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NRLN Launches 2020 Video Series

Because Americans receive so much of their news on TV, the NRLN has launched a 2020 video series that is posted on the NRLN website at and on I’m the NRLN on-camera person, at least for the initial series of videos.

Probably most of our members remember Walter Cronkite, the CBS Evening News anchorman from 1962-1981. Don’t expect that smooth delivery from me. Since the NRLN is frugal with our member’s contribution dollars, in my garage I painted a blue screen background for the projected images, but that didn’t work so I had to buy a regulation size green screen and lighting, and used my son’s camera for the video.

The first video is ready for you to view. If you care to make comments or have questions, click I talk about the purpose of the NRLN, provide information that is available on our website and discuss and show the website’s primary navigation icons, such as signing up to receive NRLN emails and responding to our Action Alerts.

Near the end of the video, I provide a look ahead on what will be coming in our video series. Next will be a four-part provocative series on the privatization of Medicare. After that, we will tackle Prescription Drug pricing, Social Security and other subjects.

I close the video by talking about the American Retirees Education Foundation, the NRLN’s research and education partner. We encourage feedback and comments. In fact, we will soon unveil a podcast where we hope to discuss new information and dialogue about member concerns and answer questions involving retiree benefits and the need for better representation and effective legislation from our elected members of congress and the executive branch.

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The Medicare Part D Drug Plan Donut Hole Is Closed, What Does That Mean?

From Diane Omdahl; Forbes ~ Jan 21, 2020

Just about every Medicare beneficiary has heard about the donut hole in a Medicare Part D drug plan. Many will admit they don’t understand it but they all know it means drugs will cost more.

Now, they’ve heard that the donut hole closed on January 1, 2020. They are ecstatic because they believe their drugs will be free. And, once again, it’s likely they don’t understand what’s happening.

The donut hole is closed, but drugs won’t be free! Click here to read the entire article that has important information.


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House Democrats to spend $1M on ads targeting GOP on drug pricing
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jan 27, 2020

WebMD ONE Senior: A Well-Being Solution for Today’s Seniors
Via “WebMD Health Services”; FierceHealthcare ~ Jan 27, 2020

Three Healthcare Trends To Watch In 2020
By Scott Nelson; Forbes ~ Jan 27, 2020

Opinion: It’s Been 10 Years Since The ACA Passed – What’s Been The Impact
From Rita Numerof; Forbes ~ Jan 27, 2020

18 Ways to Reduce Your Taxes
By Selena Maranjian; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 26, 2020

Opinion: How I Finally Learned To Stop Bleeding Money In Retirement
From Louise Nayer, NA; Forbes ~ Jan 26, 2020

Answers to Your Questions on Social Security and Retirement Coaches
By Nick Fortuna; Barron’s ~ Jan 26, 2020

Opinion: Trump’s dispute with Azar gives new life to drug pricing
By Sarah Karlin-Smith & Adam Cancryn; Politico ~ Jan 24, 2020

IRS: Don’t Rush To Take 2020 IRA RMDs, You Might Not Have To
By Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Jan 24, 2020

GE Health Stations and Servers Vulnerable to Cyberattack, FDA Warns
By Riley Griffin; Bloomberg ~ Jan 23, 2020

Trump Vows To Protect Social Security A Day After Hinting He Would Be Open To Cutting Entitlement Programs
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 24, 2020

Opinion: 2020 Election: Social Security Needs To Be Addressed
From Bob Blancato, NA; Forbes ~ Jan 24, 2020

Major Insurers Pledge $55 Million to Try to Lower Generic Drug Prices
By Katie Thomas; The New York Times ~ Jan 23, 2020

Patients Want A ‘Good Death’ At Home, But Hospice Care Can Badly Strain Families
By Blake Farmer; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 23, 2020

Opinion: Four Important Healthcare Questions For Retirees
From Joe Catanzarite; Forbes ~ Jan 23, 2020

Congress has welcome news for Americans saving for retirement
By Kent Conrad & James Lockhart; The Hill ~ Jan 23, 2020

Opinion: Who Stole My Pension? Book Provides Action Plan To Stop Pension Looting
From Edward Siedle; Forbes ~ Jan 23, 2020

Trump Suggests He May Be Open to Entitlement Cuts in Future
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Aamer Madhani, AP – Jan 22, 2020

Supreme Court Denies Request To Fast-Track Health Law Case Giving GOP Breathing Room Before Elections
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 22, 2020

