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Medicare Advantage Plans Overpay Insurers

Study findings released on May 7 by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) suggests that the federal government’s method of setting payments to private insurers for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans systematically overestimate expected costs of Medicare Advantage enrollees.

KFF researchers stated setting payments to more accurately reflect expected costs would have major implications for Medicare spending. “In looking for targeted areas for potential savings, this would be a good place for CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) to start,” the researchers said.

The problem with these data is that while it is true that the plan beneficiaries pay less, you have to add rebates, risk adjustments and bonuses paid by CMS to insurers. Subsidies are paid direct to insurers, from taxpayer general revenue to each plan. Rebates are supposed to be used to pay for more benefits but companies pass only 54% to enrollees and keep 46% to pay for overhead and profit; risk adjustments increase insurer revenue.

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A November 2018 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) article reported that CMS paid over $6 billion in quality bonuses or $27 per MA plan member per month. This was an increase from $3.8 billion in 2016. The bottom line is that the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MPAC) reported that MA plans TOTAL cost per enrollee has been higher than original Medicare Part A & B (Fee for Service) in 2017 and again in 2018.

CMS is expected to pay MA plan sponsors about $250 billion this year, a number that’s expected to grow as enrollment expands. Medicare Advantage plans cover 20 million people, about a third of all Medicare beneficiaries, and is expected to climb to over 30 million people within the next decade.

I am working on a whitepaper to fully examine the large number of taxpayer dollars that CMS spends on Medicare Advantage plans services. Many of those services are not provided to traditional Medicare beneficiaries.

Bill Kadereit, President
National Retiree Legislative Network

 

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Congress Must Act to Reduce Price of Prescription Drugs

For years members of Congress have been giving lip service on the need for legislation to reduce the price of prescription drugs, but bills haven’t been passed. This is the year that reasonable bills already introduced in Congress must get passed. Click here to email the NRLN’s sample letter to your U.S. Representative and Senators to tell them you endorse passage of bills supported by the National Retiree Legislative Network to reduce the price of prescription drugs.

 

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IN THE NEWS...

The articles and opinion pieces below are for information and are not necessarily a reflection of the NRLN’s position on issues. The NRLN is nonpartisan and its positions on retirement issues are presented in its Legislative Agenda and white papers that can be accessed from the Legislative Agenda tab.

Opinion: Price Transparency: Why Are Drug Prices Such A Bitter Pill to Swallow?
From Joe Harpaz; Forbes ~ May 17, 2019

Opinion: How Social Security's Declining Trust Fund Affects Your Retirement Plans
From Bob Carlson; Forbes ~ May 17, 2019

House Passes Legislation Aiming to Shore Up Health Law and Lower Drug Costs
By Abby Goodnough, New York Times – May 16, 2019

Dems push bill on Obamacare, drug prices toward House OK

How To Find And Use New Federal Ratings For Rehab Services At Nursing Homes
By Judith Graham; Kaiser Health News ~ May 16, 2019

Trump administration backs off Medicare drug pricing rule
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ May 16, 2019

House health care bill puts generic drug industry in bind
By Andrew Siddons; Roll Call ~ May 15, 2019

AP FACT CHECK: Trump cites drug-price drop that isn’t
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Hope Yen; The Associated Press ~ May 14, 2019

Medicare’s fiscal outlook deteriorates as 2026 funding cliff looms, Trump administration says
By Jeff Stein, Washington Post – April 22, 2019

The Social Security Trust Fund Will Run Out of Money by 2035
By Daren Fonda; Barrons ~ Apr 22, 2019

Senior’s weakness for scams may be warning sign of dementia
By Lauran Neergaard; The Associated Press ~ Apr 15, 2019

3 signs the PBMs are desperately in need of reform
From Dr. Benjamin Alli; The Hill ~ Apr 15, 2019

Democrats’ High-Profile Tug-Of-War Between Progressives, Moderates Spills Into Drug Pricing Debate
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Apr 15, 2019

Democratic proposals to overhaul health care: A 2020 primer
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Apr 14, 2019

