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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.

Baby boomers worried about Medicare

HEALTH | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Jennifer Agiesta | Dec 30
Anxious to receive their Medicare benefits after years of paying taxes into the system, baby boomers say they’re willing to sacrifice to preserve the scope and level of coverage.

Walmart drug plan for seniors may not be best deal

CORPORATE | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Nov 17
Consumer alert: A new Medicare drug plan with the lowest upfront cost in the country may not be for everyone, experts say.

Doctors brace for possible big Medicare pay cuts

HEALTH | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Nov 16
Breast cancer surgeon Kathryn Wagner has posted a warning in her waiting room about a different sort of risk to patients’ health: She’ll stop taking new Medicare cases if Congress allows looming cuts in doctors’ pay to go through.

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