES ALLIANCE CALL Monday, August 13, 2012 – 2:00 P.M., Eastern Time Call-in Number: 1 (888) 206-2266 Pass Code: 9874704 NOTE: We ask people calling from the same location to gather around one telephone. This frees up lines and holds down costs. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ − AGENDA − (Materials will be sent prior to the call) … Read more