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By Robyn Suriano and Robyn Suriano,ORLANDO SENTINEL | January 22, 2004
Treating obesity related illnesses in America cost about $75 billion last year - or $350 for every adult in the country. Taxpayers bore most of the financial burden through the government's Medicare and Medicaid insurance programs, according to a study released yesterday, and officials predicted the staggering costs would increase along with the swelling ranks of excessively fat Americans. The study was conducted by a private research firm, RTI International in North Carolina, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
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By Robert B. Reich | December 12, 2012
The "fiscal cliff" isn't nearly the biggest cliff we face -- if we're talking about dangerous precipices looming on the horizon. Here are three: The child poverty cliff . A staggering number of our children are impoverished. Between 2007 and 2011, the percentage of American school-age children living in poor households grew from 17 percent to 21 percent. Last year, according to the Agriculture Department, nearly 1 in 4 young children lived in a family that had difficulty affording sufficient food at some point in the year.
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BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2000
Noting continuing problems in its Medicare and Medicaid products, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield reported earnings yesterday of $20.7 million for the quarter that ended Sept. 30, down 8.2 percent from the $22.6 million operating profit posted for the third quarter of 1999. CareFirst has already announced that it is shutting down its Medicare HMO and cutting back its Medicaid participation at the end of the year. Also, CareFirst again posted a loss from commercial business in its FreeState HMO. FreeState's commercial business lost $4.3 million in the quarter, compared with a $3.8 million operating profit in the year-earlier quarter.
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By Kathe Lebeau | October 8, 2012
On Tuesday, I'm lucky to be speaking at Home Dialyzors United's third-annual meet up and conference in Baltimore. As an end stage renal disease patient currently doing home hemodialysis treatment, this is an issue I am passionate about. And, mostly because I'm an actual home dialysis patient, I'm able to attend the conference — since my dialysis travels with me — to speak firsthand about the benefits of home dialysis and help spread the word. It's an important conversation that I don't think happens nearly enough.
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By Carl M. Cannon and Carl M. Cannon,SUN NATIONAL STAFF National staff writer Karen Hosler contributed to this article | January 9, 1996
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton and congressional Republicans huddled for hours at the White House yesterday in a snowbound attempt to bridge the differences in their respective seven-year plans to balance the budget.The Republicans arrived with an offer that would scale back their proposed trims in Medicare and Medicaid by some $63 billion. But the GOP leaders said flatly that they wouldn't go much lower."This is about as close to a last offer as you can get," said House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich, who was at the White House yesterday.
NEWS
August 25, 1996
In an article Aug. 9 about a federal judge's striking down Medicare and Medicaid payments to Christian Science caregivers, the Associated Press erroneously described recipients of such payments as practitioners. Practitioners are leaders in the church who pray for healing. They had not been receiving Medicare or Medicaid payments. Such payments had been going to caregivers and to sanitariums run by the church.The Sun regrets the error.Pub Date: 8/25/96
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 8, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators say they have found serious computer security flaws that could lead to the improper disclosure of sensitive medical information on people enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. In a new report, the investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, said "key information security controls were missing" from a huge communication network used by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. As a result, they said, sensitive, personally identifiable information "could be improperly modified, disclosed or deleted."
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | November 11, 1990
In an 11th-hour attempt to avoid losing its Medicare and Medicaid support, a Glen Burnie nursing home has submitted a new plan for correcting problems exposed by state inspections.North Arundel Nursing and Convalescent Center, which failed its third inspection in October, outlined steps to rectify violations of at least 12 regulations. The plan was received by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Friday.State investigators will make an unannounced inspection to check whether the 121-bed nursing home is following the correction plan, said department spokesman Michael Golden.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Sun Staff Writer | September 6, 1995
The Anne Arundel County Council voted 4-2 last night against a resolution that would have urged Maryland congressmen to oppose federal cuts in Medicare and Medicaid.The resolution, which was not binding, would have asked all eight members of the congressional delegation to vote against any legislation seeking reductions in federal money spent on Medicare and Medicaid.A number of senior citizens at the meeting urged council members to approve the resolution."We're being swept away by this thing, and it's going to affect a lot of people -- and not just elderly people," said Ernie Crofoot of Bowie, co-chairman of the Senior Citizens Coalition.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | July 15, 1999
A former ambulance company owner pleaded guilty yesterday to felony Medicaid fraud and felony Medicare theft for his role in a scheme to steal more than $440,000, the state Attorney General's Office said.Gary Jefferson, 37, of the 7200 block of Chippenham Place, pleaded guilty before Baltimore County Circuit Judge Kathleen G. Cox. Jefferson was sentenced to 18 months in jail on each count.Jefferson is the former owner of Care Plus Ambulance Service, Inc. and Care Plus Care Ambulance Services, Inc., formerly of the 8200 block of Liberty Road.
