Medicare

The Mitch McConnell Sinkhole

More than a third of Americans believe that Medicaid is akin to welfare, with the implicit subtext that racial and ethnic minorities are the principal beneficiaries.<p>If that’s what they think, they’re dead wrong.<p>Many more Medicaid recipients are white than black or Hispanic.<p>Mick Mulvaney, a former …

Health Care

Air Pollution Is Even Deadlier Than We Thought, Study On Medicare Finds

Minority and low-income recipients are especially threatened, Harvard researchers say.<p>A new study of Americans who receive Medicare benefits found that their risk of death and health consequences are significantly increased by certain air pollutants, even at levels deemed safe by the Environmental …

Air Pollution

GOP touts lower premiums, but other insurance costs to rise

WASHINGTON – Republicans are touting lower premiums under their health care legislation, but that reflects insurance that would cover a smaller share of the cost of medical bills.<p>The fine print is getting lost in the translation.<p>Consumers might pay less up front every month, but if you break a bone …

Health Care

Even the middle class would feel GOP squeeze on nursing home care

Alice Jacobs, 90, once owned a factory and horses. She raised four children and buried two husbands.<p>But years in an assisted living facility drained her savings, and now she relies on Medicaid to pay for her care at Dogwood Village, a nonprofit, county-owned nursing home here.<p>"You think you've got …

Health Care

Robert Reich: This Is the Top Quality Healthcare We Need

Americans are sicker, their lives shorter than any other advanced nation.

Health Care

Meet Jonathan, a man who could be dead if Trumpcare were law

Stripping health care from millions of people has consequences.<p>“I probably take about 30 pills a day,” Jon tells me after I ask him to describe his …

Health Care

Claim: State pressured CFO, used secret recordings to shut down Universal Health Care

ST. PETERSBURG — The founder of St. Petersburg's Universal Health Care alleges that Florida regulators conspired with the company's chief financial …

Universal Health Care

The Secret To Lower Premiums In The GOP Health Plan Is The Really Crappy Coverage

To get equivalent benefits, consumers would have to pay 74 percent more, an independent study finds.<p>If there was a bright spot for Republicans in Monday’s dismal Congressional Budget Office analysis of their health care bill, it was one of the findings on insurance premiums for people who buy …

Health Care

Senate health care bill: An exit strategy

Republicans, take your medicine now and plan on a healthier future: Our view<p>Scrambling for votes on their wildly unpopular health care bill, Senate Republicans find themselves with an unappealing choice. They can anger their base by ditching seven years of promises to repeal Obamacare. Or they can …

Health Care

How premiums would change under the Senate health bill

The Senate health care bill would raise premiums for older and lower-income Americans on exchanges compared to current law, much like the House bill, …

Health Care

Health Bill Draws Fiscal Fault Line Between Old and Poor---and the Poor Are Losing

The health-care overhaul that Senate leaders floated this past week does more than roll back an entitlement Republicans have loathed since the day it was enacted in 2010. It portends a deeper struggle over the safety net that pits the elderly against the poor.<p>The federal government is often called …

Health Care

Here’s How Much More Individual Health Insurance Would Cost if the Senate Bill Passes

The younger you are, the better off you'll be.<p>Early retirement would get more expensive for many older adults if the Senate health care bill becomes …

Health Care

Costly smiles

In these days of intense debate regarding the Senate’s healthcare bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, I’d like to bring attention to probably …

Health Care

The CBO's other reports

While the health care world was glued to the main Congressional Budget Office report yesterday, two separate but important CBO health care documents …

Health Care

All the plan-provider vertical integration literature to date

There aren’t a lot of studies and reports on the integration of health insurance plans with health care providers (meaning they’re owned by the same …

Health Care

Actuarial Value and the Importance of Bipartisanship in Health Care Reform

In 2009 and 2010, Congress wrote a bill with the goal of providing health care coverage for the uninsured in America. With the decision to include …

Health Care

The 10 Fastest-Growing Costs for Seniors Since 2000

Social Security's purchasing power has shrunk by 30% since 2000, which is terrible news for seniors.<p>For a majority of our nation's retirees, Social …

Social Security

Enrollees Who Work Still Need Medicaid, Kaiser Survey Shows

Rachel Martin talks to Diane Rowland of the Kaiser Family Foundation, about a misconception: If a person on Medicaid gets a job, than their health insurance needs will be taken care of.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Over the weekend, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway defended cuts to Medicaid …

Health Care

Racial gap shows up in hospital readmissions

Medicare Advantage plans seem to help reduce post-surgical hospital readmissions for white patients. The same isn't true for black patients.

Health

She's Baaack... To Confront Trumpcare Hypocrisy, 'Granny Off the Cliff' Returns

With just days for Republicans in the U.S. Senate to pass their Trumpcare bill before a congressional recess that begins at the end of this week, an …

Health Care

CNN Repeats Fake News: Senate Bill Cuts Medicaid

On Monday’s <i>New Day</i>, co-host Chris Cuomo confidently proclaimed that the Trump administration is lying about the GOP health care bill: “It comes as …

Conservative POV

Cuts to GP home visits could push an extra 2700 people into emergency every night: peak body

• <b>Political Insider</b>: Sign up for our newsletter<p>Proposed cuts to Medicare-funded after-hours home visits by doctors will force more than 2700 extra …

Health Care

Mom's Viral Thread About Her Son's Hospital Bill Makes an Important Point About Trumpcare

One of the more complex aspects of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that it will bring back lifetime limits …

Health Care

What’s CHIP Got To Do With It?

Children in US receive their health insurance from multiple sources: the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid, employer-sponsored …

Health Care

Why Canada should introduce universal drugs coverage

Many Canadians who need drugs to maintain their quality of life are falling through the cracks.<p>Studies have found that 1 in 10 patients do not take …

Health Care

5 Things to Look for When Shopping for Health Insurance

Are you shopping for a policy? Here are five key things to look for to make sure you can afford health insurance and get the care that you need.<p>If …

Insurance

Medicare for all

Here is a simplified health bill that everyone can understand and that provides coverage to all, namely, extending Medicare to all regardless of …

Opinion

The Overlooked Trumpcare Threat: A Medicare Time Bomb

Just over two years ago, Donald Trump gave a speech announcing his run for the presidency. In that speech, he promised that he would not cut Social …

ObamaCare

Investors itching to see a Cigna-Humana deal

Now that the federal government has quashed the two health insurance mega-mergers — Aetna's $37 billion acquisition of Humana and Anthem's $54 …

Business

Senate changes healthcare bill to include penalty for not having continuous coverage

Senate Republican leadership updated its healthcare reform bill to include a penalty for not having continuous coverage.<p>Starting in 2019, a person …

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