Congress Should Not Forgo Suburban America’s Issues Amid Impeachment
From Sarah Chamberlain; Forbes ~ Jan 22, 2020

Trump Furiously Lashes Out At HHS Secretary About Not Doing Enough On Drug Prices, Health Care Issues
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 21, 2020

Opinion: The Medicare Part D Drug Plan Donut Hole Is Closed, What Does That Mean?
From Diane Omdahl; Forbes ~ Jan 21, 2020

Health System Is ‘Ill And Needs A Bold New Prescription,’ Major Doctor Group Says In Call For Single-Payer Model
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 21, 2020

Opinion: Why Inherited IRA Wealth Is Now Less “SECURE” And What To Do About It
From Alan Gassman; Forbes ~ Jan 20, 2020

Opinion: 2020 Due Dates For Tax Forms Like Your W-2 & 1099 - And What To Do If They’re Missing
From Kelly Phillips Erb; Forbes ~ Jan 18, 2020

Conservative groups aim to sink bipartisan fix to 'surprise' medical bills
By Jessie Hellmann & Jonathan Easley; The Hill ~ Jan 19, 2020

The SECURE Act’s Major Changes That Impact Your 401(k) Plan: What To Know Now
From Brian Menickella; Forbes ~ Jan 17, 2020

After Stretch IRAs, What Retirement Breaks Could Congress Chop Next?
By Laura Saunders, Wall Street Journal, Jan 17, 2020

Opinion: 8 easy ways to keep your brain young — and improve your life
From Sabina Brennan; MarketWatch ~ Jan 18, 2020

Trump berates Azar over bad health care polling
By Nancy Cook, Dan Diamond & Adam Cancryn ; Politico ~ Jan 17, 2020

Opinion: Punishing pharmacy benefit managers won't reduce prescription drug prices
From Eric Schlecht; The Hill ~ Jan 18, 2020

Chose the Wrong Medicare Plan for 2020? Relief May Be Available
By Maurie Backman; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 18, 2020

Social Security Scammers Are Trying a New Trick
By Maurie Backman; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 18, 2020

Employers’ Dream Of Controlling Health Costs Turns To Workers’ Sleep
By Phil Galewitz; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 17, 2020

What The 2020s Have In Store For Aging Boomers
By Judith Graham; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 16, 2020

Opinion: Five big changes coming to health care in 2020
From Harry Greenspun & David Burik; MarketWatch ~ Jan 16, 2020

Do You Know How To Choose A Financial Advisor?
From Laura Stover Brand Contributor

Not getting the flu shot 'just not smart,' experts say
By Brian P. Dunleavy; United Press International ~ Jan 15, 2020

U.S. Prices For Healthcare Services Far Outpace Peer Nations
From Joshua Cohen; Forbes ~ Jan 15, 2020

Opinion: Does Medicare Pay For Long-Term Care? Don’t Make A Big Mistake!
From Diane Omdahl; Forbes ~ Jan 14, 2020

PBGC approves first post-MPRA multiemployer plan merger
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Jan 14, 2020

Everyone should be worried about Social Security and 401(k) plans — including the presidential candidates
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Jan 14, 2020

The Price of 500 Prescription Drugs Have Gone Up This Year: What to Know
Via “Health News”; Healthline ~ Jan 13, 2020

The Boldest Healthcare Prediction For 2020: Business As Usual
From Robert Pearl, M.D. ; Forbes ~ Jan 13, 2020

Trump Administration Working On Plan To Tighten Eligibility Requirements For Disability Benefits With Focus On Age
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 13, 2020

The Secure Act Isn’t Only About Retirement
Via “Advisor News”; Barron’s ~ Jan 13, 2020

Supreme Court mulls fiduciary case for overfunded DB plan
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Jan 13, 2020

Underfunded IRS struggles to send refunds, answer calls
By Sarah Skidmore Sell; The Associated Press ~ Jan 08, 2020

New Rules for Stretch IRAs and RMDs Have Raised Many Questions. Barron’s Found Answers.
By Carleton English; Barron’s ~ Jan 12, 2020

Cognitive Decline Shouldn’t Derail Retirement Planning. Here Are Some Tips to Prepare Your Finances.
By Cheryl Winokur Munk; Barron’s ~ Jan 11, 2020

Community Pharmacy Cheers SCOTUS Decision to Rule on States’ Authority to Regulate PBMs
National Community Pharmacists Association Press Release – Jan 10, 2020

