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WHITE HOUSE DRUG PLAN FALLS SHORT FOR SENIORS

First of three messages on the cost of prescription drugs

Last Thursday, Feb. 8, the President’s Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) released a 28-page document that laid out proposed policies aimed at making prescription drugs more affordable. The plan for lowering drug costs for Medicare Part D beneficiaries includes allowing them to share in rebates that drug companies pay to insurers and middlemen, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), such as Express Scripts, Humana and United Healthcare. These three control 85% of the purchasing and consumer pricing of prescription the drugs.

Today PBMs and insurance companies keep a very large share of manufacturer rebates and incentives and pay a large share to insurance companies they work for. Thus, manufacturer prices are intolerably high and middlemen keep rebates from us.

The proposals written by the CEA include a cap on out-of-pocket spending for enrollees in Medicare’s prescription drug program and also expands Medicare's "catastrophic" drug benefit so that many seniors with very high costs would not face copayments.

The plan does not include some more sweeping measures that President Trump has favored in the past, and have been advocated by the NRLN, such as allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices or allowing importation of drugs from Canada.

The White House’s proposals will have to be approved in the budget that the President submits to Congress.


WHITE HOUSE DRUG PLAN BUDGET DETAILS SENT TO CONGRESS

Second of three messages on the cost of prescription drugs

On Monday, Feb. 12, President Trump sent to Congress his budget proposal that includes a call for capping how much seniors pay annually for prescription drugs, making generic meds free for low-income seniors and allowing Medicare beneficiaries to share in any rebates offered by drug companies to middlemen that negotiate costs on behalf of insurers and pharmacies.

The budget plan would also expand catastrophic drug coverage under Medicare Part D so that seniors would pay less out of pocket in the event of serious illness.

However, the plan did not include allowing Medicare to negotiate directly with drug makers for lower prices. Neither did the plan include the importation of safe lower price prescription drugs from Canada. This would stop Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), insurance companies and pharmacies from keeping rebates. Nor does the plan allow for "reimportation" of drugs manufactured in the United States and then sold for far less abroad than to Americans. In the past the President had spoken in favor of Medicare competitive bidding and importation.

Geoffrey Joyce, a pharmaceutical economist at the University of Southern California, told the Los Angeles Times that the prescription drug plan written by the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, "This is not an ambitious plan for lowering drug prices."

The proposals face an uncertain fate in Congress where in the 2016 election cycle the pharmaceutical industry contributed nearly $63 million to candidates of both parties, according to OpenSecrets.Org, the Center for Responsive Politics.


SEND NRLN PRESCRIPTION DRUG ACTION ALERT – TELL CONGRESS, PASS Rx BILLS

Third of three messages on prescription drug costs

The NRLN is disappointed that the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) have not paid attention to the voices of Americans who have been saying that prescription drugs have become unaffordable to millions and that lowering the cost of prescription drugs is a top priority.

A poll reported the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2017 showed that 92% of Americans favor allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. The poll also reported that 72% said importing Canadian drugs would lower costs without affecting quality.

It is undeniable that drug prices are out of control, rising much faster than the cost of living. Drug companies are taunting Congress, Health and Human Services and all Americans (who need lower cost medicines). If you agree send the NRLN Action Alert sample letter to your Representative and Senators! Go to https://www.nrln.org/SE.html#/68, and let our system email your letters. If you have a problem with this link click on the red flashing icon at the top of this page, “Respond to an Action Alert”.


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The AREF is always seeking ways to increase its funding through individual tax-deductible contributions, grants from public and private foundations, individual tax-deductible bequests and non-traditional ways. AREF funds pay for a number of tasks previously paid for by the NRLN. For example, the updating this month of the white paper on Protecting Pension Assets which is used to educate members of Congress on the need for legislation to prevent pension plan sponsors from using plan assets for non-pension expenses. Access the white paper here.

