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2020 Medicare Part B Premiums Will Eat Into Social Security COLA

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on November 8 that the standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B will be $144.60 for 2020, an increase of $9.10 from $135.50 in 2019. This is a 7% increase for next year compared to the 1.6% Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2020 announced on October 10. The average increase for Social Security will be about $24 more each month.

CMS said the increase in the Part B premiums and deductible is largely due to rising spending on physician-administered drugs.

Since 2007, a beneficiary’s Part B monthly premium has been based on an individual’s or couple’s tax return income. These income-related monthly adjustment amounts (IRMAA) affect roughly 7% of people with Medicare Part B. Click here to view the 2020 Part B total premiums for high income beneficiaries.

CMS also announced Medicare Part A premiums and deductibles on November 8. Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital, skilled nursing facility and some home health care services. About 99% of Medicare beneficiaries do not have a Part A premium since they have at least 40 quarters of Medicare-covered employment.

The Medicare Part A inpatient hospital deductible that the other 1% of beneficiaries will pay when admitted to the hospital will be $1,408 in 2020, an increase of $44 from $1,364 in 2019. Click here if you want to review additional information on Medicare Part A.

A majority of the lobbying efforts of attendees at the NRLN’s September Fly-In to Washington, DC were for bills to lower the price of prescription drugs, including those that impact Medicare Part B and D, and for Social Security, including the small COLA increases.

Our continuing efforts to gain passage of bills to lower the price of prescription drugs addresses allowing Medicare to do competitive bidding, end pay-for-delay and other brand name drugmakers’ tactics that keep generic drugs off the market, and allow importation of safe and less expensive drugs from Canada.

We are supporting passage of H.R. 860 / S. 269, the Social Security 2100 Act which would ensure the solvency of the program for the next 75 years. In addition, it would change the annual COLA from the current CPI-W index pegged to urban wage earners’ living expenses to CPI-E (Elderly) based on older Americans’ spending patterns, including high medical costs.

If you did not respond to the NRLN’s Action Alerts on prescription drug prices and the Social Security 2100 Act when they were issued earlier this year, you can still email your letters to your U.S. Representative and Senators. Click here to access the NRLN’s Action Alert webpage and scroll down to these two specific Action Alert notices and click on the “TAKE ACTION” button.

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National Retiree Legislative Network


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A Wonderful Day to Share Our Blessings

While doing some reading for this Thanksgiving message, I came across a quote by Johnny Carson about Thanksgiving. Most Americans of my generation remember Johnny Carson as the comedian host of television’s The Tonight Show. When I was growing up in Omaha, Johnny’s first job after graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1949 was on an Omaha radio station.

Johnny is quoted, “Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover that once a year is way too often.”

That’s an example of Johnny’s humor. However, most of us observe Thanksgiving as a wonderful day to be with family and/or friends to share our blessings.

Rose and I are fortunate that our son, daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren live near us in the Dallas area. If you will be traveling to be with members of your family, may your journey be a safe one.

Because much of my time is devoted to dealing with Congress on retirement issues you might doubt that I can be thankful about the work I do in Washington, DC. While the extreme party politics is disturbing, there are many bills in the House and Senate we can be thankful for on retirement income security and healthcare that the NRLN has been advocating. The challenge is getting the bills enacted into law.

I’m also thankful for the dedicated staff and volunteers I work with who know the importance of gaining legislation to help make retirement years better.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving with family and/or friends or spend the holiday quietly on our own, let us be thankful for our men and women in the uniforms of our military, law officers and first responders. May our Thanksgiving prayers seek to heal the division in our nation. Pray for the Americans who have recently lost their homes to wildfires in California and other states and to the floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes earlier this year.

Have a great Thanksgiving.

