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March, 2018

Medicare and Jeopardy

Is Medicare in Jeopardy? No, not Medicare in jeopardy, but Medicare on Jeopardy. On March 12, the category for final Jeopardy in the popular game show was First Lady Facts. The answer was: “In 1982, when Bess Truman died, she had been enrolled in this program for 17 years, longer than anyone else.” The winning […]

Prescription Drug Prices: A Political Football

Drug Prices May be a Hail Mary A lot happens – or doesn’t – happen in Washington because of the power of lobbyists. This is evident in prescription drug prices. The amount of money lobbyists spread around affects decisions. These decisions, in turn, affect us. Unfortunately, some legislators vote according to who supports them the […]

Medicare Rights Center Weighs in on Budget Changes

Medicare Rights Center

On March 23rd, Congress will finalize spending changes in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The Medicare Rights Center has published its approval or disapproval of the individual items. The Center is a non-profit organization whose goal is to ensure access to affordable healthcare for older Americans. It does this through advocacy, educational programs and […]

Healthcare Coverage is Still a Political Hot Potato

Healthcare Coverage

The debate about the Congressional push to kill the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still raging, pro and con. Most observers believe that the recent legislation to end the ACA mandate – the requirement that all people have to buy health insurance – constitutes a long-term threat to the viability of the Act. There is […]

Medicare Reform through Accountable Care Organizations

Medicare Reform

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which have been around for several years, are an attempt to provide quality medical care for less money. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMA) define an ACO as “an organization of health care practitioners that agrees to be accountable for the quality, cost, and overall care of Medicare beneficiaries who […]

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