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ACTION ALERT Pass Bills to Reduce Cost of Prescription Drugs

The NRLN has been advocating legislation to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. There are several prescription drug bills in committees in the U.S. House and Senate that the NRLN supports and, if passed, would result in savings for Americans and in some cases also for Medicare. Click here to send the NRLN’s sample letters to your Representative and Senators to urge them to pass the bills which best address skyrocketing drug costs.


NRLN Sharing Two Articles with Important Medicare Information

The NRLN is sharing two articles with important Medicare information that were recently published in the AUSWR CO/WY Retiree Guardian and the NWB – U S WEST – Qwest Retiree Association Retiree Guardian. Both Newsletters are published for retirees of CenturyLink, Qwest, U S WEST and their predecessor companies. Click here to access the articles.


NRLN Letter to New Secretary of HHS

Alex Azar, the former President Lilly USA, the biggest affiliate of Eli Lilly & Co., the pharmaceutical giant, was confirmed as the Secretary of Health and Human Services on January 24 by a 55-43 vote in the Senate. He was sworn in on January 29, 2018, by Vice President Pence and with President Trump in attendance.

Click here to read the letter that I have sent to Secretary Azar to urge him to use his authority to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and protect Medicare.

Bill Kadereit, President
National Retiree Legislative Network


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By Allyson Parker, NRLN Executive Director

Alex Azar, former president of the US division of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and who oversaw repeated drug price increases, was confirmed January 24 by a 55-43 vote in the Senate as the new head of Health and Human Services and was sworn in on January 29, 2018, by Vice President Pence and with President Trump in attend-ance. Before the ceremony, President Trump promised that Secretary Azar is “going to get those drug prices way down” because he knows the process better than anyone. President Trump also brought up the fact that other countries pay a fraction of what American consumers spend for the same pill in the same box from the same plant. President Trump brought up prescription drug prices three different times during his remarks about Secretary Azar.

As I reported in the last Happenings on the Hill, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee finished its third hearing on possible solutions to the prescription drug issue in December with mem-bers indicating that there may be some common ground to work with in finding a solution. We have not heard of any new proposals yet from the Hill or the Administration. We did learn that the CEOs of drug makers Novartis and Bayer joined 13 other business executives at a private dinner with President Trump on January 25 during the Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland. The purpose of the dinner was to encourage these companies to invest more in the U.S. It was not reported if prescription drug prices were also discussed.

There was a strong effort by Senator Schumer and others last week to attach the multi-employer pension fix to the short-term spending bill that funded the government through the 8th of February. They were unsuccessful, but we continue to monitor this as it may be an opportunity to attach legislative language beneficial to our members.


Dates Set for NRLN Spring and Fall 2018 Meetings in Washington, DC

Grassroots advocates of the NRLN retiree associations and chapters will meet in Washington, DC with members of Congress and their staffs in 2018 during the spring Annual Leadership Conference and the fall Fly-In. The Annual Leadership Conference will be Monday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 14, 2018. The Fly-In will be Monday, Sept.10 through Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

The Holiday Inn Capitol Hotel, at 550 C Street SW, Washington, DC, was selected again for its very competitive nightly room rate and being near Capitol Hill. The rate for March is $259 per night and the rate for Sept. is $279 per night. Both rates are subject to additional tax and fees.

Both meetings will begin on Monday afternoon with a session at the hotel. Attendees will spend the entire day of Tuesday and part of Wednesday meeting with their Representatives, Senators and members of their staffs.

The spring Conference and the fall Fly-In are open to all NRLN grassroots advocates. Advocates who are affiliated with a retiree association or chapter should notify the president of their organization if they are interested in attending.

Presidents of retiree associations and chapters affiliated with the NRLN are encouraged to solicit as many of their Grassroots State and Congressional District leaders as possible to attend the Conference and Fly-In. The sooner the NRLN is notified of intentions to attend the meetings the better it will be for the NRLN to make plans for the meetings. Email intentions to attend and/or questions to contact@nrln.org.