Bill Kadereit, President
National Retiree Legislative Network

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FDA Approves Crizanlizumab: Here Is A New Drug For Sickle Cell Disease
From Bruce Y. Lee; Forbes ~ Nov 17, 2019

Democrats seize on report of FedEx's $0 tax bill to slam Trump's tax plan
By Aris Folley; The Hill ~ Nov 17, 2019

White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Nov 17, 2019

Surgery for Blocked Arteries Is Often Unwarranted, Researchers Find
By Gina Kolata; The New York Times ~ Nov 16, 2019

Watch Out For This Combo Scam
From John F. Wasik; Forbes ~ Nov 16, 2019

How To Lower Taxes When Tapping Retirement Funds
From Larry Light; Forbes ~ Nov 15, 2019

Trump promises 'major middle-income tax cut' with GOP majority
By Nihal Krishan; The Washington Examiner ~ Nov 15, 2019

Nobel Prize-Winning Economist on How to Solve the ‘Nastiest, Hardest Problem’ in Retirement
By Sarah Max; Barron’s ~ Nov 15, 2019

Amazon rolls out 'Amazon Pharmacy' branding to PillPack
By Ahiza Garcia; CNN Business ~ Nov 15, 2019

White House Unveils Finalized Health Care Price Transparency Rule
By Julie Appleby; Kaiser Health News ~ Nov 15, 2019

Americans to Companies: We Don’t Trust You With Our Personal Data
By Danielle Abril; Fortune ~ Nov 15, 2019

Health Law Sign-Ups Drop 20% As Constitutionality Decision Looms, But Experts Point To Marketplace’s Past Resiliency
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Nov 14, 2019

Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Nov 14, 2019

Trump Wants To Demand U.S. Pays Lowest Price For Drugs Out Of Developed Countries, Azar Says
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Nov 14, 2019

Opinion: What Happens If Your Parents Outlive Their Resources?
From Liz Frazier; Forbes ~ Nov 14, 2019

Early sign-ups trail last year
By Shelby Livingston; Modern Healthcare ~ Nov 13, 2019

Congress can either vote with the people or with the pharmaceutical corporations
From Alex Lawson & Sean McElwee; The Hill ~ Nov 13, 2019

Apple Watch detects irregular heartbeats in U.S. study
By Julie Steenhuysen; Reuters ~ Nov 13, 2019

Schumer blocks drug pricing measure during Senate fight, seeking larger action
By Peter Sullivan ; The Hill ~ Nov 13, 2019

Pelosi aide hopeful White House will support drug-pricing bill despite criticism
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Nov 13, 2019

Surprise billing fight highlights hurdles for bolder health care changes
By Mary Ellen McIntire; Roll Call ~ Nov 13, 2019

Trump advisers consider cutting middle-class taxes by this much: Report
By Brittany De Lea; Fox Business ~ Nov 12, 2019

Poll: 1 in 5 US adults report trouble affording prescription drugs
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Nov 12, 2019

Rising Medicare prices will shrink Social Security inflation adjustment next year
From Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Nov 12, 2019

Why Retirees Are Afraid To Spend Their Kitty
From John F. Wasik; Forbes ~ Nov 11, 2019

Google has collected health data on millions of Americans through new partnership: report
By Justine Coleman; The Hill ~ Nov 11, 2019

Voters Say Congress Needs To Curb Drug Prices, But Are Lawmakers Listening?
By Emmarie Huetteman; Kaiser Health News ~ Nov 11, 2019

SECURE Act passage hopes fade as Congress hesitates
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Nov 11, 2019

Déjà vu all over again: Health-care spending back on the rise
From Carrie Colla & Jonathan Skinner; The Hill ~ Nov 10, 2019

The biggest bull market ever — yet disaster looms for millions of retirees
From Paul Brandus; MarketWatch ~ Nov 09, 2019

Retirement in Brief: The Latest News and Research
By Brian Hershberg; Barron’s ~ Nov 09, 2019

Employers Call on Congress to Take Action on Drug Prices as the Cost of Providing Coverage Grows
By “Staff”; The Center for Biosimilars ~ Nov 08, 2019

White House says Pelosi plan to lower drug prices 'unworkable'
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Nov 08, 2019

Progressive House Democrat unveils bill to allow state-based 'Medicare for All'
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Nov 08, 2019

Medicare’s outpatient ‘Part B’ premium going up to $144.60
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Nov 08, 2019

A Retirement Community That Comes to You
By Paula Span; The New York Times ~ Nov 08, 2019

GM sells Lordstown complex to electric-vehicle start-up Lordstown Motors
By Kalea Hall; The Detroit News ~ Nov 07, 2019

Doctors not talking enough about cancer genetic testing costs
By Carolyn Crist; Reuters ~ Nov 07, 2019

