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Trump Proposes Shaking Up Agencies With Model That Hearkens Back To 1950s

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The changes President Donald Trump wants to make to agencies that oversee government aid are unlikely to come to pass, but they signal the White House’s agenda toward social safety-net programs. Right now the focus is on the Education and Labor Departments, but officials are also looking at programs and offices within HHS.

House Republicans’ Budget Plan Would Put Medicare In The Cross Hairs

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While its not clear the measure would actually get to the floor before the midterm elections, the House Budget Committee’s blueprint shows where Republicans’ priorities lie in the coming years. The budget plan would remake Medicare by giving seniors the option of enrolling in private plans that compete with the traditional program.

Beneath The Large Profits At A Pennsylvania Nursing Home Lay Rampant Neglect

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While profits were surging, patients at St. Francis Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare in Darby, Penn. were suffering from what a state official called “extreme” conditions, including a lack of proper wound treatment and nursing care. Meanwhile, in Florida, in a dispute over death certificates, a judge ruled in favor of the nursing home where residents died following a hurricane.

Michigan’s Medicaid Work Requirement Advances On Expected Path To Approval

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The state is just the latest to move toward adding more restrictions to its program, something governors and legislatures are jumping on since CMS signaled its willingness to grant waivers. Medicaid news comes out of Virginia, Texas, Florida and Mississippi, as well.

Judge Tells Maine It Must Implement Voter-Approved Medicaid Expansion That Governor Has Been Stonewalling

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Maine was the first state in the nation to expand Medicaid through a public referendum, but seven months later and its still not implemented. Gov. Paul LePage (R) has said he won’t expand the program unless lawmakers come up with a way to pay for it under his conditions, but advocates point to the state’s $140 million surplus in their argument. LePage will likely ask the judge the stay the ruling during an appeals process.