Take the NRLN Survey

Please Take the NRLN Survey so we can learn your needs on retirement issues. Survey responses are kept anonymous and confidential. Survey results (no personal information) will be emailed to those who take the survey. This survey is intended for website visitors and individuals who have recently signed up to receive NRLN emails. Current NRLN retiree associations and chapters members should not participate in this survey. You will be able to provide your input in the NRLN’s Future Directions survey to be conducted again in 2018.


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The NRLN has arranged to offer you a Health Savings Rx Card™, at NO COST, that offers you and your family savings on prescription drugs, plus vision and hearing services and products.Click here to access the Rx Savings Card℠ website.If you do not already have a Health Savings Rx Card℠ you will need to create your personal login and then printout your free card. Savings information for prescription drugs, vision and hearing services and products is available through the links under the Savings Plus tab.


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NRLN Provides New “Report Card” Feature on Members of Congress

NRLN has introduced a “report card” for each state that shows whether the U.S. Representatives and Senators have supported bills in Congress advocated by the NRLN. Read all about it here.


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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.

Spending Bill Sets Path to Fix a Looming Pension Crisis
By Jim Tankersley and Alan Rappeport, NY Times – Feb 18, 2018

These new steps will help protect older Americans from financial fraud
By Sarah O'Brien, CNBC; USA TODAY ~ Feb 18, 2018

Opinion: How Amazon could lose its health-care bid while drug distributor stocks win
By Vitaliy Katsenelson; MarketWatch ~ Feb 16, 2018

How A Charitable Trust Could Save Your IRA
From Bob Carlson; Forbes ~ Feb 17, 2018

These states want to import cheaper drugs from Canada
By Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News – Feb 15, 2018

Opinion: To lower prescription drug prices, fix existing drug discount programs
From Terry Wilcox; The Hill ~ Feb 16, 2018

Blood thinning drugs may raise stroke risk for some a-fib patients
By HealthDay News; United Press International ~ Feb 16, 2018

The Health 202: Alex Azar's first big test: Will he enforce Obamacare?
By Paige Winfield Cunningham; The Washington Post ~ Feb 15, 2018

Don't make these common, costly Medicare mistakes
By Lorie Konish; CNBC ~ Feb 15, 2018

HHS chief: No decision yet on lifetime limits for Medicaid
By Rachel Roubein; The Hill ~ Feb 15, 2018

Opinion: Let's not ignore the benefits of 340B Drug Pricing Programs
From Chris Skorupa; The Hill ~ Feb 15, 2018

President Trump signed these Medicare changes into law. Here’s what to watch for
By Philip Moeller; PBS News Hour ~ Feb 14 2018

Lawmakers Turn to GROW to Avoid Pension Crisis
By Bill McMorris; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Feb 14, 2018

U.S. healthcare spending to climb 5.3 percent in 2018: agency
By Yasmeen Abutaleb; Reuters ~ Feb 14, 2018

Trump’s budget could let those on Medicare use this tax-favored account
By Darla Mercado; CNBC ~ Feb 14, 2018

U.S. Can Sue UnitedHealth in $1 Billion Medicare Case, Judge Rules
By Nate Raymond, RNS; The New York Times ~ Feb 13, 2018

We all need to be worried about the attack on national health policies and programs
From Shannon Halloway & Diana Taylor; The Hill ~ Feb 13, 2018

Opinion: Why GOP Is Slashing Medicare
From John Wasik ; Forbes ~ Feb 13, 2018

Insurers Signal Medicare Advantage Buyouts Ahead
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 12, 2018

Top 10 Tips To Help You Conquer Tax Season
From A.J. Smith; Forbes ~ Feb 12, 2018

Trump budget seeks cuts to domestic programs, Medicare, favors military and wall
By Ginger Gibson and James Oliphant, Reuters – Feb 12, 2018

