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  • New bill aims to make sure Medicare customers get drug discounts....

    05/24/2018 4:11:33 PM PDT · by caww · 34 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 5/24/2018 | Robert King
    House bill would require discounts for drugs in Medicare's prescription drug program to be applied when the medicine is bought at the pharmacy, an effort to make sure that customers get the full discount instead of a cut going to insurers and drug middlemen. The Phair Pricing Act of 2018 introduced Thursday builds on parts of a blueprint President Trump released this month to tackle drug pricing. It highlights a lack of transparency in the negotiations over rebates to lower prices for medications in Medicare Part D, the program’s prescription drug plan.
  • AARP Applauds Trump For Taking First Step In Cutting Prescription Drug Costs

    05/16/2018 9:05:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 16, 2018 | Robin Seaton Jefferson
    The nation’s largest non-profit advocate for people over 50 is praising the Trump Administration’s first steps to bring down the costs of prescription drugs. Leigh Purvis, Director of Health Service Research in the AARP Public Policy Institute said “American Patients First: The Trump Administration Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs,” released May 11 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), is a positive first step to controlling drug costs for everyone, but particularly the elderly. “This is clearly something that President Trump mentioned during the campaign that was something that was resonating with him....
  • How to Make America's Health-care System Great Again

    05/11/2018 6:22:55 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 14 replies
    The Daily Dose of Reason ^ | May 11, 2018 | Dr. Michael J Hurd
    Here’s a simple idea to help lower healthcare costs: Publish prices. A bipartisan group of state lawmakers in Colorado is pushing a bill to do precisely that. The Comprehensive Health Care Billing Transparency Act would allow Coloradans to see the true price of any health service they use—exams, procedures, prescriptions—before they undertake treatment. If passed, the legislation would mandate that hospitals and other facilities disclose the base fees they charge for specific services “before applying any discounts, rebates, or other charge adjustment mechanisms.” Every bill sent to a patient would need to include an itemized list, which would allow patients...
  • Trump will not call for negotiation on Medicare drug prices despite Democratic hopes

    05/11/2018 5:51:04 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/10/2018 | Peter Sullivan
    President Trump's drug pricing plan will not include a call for Medicare to negotiate drug prices, a leading Democratic idea that Trump previously supported, a senior administration official said Thursday. “We're not calling for Medicare negotiation in the way that Democrats have called for,” the official said on a call with reporters previewing Trump’s speech on drug prices scheduled Friday. However, the official said there will be other proposals to increase competition in Medicare, likely using private sector players rather than Medicare directly negotiating prices. Democrats have been pressuring Trump ahead of his speech to renew his call for Medicare...
  • Socialism Has Only Produced One Thing That Is World ClasS and Works

    04/13/2018 3:06:23 PM PDT · by ARGLOCKGUY · 55 replies
    ME | Now | ME
    The AK-47. And liberals want to ban it.
  • The Multi-Billion Dollar Solution – Repeal Safe Harbor

    03/03/2018 3:11:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 3, 2018 | Andrew Mangione
    President Trump made it very clear in his State of the Union Address that he wanted to address the high cost of health care, including out-of-control drug prices.  Well, what if the simple repeal of a law would generate both tens of billions of dollars in savings for the hospital supply chain (which includes the Medicare and Medicaid programs) while promoting free-market competition for the drug and medical supply marketplace at the same time? Does such an opportunity truly exist? It does, and it starts and ends with repealing the Medicare Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor Statute, which would level the hospital supply...
  • New Medicare Cards on the Way. Watch out for Scams

    02/26/2018 11:16:38 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 18 replies
    WHNT news for verification ^ | 2/24/2018 | Ekzabeth Garcia and Julia Cherry
    This spring: Look for your new Medicare card in the mail Beginning April 2018 and through April 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be sending you a replacement Medicare card. The new cards do not include a Social Security number and will help to prevent fraud, reduce identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars. What does this mean for you? • You will receive a new Medicare card with a new Medicare number that is NOT based on your Social Security number. Begin using your new card immediately upon receiving it and destroy your old Medicare card.
  • Idaho Considers What Could Be the Worst Obamacare Plan Yet