Scams heat up during Medicare open enrollment
By Susan Tompor; Detroit Free Press ~ Nov 07, 2019

Retirement bill blocked in Senate amid fight over amendments
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Nov 07, 2019

Latest Senate attempt to move on SECURE Act fails
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Nov 07, 2019

4 Ways To Improve Your Estate Plan
From Jamie Hopkins; Forbes ~ Nov 06, 2019

Tips to Ease Family Inheritance Tensions
By Kerry Hannon; The New York Times ~ Nov 06, 2019

IRS Announces Higher Estate And Gift Tax Limits For 2020
By Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Nov 06, 2019

How to Make Sure Your Assets Don’t Go Unclaimed. Careful documentation and communication with loved ones are key.
By Mark A. Stein; The New York Times ~ Nov 06, 2019

Here are your new income tax brackets for 2020
By Alicia Adamczyk; CNBC ~ Nov 06, 2019

Analysis/Opinion: What to do about prescription drug prices
From Matthew Kandrach; The Washington Times ~ Nov 06, 2019

Prescription Drug Costs A Main Culprit In Medicare Beneficiaries’ Financial Hardships, Report Finds
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Nov 05, 2019

Insurance companies, groups urge quick Senate action on House-passed retirement bill
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Nov 05, 2019

Will The Maximum Social Security Benefit Increase In 2020?
From David Rae; Forbes ~ Nov 05, 2019

Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan
From Max Richtman; The Hill ~ Nov 05, 2019

White House and Pelosi part ways on relief for drug prices
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Nov 05, 2019

Many on Medicare Face Crippling Medical Bills
By Amy Norton, HealthDay; WebMD ~ Nov 04, 2019

PBGC fund could be tapped for multiemployer bailout
By Julie Tatge; Pensions & Investments ~ Nov 05, 2019

Canadian ambassador tells White House drug import plan unworkable, not enough supplies
By Robert King; FierceHealthcare ~ Nov 04, 2019

Health Law Site May Be Sleeker Than Ever, But Signing Up For Coverage Can Still Overwhelm. Here Are Some Tips.
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Nov 04, 2019

1 in 2 seriously ill Medicare enrollees struggles with bills
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Nov 04, 2019

Be on high alert for scams during Medicare open enrollment
By Sarah O’Brien; CNBC ~ Nov 04, 2019

U.S. Sponsors Of Health Insurance Lack Evidence-Based Transparency In Formulary Decisions
From Joshua Cohen; Forbes ~ Nov 03, 2019

Sell a house? Cash in an IRA? You may be hit with a surcharge on Medicare premiums
Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle – Nov 2, 2019

4 Costly Tax Mistakes to Avoid
By Christy Bieber; The Motley Fool ~ Nov 03, 2019

Retiree Taxes: Pitfalls, Overlooked Deductions, Social Security Withholding
By Daisy Maxey; Barron’s ~ Nov 02, 2019

Opinion: Innovative Drugs Save Lives Only if People Can Afford Them
From The Editorial Board; The New York Times ~ Nov 02, 2019

Opinion: An easy way to reduce wealth inequality — but Democrats won't like it
From Merrill Matthews; The Hill ~ Nov 01, 2019

Power Cutoffs And Protecting Aging Parents Living Alone
From Carolyn Rosenblatt; Forbes ~ Nov 01, 2019

Don’t Let Medicare’s Complexity Scare You Off From Updating Your Coverage. Here Are Some Tips To Navigate System.
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Nov 01, 2019

Taking Advantage Of The HSA Loophole
From David Kudla; Forbes ~ Nov 01, 2019

Why It’s Important To Stay Social In Retirement And How To Do It
From Rob Pascale; Forbes ~ Oct 31, 2019

Health Law Markets Stable As Enrollment Set To Open, But Anticipated Court Decision Could Create Rough Waters Ahead
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 31, 2019

More Americans are leaving their money in 401(k) plans after retirement — should you?
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Oct 31, 2019

Medicare open enrollment 2020: Skipping this step, or rushing through, could cost you
By Aimee Picchi; USA TODAY ~ Oct 31, 2019

Senate blocks effort to roll back Trump administration's ObamaCare rule
By Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Oct 30, 2019

