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  • Guardian's Grasp

    "Michigan has more people under the care of a guardian than any other state. Yet there are no laws or standards for companies wanting to get into the business. Guardian's Grasp is the story of a guardian company that took advantage of the elderly clients it was supposed to protect."
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    Florida Trend investigated Florida's Medicaid system and found that it is turning into a middle-class and well-to-do inheritance protection scheme with the taxpayers and the poor, sick children paying for it. Families who figure out how to get Medicaid to pay for grandma's nursing home receive an annual subsidy of $30,500. (December 1995)
  • Medicaid Madness

    An investigation by The Times-Picayune finds that through technical manipulation of state and federal rules, dozens of politically connected businesspeople had made millions in profits from the Medicaid program. The series reveals that profit margins for Louisiana hospitals are some of the highest in the country, while the quality of care was among the nation's worst.
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    The Chicago Reporter investigates two local non-profit organizations that receive thousands of dollars in annual tax breaks, but while one had a good year, the other lost patients and spent more on charity care. (December 1993)
  • Pretend Paupers

    Florida Trend Magazine reports that "Florida's Medicaid program is turning into a middle-class and well-to-do inheritance protection scheme. Who pays? The taxpayers and poor, sick children..... Financed jointly by the states and the federal government, Medicaid was established in 1965 to pay for the medical needs of the indigent poor, including long-term nursing-home care. But today, the program is rapidly gentrifying, as middle-class and well-to-do families learn how to rearrange assets to get around Medicaid's strict means test."
  • Fragile Lives

    The Columbus Dispatch followed the lives of a family with three disabled children for eight months. The parents were attempting to care for their children at home, but home health care carries a steep price. Their commitment forces them to negotiate and battle a Medicaid system that controls their ability to provide that care.
  • Welfare: The Challenge of Change

    The Commercial Appeal reports that "while details are far from settled, the broad outlines of welfare reform - spending caps, time limits, work requirements and block grants - promise big changes in Shelby County, where one of every four families with children under 18 draws a monthly welfare check. But welfare is more than cash. Many members of Congress consider food stamps, commodities, school lunches, housing subsidies, job training, child care and health insurance as forms of welfare...."
  • Bad Medicine

    The San Francisco Bay Guardian reports that far too often, doctors in managed health care plans do not spend enough time with their patients to correctly diagnose or treat even routine medical problems
  • Nursing Homes and Common Sense

    Governing Magazine reports that "For decades, nursing homes have been the primary providers of long-term care. But are states spending billions of dollars on sophisticated care that most of the elderly don't need?... Experts estimate that somewhere between 60 and as many as 75 percent of nursing home residents could be cared for in a more appropriate and less expensive way..."
  • The Cost of Mental Illness

    The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) "exposed an extraordinary rise in Medicaid spending on Louisiana psychiatric hospitals, which was fueled by a lucrative state subsidy program. In addition The Advocate used interviews and state records to document abuses by private psychiatric hospitals. These stories were part of a broad examination of how the poor get mental health care in Louisiana.