NEWS
October 24, 2011
In recent years, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers across the nation have endured billions of dollars in cuts for the care of elder and disabled beneficiaries of Medicare. Here in Maryland, in three of the past five years, payments for the care of Marylanders most in need were cut more than $180 million. Through outstanding public/private partnership, only recently have these cuts been reduced. However, possible additional state cuts loom on the horizon. Now Congress is looking at ways to potentially make additional cuts to Medicare and Medicaid through the Super Committee and by other means.
NEWS
September 16, 2011
I find that the recent editorial in The Sun regarding Social Security falls far short of the reality of the situation ("Social Security sets off sparks," Sept. 14). Joe Biden said the same thing the editorial did on a CNN interview before the last Republican debate. It's easy. "A simple thing," he said. If it's so simple, then why hasn't anyone fixed it? Because it's not simple. Yes, in a vacuum Social Security is relatively easy to fix. If we didn't have the exploding costs of Medicare and Medicaid.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | August 16, 2011
Water service was restored Tuesday afternoon to most Woodlawn residents and the offices of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Baltimore County, a utility official said. A water main break Monday left the federal workplace without water, and the repair caused a water cutoff to nearby residents. Kurt Kocher, a spokesman for the city public works department, said that by midafternoon crews repaired a 7-foot section of the water main on Rolling Road. He said the broken section was embedded in rock, a factor that added to the repair time.
NEWS
July 26, 2011
Does anyone remember President Clinton's 1995 government shutdown as a result of a fight with Newt Gingrich? It has been estimated it impacted all sectors of the U.S. economy. Health and welfare services for military veterans were curtailed; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stopped disease surveillance. Toxic waste clean-up work at 609 sites was halted. Other impacts included: the closure of 368 National Park sites and the loss of some 7 million visitors; 200,000 applications for passports and 20,000 to 30,000 applications for visas by foreigners went unprocessed each day; U.S. tourism industries incurred millions of dollars in losses; federal contracts, representing $3.7 billion in spending, were affected adversely.
NEWS
April 5, 2011
Paul Ryan, the Republican representative from Wisconsin who heads the House budget committee, deserves tremendous credit for the deficit reduction proposal he unveiled today. While his colleagues are squabbling about a few billion in symbolic cuts to the current year's federal budget — and threatening a government shutdown in the process — he has taken the politically risky but necessary step of advancing a proposal for the next fiscal year and beyond that would tackle the real sources of our federal budget problems: Medicare and Medicaid, corporate tax loopholes, excessive defense spending, agriculture subsidies and more.
NEWS
March 15, 2011
Look at what the idiotic Democrats and Republicans are doing in Washington about the budget problems. They are making a big deal about 12 percent of the federal budget and trying to make the public think they are doing their job. What disgusting idiots. What about the 47 percent of the budget that is growing daily? I'm referring, of course, to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. But the morons we elected are only willing to look at things like Head Start and PBS. No wonder I'm registered as an independent.
BUSINESS
By John Fairhall and John Fairhall,SUN STAFF | October 28, 1995
In the first sign of real trouble for an industry star, the stock of Integrated Health Services Inc. plummeted 15 percent yesterday as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert N. Elkins shocked analysts by warning that the company faces a drastic downturn in expected earnings next year and slower growth in the future.His statements also scared investors in other long-term health businesses, contributing to a drop in the stock prices of companies such as Manor Care Inc. in Silver Spring.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | August 16, 2001
CareFirst BlueCross Blue- Shield, the state's largest health insurer, reported yesterday that profit in its second quarter jumped 31.9 percent, an improvement it credited largely to its exit from the Medicare and Medicaid HMO business. The insurer said its operating profit for the three months that ended June 30 was $22.2 million, compared with $16.8 million in the second quarter of 2000. Its Medicare and Medicaid HMOs together accounted for $3.8 million in losses during last year's second quarter.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2010
The MITRE Corporation, which provides systems, engineering, research and information technology support to the federal government, has opened a new office in Woodlawn, Baltimore County officials said Monday. The office will support the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and be located in a former bakery building on Rolling Run Road. The site will also support the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Veterans Affairs. About 40 employees will work from the 22,900-square-foot office space.
NEWS
By Ron Smith | July 9, 2010
By now, anybody with a pulse is well aware that Barack Obama is not what he said he was when seeking our votes for president. He's not a conciliator, he's an ideologue. His "transformative" presidency is one seeking to transform the American system into a European-style social democracy, with the emphasis on "social." His overarching goal — judging from his actions — is to further expand an already stifling federal bureaucracy into such a monolith that private activity will be unable to escape its control.
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