Opinion: Social Security will need more revenues — where should that money come from?
By Alicia H. Munnell; MarketWatch ~ Feb 12, 2018

States look to lower drug costs, consider Canadian imports
By Wilson Ring, AP; San Francisco Chronicle ~ Feb 11, 2018

Could This Really Replace Your Social Security Number?
By Dan Caplinger; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 11, 2018

Liberals Are Furious That Republicans Delivered Fiscal Stimulus
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Feb 11, 2018

Lower Drug Prices: New Proposals Carry Lots of Promises
By Katie Thomas and Reed Abelson, New York Times – Feb 9, 2018

McCain and Baldwin to Trump: Hold pharma’s feet to the fire on drug prices
By Ed Silverman; STAT ~ Feb 11, 2018

Congress Boosts Medicare Coverage For Virtual Doctor Visits
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 10, 2018

Is the Amazon health-care venture enough to make a big enough splash?
From Kelly Barnes; The Hill ~ Feb 10, 2018

On drug costs, modest steps follow Trump’s big promises
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Matthew Perrone; The Associated Press ~ Feb 10, 2018

3 Sad Facts About Social Security
America's most important social program isn't in the best shape.

By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 10, 2018

Another of Obamacare’s Unloved Provisions Is Gone
By Margot Sanger-Katz; The New York Times ~ Feb 09, 2018

Trump's Rx for Medicare drug costs: share rebates with seniors
By The Associated Press; CBS News ~ Feb 09, 2018

These taxpayers may end up owing the IRS more in 2019
By Darla Mercado; CNBC ~ Feb 09, 2018

Opinion: Entitlements Threaten The Entire Federal Budget
From Milton Ezrati; Forbes ~ Feb 09, 2018

Opinion: Alarm bells are ringing on the federal debt
From Thomas Binion; The Hill ~ Feb 09, 2018

'Entitlement reform' can further dent seniors coping with health costs
From Debra Whitman; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2018

White House unveils proposals aimed at high drug prices
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 09, 2018

Opinion: Today's Massive Budget Deal Makes Big Medicare Changes
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Feb 09, 2018

Beware, there's a new wave of Medicare scammers
By Jessica Dickler & Sharon Epperson; CNBC ~ Feb 08, 2018

Online Social Security accounts are just the first step in preventing identity theft ​
By Mary Beth Franklin; InvestmentNews ~ Feb 08, 2018

Popular bill to fight drug prices left out of budget deal
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2018

Republicans weigh Social Security paid leave plan
By Lydia Wheeler; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2018

What you need to know about the Senate budget deal
By Alexander Bolton; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2018

Senate Leaders Strike Budget Deal
By Joe Williams; Roll Call ~ Feb 07, 2018

Calling Maternity Leave a Social Security Problem a Terrible Idea
By Brenton Smith, Newsmax – Feb 5, 2018

Trump's State Of The Union Retirement Message: 'You Are On Your Own'
From Teresa Ghilarducci; Forbes ~ Feb 07, 2018

AP count: Nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar And Kevin S. Vineys; The Associated Press ~ Feb 07, 2018

Senate Dems push for expansion of ObamaCare subsidies in deal
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2018

Opinion: Let’s make Congress work again
By Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) ; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2018

Poll: Majority of voters say lowering drug prices should be priority for Congress
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~

The U.S. government is set to borrow nearly $1 trillion this year, an 84 percent jump from last year
By Heather Long; The Washington Post ~ Feb 03, 2018

State Obamacare enrollment on track to outpace previous years, despite confusion
By Kimberly Leonard; The Washington Examiner ~ Feb 04, 2018

Tax season: 10 tips for doing your taxes yourself
From Josh Smith; USA TODAY ~ Feb 03, 2018

U.S. Pays Billions for ‘Assisted Living,’ but What Does It Get?
By Robert Pear; The New York Times ~ Feb 03, 2018