Opinion: 3 Reasons to Never Try Detox Products
From Sophie Medlin; Forbes ~ Jan 10, 2020

High-Deductible Plans Jeopardize Financial Health Of Patients And Rural Hospitals
By Markian Hawryluk; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 10, 2020

Trump Administration Says Obamacare Lawsuit Can Wait Until After the Election
By Margot Sanger-Katz; The New York Times ~ Jan 10, 2020

3 Medicare Mistakes to Avoid in 2020
By Maurie Backman; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 10, 2020

How to File Your State and Federal Taxes for Free in 2020
By Kristen Doerer & Justin Elliott; ProPublica ~ Jan 10, 2020

Opinion: Lies, Damn Lies, And Drug Price Increases
From Wayne Winegarden; Forbes ~ Jan 09, 2020

Strategy Of Targeting Hard-To-Treat Patients Held Incredible Promise For Cutting Costs. Then Came The Data.
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 09, 2020

Here’s how much it may cost to retire in each state in America
By Catey Hill; MarketWatch ~ Jan 09, 2020

Group Aligned With GOP House Leadership To Pump $4M Into Fighting Pelosi’s Drug Pricing Bill
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 08, 2020

Opinion: Reducing Drug Costs Is More Than Slashing Prices
From Dan Mendelson; Forbes ~ Jan 08, 2020

The Secure Act’s New Rules Are Causing a Lot of Confusion. We Answered Your Most Frequent Questions.
By Reshma Kapadia; Barron’s ~ Jan 08, 2020

Lawmakers Face Ever-Narrowing Window To Work On Big-Ticket Health Issues Before 2020 Election Politics Kick In
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 07, 2020

How non-compete clauses shackle physicians and hurt patients
From AnneMarie Schieber; The Hill ~ Jan 07, 2020

Even In First Year Without Individual Mandate, Health Law Marketplaces Were Stable And Profitable, Analysis Finds
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 07, 2020

SEC exams to prioritize retirement savers, market infrastructure
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Jan 07, 2020

When The Cost For Care Is Too High Even For Those Who Have Coverage, Patients End Up Gambling With Their Health
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 06, 2020

Many older Americans skeptical of online reviews of doctors
By “HealthDay News”; United Press International ~ Jan 06, 2020

More than a third of U.S. healthcare costs go to bureaucracy
By Linda Carroll; Reuters ~ Jan 06, 2020

Opinion: Getting On The Right Side Of The New Retirement Rules
From Cyrus Purnell; Forbes ~ Jan 06, 2020

2020 Social Security Changes: Everything You Need to Know
By Dan Caplinger; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 04, 2020

Annual Ritual Of Drug Price Increases To Get More Political Scrutiny In 2020
From Joshua Cohen; Forbes ~ Jan 04, 2020

Here Are the 3 Biggest Mistakes Retirees Make, and How to Avoid Them
By Debbie Carlson; Barron’s ~ Jan 04, 2020

Trump's efforts to make medical prices transparent are good for America
From Theo Merkel; CNN Business ~ Jan 03, 2020

The 2020 Health Care Fights Brewing On Capitol Hill: Surprise Medical Bills, Health Law’s Future, Vaping And More
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 02, 2020

Opinion: What Makes Fixing Multiemployer Pension Plans So Hard: The Discount Rate - Plus, A Compromise Proposal
From Elizabeth Bauer; Forbes ~ Jan 02, 2020

Opinion: Money Can’t Buy You Health: Disconnection In U.S. Between Healthcare Spending And Population Health
From Joshua Cohen; Forbes ~ Jan 02, 2020

Opinion: Somebody Stopped Paying Their Social Security Taxes Today
From Teresa Ghilarducci; Forbes ~ Jan 01, 2020

A Decade Marked By Outrage Over Drug Prices
By Sydney Lupkin; NPR ~ Dec 31, 2019

Here’s what you need to know about your 2020 Medicare costs
By Sarah O’Brien; CNBC ~ Dec 30, 2019

6 Ways The SECURE Act May Impact Your Retirement
From Jamie Hopkins: Forbes ~ Dec 31, 2019

The Hidden Drug Epidemic Among Older People
From Jane E. Brody: The New York Times ~ Dec 16, 2019

There is no free lunch — even in health care
From David Balat; The Hill ~ Dec 30, 2019

