Stories tagged: Medicare
Wed., May 16, 2018, 5 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: ACA “navigator” took personal data to Spokane insurance company to target sales pitches
They signed up for health insurance on the state exchange. But about 3,200 Washingtonians, all of whom were nearing age 65, also got something they didn’t ask for. Their contact …
UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 10:10 p.m.
Trump’s prescription to reduce drug prices takes small steps
President Donald Trump’s long-awaited plan to bring down drug prices, unveiled Friday, will mostly spare the pharmaceutical industry he previously accused of “getting away with murder” and instead focus on …
UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 7:44 p.m.
Walmart reportedly eyes deal with insurer Humana
Walmart may be looking to dive deeper into the rapidly evolving health care market by acquiring the insurer Humana, according to the Wall Street Journal.
UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Lobbying pays off for small Seattle-based drugmaker in budget bill
Tucked in the massive congressional budget bill is a provision that props up the price Medicare pays for a handful of medications, costing taxpayers millions at a time when the …
UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 10:02 p.m.
Trump administration uses page from ‘smart policymaking 101’ on health care
The Trump administration is taking a pragmatic new track on health care with officials promising consumer-friendly changes and savings in areas from computerized medical records to prescription drugs.
Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 12:45 p.m.
Leading liberal policy group unveils ‘coverage for all’ plan
A leading liberal policy group is raising the ante in the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 8:33 a.m.
On drug costs, modest steps follow Trump’s big promises
President Donald Trump makes big promises to reduce prescription drug costs, but his administration is gravitating to relatively modest steps such as letting Medicare patients share in manufacturer rebates.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 10:44 p.m.
Trump proposes reduction of drug costs under Medicare
President Donald Trump will propose lowering prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries by allowing them to share in rebates that drug companies pay to insurers and middlemen, an administration official …
Sat., Dec. 23, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Kmart to pay $32.3 million to settle prescription drugs case
Kmart Corp. has agreed to pay $32.3 million to settle allegations its pharmacies caused federal health programs to overpay for prescription drugs by not telling the government about discounted prices.
Fri., Dec. 22, 2017
Goodman: Tax bill passes on darkest day
A country’s annual budget is often described as a moral document, defining the nation’s values. Its tax system codifies its fairness. Who pays into the system, and who reaps the …
Tue., Dec. 12, 2017
Robert J. Samuelson: Favoritism toward welfare state threatens U.S. security
The Pentagon and the welfare state have been locked in brutal combat for decades, and the Pentagon has gotten clobbered. Welfare programs – Social Security, Medicare, food stamps and other …
Sun., Dec. 10, 2017
Faye Flam: Why 50-year-olds should be eligible for Medicare
Americans are more likely to enter the 65-and-up age group with chronic diseases – heart disease, diabetes, hypertension – which aren’t curable but could have been headed off had people …
Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 10:57 a.m.
Defense: Doc’s $100 million Medicare fraud cost just $64,000
A politically connected Florida eye doctor convicted of a $100 million Medicare fraud actually cost the government just $64,000 in illegitimate payments, his defenders argued Thursday in an effort to …
Tue., Nov. 14, 2017
Robert J. Samuelson: Americans aren’t taxed enough
Americans like big government. They just don’t like paying for it. Borrowing is easier. It’s largely invisible to most Americans, creating the illusion of “something for nothing.” This liberates Republicans …
Tue., Oct. 24, 2017
Samuelson: Budget primer points to problems
Americans should balance the pain of taxes with gains from government. If people want big government, they should pay for it. If they dislike higher taxes, they should cut government.
Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 1:23 p.m.
Medicare to foot the bill for treadmill therapy for leg pain
Three times a week, Rita Driscoll steps onto a treadmill at a Minnesota hospital under the eye of a rehab therapist. She walks until it hurts – pushing her limits, …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 3:24 p.m.
Abuse in nursing homes unreported despite law
More than 1 in 4 cases of possible sexual and physical abuse against nursing home patients apparently went unreported to police, according to a government audit that faults Medicare for …
Tue., July 25, 2017
Robert J. Samuelson: Health care debate emotional, not rational
What we want as individuals (unlimited care) may not be good for the larger society (overspending on health care).
Sat., July 15, 2017
Froma Harrop: U.S. addicted to abusive drug pricing
Consider what got Martin Shkreli in trouble with the law. Shrkeli is the infamous “pharma bro” who bought patents to lifesaving drugs then hiked their prices to obscene levels. In …
UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 8:14 p.m.
Federal government stops Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements to Surgery Center of Spokane
The federal government has terminated its Medicare/Medicaid provider agreement with the Surgery Center of Spokane.
Thu., July 6, 2017, 7:48 a.m.
Reliant Care Group to pay $8.3 million to settle Medicare claims
A Missouri-based nursing home operator has agreed to pay $8.3 million to settle claims that it and its affiliates provided unnecessary therapy to residents and billed Medicare.
Wed., June 28, 2017, 6:35 a.m.
Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP’s ‘Obamacare’ repeal
Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal “Obamacare” also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects …
UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:56 a.m.
GOP leaders add penalty for lapsed coverage to health bill
Republican leaders added a penalty for people who’ve let their insurance lapse Monday as party leaders prepared to begin pushing the health care measure through the Senate, despite a rebellion …
Fri., June 23, 2017, 12:17 p.m.
Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill
Governors in several states that opted to expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama’s health care law are wary of the Senate Republican plan to end the added federal funding …
Fri., June 23, 2017
Goodman: Medicare For All is the health-care answer
“Medicare for All” would maintain the current system of private and nonprofit hospitals, doctor offices and all the other familiar aspects of the U.S. health system.
UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 5:42 p.m.
Feds to waive penalties for some who signed up late for Medicare
Each year, thousands of Americans miss their deadline to enroll in Medicare, and federal officials and consumer advocates worry that many of them mistakenly think they don’t need to sign …
Sun., May 28, 2017
Medicare changes – the good and the bad
The good news is Social Security numbers will be removed from Medicare cards, the bad news is this will motivate sophisticated scammers to attempt to steal your identity or money.
Thu., May 25, 2017, 7:13 p.m.
Older Americans want Medicare to pay for long-term care
A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults,
Wed., May 24, 2017, 4:38 p.m.
Trump team defends budget; lawmakers have serious doubts about plan
President Donald Trump’s budget chief delivered a spirited defense of the plan’s deep spending cuts, but his agriculture secretary offered only a half-hearted endorsement of proposed reductions to farm subsidies …
UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 9:02 p.m.
Trump’s $4.1T budget relies on deep domestic cuts
President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid, while relying on rosy projections about the nation’s economic growth to …