CMS Releases Proposed Medicare Advantage, Part D Changes
By Thomas Beaton; HealthPayer Intelligence ~ Feb 02, 2018

Stalled Health Programs Await A Green Light On The Hill
By Shefali Luthra; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 02, 2018

Patty Murray: 'Good news' that GOP giving up on Obamacare repeal
By Robert King; The Washington Examiner ~ Feb 01, 2018

Few Republicans Have Appetite To Risk Another Repeal Failure In Election Year
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 02, 2018

This Flu Season Is Bad, But It May Make Healthcare Better
From Steve Brozak; Forbes ~ Feb 02, 2018

A Good Health Care Deal, but Only for Some
From Elisabeth Rosenthal; The New York Times ~ Feb 01, 2018

U.S. government proposes 1.84 percent hike in 2019 payments to Medicare insurers
By Caroline Humer Staff; Reuters ~ Feb 01, 2018

Congressional Bickering Puts Billions at Risk for U.S. Health Centers
By Ivan Levingston; Bloomberg ~ Feb 01, 2018

As States Target High Drug Prices, Pharma Targets State Lawmakers
By Jay Hancock & Shefali Luthra; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 01, 2018

Don’t make these 3 big mistakes when filing your taxes early
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Feb 01, 2018

Opinion: Congress can’t afford to wait to make a simple fix to Medicare Part D
From Christine Simmon; The Hill ~ Feb 01, 2018

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp: Pension protections need to be in new spending bill
By Sally Persons; The Washington Times ~ Jan 30, 2018

Reducing drug prices one of Trump's 'greatest priorities'
By Susannah Luthi; Modern Healthcare ~ Jan 31, 2018

To Understand Your Health Insurance Policy, You Must First Learn These 4 Terms
From Liz Frazier Peck; Forbes ~ Jan 31, 2018

If Amazon And Buffett Lift Veil On Health Prices, Insurers Are In Trouble
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Jan 31, 2018

American's health system is bloated — too much medicine does not mean better health
From Dr. Dennis Gottfried; The Hill ~ Jan 31, 2018

U.S. public health chief quits over financial conflicts
By Julie Steenhuysen; Reuters ~ Jan 31, 2018

Departures test clout of insurance lobby
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Jan 30, 2018

Health Investors Roll Out Unwelcome Mat for Amazon's Arrival
By Lewis Krauskopf, Reuters; The New York Times ~ Jan 30, 2018

Healthcare Stocks Plunge As Buffett, Bezos And Dimon Team Up To Fight "Tapeworm" Costs On Economy
By Antoine Gara; Forbes ~ Jan 30, 2018

Taxpayers' paycheck problems could lead to big bill from IRS, expert warns
By Brittany De Lea ; Fox Business ~ Jan 30, 2018

Medicare cut-off in Ryan budget still up in the air
By Elise Viebeck; The Hill ~ Jan 30, 2018

4 ways Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan deal could shake up health care
By Nathan Bomey & Elizabeth Weise; USA TODAY ~ Jan 30, 2018

Paid family leave is a great idea, but not if we hit up Social Security for the money
By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angles Times – Jan 29, 2018

New York, Minn. Sue Administration For ‘Cruel And Reckless’ Decision To Cut Off Subsidies To Insurers
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 29, 2018

Following your doctor's orders can save you nearly $90,000
By Darla Mercado, CNBC; USA TODAY ~ Jan 29, 2018

Ways for seniors — even those as young as 55 — to save money
By Debbie Carlson; Chicago Tribune ~ Jan 23, 2018

Opinion: IRS Forms 1099 Impact Your Taxes, But Don't Ask For Missing 1099s
From Robert W. Wood; Forbes ~ Jan 29, 2018

Opinion: Your Tax Refund And The Psychology Of A Windfall
From Elizabeth Harris; Forbes ~ Jan 29, 2018