    02/26/2018 10:24:01 AM PST · by Twotone · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | February 21, 2018 | Nicholas Horton
    After rightly rejecting Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion for several years, Idaho officials have now concocted a new version of Obamacare expansion. While some supporters have rallied around the plan’s uniqueness, it’s important to examine exactly what distinguishes this expansion plan from the rest: It’s worse. First, the truly needy already qualify for Medicaid in Idaho. Supporters of Idaho’s Obamacare plan want the public to believe that this plan is essential to the survival of Idaho’s neediest residents. But the truly needy already qualify for Medicaid in the Gem State. Idaho’s Medicaid program already covers low-income kids, pregnant women, seniors, individuals with...
  • Democrats now embracing Sanders's 'Medicare for all' plan

    02/26/2018 8:06:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/26/2018 | Rick Moran
    One of the most glaring signs that the Democratic Party has shifted even farther leftward since the 2016 election is in the way most Democratic candidates are embracing Senator Bernie Sanders's single-payer health care plan, which he calls "Medicare for All." As a candidate pushing this idea in 2016, Sanders was criticized by the Democratic Party establishment for proposing universal health care, telling voters it was politically unrealistic and a non-starter.  Hillary Clinton and congressional Democrats were proposing minor tweaks to Obamacare rather than overhauling the entire health care system. But the hard lurch to the left by Democrats, which...
  • What Trump's Budget Would Mean For Seniors

    02/16/2018 8:04:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/15/2018 | Howard Gleckman
    Last week, Congress passed an outline of the 2019 budget. This week, President Trump rolled out his own budget plan, which would fill in some of the spending details. While most proposals in President Trump’s newly released 2019 budget are unlikely to become law, the fiscal framework does show the White House’s priorities for government over the coming year. And those apparently don’t include support for older adults, younger people with disabilities, or their families. For example, the Trump budget would: * Restructure the Medicare drug benefit to reduce costs for some beneficiaries but raise them for others. * Reduce...
  • Single Payer is Doomed Before It Starts

    02/09/2018 10:31:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/09/2018 | Ted Noel, MD
    Donald Trump tweeted that Britain's National Health Service is "broke and not working." All too true: expenses have forced 40% of walk-in health centers to close, all elective surgery in January to be cancelled, and primary care has been decimated, it's not surprising that problems have surfaced. It is just as predictable that the usual call for "more money" echoes around the UK. All this is the result of economic laws that have been completely ignored since the days of Aneurin Bevan, the father of the UK NHS. The first is the Law of Rationing. In short, "Everything is...
  • VANITY - Medicare Advantage Advice

    01/24/2018 8:27:59 PM PST · by zigmeisterxiv · 83 replies
    If there is a different place to post this, please direct me. My Medicare begins Feb. 2, and I'm figuring to sign up for an advantage plan, but my lazy self hasn't done enough research on this. Those of you in the know, any advice is appreciated. 65, male, caucasian, 5'7", 180-195 lbs., reside in Florida, no wife or ex-wife, no children, travel to Hawaii, drive to NY and California, spry, no medications, no chronic ailments other than mild sciatica, good mobility, no arthritis, drink daily (after 6 PM), SS + pension + other ~ 3000/month, cash reserves about $150k,...
  • Nearly 9 million people signed up for ObamaCare

    12/21/2017 11:59:49 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/21/2017 | Nathaniel Weixel
    Nearly 9 million people signed up for coverage through the federal ObamaCare exchanges, according to a top administration official. Last year, 9.2 million people signed up for coverage during an open enrollment period that was twice as long. Approximately 8.8 million people enrolled during the six week open enrollment period, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid administrator Seema Verma tweeted Thursday.
  • Why Congress Shouldn’t Wait For Medicare Reform

