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PRESIDENT'S
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Medicare Privatization, A Bait and Switch Failure!

Leaders of the NRLN, Retiree Associations and NRLN Chapters will be in Washington, DC, February 24-26 to lobby Congress about prescription drug pricing; protecting retirees in pension plan de-risking; corporate mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs; pension recoupment and life insurance protection. Prior to going on Capitol Hill, attendees will be briefed on these issues along with a presentation I will make to prepare them to educate members of Congress and their staffs on Medicare Privatization, A Bait and Switch Failure!

Please view my video on this NRLN website home page that covers much of the presentation I will make at our briefing session.

Current and past Congresses and administrations have known the Medicare funding crises was coming but did not focus on cost-reducing prescription drugs, medical equipment and services purchased from hospitals, doctors and others.

Instead, they used rebates (the Bait) to subsidize insurance company benefits that tempt those turning age 65 and current original Medicare enrollees to buy Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, knowing that eventually all costs will have to be absorbed by these new plans thus switching costs off the federal budget to those over age 65 (the Switch).

Congress funded 19 new benefits for 20 million MA plan enrollees in 2020 that are denied to 40 million in original Medicare. A Feb. 5, 2020 letter signed by 338 members of Congress from both parties urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Administrator to add more benefits to MA plans in 2021.

This is discrimination and steps outside the reality that Medicare C (MA plans) is Medicare, managed by private insurers and funded by the CMS using our tax dollars. Rebates to insurance companies are sucking the life out of the original Medicare Part A trust and the Part B and D trust.

I encourage you watch the video and help us tell Congress to “grandfather” all present MA plan enrollees and no longer award these phony rebates. Or, make all subsidized Medicare benefits available to all Medicare beneficiaries. To compose your own message to email to your members of Congress click on the third from the left red flashing icon above.

Bill Kadereit, President
National Retiree Legislative Network


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ACTION ALERT

Provide “Grandfathered” Status for IRA Owners

Individuals who owned IRAs prior to enacting the SECURE Act in December 2019 should be “grandfathered” to retain the “stretch IRA” which allowed heirs to take distributions over their lifetimes. Now withdraws and taxes must happen within ten years. Click here to access the NRLN’s Action Alert to email the NRLN’s sample letter to your U.S. Representatives and Senators to urge them to pass legislation to protect existing owners of IRAs.

 

DONUT HOLE

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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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.

Americans Deserve to Retire With Dignity. Here’s How We’d Help Them Do It.
From U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) & Ben Cardin (D-Md.); Barron’s ~ Feb 27, 2020

One Of Nation’s Largest PBMs Express Scripts May Be Hit With Subpoena Over Failing To Provide Insulin Price Info
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 27, 2020

Top Republican Wants to Stop House From Pursuing Wall Street Tax
By Laura Davison; Bloomberg ~ Feb 27, 2020

Opinion: How auto insurers use your nondriving habits to raise prices
By Kayda Norman, NW; The Associated Press ~ Feb 26, 2020

Supreme Court backs Intel plan participant in statute of limitations case
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Feb 26, 2020

Opinion: dwIt’s Time To End Social Security Opt-Outs For Everyone
From Elizabeth Bauer; Fortune ~ Feb 26, 2020

Opinion: Taking care of loved ones shouldn’t be so taxing
By Evan Preston; Roll Call ~ Feb 24, 2020

Here’s how to appeal higher Medicare premiums
By Sarah O’Brien; CNBC ~ Feb 25, 2020

Here’s how to reduce the taxes on your Social Security benefits
By Lorie Konish; CNBC ~ Feb 25, 2020

What states are doing to combat rising prescription drug prices
By Andis Robeznieks; AMA ~ Feb 24, 2020

FDA approves drug that lowers cholesterol in a new way
By Linda A. Johnson; The Associated Press ~ Feb 22, 2020

Revocable Living Trusts Can Help Your Heirs Avoid Probate. Here’s How They Work.
By Cheryl Winokur Munk; Barron’s ~ Feb 22, 2020

Medicare’s Private Option Is Gaining Popularity, and Critics
By Mark Miller; The New York Times ~ Feb 21, 2020

Companies in pharmaceutical supply chain develop system to track counterfeit drugs
By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Reuters ~ Feb 21, 2020

The US has a primary care shortage — scope of practice reform can help
From Robert Orr; The Hill ~ Feb 21, 2020