Don't Count on Social Security's Minimum Benefit to Be There for You
By Dan Caplinger; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 29, 2018

3 Ways to Reduce Your Medicare Premiums
By Wendy Connick; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 28, 2018

Michelle Singletary: Trend for seniors’ health care costs will make you sick to your stomach
By Michelle Singletary; Telegram~Jan 27, 2018

Voters Say Health Care Is Top Issue For 2018 Midterm Elections
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Jan 28, 2018

Rising drug prices, changing health care pay models likely to dominate in 2018
By Henry L. Davis; The Buffalo News ~ Jan 26, 2018

Opinion: What's Wrong With The New RAISE Act To Help Family Caregivers
From Carolyn Rosenblatt; Forbes ~ Jan 27, 2018

Congress must axe ObamaCare's pernicious Medicare rationing board
From Steve Forbes; The Hill ~ Jan 27, 2018

Congress takes the sting out of ObamaCare
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 27, 2018

Health care ads are regulated, but be wary
From Jim Flynn; The Gazette ~ Jan 27, 2018

Hold tight or splurge? Booming retirement accounts are making that a tough question.
By Todd C. Frankel & Thomas Heath; The Washington Post ~ Jan 27, 2018

The Pension Hail Mary That Should Never Have Happened, Epic Fail Of Hedge Funds Of Funds
From Edward Siedle; Forbes ~ Jan 26, 2018

Why Are Doctors So Expensive?
From “Quora”; Forbes ~ Jan 26, 2018

Trump Administration Sued Over $1 Billion Obamacare Cut
By Erik Larson, Zachary Tracer and Hannah Recht; Bloomberg ~ Jan 26, 2018

Competition in Obamacare Markets Declines Again
By Brendan Kirby; LifeZette ~ Jan 26, 2018

Advocates’ Plea Over NAFTA Trade Talks: Don’t Favor Drugmakers Over Patients
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 26, 2018

FDA approved record number of generic drugs last year
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 26, 2018

Out-of-pocket health-care costs likely to take half of Social Security income by 2030, analysis shows
From Michelle Singletary; The Washington Post ~ Jan 26, 2018

Opinion: Should the Federal Government Negotiate Drug Prices?
From Robert Book; Forbes ~ Jan 25, 2018

Opinion: Health-care debaters should recognize that we need innovation
From Patricia Goldsmith; The Hill ~ Jan 25, 2018

A Push To Get Older Adults In Better Shape For Surgery
By Judith Graham; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 25, 2018

Five Of The Biggest 401(k) Changes Of This Decade
From Brian Menickella; Forbes ~ Jan 25, 2018

Social Security online accounts: safe from identity theft?
From Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Jan 25, 2018

Trump administration seeks new ways to allow people to dodge Obamacare’s individual mandate
By Paige Winfield Cunningham & Juliet Eilperin; The Washington Post ~ Jan 24, 2018

Opinion: HSAs can be fixed through bipartisan support — millions depend on it
From James Gelfand; The Hill ~ Jan 24, 2018

Cruz pushes to revisit ObamaCare repeal this year
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 24, 2018

Public Health Agencies Left ‘Treading Water’ With Each Short-Term Spending Plan From Congress
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 24, 2018

Using Your IRA To Do Good
From John Bowens; Forbes ~ Jan 24, 2018

Senate confirms Trump health secretary
By Rachel Roubein; The Hill ~ Jan 24, 2018

What the new tax withholding tables mean for your take-home pay
By Darla Mercado; CNBC ~ Jan 23, 2018

Steady Enrollment Numbers In The States Cloak Underlying Turbulence In Marketplace
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 23, 2018

Health Care Is Super Expensive. How Can We Squeeze More Value Out of It?
By Clifton Leaf; Fortune ~ Jan 23, 2018

Study: Americans using less health care, but paying more for it
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jan 23, 2018