Opinion: How to lower health care costs in America
From Holly Lawrence; MarketWatch ~ Apr 15, 2019

Opinion: What Are The Biggest Problems With Healthcare Today?
From “Quora”; Forbes ~ Apr 15, 2019

Many Patients Facing Surprise Medical Bills Just Give In And Pay Rather Than Undertake Behemoth Battle Against Charges
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Apr 15, 2019

Employer market may be the next political healthcare challenge
By Susannah Luthi; Modern Healthcare ~ Apr 15, 2019

The cost of putting off enrolling in a Medicare drug plan
By Mary Beth Franklin; InvestmentNews ~ Apr 15, 2019

Examining Sanders' Medicare-For-All Proposal
NPR ~ Apr 13, 2019

Free Americans from Medicare
Editorial; The Washington Examiner ~ Apr 13, 2019

Face It: You (Probably) Got a Tax Cut
By Ben Casselman & Jim Tankersley; The New York Times ~ Apr 14, 2019

Bernie Sanders the flame-thrower vs two real health-care reformers
From Dr. Marc Siegel; The Hill ~ Apr 13, 2019

It's time to tackle unpredictability in health care
From Former Rep. Donna M. Christensen (D-V.I.) ; The Hill ~ Apr 13, 2019

Opinion: Action on health care pricing transparency needed to stem rising costs
From Jim Stergios & Charles Chieppo; The Hill ~ Apr 12, 2019

GOP senator issues stark warning to Republicans on health care
By Jonathan Easley; The Hill ~ Apr 12, 2019

Health-care stocks plunge as uncertainty rises on Obamacare, Congress threatens action on drug prices
By Berkeley Lovelace Jr. ; CNBC ~ Apr 12, 2019

Opinion: Medicare for All is a distant dream. Here's how to start fixing health care right now.
From Arthur “Tim” Garson Jr. ; USA TODAY ~ Apr 12, 2019

Alex Azar says HHS is still committed to addressing PBM rebates
By Paige Minemyer ; FierceHealthcare ~ Apr 11, 2019

Top Senate Dem stops short of embracing ‘Medicare for All’
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Apr 11, 2019

As Sanders Officially Revives Medicare-For-All, Plan B For Democrats Gains Traction
By Shefali Luthra; Kaiser Health News ~ Apr 11, 2019

Opinion: We can accelerate a cure for Alzheimer's
From George Vradenburg; The Hill ~ Apr 11, 2019

Poll: GOP enjoys 12-point edge over Dems on economy
By Matthew Sheffield; The Hill ~ Apr 11, 2019

When a $240 Billion Corporate Pension Shortfall Is a Good Thing
By Brandon Kochkodin; Bloomberg ~ Apr 11, 2019

Former SEC lawyer sounds alarm on ‘the greatest retirement crisis’ in history
By Shawn Langlois; MarketWatch ~ Apr 11, 2019

Opinion: How To Select A Healthcare Proxy
From Sara Zeff Geber; Forbes ~ Apr 10, 2019

Like Pharma Executives Before Them, Pharmacy Benefit Managers Escape Largely Unscathed From High-Profile Hearing
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Apr 10, 2019

Sanders unveils new Medicare for all bill with backing from other 2020 Dems
By Jessie Hellmann ; The Hill ~ Apr 10, 2019

U.S. charges 24 in telemedicine healthcare fraud causing $1.2 billion losses
By Jonathan Stempel; Reuters ~ Apr 09, 2019

Consumers Rejected Drug Plan That Mirrors Trump Administration Proposal
By Sydney Lupkin; Kaiser Health News ~ Apr 09, 2019

These Senators Received The Biggest Checks From CVS, Humana And Other Pharmacy Benefit Managers Testifying Tuesday
By Michela Tindera; Forbes ~ Apr 09, 2019

Senator: Pharmacy benefit managers are PBNs — ‘pretty bad negotiators’
By Victor Reklaitis; MarketWatch ~ Apr 09, 2019

