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By "Putting People First" (Clinton campaign book); "Agenda for American Renewal" (Bush camapign policy paper)/Sun Washington Bureau | September 11, 1992
BUSH PLAN:Taxes:Cut income tax rates by one percent across the board, reduce taxes by 33 percent for businesses that make less than $100,000 a year and cut capital gains tax rates by an unspecified amount if a ceiling is imposed on the growth of federal spending for programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.Spending cuts:Save $132 billion over five years by imposing a cap on the growth of federal programs, except for Social Security, and eliminating 246 domestic programs that cost about $5 billion.
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BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2001
CareFirst BlueCross Blue- Shield posted earnings yesterday of $24.3 million for the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30 - up 11 percent over the third quarter of last year. All of the improvement, however, came from dropping out of its money-losing Medicare and Medicaid HMOs, which together were responsible for more than $5 million in red ink in the third quarter of 2000. "If you pull out the public sector programs, on a sort of same-store basis, we're basically flat," said G. Mark Chaney, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
NEWS
By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | November 18, 1990
The director of a troubled Glen Burnie nursing home stepped down last week after state inspectors uncovered ongoing problems with supervision, record-keeping and patient care.Shirley D. McKnight, administrator of North Arundel Nursing and Convalescent Center for the last 11 years, retired Tuesday, four days after submitting another plan to correct violations of at least 12 state regulations.The private, 121-bed nursing home on Hospital Drive is on the brink of losing its Medicare and Medicaid support unless the latest correction plan shows significant improvements, state officials said.
NEWS
March 27, 1992
"Is it worth it?"Can you do anything?"Can you make the country better?"Sen. Warren B. Rudman asked himself these questions March 12 in a despairing speech about the "economic disaster" caused by runaway federal deficits. Twelve days later he provided his answer. It was no and no and no. This tough New Hampshire Republican announced he would retire, hale and hearty at 61, and it is difficult to think of a more somber commentary on politics in America.Mr. Rudman pondered in that March 12 soliloquy why it was that with the deficit running at a record $400 billion, the Bush administration and the Democratic leadership in Congress could contemplate budget proposals adding even a penny to a national debt rapidly nearing $4 trillion.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | March 5, 1992
An Annapolis nursing home that failed a recent state inspection is being threatened with sanctions until it corrects problems with providing patient care.Health inspectors reported deficiencies with staffing, supervision and patient treatment at the Annapolis Convalescent Center during visits in January and February. The 91-bed nursing home has until March 20 to submit a correction plan, or it risks losingits Medicare and Medicaid support.In a 62-page report released this week, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene detailed violations of 13 state and federal regulations.
BUSINESS
November 8, 1998
Maryland's hospital rate-setting system is called an "all-payer" system because everyone who pays for hospital care -- HMOs, other insurers, Medicare and Medicaid -- pays the same rates.Those rates, different for each hospital, are set by the Health Services Cost Review Commission. The rates are based on units of service -- a day in a hospital room, an X-ray, and so on. They include an allowance for the cost of training residents and interns and for treating the uninsured, so these "social costs" are shared by all payers, including Medicare and Medicaid.
NEWS
December 21, 1998
NURSING HOMES are a welcome community resource, but they can be the most troubling of institutions. Care of aged, infirm residents demands high moral and professional responsibility. With an aging society, the need for nursing homes and similar facilities is rising. More than 30,000 people are in Maryland homes. But repeated examples of deficient care for these defenseless members of society have pushed the government to step up nursing home inspections, toughen standards and impose heavier fines for violators.
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.
NEWS
By Walter F. Roche Jr. and Walter F. Roche Jr.,SUN STAFF | May 1, 1999
State and federal officials revoked the Medicare and Medicaid certification of a Catonsville nursing home yesterday after it failed to correct a series of problems relating to the care of some residents.Karen Black, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said that despite the decertification, Mariner Health of Catonsville will not be forced to close and the 120 patients will not be transferred.Under an agreement reached with the state late Thursday, Mariner, an Atlanta-based health care chain, will hire a state-approved consultant to help correct the problems uncovered by state inspectors in a series of recent surveys.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 1, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Millions of older Americans will gain access to government-subsidized prescription drugs today with the long-awaited expansion of Medicare. But pharmacists say beneficiaries may initially experience delays and frustration as the promise of the new program is translated into practice. Tens of thousands of people who signed up for the benefit have yet to receive the plastic identification cards that will enable them to fill prescriptions promptly at retail drugstores. More than 5 million poor people have been assigned to Medicare drug plans selected at random by the federal government.
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