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A Sad Passing, and Some Budget Votes

May 12, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

… 1, 2017. This covers Medicaid and welfare programs … amendment, increase Medicaid "behavior services" … million for spending on Medicaid behavior-related mental … more

Trump Administration Can Protect Funds Intended for Disabled and Low-Income

Study explains how to stop the union ‘dues skim’ of federal money

… assistance programs like Medicaid reach the needy should … of dollars through Medicaid, Temporary Assistance … clarifying that all Medicaid payments must go directly … new rules prohibiting Medicaid and other assistance … more

How to Stop the 'Dues Skim' of Federal Home Health Care and Child Care Funding

A PDF copy of this study is available.

Introduction

United States taxpayers currently spend $545 billion annually on the federal government’s Medicaid program. This money is meant to aid the disabled and vulnerable and to support low-income families. However, millions of these dollars are being redirected before they ever reach the people they are meant to support.

About $41.5 billion of Medicaid funds are sent to states through the Home and Community-Based Services “waiver” program.This waiver allows those eligible for Medicaid — individuals suffering from a disability, illness or other affliction — to use these funds to pay for in-home care, as opposed to enrolling in an institution. These in-home services are often provided by family members or friends, or other local, independent providers. Medicaid payments are sent directly to these providers on behalf of their Medicaid-eligible “client.”

 

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Tax Feeders Declare a Truce at the Trough

… state universities, and Medicaid advocates don’t denounce … more

Michigan Medicaid Patient Can't Find Care, So She Pays For Innovative Alternative

Direct Primary Care: 'You pay a flat fee ... and it's amazing'

When Michigan expanded Medicaid in 2013, one person … state's version of the Medicaid expansion component … included under a state Medicaid managed care contract … insurance, let alone Medicaid. She thought there … more

Give Michigan Drivers Relief from High Auto Insurance Premiums

… insurance, Medicare and Medicaid have fee schedules that … medical insurers or Medicaid and Medicare for exactly … more

Time for Labor Unions to Collect their Own Dues

The on-going SEIU dues skim must end

… receives a modest monthly Medicaid stipend to care for … estimated $200 million in Medicaid funds from more than … skimmed a portion of the Medicaid reimbursement for its … Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services within the … more

Where did the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Go?

A bigger budget means more money for programs beyond road repair

… spending on schools and Medicaid, not road repairs. The … now mostly paying for Medicaid and public schools. Specifically, … agency that manages Medicaid is getting $132.6 million … more on schools and Medicaid. Taxpayers should pay … more