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Reform Update: Saying Medicaid expansion will help some vets is not likely to sway opponents
By Virgil Dickson | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Congress this week is expected to approve new funding to get veterans off waiting lists and into care. While that moves forward, some patient advocates, hospital leaders and politicians are pointing to another more controversial way to help a small portion of the veteran population that doesn't...
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Bill would give VA $17 billion infusion
By Virgil Dickson | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The leaders of the conference committee established to merge House and Senate bills to reform the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department have agreed to give $17 billion to the beleaguered federal agency to turn things around.
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Tentative deal reached on VA reform
By Associated Press | July 27, 2014
The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans' healthcare.
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Federal court upholds Florida law limiting doctors' discussions of guns with their patients
By Associated Press | July 26, 2014
A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights.
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Talks over VA fix hit hurdle as recess nears for Congress
By Virgil Dickson | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
What had seemed like one issue Republicans and Democrats could agree on suddenly fell into another partisan chasm last week in Washington, raising the specter of Congress adjourning for the summer without passing any measure to address long wait times and poor care at Veterans Affairs facilities.
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Competing new VA bills in Congress cloud prospects for any deal
By Virgil Dickson | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs' committees have released new competing proposals on how to address the waitlist woes currently plaguing the VA. The House version provides $10 billion in immediate emergency VA funding, while the Senate version would cost $25 billion over the...
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Lawmakers form caucus for Medicaid expansion
By Virgil Dickson | July 23, 2014
A group of 33 Democratic lawmakers, primarily from states that have yet to expand Medicaid, Wednesday announced a new congressional caucus to push for expansion in their states. Caucus members will be making floor speeches and videos, along with penning op-eds, to advance their cause, they...
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Maine's nursing home funding challenges to continue
By Associated Press | July 19, 2014
Maine officials are relieved they found a way to provide the state's nursing homes with an additional $13 million but warn that a long-term strategy must be developed to aid the facilities in the nation's oldest state.
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Reform Update: AHA takes political action committee funds straight to voters
By Paul Demko | July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Hospital Association's political action committee is spending large sums on TV commercials that back congressional Republican incumbents who have been friendly to the hospital industry, in hopes of fending off more-conservative challengers who take a harder line on government...
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Hospital patients no safer today than 15 years ago, Senate panel hears
By Sabriya Rice | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The problem of patients dying or being harmed because of preventable medical errors in U.S. hospitals remains one of grave consequence that is not getting enough attention, according to the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, which met Thursday with a panel of patient...
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