3 years in, no sign of Trump’s replacement for Obamacare
By Aamer Madhani & Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 30, 2019

Retirement savings, Social Security and Medicare: These are the changes coming in 2020
By Lorie Konish; CNBC ~ Dec 30, 2019

Understanding The Basics Of Social Security Benefits For Surviving Spouses
From Jamie Hopkins; Forbes ~ Dec 30, 2019

Opinion: SECURE Act: More Planning Ideas For You To Consider
From Martin Shenkman; Forbes ~ Dec 29, 2019

Long Term Care: Navigating The Decade Ahead
From William A. Haseltine; Forbes ~ Dec 27, 2019

What’s the Worst That Could Happen With My Phone Data? Our Journalists Answer Your Questions
The New York Times ~ Dec 26, 2019

You may have to give more personal data to get personal loan
By Annie Millerbernd; The Associated Press ~ Dec 26, 2019

Opinion: Inheriting a parent’s IRA or 401(k)? Here’s how the SECURE Act could create a disaster
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Dec 26, 2019

Opinion: Tax Law Changes: Good, Bad and Ugly
From John C. Goodman; Forbes ~ Dec 24, 2019

New Migraine Treatment Relieves Pain In As Little As 4 Hours
From Dana Dovey; Forbes ~ Dec 24, 2019

New Year Brings Old Challenges to Medicare: Cost, Quality, Value
By Tony Pugh; Bloomberg Law ~ Dec 24, 2019

Filing Your Taxes Early: What You Need To Know
From Robert Farrington; Forbes ~ Dec 23, 2019

Roth Conversions to Get SECURE Boost
By Cheryl Winokur Munk; Barron’s ~ Dec 24, 2019

SECURE Act moves to reality from long shot
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Dec 23, 2019

Legislation Curbing Drug Prices Was Supposed To Be One Of Few Bipartisan Wins This Year. Yet It Still Didn’t Happen.
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 23, 2019

Opinion: 3 Thoughts About Holiday Self-Care For Caregivers
From Jeff Bevis; Forbes ~ Dec 23, 2019

Government-Funded Day Care Helps Keep Seniors Out Of Nursing Homes And Hospitals
By Lori Basheda; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 23, 2019

We’re Getting Old, but We’re Not Doing Anything About It
From Susan Jacob: The New York Time ~ Dec 23, 2019y

How The SECURE Act Just Severely Limited Stretch IRAs
From Simon Moore; Forbes ~ Dec 22, 2019

Congress showers health care industry with multibillion-dollar victory after wagging finger at it for much of 2019
By Jeff Stein and Yasmeen Abutaleb, Washington Post – Dec 20, 2019

Trump, Social Security, and Santa Claus
By Brenton Smith, – Dec 20, 2019

Trump signs $1.4 trillion spending package, averting shutdown
By Niv Elis, The Hill – Dec 20, 2019

Pharma Still Reeling As House Passes Trade Deal Without Market Exclusivity Provision
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 20, 2019

In Aftermath Of Court Decision, Threat Of Political Headache For GOP Recedes As Fate Of Health Law Remains In Limbo
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 20, 2019

Obamacare sign-ups steady as debate persists over its future
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 20, 2019

In Defense Of Multi-Employer Pension Plans - Yes, Really
From Elizabeth Bauer; Forbes ~ Dec 20, 2019

Court ruling reignites ObamaCare fight for 2020
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Dec 19, 2019

Senate approves spending package with SECURE Act attached
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Dec 19, 2019

Will the federal government's nonstop spending binge continue?
From Maya MacGuineas; The Hill ~ Dec 18, 2019

Trump Administration Unveils Drafts To Create Dual Pathways Easing Way For Prescription Drug Importation
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 18, 2019

Court: Part of ‘Obamacare’ invalid, more review needed
By Rebecca Santana & Mark Sherman; The Associated Press ~ Dec 18, 2019

Opinion: Congress should seize the opportunity to clear the way for funding to protect seniors from financial exploitation
From Christopher W. Gerold; The Hill ~ Dec 18, 2019

Opinion: Why The SECURE Act Makes 2020 The Year Of Missed RMDs From IRAs
From Jamie Hopkins; Forbes ~ Dec 18, 2019

Surprising Swings In Momentum For Legislation On Surprise Medical Bills
By Rachel Bluth; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 17, 2019

Opinion: 5 Ways To Lower Your Medicare Premiums By New Years
From David Rae; Forbes ~ Dec 17, 2019

