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He told us that "about a year ago" he received paperwork from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) informing him that he "was being overpaid." He said the VA claimed they had "overpaid [him] something like $4,000."
Kolfage said his initial reaction was, "What the heck is this?" He called the VA and told them he was never overpaid and he that was trying to understand what was going on.
The phone call was followed by more paperwork and forms that he had to fill out before, Kolfage says, the VA told him what was going on: "They said that because [he] was remarried and had not informed them that [he] was divorced before getting remarried, they ended up overpaying 'X' amount of dollars." The letter explaining the situation came approximately eight months ago—September 12, 2013.
originally posted by: links234
a reply to: dukeofjive696969
I'm anxiously awaiting this weeks anti-Hillary thread. Xuenchen doesn't normally make them, but they're here on a weekly basis.
As for the OP, you weren't upset when hospitals and private insurance companies did it, but when the government's insurance (medicare) started doing it...only then were you upset. Government = bad, private industry = good!!!
originally posted by: xuenchen
a reply to: theantediluvian
But I would consider the fact that maybe a few hospitals with those bell ringing records might have more Medicare patient populations ?
Sounds like an excuse to further the death panel agenda.
How can they compare a hospital's statistics with somebody's life just because they are close to a care facility that may have a high concentration of patients with specific medical conditions that have a higher than normal rate of re-occurrences in a short time frame?
Fowler's career in Washington stretches back more than a decade, when she first left a private sector hospital group in Minnesota in 2000 to join the Health Care Financing Administration, a federal agency now known as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
By the following year, Fowler had landed at the powerful Senate Finance Committee, working on health care issues for Montana Democrat Max Baucus. Lobbying records show that Fowler stayed until 2006, when she departed for a two-year stint at health insurance company WellPoint, only to return to the Senate in 2008, again working on health policy for Baucus.
When it comes to health care, and health lobbyists, Baucus isn't just any senator. Since 1998, he has collected more than $5.1 million in campaign contributions from the insurance, pharmaceutical and nursing industries, making him one of the health care sector's most heavily backed lawmakers.
Xeunchen in his urgency to induce mass hysteria would have you believe that the PPACA is all about a "death panel agenda" and destroying insurance companies because of.. umm... communism?
"Death panel" is a political term that originated during the 2009 debate about federal health care legislation to cover the uninsured in the United States used to describe the system's Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The term was coined in August 2009 by Sarah Palin, the former Governor of Alaska, when she charged that the then-proposed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would create a "death panel" of bureaucrats who would decide whether Americans—such as her elderly parents or children with Down syndrome—were "worthy of medical care". Palin's claim has been referred to as the "death panel myth",. Palin specified that she was referring to Section 1233 of bill HR 3200 which would have paid physicians for providing voluntary counseling to Medicare patients about living wills, advance directives, and end-of-life care options.
Palin's claim was criticized in editorials by mainstream news media, fact-checkers, academics, physicians, Democrats, and some Republicans. Prominent Republicans such as Newt Gingrich and conservative talk radio hosts Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin backed Palin's statement. One poll showed that after it spread, about 85% of Americans were familiar with the charge and of those who were familiar with it, about 30% thought it was true. Due to public concern, the provision to pay physicians for providing voluntary counseling was removed from the Senate bill and was not included in the law that was enacted, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In a 2011 statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology bemoaned the politicization of the issue and said that the proposal should be revisited.
The Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, is a fifteen-member United States Government agency created in 2010 by sections 3403 and 10320 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which has the explicit task of achieving specified savings in Medicare without affecting coverage or quality.
The body is charged with examining the "relative health outcomes, clinical effectiveness, and appropriateness" of different medical treatments by evaluating existing studies and conducting its own. Its 19-member board is to include patients, physicians, nurses, hospitals, drug makers, device manufacturers, insurers, payers, government officials and health experts. It will not have the power to mandate or even endorse coverage rules or reimbursement for any particular treatment. Medicare may take the Institute’s research into account when deciding what procedures it will cover, so long as the new research is not the sole justification and the agency allows for public input
WASHINGTON — When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over “death panels,” Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1.
Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.
Congressional supporters of the new policy, though pleased, have kept quiet. They fear provoking another furor like the one in 2009 when Republicans seized on the idea of end-of-life counseling to argue that the Democrats’ bill would allow the government to cut off care for the critically ill.
The final version of the health care legislation, signed into law by President Obama in March, authorized Medicare coverage of yearly physical examinations, or wellness visits. The new rule says Medicare will cover “voluntary advance care planning,” to discuss end-of-life treatment, as part of the annual visit.
Dang it all. Who wrote this ACA bill anyway?