Medicare

Challenges Abound For 26-Year-Olds Falling Off Parental Insurance Cliff

Marguerite Moniot felt frustrated and flummoxed, despite the many hours she spent in front of the computer this year reading consumer reviews of …

Health Care

Taxes and the Safety Net

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Re “Republicans Are Coming for Your Benefits,” by Paul Krugman (column, Dec. 5):<p>Make no mistake: The tax cuts for corporations and wealthy people that Congress is determined to pass will lead to major cuts to health and economic security for the rest of us.<p>The Congressional Budget …

Opinion

What Is the Obamacare Death Spiral -- and Can It Be Stopped?

Since before the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, a vocal group of Republican opponents have been warning that Obamacare would destabilize the private insurance markets. One of their biggest concerns was that only sick people would purchase coverage, which would ultimately send Obamacare …

ObamaCare

2018 FSA Changes: The Latest on Flexible Spending Accounts

Want to lower your 2018 tax bill? Just sign up for an FSA. Here's what you need to know going into the new year.<p>If you're like most workers, your …

Retirement Planning

New Medicaid feature to reduce future nursing home enrollees

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is rolling out a new Medicaid feature designed to reduce the future number of enrollees in Pennsylvania …

Business

Millions gained coverage since Obamacare, but many are worse off as premiums soar

As open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage nears the deadline of Dec. 15, and Florida once again leads all states using the federal exchange …

Health Care

How to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs

If you’re willing to do a little extra work, it is possible to lower your prescription bills.<p>A reporter for The New York Times and a reporter for ProPublica both found instances this year in which drugs prescribed for family members could be purchased for less money without using their insurance …

CVS Health

Price hikes push health insurance shoppers into hard choices

By TOM MURPHY<br>AP Health Writer<p>Margaret Leatherwood has eight choices for health insurance next year but no good options.<p>The cheapest individual …

Health Care

5 Medicare Moves You'll Really Regret

All of these serious Medicare mistakes can be easily avoided if you just know how.<p>As I write this, open enrollment season for Medicare is in full …

Retirement Planning

Paul Ryan makes it official: Republicans are coming after Medicare next

Apparently emboldened by the likelihood that they’ll pass an enormous tax cut for the rich before the year is out, congressional Republicans such as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc., have been speaking more openly about how they’re planning to eviscerate government programs for the middle and …

Health Care

Paul Ryan's plans for Medicare are scary

<b>(CNN) —</b> Confirming the warnings and worst fears of progressives, House Speaker Paul Ryan made it plain this week: the ultimate aim of Republican lawmakers -- and their number one priority in January -- is to shrink the Medicare program that provides health insurance to the elderly and …

Opinion

How to Save Money at the Dentist

More Americans have dental coverage than they did 20 years ago, but their spending on dental visits is significantly higher, according to a recent …

Consumer News

6 Times Donald Trump Promised Not to Cut Medicare

Earlier this week, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made headlines when he suggested that after enacting a massive tax cut, Republicans would attempt …

Liberal View

Open enrollment 2018: just one week left to choose health plan

Open enrollment for 2018 individual health plans through the Affordable Care Act ends Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

Insurance

Anne Arundel Health Department Services Offered In December

Services include breast cancer screenings, free flu shots, drug and alcohol use prevention and education, and prescription savings programs.<p>ANNE …

Baltimore

Are short-term plans better than none at all for those desperate for health coverage?

When one of Cindy Holtzman’s clients told the Woodstock, Ga., health insurance broker he was considering dropping his Affordable Care Act plan because next year’s cost approached $23,000 for his family of four, she suggested a new option: a back-to-back set of four, 90-day short-term plans, which …

Health Care

In Obamacare Marketplace, auto-enrollment could be unpleasant surprise if you don't act now

Shopping to update your coverage on the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace may be annoying — didn’t you just do this last year? But …

Health Care

Hey, SC! Do this by next week to make sure you have health coverage next year

Thousands more South Carolinians are signing up for health insurance next year under the embattled Affordable Care Act, but health experts worry if …

Health Care

2 Investigators: 4-Ounce Prescription Cream Costs $645

<b>(CBS) —</b> The costs for custom-made drugs from compounding pharmacies have skyrocketed, according to federal investigators who are raising questions …

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

ACA enrollment likely to come up short

With one week to go before the Affordable Care Act's fifth open enrollment comes to an end on Dec. 15, experts believe it's highly unlikely …

Health Care

Tell Congress: Don't cut $25 billion from Medicare!

Right now, the House and the Senate are debating a tax bill that would raise the deficit and trigger automatic Medicare cuts – but it's not too late …

Retirement

Evolent Health backs away from buying Premier Health Plan

Citing an inability to agree on terms on related party agreements, Evolent Health (NYSE:EVH) has terminated its deal to acquire Premier Health …

Business

CMS Threatens New York Basic Health Program With Big Cut

The Basic Health Program (BHP) is an alternative that the Affordable Care Act offers states to provide health care coverage to their low-income …

Health Policy

Medicaid paid $5.5 million to cover health care services for dead Texans

The agency that runs Texas’ Medicaid program owes the federal government about $1 million dollars for making payments to cover health care services …

Health Care

House panel debates further delaying health insurance tax

There appears to be bipartisan support for further delaying the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax, with preference given to Medicare …

ObamaCare

Long-term care trial covers 38m elders

A pilot insurance program for seniors who require long-term care due to illness or disability now covers more than 38 million people in 14 cities, …

News (China)

Paul Ryan aims for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security cuts in 2018 - Salon.com

There has been one inescapable question surrounding the newly passed GOP tax plan: Who will pay for it? The answer is actually not complicated, because top Republicans have already told everyone.<p>House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who has long dedicated his career to drawing ire over the ever-rising …

Republicans

Column: U.S. Republicans sharpen knives for retirement program cuts

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Traditionally, U.S. politicians avoid talking about cutting Social Security and Medicare close to election time.<p>Midterm elections are around the corner, but Republicans are making no secret of their plans to go after these critical retirement programs. It is the flip side of …

Business

Obamacare sign-ups defy Trump’s sabotage campaign

But “the window is closing”: Obamacare advocates scramble in final sign-up days.<p>MADISON, Wisconsin — At 9:30 on a Tuesday morning, Adam VanSpankeren settles into his desk at the Dane County Jobs Center.<p>In front of him is a laptop, an open can of Coke, and a long list of people who want to sign up …

Politics

AARP to Congress: Don't Cut Medicare

1 day ago ... AARP Chief Executive Officer Jo Ann Jenkins urges Congress to prevent $25 billion Medicare cuts that could be triggered by potential …

Retirement