Opinion: There are so many flaws with 'Medicare for all'
From Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie; The Hill ~ Apr 08, 2019

Why Does Medicine Cost So Much? Here's How Drug Prices Are Set
By Laura Entis; TIME ~ Apr 09, 2019

Industry Voices—Why it's time for PBM rebates to come to an end
By Jake Frenz; FierceHealthcare ~ Apr 08, 2019

Opinion: In Pharma value chain, PBMs manage to benefit
From Jim Greenwood; The Hill ~ Apr 08, 2019

Public option hits a wall in blue states
By Rachana Pradhan & Dan Goldberg; Politico ~ Apr 08, 2019

DOJ asks for speedy hearing in case that could kill Obamacare
By Paul Demko; Politico ~ Apr 08, 2019

Opinion: Why Big Pharma Is Winning the Drug Price Wars
By Joe Nocera, Bloomberg, April 8, 2019

Mulvaney: Trump admin to release ObamaCare replacement plan 'fairly shortly'
By Zack Budryk; The Hill ~ Apr 07, 2019

Opinion - Sometimes Food Is The Best Medicine
From Sachin H. Jain; Forbes ~ Apr 07, 2019

Retirees Looking for Predictable Income Should Try a ‘Bond Ladder’
By Sarah Max; Barron’s ~ Apr 07, 2019

Here’s What the Average Retiree Spends Every Month
By Dayana Yochim, NW; Barron’s ~ Apr 07, 2019

No, Social Security Wouldn't Be OK if Congress Repaid What It Borrowed
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Apr 07, 2019

Opinion: The time to solve America's health-care crisis is way overdue
From Janice Phillips; The Hill ~ Apr 06, 2019

Flurry Of Drug Pricing Movement On Hill Focuses On Transparency, PBMs, And Public Accountability From Pharma
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Apr 05, 2019

Dems struggle to unite behind drug price plan
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Apr 05, 2019

Care shifts from physician offices to outpatient settings and costs go up, HCCI study finds
By Joanne Finnegan; FierceHealthcare ~ Apr 04, 2019

Reading The Tea Leaves: Trump Has Hinted At Health Plans He Would Support, But They Don’t Match With His Low-Cost Promises
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Apr 05, 2019

Opinion: As Congress Zeroes In On Health Costs, Medical Device Makers Ready Their Story
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Apr 05, 2019

Coons and Klobuchar pitch retirement savings mandate plan Businesses would get federal tax incentives for participating in new plans
By Niels Lesniewski; Roll Call ~ Apr 05, 2019

Key Financial Steps That Couples Need To Take
From Joel Johnson; Forbes ~ Apr 05, 2019

House Democrats Vote To Condemn Trump’s Health Law Pivot As Republicans Try To Change The Subject
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Apr 04, 2019

Opinion: Trump is right: Healthcare should be handled by the states
From Robert Henneke ; The Hill ~ Apr 04, 2019

Democrats want to force businesses to contribute to retirement plans, and they'll pay for it by raising taxes on the wealthy
By Ylan Mui; CNBC ~ Apr 04, 2019

When are you too old to start investing?
By Paul R. La Monica; CNN Business ~ Apr 04, 2019

Obamacare fight obscures America’s real health care crisis: Money
By Joanne Kenen; Politico ~ Apr 03, 2019

Opinion: Congress, take action now to make insulin affordable
From Aaron J. Kowalski; The Hill ~ Apr 03, 2019

Cigna says it will cap insulin costs at $25 a month for some patients
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Apr 03, 2019

Medicare Could Jumpstart Our Failing Biosimilars Markets
From Dan Mendelson; Forbes ~ Apr 03, 2019

Opinion: If The Court Strikes Down Obamacare, How Bad Would That Be?
From John C. Goodman; Forbes ~ Apr 03, 2019

Opinion: Will The SECURE Act Make Your Retirement More Secure?
From Elizabeth Bauer; Forbes ~ Apr 03, 2019

Doctors Propose New Diagnosis: ‘Unable to Pay for Prescriptions’
By John Tozzi; Bloomberg ~ Apr 02, 2019