Opinion: 3 Actions Congress Can Take to Reduce Drug Prices
From Dhruv Khullar & Peter B. Bach, MD ; Harvard Business Review ~ Feb 21, 2020

Study: People skip Parkinson's, Alzheimer's meds as prices rise
Dennis Thompson, Health News Day – Feb 20,19

Age may affect healthcare treatment decisions
By Amy Norton, HDN; United Press International ~ Feb 20, 2020

How the Drug Lobby Lost Its Mojo in Washington
By Brody Mullins and Stephanie Armour, WSJ – Feb 19,2020

Opinion: Populist attacks on the pharmaceutical industry are dangerous and dumb
From Charles Sauer; The Washington Examiner ~ Feb 19, 2020

Why health care transparency is complicated and how it can be fixed
From Soroush Saghafian; The Hill ~ Feb 19, 2020

Analysis: Who Profits From Steep Medical Bills? The People Tasked With Fixing Them.
By Elisabeth Rosenthal; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 19, 2020

POLITICO-Harvard Poll: Health care costs are top priority heading into elections
From Adam Cancryn; Politico ~ Feb 19, 2020

Pelosi Tries To Bridge Gap Between Sides Of ‘Surprise Medical Bills’ Debate, But Falls Short Of A Breakthrough
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 18, 2020

Obtaining health care in the appropriate setting is crucial for older patients
From Dr. Cameron Gettel; The Hill ~ Feb 18, 2020

What the candidates aren’t telling you: America’s heading for a tax on the middle class
By Shawn Tully; Fortune ~ Feb 18, 2020

Why a Medicare payment change is causing home health agencies to cease services
By Morgan Haefner; Becker’s Hospital Review ~ Feb 17, 2020

The Secure Act Requires Your 401(k) Statement to Show Monthly Retirement Income. You Could Be in for a Surprise.
By Nick Fortuna; Barron’s ~ Feb 17, 2020

There’s Nearly $100 Billion in Missing Money, and It’s Easier Than Ever to Claim. Here’s How.
By Debbie Carlson; Barron’s ~ Feb 15, 2020

Opinion: Multiemployer pensions take center stage in 2020
From Ross Marchand; The Washington Examiner ~ Feb 12, 2020

Azar Grilled About Administration’s Lack Of A ‘Replacement’ Plan For ACA If It’s Overturned By Supreme Court
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 14, 2020

Column: The truth about 'greedy' seniors and the 'war' between generations
From Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Feb 14, 2020

Prices for those in employer plans went up in 2018—but growth is slowing: study
By Paige Minemyer; FierceHealthcare ~ Feb 13, 2020

Free tax filing has confused many Americans. Here’s help.
By Sarah Skidmore Sell; The Associated Press ~ Feb 12, 2020

Social Security: Here’s what Trump’s proposed budget could mean for your benefits
By Aimee Picchi; USA TODAY ~ Feb 13, 2020

When Your Doctor Is Also A Lobbyist: Inside The War Over Surprise Medical Bills

By Rachana Pradhan; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 12, 2020

US survey finds smaller decline in medical bill worries

By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Feb 12, 2020d

Analysis/Opinion: AARP, United Healthcare and CVS keep prescription drug prices higher for seniors
From James L. Martin & Saul Anuzis; The Washington Times ~ Feb 11, 2020

One Defensive Strategy Against Surprise Medical Bills: Set Your Own Terms
By Julie Appleby; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 11, 2020

Half-Truths And Medicare Advantage Commercials
From Diane Omdahl; Forbes ~ Feb 11, 2020

Surprise surgery bills happen even when patients plan ahead
By Lisa Rapaport; Reuters ~ Feb 11, 2020

Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Cut About A Trillion Dollars From Medicaid Programs, ACA Subsidies
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 11, 2020

One In Four Cancer Survivors Can’t Afford Their Medical Care–And We’re Blaming The Wrong People
From Peter Ubel; Forbes ~ Feb 11, 2020

Opinion: It's time to seat public trustees for Social Security and Medicare
From Charles P. Blahous III & Robert Reischauer; The Hill ~ Feb 11, 2020

Trump Eyes Drug-Price Cuts After His Health-Care Record Is Attacked
By Josh Wingrove & Riley Griffin; Bloomberg ~ Feb 10, 2020