House Democrats clash over Pelosi's drug pricing bill
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Oct 30, 2019

'It's a far broader problem.' More tainted blood pressure medicines may be added to carcinogens lawsuit
By Ken Alltucker; USA TODAY ~ Oct 30, 2019

Can we afford more unintended consequences?
By Caren Gallaher; The Hill ~ Oct 30, 2019

Congress doesn't need to pause, it needs to act and strengthen Social Security
From Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) & Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) ; The Hill ~ Oct 30, 2019

Dementia impacts women more and new approaches are needed
From Nora Super; The Hill ~ Oct 29, 2019

Employers Are Scaling Back Their Dependence On High-Deductible Health Plans
By Michelle Andrews; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 29, 2019

Analysis / Opinion: Getting skyrocketing drug prices back down to earth
From Peter Morici; The Washington Times ~ Oct 29, 2019

Medicare would cover dental and vision if these bills pass Congress
By Sarah O’Brien; CNBC ~ Oct 28, 2019

The Special Challenges Of Nearly 11 Million Seniors Who Live In Rural Communities
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Oct 28, 2019

Senate Democrats to vote this week to overturn Trump ObamaCare moves
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Oct 28, 2019

Opinion: Another Chinese threat to our national security: Prescription drugs
From Tom Jurowsky, ; The Hill ~ Oct 28, 2019

Both Democrats And Republicans Were Eager For A Bipartisan Win On Drug Prices. But Then Reality Got In The Way.
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 28, 2019

Opinion: The real horror this Halloween is the FDA's drug approval process
From Christina Herrin; The Hill ~ Oct 27, 2019

Vulnerable Republicans balk at Trump-backed drug pricing bill
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Oct 26, 2019

Pelosi's office working to kill progressive change to drug pricing bill
By Sarah Karlin-Smith & Adam Cancryn; Politico ~ Oct 26, 2019

Medigap FAQs: Answers to Your Questions on Plan F Closure
By Gail MarksJarvis; Barron’s ~ Oct 26, 2019

Opinion: Americans Deserve Better Than Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Drug Pricing Plan
From Scott Walker; TIME ~ Oct 22, 2019

Opinion: Trump Administration Is Right to Eye Free-Market Health Plan Finders
From Joel White; The Daily Signal ~ Oct 25, 2019

Opinion: The Key Decision In Medicare Open Enrollment Season
From Bob Carlson; Forbes ~ Oct 25, 2019

What Broke American Health Care And How To Fix It
From Richard Eisenberg; Forbes ~ Oct 25, 2019

US officials predict shortages of critical hospital supplies
By Matthew Perrone; The Associated Press ~ Oct 25, 2019

Opinion: A New Generation
From Grace-Marie Turner; Forbes ~ Oct 25, 2019

Verma Dodges Pointed Questions From Dems About ACA Contingency Plan,
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 24, 2019

Consider a side of insurance with your health insurance
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Oct 23, 2019

Obamacare plan rates to fall in 2020 for second time under Trump
By Mary Ellen McIntire; Roll Call ~ Oct 23, 2019

Opinion: We should scrap Medicare site neutrality
From David Introcaso; The Hill ~ Oct 23, 2019

FDA Approves Record Number of Generic Drugs, But Do They Help Lower Drug Prices?
By Kate Patrick; InsideSources ~ Oct 23, 2019

Tips for getting your Medicare drug coverage right during open enrollment
By Sarah O’Brien; CNBC ~ Oct 23, 2019

House progressives to push for floor amendments on Pelosi drug price bill
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Oct 22, 2019

More choices and stable premiums for ‘Obamacare’ next year
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Oct 22, 2019

Drug companies spend millions on lobbying as Congress tries to rein in high drug prices
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Oct 22, 2019

Languishing Medicare diabetes program frustrates providers
By Darius Tahir; Politico ~ Oct 22, 2019

Medicare’s Denial Of Coverage To Kidney Patients Could Be Just The Beginning
From Wayne Winegarden; Forbes ~ Oct 22, 2019

Republicans Have A Health Plan — Finally!
Fromy John C. Goodman; Forbes ~ Oct 22, 2019

Social Security has 'cheated' seniors out of $15,258 over the past decade
By Sean Williams, TMF; USA TODAY ~ Oct 22, 2019

