Wednesday, December 01, 2010
December 1, 2010 A proposal to merge Medicare's annual deductibles for hospital care and doctor visits would shift more costs to seniors. More people would be on the hook for the combined deductible. And another proposal would limit help from Medigap coverage.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
November 17, 2010 In his first hearing before Congress since being appointed to head Medicare and Medicaid, Dr. Donald Berwick parried Republican questioning. He also predicted that Medicare would better off as a result of health overhaul.
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Thursday, November 04, 2010
November 4, 2010 KHNIf you had a minute with Rep. John Boehner, soon to be House Speaker, what would you tell him about health care? Egg him on in trying to repeal the law, urge him to reverse course, or suggest he focus on something else?
Friday, October 29, 2010
October 29, 2010 Ads that claim the new federal health law imperils the future of Medicare are getting traction with senior citizens. But fact-checking groups say the attacks stretch the truth.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
September 29, 2010 Everyone seems to agree that health overhaul will do a pretty good job of getting insurance coverage for more people. And there's also agreement that it won't do much about the high cost of care.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
September 21, 2010 Despite predictions the federal health law would ruin Medicare Advantage plans, the latest data show rates are down a little for 2011 and benefits are steady. Still, the insurance industry warns trouble lies ahead when government cuts take hold.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
September 16, 2010 The number of people in the United States with health insurance decreased for the first time since 1987.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
September 14, 2010 A federal judge in Florida indicated that he would let a case challenging the new federal health law proceed. States opposed to the law argue that the federal government is overstepping its authority to require people to have insurance coverage.
Monday, September 13, 2010
September 13, 2010 KHNDr. Donald Berwick, federal chief of Medicare and Medicaid, asked insurers for their help in making health overhaul a success and to achieve common goals. Cheaper, better health care is in everyone's interest, he said.
Friday, September 10, 2010
September 10, 2010 Dr. Harlan Krumholz has helped make the careful measurement of how patients do after treatment into a belatedly hot field.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
September 9, 2010 KHNOnce again, an analysis of Medicare data shows wide variations in the kinds of care patients receive. The lowest rate of mammograms is in Chicago. Highest rate of leg amputations: McAllen, Texas.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
September 7, 2010 KHNForced to choose between treatment and palliative care, many people forgo hospice services. Less than 40 percent of people are in hospice when they die.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
August 25, 2010 Retail prices of brand-name prescription medicines commonly used by people in Medicare rose briskly in 2009, an AARP analysis says. This year generic versions of some of the big movers could help relieve the financial pain.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
August 19, 2010 KHNA report commissioned by the Republican governor projects big increases in Medicaid costs as a result of the federal law overhauling health care.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
August 17, 2010 Never underestimate the ability of people to come up with new ways to game Medicare. Federal prosecutors in Miami allege the health program was fraudulently billed for pumps intended to treat impotent men.