Topics :: Medicare

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Pricey Drugs Overwhelm Medicare Safeguard

FINANCE | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Jul 27
A safeguard for Medicare beneficiaries has become a way for drugmakers to get paid billions of dollars for pricey medications at taxpayer expense, government numbers show.

Spiraling Drug Costs Prompt Call for Major Medicare Changes

FINANCE | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Jun 17
Calling the rising cost of drugs "unsustainable," congressional advisers on Wednesday recommended major changes to Medicare's popular outpatient prescription program, now 10 years old.

Big Premium Increases Foreseen for Medicare Drug Plan

FINANCE | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Nov 26
With time running out on open enrollment season, many seniors are facing sharply higher premiums for Medicare's popular prescription drug program.

Congress Aims to Save $44M By Cutting Medicare Penis Pumps

NATIONAL | By Winnie McCroy | Dec 3
The Republicans in Congress have officially had enough of funding penis pumps for men who can't get erections. The devices are covered by Medicare to the tune of $44 million per year -- money better spent on the disabled.

Medicare Coverage Ban on Sex-Change Surgery Lifted

HEALTH | By Lisa Leff | May 30
A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review board says transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries.

Bipartisan Fix Advancing for Medicare Doctors’ Pay

HEALTH | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Dec 11
Congress is pursuing a permanent fix to the annual drama that has undermined the medical profession’s confidence in the nation’s premier health program.

Exchanges Create Confusion for Medicare Recipients

INSURANCE | By Kelli Kennedy | Sep 12
Dear seniors, your Medicare benefits aren’t changing under the Affordable Care Act. That’s the message federal health officials are trying to get out to some older consumers confused by overlapping enrollment periods for Medicare and so-called "Obamacare.

Seniors may have to pay for Medicare home health

HEALTH | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Jan 14
Medicare recipients could see a sizable new out-of-pocket charge for home health visits if Congress follows through on a recommendation issued Thursday by its own advisory panel. Until now, home health visits from nurses and other providers have been fre

Administration reverses on end-of-life counseling

HEALTH | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Jan 6
Reversing a potentially controversial decision, the Obama administration will drop references to end-of-life counseling from the ground rules for Medicare’s new annual checkup, the White House sai

Your Medicare taxes won’t cover what you’ll cost

FINANCE | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Dec 31
A newly updated financial analysis shows that what people paid into the system doesn’t come close to covering the full value of the medical care they can expect to receive as retirees.

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