The HHS's assault on patient health is unethical
From Dr. Namrata Mastey; The Hill ~ Jan 23, 2018

Collins 'optimistic' ObamaCare fixes will pass
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 22, 2018

Opinion: Now More Than Ever, Social Security and Medicare Need Their Public Trustees
From Charles P. Blahous III & Robert Reischauer; Roll Call ~ Jan 22, 2018

There’s a Surprise in the Government Funding Bill: More Tax Cuts
By Margot Sanger-Katz & Jim Tankersley; The New York Times ~ Jan 22, 2018

Senate Reaches Deal On Short-Term Spending Bill To Re-Open Government
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 22, 2018

Cornyn predicts government will remain shut down Monday
By Joseph Weber; Fox News ~ Jan 21, 2018

Ask The Taxgirl: When Do The New Tax Law Changes Go Into Effect?
By Kelly Phillips Erb; Forbes ~ Jan 21, 2018

Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax Law
By Mary Papenfuss, Huffington Post – Jan 21, 2018

Government Shutdown To Furlough 41,000 U.S. Health Workers
From Bruce Japsen; The Hill ~ Jan 20, 2018

Here's what happens to Social Security and disability benefits during a government shutdown
MSN Money – Jan 20, 2018

Shutdown fight turns ugly as both sides dig in
By Scott Wong, Mike Lillis & Cristina Marcos ; The Hill ~ Jan 20, 2018

How Income Tax on Social Security Became a $277 Billion Problem for Retirees
Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool – Jan 20 2018

No Deal After Trump-Schumer Meeting to Avoid Shutdown
‘The discussions will continue,’ minority leader says

By Roll Call Staff; Roll Call ~ Jan 19, 2018

Factbox: What happens in a U.S. government shutdown?
By Reuters Staff; Reuters ~ Jan 19, 2018

Wasteful Medicare spending increases beneficiary out-of-pocket costs
From Kristin Walter; The Hill ~ Jan 19, 2018

The Medicare drug policy war between pharma and insurers
By Bob Herman; Axios ~ Jan 19, 2018

IRS Sets Final 2018 Deadline For Roth Conversion Do-Overs
By Ashlea Ebeling; Forbes ~ Jan 19, 2018

Senate Panel Approves Azar Nomination Despite Democrats’ Concerns Over His Ties To Pharma Industry
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 18, 2018

Health Care Issues Being Used As Bargaining Chips For Both Sides As Congress Tries To Avoid Shutdown
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 18, 2018

Pharma Has Another Reason To Look Out -- Healthcare Systems Now Plan To Make Their Own Drugs
From John Nosta; Forbes ~ Jan 18, 2018

Your Complete Guide to the 2018 Tax Changes
By Matthew Frankel; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 18, 2018

Senate committee advances Trump's nominee for HHS secretary
By Adam Cancryn, Politico – Jan 17, 2018

Those Corporate Pensions Weren't Always So Great
From Justin Fox; Bloomberg ~ Jan 17, 2018

Opinion: If politicians can’t pass a budget, what makes them think they can do the hard stuff?
From Caroline Baum; MarketWatch ~ Jan 17, 2018

Lawmakers weigh measure to fight high drug prices
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 17, 2018

Report: Medicaid And Obamacare May Be Incentivizing Opioid Trafficking And Abuse
By Steve Birr; The Daily Caller ~ Jan 17, 2018

Shortage of public health workers possible as baby boomers retire, researchers say
By Ed Adamczyk; United Press International ~ Jan 17, 2018

Home Care Agencies Often Wrongly Deny Medicare Help To The Chronically Ill
By Susan Jaffe; NPR ~ Jan 17, 2018

Senate Dems push for health center funding in spending bill
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 17, 2018

Democrats move to offense on health care; seek ‘big ideas’
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jan 08, 2018

Why We Fight Over Money So Much, And How To Stop
From Jennifer Barrett; Forbes ~ Jan 17, 2018