    12/21/2017 10:39:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 21, 2017 | Christopher Jacobs
    If Congress fails to comprehensively reform Medicare, seniors will miss out on significant savings, and taxpayers will miss out on the opportunity to slow the program’s cost growth.In an interview with “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) cast doubt on the prospect for comprehensive Medicare reform on the congressional agenda in 2018: “There are some provider issues that we may be addressing as you know. Some providers in the Medicare field in some cases are getting overpaid. We want to make sure that’s being dealt with. But as far as you’re talking about beneficiaries, we’re not...
  • Republicans Will Cut Social Security And Medicare After Tax Plan Passes, Says Marco Rubio

    12/02/2017 7:19:50 AM PST · by Mariner · 182 replies
    Newsweak via Yahoo ^ | December 2nd, 2017 | Nicole Goodkind
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio admits that the Republican tax cut plan to aid corporations and the wealthy will require cuts to Social Security and Medicare to pay for it. Rubio told reporters this week that in order to address the federal deficit, which will grow by at least $1 trillion if the tax plan passes, Congress will need to cut entitlement programs such as Social Security. Advocates for the elderly and the poor have warned that entitlement programs would be on the chopping block, but this is the first time a prominent Republican has backed their claims. “We have to...
  • ObamaCare’s Death Payments: A program to reduce hospital admissions may have led to more deaths.

    11/24/2017 12:37:43 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 23, 2017
    ObamaCare has caused hard-to-quantify economic damage, but some of the law’s regulations may be lethal—literally. Consider a Medicare hospital payment initiative, which a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Cardiology suggests may have contributed to an increase in deaths. Readers are likely familiar with ObamaCare’s mandate and subsidies to impel individuals to obtain health insurance. But the law also included monetary incentives and penalties aimed at inducing changes in health-care delivery and spending reductions. The government rolled out these payment models nationally without careful study, and they are having unintended side effects. A case in point...
  • Hospital-employed physicians drain Medicare

    11/20/2017 5:21:23 PM PST · by spintreebob · 19 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 11-14-2017 | Alex Kacik
    Healthcare costs for four common procedures are rising as hospitals and health systems employ more physicians, according to a new study. A 49% increase in hospital-employed physicians between 2012 and 2015 led to a $3.1 billion increase in Medicare costs related to four specific procedures in cardiology, orthopedics and gastroenterology, according to analysis from consulting firm Avalere Health. Medicare paid $2.7 billion more for diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, echocardiograms, arthrocentesis and colonoscopies delivered in hospital outpatient settings than it would for treatment in independent facilities, while beneficiaries footed a $411 million higher bill. Hospital-employed physicians performed more services in costlier hospital...
  • Reform Medicare, Don’t Cut Necessary Benefits

    10/29/2017 7:58:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2017 | Brian Darling
    Conservatives have always advocated the idea of keeping the safety net intact, while reforming the big three entitlement programs: Medicare; Medicaid; and, Social Security. Reform is different from cutting programs. The left constantly accuses the right of advocating deep cuts to entitlement programs that benefit low income Americans. The correct position for conservatives is to advocate strong reform to attack waste, fraud and abuse without cutting essential services that people rely upon – especially the elderly. One plan that falls into the category of a “cut” and not a “reform” is a current plan to cut home health benefits provided...
  • Medicare information

    10/16/2017 10:22:54 AM PDT · by knarf · 30 replies
    self, old age ^ | October 16, 2017 | knarf
    All the calls trying to get me to use a particular service have stopped.
  • How BernieCare slams working people: Be Careful What you Wish for with Medicare-For-All

    09/21/2017 6:11:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | 09/20/2017 | Betsy McCaughey
    Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Act, introduced last Wednesday, outlaws private health insurance. Curiously, not one of the Democratic presidential wannabes crowding around Sanders for photo ops mentioned this alarming fact. If Sanders has his way, 180 million Americans who currently have private coverage would have it ripped away and be automatically enrolled in public insurance. Kids would be enrolled at birth. Medicare for All doesn’t just offer government health insurance to the needy. It makes private coverage illegal, including the health coverage you get at your job. Employers are prohibited from covering workers, retirees and their families. Sanders’ bill...