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January 8, 1964: President Johnson Declares War on Poverty

Jan 8, 2019
For instance, community organizers in Mingo County and other parts of southern West Virginia fought to clean up their local governments. In the process, they drew the wrath of powerful politicians.
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On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson called on Congress to declare an “unconditional war on poverty.” Combatting poverty had been a big thrust of John F. Kennedy’s campaign in 1960. Johnson introduced the War on Poverty legislation less than seven weeks after his predecessor’s assassination.

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Analysis of recent hospital billing records across the country found that charges for outpatient cancer services vary widely from facility to facility, but on average, exceed what Medicare patients are charged by two to six fold.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Medicare has halted payments to a West Virginia psychiatric hospital because it is not in compliance with the program's requirements for a psychiatric hospital.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Medicare will not make payments for beneficiaries who are admitted to William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital effective Wednesday. Officials say it will continue to make payments for up to 30 days for beneficiaries admitted before Wednesday.

The U.S. Justice Department says 32 hospitals in 15 states have agreed to pay $28 million to settle allegations they admitted patients for certain procedures that could have been done on an outpatient basis, resulting in higher Medicare bills.

The settlement announced Friday is the latest involving kyphoplasty procedures used to treat spinal fractures usually caused by osteoporosis.

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  Six hospitals in West Virginia will have their federal Medicare payments cut this fiscal year as part of government penalties for having too many patient complications.

Federal numbers show the hospitals are among about 725 around the country that will have their payments reduced by 1 percent under the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program.

The total reduction in spending because of the program is estimated at about $373 million for fiscal year 2015.

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West Virginia University is getting a nearly $2 million grant to help improve health care statewide.

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  A Massachusetts clinical testing lab will pay the federal government more than $4 million to settle a health care fraud case in West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced the $4.67 million settlement with Calloway Laboratories, Inc. on Wednesday.

Goodwin says in a news release that an investigation found that Calloway Laboratories performed a medical review with urine drug screens that isn't covered by Medicare or West Virginia's Medicaid program. The company submitted claims for the review using a code for pathology services, which are covered.

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Open enrollment for Medicare ends Saturday, Dec. 7, and Kimberly Riddle with the WV Senior Medicare Patrol said that means an influx of scams directed toward seniors.

Whether they receive phones calls asking for personal information for fake Obamacare cards or banking information to bill them for their new Medicaid cards, Riddle said it’s important for seniors to know these are fraudulent calls and to report them.