Posts Tagged: ‘Medicaid’

Medical Debt the leading cause of Homelessness in South Florida

October 10, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Even with Obamacare still intact, a number of Floridians remain without health insurance.  Census surveys say that Florida has one of the highest uninsured populations in the nation, and of the top 25 metro areas, Miami ranks at the bottom three for healthcare coverage.

Medical debt now tops the list of reasons people become homeless in South Florida, according to a recent study. Drug addiction and mental health issues round out the top three.

The recent statistics come from addictions.com, where survey takers conducted in-person interviews with homeless people in South Florida this past July.  Interviewees overwhelmingly attributed hospital bills they could not pay or an addiction they could not overcome to the fact they were living on the streets.

Broward County’s homeless population has grown 6 percent since last year.  Of those surveyed, 42 percent said they had suffered a head injury and 33 percent said they had been beaten at one point while homeless.

In a number of states, the homeless have been helped by the expansion of Medicaid, and were able to receive healthcare for the first time in years.  Not the case in Florida, where state leaders denied the expansion of the program to cover 650,000 low-income residents.

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How Trump Policies Could Affect the Elderly and Disabled

January 19, 2017 Posted by kingcade

President-elect Donald Trump is set to take office tomorrow, January 20th at 12:00 PM. During his presidency, economists anticipate several policy changes that will significantly affect the elderly population, those who are disabled and those with special needs. Here are a few ways those changes might affect you.

Social Security and Medicare

Although President-elect Trump has consistently stated that the Social Security and Medicare programs will remain intact, both face an impending insolvency. As one of their proposals to keep those programs solvent, Trump and Congressman Paul Ryan are promoting an approach that will include some form of Social Security and Medicare privatization.

The Cost of Health Care 

There is a mounting fear among Americans about the cost of health care and long-term care. Restrictions on benefits and legislative changes that restrict or limit access to government programs, such as Medicaid, can only heighten such fears.

Block Grant Proposal 

Medicaid is currently administered at the federal level by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Each state has its own state Medicaid Plan, however, there are mandates and constraints. The proposed grants would issue each state a certain number of Medicaid dollars and the state would in turn, decide how to use and spend those dollars. In some states, little would change, however in other states the changes could be profound for those who rely heavily on Medicaid.

Trump has also stated that there are a few policies from Obama’s Affordable Care Act that he intends to keep, including:

  • Allowing young adults to remain on parental coverage;
  • Protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions;
  • Closing the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap.

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Related Resources:

http://www.wealthmanagement.com/estate-planning/how-trump-policies-could-affect-elderly-and-those-special-needs 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/pointed-questions-await-trumps-pick-health-secretary-085931872–politics.html