Stories tagged: Medicare
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017
Robert J. Samuelson: Medicaid needs long-term solution
Doesn’t Medicare – not Medicaid – cover the elderly and disabled? Well, yes, but there’s a giant omission: nursing home and other long-term care. Medicaid covers these for the poor …
THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017, 6 A.M.
GOP’s health reform plan threatens Medicare
Little noticed in the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare is a tax cut that would benefit the wealthy and undercut Medicare, the federal program that insures 55 million older Americans …
SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017
Avik Roy: Hard-liners incoherent on AHCA
The AHCA isn’t flawed because it offers financial assistance to the uninsured. It’s flawed because it doesn’t provide enough assistance to them, making premiums unaffordable for many poor people.
THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017
Health care bill’s harm is far-reaching
After 2,500 days, the American Health Care Act is born. Congressional Republicans’ much-anticipated health care bill may have a similar name to the Affordable Care Act it’s intended to replace, …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 9:25 P.M.
Sue Lani Madsen: Lower reimbursement, more bureaucracy not a prescription for good health under Medicare
As long as health care reform is underway, there will always be a column topic. Barely six months passed between President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act and the …
TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2017, 9:50 A.M.
Trump calls drug pricing ‘astronomical’ and promises changes
President Donald Trump told drugmakers at a White House meeting Tuesday they were charging too much and promised to get better bargains for government health programs, in addition to finding …
TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017, 11:59 A.M.
Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid need significant changes, Trump budget pick says
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid need significant changes to be preserved for future generations, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the White House budget office told Congress Tuesday.
SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2017, 12:28 P.M.
HHS nominee Tom Price, staff aided donors in agency battles
President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services has been an advocate for companies over the years with the federal agencies he may soon oversee. …
FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016, 4:05 A.M.
Medicare changes: Will it save program or be ‘war on seniors’?
The chairman of a key House committee pledged Thursday that congressional Republicans will change Medicare in order to save it.
TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 2016
Robert J. Samuelson: Inattention to serious issues a shame
Clinton and Trump have failed to come to grips with an aging society and immigration — two national problems that are staring them in the face but involve unpopular political …
MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2016
It’s a Medicare surprise for senior citizens not paying attention
A special Medicare provision that allows private health insurance companies to enroll individuals who become eligible for Medicare into their Medicare Advantage coverage is costing surprised patients lots of money, …
FRIDAY, OCT. 14, 2016
Medicare unveils far-reaching overhaul of doctors’ pay
Changing the way it does business, Medicare has unveiled a far-reaching overhaul of how it pays doctors and other clinicians.
SATURDAY, AUG. 13, 2016
Froma Harrop: Clinton a steady head on health care
Clinton remains intent on keeping Obamacare and making it better. Happily, the likelihood of her being in charge is rising.
FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016, 1:30 P.M.
Authorities: $1B Medicare fraud nursing home scam, 3 charged
Three people have been charged in an unprecedented $1 billion health care fraud scam, accused of using dozens of Miami nursing homes to bilk the taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs, …
SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016
Drug pricing poses danger to all
When Sovaldi hit the market it set a new standard for drug pricing. The $80,000-plus treatment charge meant that if every American who could benefit received the drug, the annual …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016, 3 P.M.
Spiraling drug costs prompt call for major Medicare changes
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.
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016, 1:06 P.M.
Treating hearing loss shouldn’t be a pricey hassle, panel says
Treating hearing loss shouldn’t be such a pricey hassle. That’s the message from a prestigious government advisory group that’s calling on Medicare and other agencies to find ways to make …
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016
Opinions from past add perspective
Editorials covered Columbian Basin hydropower, welfare, expanded government services and Medicare.
MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016
Free class on Medicare
Need help navigating Medicare? The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) is having a free Welcome to Medicare class June 7 at Northern Quest Resort and Casino.
SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016
Stagnant Congress lacking leadership
Among the group of people who watch Congress closely, there was unanimity: This will end up as one of the least productive years in congressional history.
MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016
Boomers face pitfalls in complex Medicare choices
Signing up for Medicare, the federal government’s health care system for the elderly and disabled, involves complex choices. Medicare’s complicated options involve potential pitfalls that can hurt people later in …
TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016, 10:17 A.M.
Hospitals fear rise in readmissions
A federal pilot program that’s helped keep local high-risk Medicare patients at home and healthy while reducing hospital readmission rates ended this week, but not the community resolve to help …
TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2016
Robert J. Samuelson: Straight talk about budget impossible with candor deficit
Entitlements choking other programs, even defense.
TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2016
Robert J. Samuelson: Ignoring deficits won’t make them go away
Payments on national debt will triple by 2015 without action, squeezing other federal spending.
TUESDAY, DEC. 1, 2015
Robert J. Samuelson: Patient millennials optimistic about future
Boomers were raised in a much healthier economy, and won’t let go of their benefits.
SUNDAY, NOV. 15, 2015
BBB Tip of the Week: Medicare Open Enrollment Scams
Open enrollment for Medicare recipients continues through December 7. During this time of year, recipients can comparison shop and change their plans if they choose. This is also the time …
SATURDAY, NOV. 14, 2015
Harrop: Don’t blame boomers for all woes
Belonging to a single generation does not mean single-mindedness.
MONDAY, JULY 27, 2015
Birthday party honors Medicare’s 50th
Medicare is turning 50 this year and the Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans and other retiree and labor advocacy groups are having a party Thursday at Spokane Community College …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015, 2:55 P.M.
Steve Gleason Act passes House, heads to president’s desk
The U.S. House of Representatives passed on Wednesday a reform to Medicare allowing for coverage of eye-tracking speech devices, like the one used by former Washington State University football player …
SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2015
Editorial: Medicare reimbursement for end-of-life planning long overdue
It’s perhaps fitting that in the same week Sarah Palin shut down her subscriber-based online channel, Medicare announced it will reimburse health care providers for talking with patients about what …