Tag Archives: Medicare

In cost-saving move, Medicare could limit patient access to Alzheimer’s treatment

Medicare might restrict patient access to Alzheimer’s treatment priced at $ 56,000 for a year’s supply to soften the financial blow to the federal insurance program’s budget. “Whether or not that drug will be covered by Medicare and Medicaid is is an outstanding question, something that HHS will have to deal with,” said Health and… Read More »

Furor Erupts: Billions Going To Hospitals Based On Medicare Billings, Not COVID-19

Probably few hospital systems need the emergency federal grants announced this week to handle the coronavirus crisis as badly as Florida’s Jackson Health does. Miami, its base of operations, is the worst COVID-19 hot spot in one of the most severely hit states. Even in normal years, the system sometimes barely makes money. At least… Read More »

After a year on Medicare, advice for journalists on stories that need to be told

The annual Medicare open enrollment period ends soon.  America’s seniors have faced a blizzard of dismaying news about the program. Here are some excerpts from newsworthy stories that you should be aware of. Excerpt: “The federal government recently redesigned a digital tool that helps seniors navigate complicated Medicare choices, but consumer advocates say it’s malfunctioning… Read More »

Elizabeth Warren says she’ll deliver plan to fund Medicare for All

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Elizabeth Warren said she’ll soon unveil a plan to pay for her Medicare for All plan after weeks of criticism for not providing details about a concept long promoted by a Democratic primary rival, Vermont Sen.Bernie Sanders. Closing out a rally before about 475 people at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, the… Read More »

Obama Alums Tell Health Insurance Lobby “Medicare For All” Won’t Happen – MAPLight.org

This story was produced in conjunction with Tarbell.org, a Philadelphia-based investigative news site. A decade after the nation’s biggest health insurance lobby spent more than $ 100 million on a campaign to defeat President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law, Obama’s former top strategist told the organization’s executives that “Medicare for All” likely won’t… Read More »