White House Budget Director Doubles Down: Trump’s 2021 Budget Won’t Cut ‘Social Security And Medicare’
By Christian Datoc; The Daily Caller ~ Feb 10, 2020

Trump’s proposed $4.8 trillion budget will seek cuts to Medicare, Medicaid
Steep cuts to social-safety-net programs, and hikes for defense, to be proposed

By Kate Davidson & Andrew Restuccia; MarketWatch ~ Feb 09, 2020

Opinion: Proposed Changes To Social Security Disability Insurance Could Undermine Your Retirement Security, Even If You’re Not Currently Disabled
From Elena Botella; Forbes ~ Feb 09, 2020

The Stretch IRA Strategy Is Largely Gone. Here Are 5 Alternatives to Consider.
By Cheryl Winokur Munk; Barron’s ~ Feb 08, 2020

Attorney general thinks US should buy controlling stake in Nokia, Ericsson
This is how the US can keep pace with Huawei, says Bill Barr.

By Nathan Ingraham; Engadget ~ Feb 06, 2020

Trump's push to reduce drug prices in State of the Union boosts hope for action this year
By Jayne O'Donnell; USA TODAY ~ Feb 06, 2020

Ex-HHS chief threatens to vote 'no' on surprise medical billing measure
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2020

Patients Stuck With Bills After Insurers Don’t Pay As Promised
By Lauren Weber ; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 07, 2020

Opinion: The best way to fix Social Security
From Sita Slavov & Chris Gagin; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2020

In State Of The Union, Trump Calls For Action On Drug Prices, Surprise Billing And Promises To Protect Health Care
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 05, 2020

Beyond Burnout: Docs Decry ‘Moral Injury’ From Financial Pressures Of Health Care
By Melissa Bailey; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 04, 2020

The shortage of physicians can be deadly for patients
From Dr. Meeta Shah; The Hill ~ Feb 04, 2020

TONI KING: Opinion: Medicare marketing overwhelms 65-year-old
From Toni King; Houston Chronicle ~ Feb 04, 2020

This word describes Social Security — but not everyone wants to hear it
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Feb 04, 2020

Opinion: Nurse Practitioner Ranks Soar, Fueling Need For More RNs
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 03, 2020

Why Home Health Care Is Suddenly Harder To Come By For Medicare Patients
By Judith Graham; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 03, 2020

Meet the new IRS tax form specially designed for people 65 and older
Yes, it has larger type than the traditional Form 1040

By Bill Bischoff; MarketWatch ~ Feb 03, 2020

Who's Really Paying for Your Social Security Benefits? Some are worried that their money will run out. Here's the real answer.
By Dan Caplinger; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 03, 2020

Senior Discounts, It Turns Out, Aren’t as Lucrative as We’ve Been Led to Believe
By Neal Templin; Barron’s ~ Feb 02, 2020

5 Questions to Ask the Person Doing Your Taxes
By Kailey Hagen; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 02, 2020

Preeminent Hospitals Penalized Over Rates Of Patients’ Injuries
By Jordan Rau; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 31, 2020

Seven Simple Ways To Boost Your Heart Health
By Noma Nazish; Forbes ~ Jan 31, 2020

Democratic candidates should rally around Social Security instead of attacking each other
From Max Richtman; The Hill ~ Jan 31, 2020

Social Security Is Safe From Trump (And Whoever Succeeds Him)
Neither party has the political will to cut benefits for retirees.

From Ramesh Ponnuru; Bloomberg ~ Jan 31, 2020

Conservative groups call on Trump administration to scrap looming drug price move
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 30, 2020

Healthy Americans’ Mask Hoarding Creating Shortages For Medical Professionals Who Actually Benefit From Them
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 30, 2020

Hospital Star Ratings Get Refresh Despite Pushback From Industry That Methodology Is Flawed
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 30, 2020

Opinin: How to Protect Your Bond Investments From Inflation and Interest-Rate Threats
By Gail MarksJarvis; Barron’s ~ Jan 30, 2020

Appeals Court Won’t Review Ruling Endangering Obamacare
By Laurel Brubaker Calkins & Lydia Wheeler; Bloomberg ~ Jan 29, 2020

Study: Affordability remains a major problem despite insurance coverage gains from ACA
By Robert King; FierceHealthcare ~ Jan 28, 2020

How to keep your retirement accounts safe
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Jan 28, 2020

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


 

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