The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune: Members of a legislative conference committee in Minnesota "agreed Sunday that expanding Medicaid should be part of the eventual compromise they will take to the House and Senate as early as Monday in a package of health and human service measures to cut the state's budget deficit. Gov. Tim Pawlenty has strongly opposed expanding Medicaid to cover health care for childless adults earning less than 75 percent of the poverty guideline. ... That and other measures the governor opposes likely will result in a veto, "and we'll be back here Thursday working on this again," warned Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka. By law, the session must end May 17" (Wolfe, 5/10).
Kansas Health Institute: "The Kansas Senate passed a nursing home provider tax bill late Friday. ... The bill uses a tax on licensed nursing home beds to generate about $30 million which, in turn, would be used to draw down $56 million in additional federal Medicaid funding. The $86 million would be returned to the nursing homes based on the number of Medicaid residents in their care. The more Medicaid residents a home has in its care, the more money it would receive. Senate Substitute for Substitute for House Bill 2320 passed the Senate on a voice vote. Support appeared to be unanimous" The House is expected to take the measure up Monday. (Ranney, 5/8).
The Associated Press/USA Today: California "budget cuts to a breast cancer screening program for low-income women have forced some mammogram providers to shutter clinics and idle mobile units, leaving many eligible women and those formerly eligible without a place to turn. The financially strapped California Department of Public Health temporarily banned new enrollments to the Every Women Counts program from January until July 1. But it also upped the age to qualify for the program from 40 to 50. The changes are intended to reduce the number of mammogram recipients to 259,000 this fiscal year from last year's 311,000" (5/9).
The Associated Press/Boston Globe: "Advocates for Connecticut's senior citizens are praising a change in the new state budget that reduces a surcharge for in-home personal care services. The 15 percent surcharge, adopted earlier this year for participants in the Home Care for Elders program, will be cut to 6 percent under the new $19 billion state budget. About 5,100 clients of the program were paying up to $400 monthly under the old surcharge" (5/8).