Private equity-funded doctors coalition spends $4 million lobbying on 'surprise' medical billing
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Oct 21, 2019

How GE Shafted Its Retirees
From John Mauldin; Forbes ~ Oct 21, 2019

Opinion: The Case Against Amalgam Fillings
By Dr. Nammy Patel; Forbes ~ Oct 21, 2019

Opinion: Social Security Expansion Hits Speed Bumps
From Andrew Biggs; Forbes ~ Oct 21, 2019

Supporting a patient-focused solution for surprise medical billing
From John Rother; The Hill ~ Oct 20, 2019

7 Changes to Social Security in 2020
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Oct 20, 2019

Don’t Let Painful Joints Make You Sedentary
From Kristen Gerencher; The Hill ~ Oct 19, 2019

Are Your 2020 Social Security Taxes Going Up?
By Dan Caplinger; The Motley Fool ~ Oct 19, 2019

Opinion: CMS policy shouldn't penalize those with rare disease
From Josh Mailman; The Hill ~ Oct 18, 2019

Despite Intense Scrutiny, Doctors Still Receiving Astronomical Sums From Drug and Medical Device Companies
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 18, 2019

Medigap Plan F Will Soon End. Here’s How That Changes Retirees’ Costs.
By Gail MarksJarvis; Barron’s ~ Oct 18, 2019

In Pricing Plan, House Dems Bump Up Minimum Number Of Drugs To Be Negotiated In Effort To Woo Progressives
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 17, 2019

Opinion: Now Is The Time To Vote On Expanding Social Security
From Nancy Altman; Forbes ~ Oct 17, 2019

Pelosi moves on drug prices despite falling out with Trump
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Oct 17, 2019

Opinion: These Social Security plans could help solve America's retirement crisis
From Monique Morrissey; CNN Business ~ Oct 17, 2019

How to reform Social Security for future generations of Americans
From Jacob Lew, Henry Aaron, Kenneth Apfel &Robert Reischauer; The Hill ~ Oct 17, 2019

7 Republican senators urge passage of SECURE Act
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Oct 16, 2019

Senate Democrats turn up pressure for multiemployer reform
By Hazel Bradford Pensions & Investments ~ Oct 16, 2019

Report: Prescription Drug Prices Climb Nearly 26% in 3 Years
By Jennifer Nessel; Pharmacy Times ~ Oct 15, 2019

Legislation proposes new PBGC funding source from QPAM fees
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Oct 15, 2019

Caregivers Of Medicare Patients: What To Know Before A Hospital Discharge
From Donna Pols Trump, NA; Forbes ~ Oct 15, 2019

CBO says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's drug pricing plan saves Medicare $345 billion over decade
By Berkeley Lovelace Jr, CNBC – Oct 14, 2019

California’s New Transparency Law Reveals Steep Rise In Wholesale Drug Prices
By Barbara Feder Ostrov & Harriet Blair Rowan; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 14, 2019

GE joins corporate brethren in trend to put DB plan in the rearview mirror
By James Comtois; Pensions & Investments ~ Oct 14, 2019

Opinion: America's workers and small business owners need the SECURE Act
From John Carter; The Hill ~ Oct 14, 2019

Opinion: Caution for Democrats: Voters care more about drug pricing than impeaching Trump
From Douglas Schoen; The Hill ~ Oct 13, 2019

How Will The Medicare Part D Benefit Change Under Current Law and Leading Proposals?
By Juliette Cubanski & Tricia Neuman; Kaiser Family Foundation ~ Oct 11, 2019

Opinion: What Your Long Term Care Insurance Won't Cover And How To Prepare For It
From John E. Girouard; Forbes ~ Oct 14, 2019

Congress Takes Aim at a Social Security Benefit Killer
By Dan Caplinger; The Motley Fool ~ Oct 14, 2019

There’s a New Tax Form for Seniors. Here’s How to Use It.
By Daisy Maxey; Barron’s ~ Oct 12, 2019

CBO: Pelosi bill to lower drug prices saves Medicare $345 billion
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Oct 11, 2019

Congress must get pharma out of NAFTA 2.0
From Alex Lawson & Linda Benesch; The Hill ~ Oct 11, 2019