Trump defers push for health plan after GOP resistance
By Lisa Mascaro & Catherine Lucey; The Associated Press ~ Apr 02, 2019

FACT CHECK: Have Millions Of Americans Lost Health Insurance Under Trump?
By Aryssa Damron; Check Your Fact ~ Apr 02, 2019

McConnell to Trump: We're not repealing and replacing Obamacare
By Alexander Bolton; The Hill ~ Apr 02, 2019

SECURE Act clears House committee; RESA introduced in Senate
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Apr 02, 2019

Opinion: The labor force brings some joy to the 'dismal science'
From Ernie Tedeschi; The Hill ~ Apr 02, 2019

Bipartisan IRS reform bill heads to House floor
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Apr 02, 2019

Uninsured Get Short Shrift on Hospital Stays
By Dennis Thompson, HD; US News & World Report ~ Apr 01, 2019

GOP lawmakers root against Trump in court on ObamaCare
By Alexander Bolton & Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Apr 01, 2019

Trump’s battle with ‘Obamacare’ moves to the courts
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Mar 31, 2019

Sears cutting life insurance benefits for up to 90,000 retirees: report
By Aris Folley; The Hill ~ Apr 01, 2019

Opinion: Congress may pass retirement reforms that are bipartisan. But they need to go further
From Charles E.F. Millard; The Hill ~ Apr 01, 2019

Immune system therapy shows wider promise against cancer
By Marilynn Marchione; The Associated Press ~ Mar 31, 2019

Senate GOP wary in Trump’s revived health care battle
By Lisa Mascaro & Catherine Lucey; The Associated Press ~ Mar 30, 2019

Opinion: How Government Policies Created The Current Disaster Of Electronic Health Records
From Paul Hsieh; Forbes ~ Mar 31, 2019

Not all solutions to surprise medical bills are cost-effective
From Mark Friedberg & Chapin White; The Hill ~ Mar 31, 2019

As Democrats Talk Single Payer, Insurers Tighten Grip On Medicare
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Mar 31, 2019

Sears cutting life insurance benefits for up to 90,000 retirees: report
By Aris Folley, The Hill - March 30, 2019

Americans aren't getting enough sleep and it's killing us
From Dr. Jonathan Fielding; The Hill ~ Mar 30, 2019

Exclusive: Key Trump health official spends millions on GOP-connected consultants
By Adam Cancryn and Dan Diamond, Politico – March 29, 2019

Congress Introduces Bill To Improve Experiences For Taxpayers And Modernize The IRS
From Kelly Phillips Erb; Forbes ~ Mar 29, 2019

Opinion: Most Americans take supplements, FDA should know something about them
From Allan Coukell; The Hill ~ Mar 29, 2019

Doctors Without Appointments
From Peter Ubel; Forbes ~ Mar 29, 2019

Harris sends letter to Barr demanding answers over ObamaCare repeal efforts
By Tal Axelrod; The Hill ~ Mar 29, 2019

Doughnut Hole Is Gone, But Medicare’s Uncapped Drug Costs Still Bite Into Budgets
By Michelle Andrews; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 29, 2019

Federal judge strikes down Trump rule on group health plans
By Chris Mills Rodrigo; The Hill ~ Mar 28, 2019

If you changed jobs, there may be lost money you need to find when retirement arrives
By Sarah Skidmore Sell, AP; USA TODAY ~ Mar 29, 2019

More Older Adults With Joint Replacements Recover At Home, Not Rehab
By Judith Graham; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 28, 2019

Senate Democrats Trying To Move Quickly To Block Justice Department From Using Federal Funds In Health Law Case
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 28, 2019

Meadows says ObamaCare replacement will come from Congress
By Nathaniel Weixel ; The Hill ~ Mar 28, 2019

White House, Congress point fingers over nonexistent health care plan
By Sarah Westwood; CNN ~ Mar 28, 2019

