Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted once again to repeal the Affordable Care Act with a 244-185 vote. Despite the Supreme Court affirming the law, House leaders proceeded in scheduling yet another vote to end it – the 33rd such attempt. Meanwhile, more data has been released showing the Affordable Care Act continues to help … Read more

Last week, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but did place potential limits on the Medicaid expansion portion of the law.[1] The several opinions by the Justices are lengthy (a total of 193 pages in the "slip opinion" released by the Court and 81 pages in the version published … Read more

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The individual mandate, in addition to other provisions – including those that improve Medicare – was ruled constitutional.[1] The law can now continue to help older and disabled Americans, children with special needs, people with pre-existing conditions, … Read more

Originally Published at Nieman Watchdog, in ASK THIS, June 14, 2012 (available at, we offer reporters and editors a checklist for stories when the Supreme Court rules on the Affordable Care Act (ACA): 1. Did the Court strike down (or uphold) the entire law?   2. If the entire law is struck down: What will happen to the … Read more

Eleven AARP Foundation Scholarships Available for Advocates to Attend The 2012 National Aging and Law Institute The AARP Foundation is awarding 11 AARP Foundation Litigation Jerry D. Florence scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to pay for registration and the cost of travel expenses to attend the 2012 National Aging and Law Institute. Scholarship … Read more

Introduction In its June 2012 Report to the Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) included an examination of current options and activity with respect to programs that integrate – or have the potential to integrate – Medicare and Medicaid services and financing for those individuals with coverage from both programs, often referred to as … Read more

June marks Pride month across the country, a time of honoring and celebrating the contributions made by the LGBT community to our nation. Pride Month also brings opportunities to identify and address the unique health care challenges faced by LGBT individuals and their families. This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released … Read more

Originally Published at Nieman Watchdog, in ASK THIS, June 14, 2012 Health care expert Judith Stein, director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, offers reporters and editors a checklist for stories when the Roberts Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act is released. The Center for Medicare Advocacy suggests reporters and editors consider the following when … Read more

On May 31, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an initiative to reduce the rampant misuse and overuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing facilities.  The Center for Medicare Advocacy has been working to educate policy makers, advocates, and the public about the misuse of antipsychotic drugs for many years, and is … Read more

HOSPITALIZATION AND REHOSPITALIZATION OF NURSING HOME RESIDENTS 1.  Concerns about hospitalization and rehospitalization of nursing home residents •         Effects on patients (hospital-acquired infections, delirium, increased use of antipsychotic drugs and physical restraints, increased morbidity and mortality) •         High costs associated with hospitalization 2.  Three distinct issues (some overlap) are involved: •         Reducing hospitalization from the community, … Read more