PhRMA CEO warns Pelosi bill to lower drug prices would be 'devastating' for industry
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Oct 10, 2019

Already in trouble, corporate pension plans are doomed by low interest rates
By Allison Schrager; Quartz ~ Oct 10, 2019

Social Security Is Letting Millennials Down
From John Mauldin; Forbes ~ Oct 10, 2019

Social Security’s 2020 Cost-of-Living Bump: 1.6%
By Nick Fortuna; Barron’s ~ Oct 10, 2019

Antiquated Medicare Fraud Rules Eyed for Overhaul
By Jack Rodgers; Courthouse News Service ~ Oct 09, 2019

Medicare Fraudsters Now Tap Telemedicine In Medical Equipment Scams
By Victoria Knight; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 09, 2019

Shopping For Medicare? What To Know About The New Plan Finder
From Fred Riccardi, NA; Forbes ~ Oct 09, 2019

CMS Wants To Make It Easier For Consumers To Find Out If Nursing Homes Have Been Penalized For Abuse, Neglect
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 08, 2019

AT&T called out in ERISA suit over early retirement benefits
By Robert Steyer; Pensions & Investments ~ Oct 08, 2019

Drug price hikes cost US billions, report finds
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Oct 08, 2019

As Medicare Enrollment Nears, Popular Price Comparison Tool Is Missing
By Susan Jaffe; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 08, 2019

4 reasons the corporate pension is on its deathbed
By Nathan Bomey; USA TODAY ~ Oct 07, 2019

Trump’s New Order For Medicare Packs Potential Rise In Patients’ Costs
By Julie Appleby; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 07, 2019

GE to freeze, pre-pay pensions to save up to $8 billion, cut debt
By Alwyn Scott & Ankit Ajmera; Reuters ~ Oct 07, 2019

Column: The biggest bull market ever — yet disaster looms for millions of retirees
From Paul Brandus; MarketWatch ~ Oct 05, 2019

Will $1 million be enough in retirement? It depends
By Annie Nova; CNBC ~ Oct 04, 2019

Common Retiree Scams, and How to Avoid or Respond to Them
By Cheryl Winokur Munk; Barron’s ~ Oct 05, 2019

Trump administration Medicare official: Sanders and Warren's 'socialist experiments' won't work for seniors
By Julia Musto; Fox News ~ Oct 04, 2019

Humana's chief strategy officer: Insurance giant is shifting to be a healthcare company
By Heather Landi; FierceHealthcare ~ Oct 03, 2019

Financial Scams Targeting the Elderly Are Rising. Advisors Offer Precautions.
By Steve Garmhausen; Barron’s ~ Oct 03, 2019

New Medicare rule is a step forward on price transparency, but more is needed
From George A. Nation III; The Hill ~ Oct 03, 2019

Few employers ‘very confident’ in workers’ retirement security – survey
By Rob Kozlowski; Pensions & Investments ~ Oct 03, 2019

Is Congress too afraid to fight Big Pharma?
From Dr. Sanjeev Sriram; The Hill ~ Oct 04, 2019

Medicare Shopping Season Is Almost Here
By Mark Miller; The New York Times ~ Oct 04, 2019

Trump attacks 'Medicare for All' in Florida, accuses Dems of wanting to fund 'socialism'
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Oct 03, 2019

Trump cites his support for Medicare, slams Medicare for All
By Kevin Freking & Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Oct 03, 2019

What Trump’s Executive Order Means for Healthcare
By Andrew Hirschfeld; Fortune ~ Oct 03, 2019

Urging Doctors and Health Systems To Recognize The Importance Of Social Supports To Patients
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Oct 02, 2019

Commentary: Americans Spent More on Taxes in 2018 Than on Food, Clothing and Health Care Combined
From Terence P. Jeffrey; CNS News ~ Oct 02, 2019

Opinion: Pelosi's prescription drug 'negotiations' would harm Americans and benefit China, Russia
From Kent Kaiser; The Hill ~ Oct 01, 2019

New Round of Medicare Readmission Penalties Hits 2,583 Hospitals
By Jordan Rau; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 01, 2019

Medicare’s ACO Program, Which Offers Doctors, Hospitals Rewards For Better Care, Saved $740M Last Year
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Oct 01, 2019