Opinion: Medicare and the Trump Budget: Differing Views
From Joe Grogan, Joe Baker, Judith Stein & Kenneth E. Raske; The New York Times ~ Mar 28, 2019

Opinion: Congress must fix the broken Medicare secondary payer process
From Re Knack; The Hill ~ Mar 28, 2019

Not-So-Fat Cats: Over 25 million lower income workers will be paying the Wall Street Tax
From Brian H. Graff; The Hill ~ Mar 28, 2019

Delphi retirees lose pension case
By Ron Selak Jr.; Tribune Chronicle ~ Mar 28, 2019

Opinion: Getting rid of Obamacare would be a headache for Trump
From Zachary B. Wolf; CNN ~ Mar 27, 2019

Democrats Delighted By Trump’s Pivot To Health Care As Republicans, Caught Off Guard, Are Put In Awkward Position For 2020
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 27, 2019

PBGC director nominee approved by Senate Finance Committee
By Hazel Bradford · March 27, 2019 12:24 pm

Fiscal negligence of recent Congresses must be dealt with now
From Tyler Evilsizer; The Hill ~ Mar 27, 2019

Brace Yourself, Corporate America: Taxes Are About to Go Up
By Eric Lam; Bloomberg ~ Mar 27, 2019

GOP lawmakers offer paid parental leave legislation linked to Social Security

Johnson & Johnson And Bayer Agree To Settle Xarelto Lawsuits For $775 Million
Via “Trefis Team”; Forbes ~ Mar 26, 2019

White House and Pelosi’s staff in early talks about legislation to cut high drug costs
By Berkeley Lovelace Jr. & Eamon Javers; CNBC ~ Mar 26, 2019

Surprise Justice move on ObamaCare puts GOP in bind
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Mar 26, 2019

Democrats pounce as Trump administration ratchets up attack on Obamacare
By Amanda Becker; Reuters ~ Mar 26, 2019

Democrats’ New Health Bill Takes Incremental Approach To Building On ACA Over Scrapping It For ‘Medicare For All’
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 26, 2019

Update on Social Security reform
By Mary Beth Franklin; InvestmentNews ~ Mar 26, 2019

As a cure for high drug prices, outcomes-based deals aren't delivering yet
By Harris Meyer; Modern Healthcare ~ Mar 23, 2019

How Medicare for All Could Eliminate the $600 Billion Private Insurance Industry
By Sy Mukherjee; Fortune ~ Mar 25, 2019

The Social Security 2100 Act would significantly harm Americans
By Taylor Millard; Hot Air ~ Mar 24, 2019

Why drug prices are so difficult to bring down
From Karen Firestone; CNBC ~ Mar 24, 2019

Five Things You Can Do Right Now To Improve Your Financial Wellness
From Erik Carter; Forbes ~ Mar 24, 2019

Federal Agencies Admit To $1.2 Trillion In Improper Payments Since 2004
From Adam Andrzejewski; Forbes ~ Mar 23, 2019

Opinion: States are tackling America's drug pricing problem
From Trish Riley; The Hill ~ Mar 23, 2019

Medicare for All Would Abolish Private Insurance. ‘There’s No Precedent in American History.’
By Reed Abelson & Margot Sanger-Katz; The New York Times ~ Mar 23, 2019

Your health app could be sharing your medical data
By Linda Carroll; Reuters ~ Mar 23, 2019

Opinion: The Patient Must Remain the Focal Point of All Medical Care
From Richard Gunderman & James W. Lynch; LifeZette ~ Mar 22, 2019

Democratic Medicare Spin
By Lori Robertson; FactCheck.Org ~ Mar 22, 2019

Opinion: Is 75 The New 65? How The Definition Of Aging Is Changing
From Andrew Scott; Forbes ~ Mar 22, 2019

IRS Expands Tax Underpayment Penalty Relief
By Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Mar 22, 2019/font>

Social Security officials hope to combat scam
By Lindsey Grewe; KKTV ~ Mar 22, 2019

Study: ACA market competition on the upswing, but regional variation persists
By Paige Minemyer; FierceHealthcare ~ Mar 21, 2019

FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb Calls for Tighter Regulations on Electronic Health Records
By Fred Schulte & Erika Fry; Fortune ~ Mar 21, 2019

Senate panel to hear from pharmacy middlemen on drug prices
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Mar 21, 2019

FDA temporarily retreats from impurity standards as losartan shortages loom
By Eric Palmer; FiercePharma ~ Mar 21, 2019

Aspirin: Have The New Guidelines Changed What You Should Do?
From Harlan Krumholz; Forbes ~ Mar 21, 2019

Healthcare Professionals Are Hard to Find in Hot Labor Market
By Shelly Hagan; Bloomberg ~ Mar 20, 2019

It just became easier for employers to dump retirees' pensions
By Lydia DePillis, CNN Business – March 20, 2019

Democrats Credit Health Care For House Win And Are Divided On What To Do
By Evie Fordham ; The Daily Caller ~ Mar 18, 2019

Survey: About 1 in 10 U.S. adults rationing medicine in effort to lower costs
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Mar 19, 2019

Opinion: Seniors win big with Trump rebate rule
From Peter J. Pitts; The Hill ~ Mar 19, 2019

Opinion: Dr. Marc Siegel: Aspirin saves lives but it also cost lives – Here’s what you need to know about the drug
From Dr. Marc Siegel; Fox News ~ Mar 19, 2019

Opinion: The IRS Can And Does Waive The Penalty For Incorrect RMDs
From Bob Carlson; Forbes ~ Mar 19, 2019

Opinion: Stop asking parents to sacrifice Social Security benefits for paid family leave
From Max Richtman; The Hill ~ Mar 19, 2019

Medicare Advisers Say ‘Donut Hole’ Changes To Part D Program Could Lead To Spike In Costs For Everyone But Insurers
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 18, 2019

What Medicare for all means for doctors and hospitals
By Tami Luhby; CNN ~ Mar 18, 2019

Washington must change the system that encourages high drug prices
From Dr. Madelaine Feldman; The Hill ~ Mar 18, 2019

Opinion: Can Democrats And Republicans Strike A Deal On Health Care?
From John C. Goodman; Forbes ~ Mar 18, 2019

Inequality In Retirement Is Getting Worse
From Teresa Ghilarducci; Forbes ~ Mar 17, 2019

Medicare wellness visits are supposed to be free — unless you call it a physical.
Via Michelle Andrews; The Washington Post ~ Mar 16, 2019

Opinion: If Trump Is Re-Elected, Expect Social Security Reform to Be a Priority
From Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Mar 17, 2019

Apple Watch detects irregular heart beat in large U.S. study
By Manas Mishra; Reuters ~ Mar 16, 2019

A Big Step Toward Giving Patients Control Over Their Health Care Data
By David Blumenthal; Harvard Business Review ~ Mar 15, 2019

Most Americans Don't Have High Hopes for Lower Taxes in 2019
By Erik Sherman; Fortune ~ Mar 15, 2019

Legislation giving participants more say in MPRA benefit cuts reintroduced in Senate
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Mar 15, 2019

Nursing Home Fines Drop As Trump Administration Heeds Industry Complaints
By Jordan Rau; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 15, 2019

Report: Feds Not Monitoring How Taxpayer Funding Is Being Spent
By Elizabeth Harrington; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Mar 15, 2019

Senior Republican, Eyeing Trump Budget, Worries About U.S. Debt
By Susan Cornwell, RNS; The New York Times ~ Mar 14, 2019

Medicare Buy-In Proposal Is Viewed As More Moderate Cousin Of ‘Medicare For All,’ But Hospitals Say It Will Still Disrupt System
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 14, 2019

Opinion: This tax policy change could transform American lives
From Sherrod Brown, Ro Khanna & Bonnie Watson Coleman; CNN ~ Mar 14, 2019

Divisions emerge over House drug price bills
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Mar 13, 2019

Congress revives carried interest debate
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Mar 14, 2019