House OKs spending bill with SECURE Act attached
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Dec 17, 2019

YOUR MONEY - Don't die yet: new U.S. law will muddle estate plans
By Beth Pinsker; Reuters ~ Dec 17, 2019

Congress punts surprise billing and drug prices into 2020
By Kimberly Leonard; The Washington Examiner ~ Dec 16, 2019

SECURE Act attached to year-end spending bill
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Dec 16, 2019

Lawmakers pile on the spending in $1.4 trillion deal
By Niv Elis; The Hill ~ Dec 16, 2019

Declining numbers of Americans have a primary care provider
From Linda Carroll; Reuters ~ Dec 16, 2019

‘Obamacare’ sign-up deadline is extended following glitches
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 16, 2019

Your Year End Retirement Planning & Tax Saving Checklist
From Stephen Chen; Fortune ~ Dec 16, 2019

Express Scripts launches value-based cardiovascular care program
By Paige Minemyer; FierceHealthcare ~ Dec 13, 2019

Opinion: Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act May Become Law In 2020
From Joshua Cohen; Forbes ~ Dec 15, 2019

Two ObamaCare taxes likely to be repealed in year-end funding deal
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 15, 2019

Opinions: 5 Financial Pros Share Their Money Mistakes—And How They Fixed Them
By Kelly Anne Smith; Forbes ~ Dec 15, 2019

Many smart home device makers still won’t say if they give your data to the government
By Zack Whittaker; TechCrunch ~ Dec 13, 2019

Democrats Pass Sweeping Drug Legislation As Political Salvo Heading Into 2020
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 13, 2019

Inspector General’s Report Raises Red Flags Over Billions In Medicare Advantage Payments To Private Insurers
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 13, 2019

Local land use policies should increase affordable housing options for seniors
From Ebony Walden; The Hill ~ Dec 12, 2019

Eyeing 2020, House empowers Medicare to negotiate drug costs
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 12, 2019

U.S. watchdog finds $6.7 billion in questionable Medicare payments to insurers
By Chad Terhune; Reuters ~ Dec 12, 2019

Medicare would cover dental, vision — if Senate OKs House bill
By Sarah O’Brien; CNBC ~ Dec 12, 2019

Ways and Means offers its own plan on surprise medical bills
By Mary Ellen McIntire; Roll Call ~ Dec 12, 2019

A New Social Security Bill Aims to Protect Workers' Benefits
By Maurie Backman; The Motley Fool ~ Dec 12, 2019

Exclusivity Provision For Biologic Drugs Stripped From Trump’s Trade Deal In Win For Dems, Slap In Face For Pharma
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 11, 2019

Justices Appear Sympathetic To Insurers In ACA ‘Risk Corridor’ Case: ‘Why Doesn’t The Government Have To Pay?’
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 11, 2019

Opinion: The Future Of Medicare? The Head Of CMS Offers Some Critical Answers.
From Steve Brozak; Forbes ~ Dec 11, 2019

Fed leaves low rates alone and foresees no moves in 2020
By Christopher Rugaber; The Associated Press ~ Dec 11, 2019

Opinion: Update On The Senate Multiemployer Pension Rescue Proposal: The NCCMP’s Point Of View
From Elizabeth Bauer; Forbes ~ Dec 11, 2019

Bill requiring annual Social Security earnings statements passes House committee
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Dec 11, 2019

Investors fear Pelosi’s drug price plan will kill small biotech firms
By Berkeley Lovelace Jr.; CNBC ~ Dec 10, 2019

Progressives hopeful for deal with Pelosi to avert showdown on drug prices
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 10, 2019

White House Supports Surprise Medical Bills Plan, But That Doesn’t Mean It Will Be Smooth Sailing From Here On Out
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 10, 2019

Stakes Are High For Insurers As Health Law Once Again In Front Of Supreme Court With ‘Risk Corridor’ Case
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 10, 2019

House Democrats propose eliminating $10,000 limit on state and local tax deductions
By Darla Mercado; CNBC ~ Dec 10, 2019

'It's really over': Corporate pensions head for extinction as nature of retirement plans changes
Nathan Bomey; USA TODAY ~ Dec 10, 2019

Opinion: Expect A Little Better Service From Social Security Soon
From Mark Miller; Forbes ~ Dec 10, 2019

Millions of Americans aren’t receiving Social Security statements in the mail. A new bill aims to change that
By Lorie Konish; CNBC ~ Dec 09, 2019