'Stop Rx Greed' Campaign Calls On Washington To Cut Drug Prices
From Robin Seaton Jefferson; Forbes ~ Mar 13, 2019

Gluten, lactose in drugs? Study raises questions about risk
By Lauran Neergaard; The Associated Press ~ Mar 13, 2019

If Trump Administration Converts Medicaid Into Block Grants As Proposed In Budget, Dems Warn That Plan Will Face Firestorm Of Opposition
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 13, 2019

Democrats support expanding Medicare, with some caveats that could matter to voters
By Amanda Becker & Ginger Gibson; Reuters ~ Mar 13, 2019

How To Zero In On Your Final, Forever Home While Skirting Disaster
By Janice Lloyd; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 13, 2019

New Generic Blood Pressure Drug Is Approved to Relieve Shortages
By Denise Grady; The New York Times ~ Mar 12, 2019

Raising Social Security Benefits For Widows Possible Says Influential Republican
From Ted Knutson; Forbes ~ Mar 13, 2019

Making Markets Work For Pharmaceuticals
From Craig Garthwaite; Forbes ~ Mar 12, 2019

As Democrats Push To Build Up Medicare, Trump’s Budget Slashes Funding, Setting Up Ideological Showdown For The Parties
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 12, 2019

Will Washington finally do something about high drug prices?
From Shelley Lyford; The Hill ~ Mar 12, 2019

Analysis: Just a tenth of Trump's proposed Medicare cuts directly affect seniors
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Mar 12, 2019

Trump’s cuts to Medicare hospital payments trigger an outcry
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Catherine Lucey; The Associated Press ~ Mar 12, 2019

Congressional Drive For Social Security Fix Faces GOP Tax Roadblock
From Ted Knutson; Forbes ~ Mar 12, 2019>

In Dems’ ‘Medicare for All’ battle cry, GOP sees ’20 weapon
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Mar 11, 2019

Why Medicare for some is the wrong idea
From Diane Archer, ; The Hill ~ Mar 11, 2019

Medical Technology Industry Pushes For Permanent End To Device Tax
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Mar 11, 2019

How Trump would cut Medicare by $818B in a decade
By Kimberly Leonard; The Washington Examiner ~ Mar 11, 2019

Opinion: The Bad, The Ugly, And The Good Of Long-Term Care
From Ed Siddell; Forbes ~ Mar 11, 2019

Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused By Scores Of Medical Devices
By Christina Jewett; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 11, 2019

Survey: Older adults more likely to be drawn to short-term plans
By Jacqueline Renfrow; FierceHealthcare ~ Mar 09, 2019

HHS to divert up to $385M from health programs to shelter migrant children
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Mar 08, 2019

Why Some Phone Scams Work: When Robocalls Get Through
From Brooke Crothers; Forbes ~ Mar 09, 2019

Trump Administration May Take Steps To Force Hospitals To Disclose Actual Costs Of Care For First Time
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 08, 2019

House panel hears ideas for solving ‘urgent’ multiemployer crisis
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Mar 08, 2019

Taxes 2019: How long should I keep my tax returns?
By Janna Herron; USA TODAY ~ Mar 07, 2019

U.S. Drug Prices, But Not Out-of-Pocket Costs, Are the World's Highest
By Erik Sherman; Fortune ~ Mar 08, 2019

Lawmakers United Against High Drug Prices Bare Partisan Teeth
By Rachel Bluth; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 07, 2019

Attorney General warns of twist to social security number phone scam
By Madasyn Czebiniak; The Tribune-Review ~ Mar 08, 2019

Administration Resurfaces Idea Of Interstate Insurance Sales–But There’s Been Little Appetite For The Policy In The Past
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 07, 2019

Opinion: Democrats' promise of Medicare for All is remarkably misguided and unrealistic
From John Merline; USA TODAY ~ Mar 07, 2019

IRS watchdog urges agency to provide more underpayment penalty relief
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Mar 07, 2019

Democrats seek to delay tax filing deadline
By Brittany De Lea; Fox Business ~ Mar 07, 2019

Trump Will Get Legislation On His Desk This Year To Lower Drug Prices Predicts, Sen. Susan Collins
From Ted Knutson; Forbes ~ Mar 07, 2019

Opinion: Top Judiciary Republican: Pharmacy middlemen hurting every day Americans
By Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.); The Hill ~ Mar 07, 2019

Trump Treasury Backtracks On Lump-Sum Pension Rules Meant To Protect Retirees
By Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Mar 07, 2019

Opinion: The Past And Future Of Health Care Reform: What The Polls Tell Us About Medicare For All
From Karlyn Bowman; Forbes ~ Mar 06, 2019

Gottlieb: Drug rebates not benefiting sicker patients
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Mar 06, 2019

People With Chronic Conditions Need Extra Care
From Yiannis Mouratidis; Forbes ~ Mar 06, 2019

Nursing Home Ratings: Who Can You Trust?
From Richard Eisenberg; Forbes ~ Mar 06, 2019

Retirement Benefits For Millions May Be Slashed WithoutPension Agency Reforms, Warns GAO
From Ted Knutson; Forbes ~ Mar 06, 2019

FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb to resign next month
By Susan Scutti, Jeremy Diamond, Debra Goldschmidt, CNN – March 5, 2019

The Health 202: Obamacare remains unaffordable for some. But Congress doesn't plan on fixing it.
By Paige Winfield Cunningham; The Washington Post ~ Mar 05, 2019

Over 100 House Dems Support Banning Private Health Insurance Plans
By Haris Alic; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Mar 05, 2019

Advice on salt, hidden in an array of foods, gets specific
The Associated Press ~ Mar 05, 2019

Dems offer legislation to tax financial transactions
By Naomi Jagoda ; The Hill ~ Mar 05, 2019

For older people who stay in their homes, help is needed but often is inadequate.
From Judith Graham; The ashington Post ~ Feb 24, 2019

Prescription Drug Pricing Hearing: Is The Senate Probing In The Wrong Place?
From Joshua Cohen; Forbes ~ Mar 04, 2019

Drug company announces new version of insulin at half the price
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Mar 04, 2019

Top White House official warns hospitals on surprise medical bills
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Mar 04, 2019

Big Pharma Gave Money To Patient Advocacy Groups Opposing Medicare Changes
By Sydney Lupkin, Elizabeth Lucas & Victoria Knight; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 04, 2019

Opinion: Doctors Lean Toward 'Medicare For Some'
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Mar 03, 2019

Opinion: Newsrooms that rushed to report tax refunds were smaller this year go silent on IRS data showing refunds have increased
From Becket Adams; The Washington Examiner ~ Mar 02, 2019

What You Should Know About Progressives’ Ambitious New Medicare for All Bill
By Sarah Jones; The Intelligencer ~ Mar 02, 2019

Medicare Trims Payments To 800 Hospitals, Citing Patient Safety Incidents
By Jordan Rau; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 01, 2019

Tax scammers are looking for you — here’s how to avoid them
By Paul Brandus; MarketWatch ~ Mar 02, 2019

A Closer Look At The Drug Rebate Proposal
From Grace-Marie Turner; Forbes ~ Mar 01, 2019

Schumer: Judge vote will test GOP’s commitment to protecting pre-existing conditions
By Alexander Bolton; The Hill ~ Mar 01, 2019

Public service programs at the heart of taxpayer empowerment
Via “Intuit”; The Washington Post ~ Mar 01, 2019

A Third Type of Carcinogen Was Found in Blood Pressure Medication, FDA Says
By Renae Reints; Fortune ~ Mar 01, 2019

Americans Ready To Crack Down On Drug Prices That Force Some To Skip Doses
By Jay Hancock; Kaiser Health News ~ Mar 01, 2019

Poll: Nearly 8 in 10 think prescription drug prices are 'unreasonable'
By Rachel Frazin; The Hill ~ Mar 01, 2019

Do you suppose Congress could investigate how health insurance got so expensive?
By Jazz Shaw; Hot Air ~ Mar 01, 2019