House GOP unveils alternative drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 09, 2019

Obamacare Back At The High Court — With Billions For Insurers On The Line
By Phil Galewitz; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 09, 2019

Surprise Medical-Bill Legislation Gets Boost in Bipartisan Deal
By Sara Hansard & Alexander Ruoff; Bloomberg ~ Dec 09, 2019

Opinion: Managing Debt In Retirement
From Richard Eisenberg; Forbes ~ Dec 09, 2019

Opinion: Base Drug Prices On Value Rather Than R&D
From Joshua Cohen; Forbes ~ Dec 08, 2019

Democrats open door to repealing ObamaCare tax in spending talks
By Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Dec 07, 2019

Key House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 08, 2019

Opinion: Where the Frauds Are All Legal
From Elisabeth Rosenthal; The New York Times ~ Dec 07, 2019

U.S. Health Spending Rose To $11,172 Per Person, But Ticked Down As Share Of National Economy For First Time In Years
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 06, 2019

Senators urge Medicare to allow seniors a drug plan do-over
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 06, 2019

Bipartisan Medicare drug bill gets makeover to lower copays
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 06, 2019

The House Democrats’ Far-Reaching Medicare Drug Bill Is About More Than Lowering Drug Prices ….
From Howard Gleckman Forbes ~ Dec 06, 2019

Hot Topics: Drug Prices And Surprise Bills
From Grace-Marie Turner; Forbes ~ Dec 06, 2019

House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 06, 2019

Medicare Advantage rebates to hit new highs in 2020
By Robert King; FierceHealthcare ~ Dec 06, 2019

Know The Rules Before You Roll Over Your Pension
By Henry Yoshida; Forbes ~ Dec 06, 2019

Opinion: Want to make people upset? Talk about Social Security’s cost of living adjustment
From Mark Hulbert; MarketWatch ~ Dec 06, 2019

Lawmakers Push For Independent Dispute Resolution Option For Dealing With Surprise Medical Bills
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 05, 2019

In Expected Move, Hospital Groups Sue Trump Administration Over Price Transparency Rule
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 05, 2019

Experts split sharply over experimental Alzheimer’s drug
By Marilynn Marchione; The Associated Press ~ Dec 05, 2019

US report: Prescription drug prices down slightly last year
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 05, 2019

Pelosi sets Medicare showdown on drug costs and new benefits
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 05, 2019

As His Wife’s Caregiver, A Doctor Discovers What’s Missing At Health Care’s Core
By Judith Graham; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 05, 2019

Powerful House panel to hold 'Medicare for All' hearing next week
By Peter Sullivan - 12/03/19 10:04 PM EST

Opinion: American health care has a new third rail
From Dr. David Blumenthal; The Hill ~ Dec 04, 2019

Low-Profile Pharma Group Taps Into Fears That Pelosi’s Drug Pricing Bill Will Threaten ‘Thousands Of Good-Paying Jobs’
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 04, 2019

Hospital groups file lawsuit to stop Trump price transparency rule
By Justine Coleman; The Hill ~ Dec 04, 2019

Proposed bill would expand access to retirement plans to part-time workers
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Dec 03, 2019

Opinion: Healthcare Consumers Lack Knowledge Of Basic Health Insurance Terms
From Joshua Cohen; Forbes ~ Dec 03, 2019

DHS may require US citizens be photographed at airports
By David Koenig; The Associated Press ~ Dec 03, 2019

White House claims Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug-pricing bill would result in 100 fewer drugs over a decade
By Berkeley Lovelace Jr. ; CNBC ~ Dec 03, 2019

Medicare open enrollment ends soon. What to do if you picked the wrong coverage
By Sarah O’Brien; CNBC ~ Dec 03, 2019

3 Ways You Can Lose Your Social Security Benefits
By Maurie Backman; The Motley Fool ~ Dec 03, 2019

Desperate Patients Encouraged To Take Out Loans, Borrow Money To Pay For Unproven, Risky Stem Cell Treatments
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 02, 2019

U.S. government sides with plaintiff in Putnam ERISA case
By Robert Steyer; Pensions & Investments ~ Dec 02, 2019

Concerned with health costs? Take this 5-day health challenge
From Dr. Naomi Parrella; The Hill ~ Dec 01, 2019

For banks, data on your spending habits could be a gold mine
By Anick Jesdanun; The Associated Press ~ Dec 02, 2019


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