Azar Poised To Head Back To HHS, But This Time Around Health Landscape Looks A Lot Different
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 16, 2018

Gallup: Number of uninsured Americans rose by 3.2 million last year
By Susan McFarland; United Press International ~ Jan 16, 2018

Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year
From Melissa D. Kalensky; The Hill ~ Jan 16, 2018

How Overdue Taxes Can Jeopardize Passports
From Robert W. Wood; Forbes ~ Jan 16, 2018

The Best Way To Spend Money Safely In Retirement
From Steve Vernon, F.S.A.; Forbes ~ Jan 16, 2018

Health care deals could make you healthier but may not save you money
By Jayne O'Donnell; USA TODAY ~ Jan 15, 2018

Medicare Coverage: Wellness Visit vs. Physical
By Lindsay Hoffman; Fox 17 ~ Jan 15, 2018

The Super-Easy Retirement Investing Plan
By Wendy Connick; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 07, 2018

The ABCs Of Inherited IRAs
From Eric Vogt; Forbes ~ Jan 14, 2018

Opinion: Student loans and Social Security combined in toxic brew
By Brenton Smith, Blasting News – Jan 12, 2018

How Tax Reform May Impact Near-Retirees And Retirees
From Mark Avallone; Forbes ~ Jan 13, 2018

An Ominous Sign for Social Security From Congress
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Jan 13, 2018

Congressional Advisory Group Supports Changes In Medicare Doctor Payments
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 12, 2018

For Elder Health, Trips To The ER Are Often A Tipping Point
By Judith Graham; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 11, 2018

Ryan suggests room for bipartisanship on ObamaCare
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jan 12, 2018

44% of Voters Believe Repealing Any Part of Obamacare Is a Good Start
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Jan 12, 2018

Drugmakers see a pricing blueprint in an $850,000 gene therapy
By Caroline Humer; Reuters ~ Jan 12, 2018

Long-Term Care Insurance And The Importance Of Developing A Plan
From Joel Johnson; Forbes ~ Jan 12, 2018

Robert Powell: How to deal with debt in retirement
By Robert Powell; USA TODAY ~ Jan 12, 2018

Corporations may dodge billions in U.S. taxes through new loophole: experts
By David Morgan; Reuters ~ Jan 12, 2018

IRS Can't Afford to Prep for New Tax Law: Taxpayer Advocate
By Bernice Napach; ThinkAdvisor ~ Jan 12, 2018

Feds Collect Record Income Taxes Through December; Still Run $225 Billion Deficit
By Terence P. Jeffrey; CNS News ~ Jan 12, 2018

Trump administration to let states adopt Medicaid work requirements
By Yasmeen Abutaleb; Reuters ~ Jan 11, 2018

Here is an American solution to universal health care
From Richard Kirsch; The Hill ~ Jan 11, 2018

Representatives outline hybrid multiemployer plan design bill to be introduced
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Jan 10, 2018

In shift, GOP eyes more funding for IRS to implement new tax law
By Erica Werner & Jeff Stein; The Washington Post ~ Jan 10, 2018

The Health 202: Here's one legal and political battle you didn't expect: Republicans versus health insurers
By Paige Winfield Cunningham; The Washington Post ~ Jan 10, 2018

Opinion: Tax Reform: Facts Instead Of Partisan Positioning
From Milton Ezrati; Forbes ~ Jan 10, 2018

HHS Nominee Sticks To Conservative Talking Points On Drug Prices: ‘There’s No Silver Bullet Here’
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 10, 2018

How One Woman Is Reducing Healthcare Costs And Improving Quality
By Geri Stengel; Forbes ~ Jan 10, 2018

Amazon drug sales could 'blow the entire ecosystem apart'
By Brittany De Lea; Fox Business ~ Jan 10, 2018

The time is now to ensure multiemployer pension plan security
From Sean McGarvey & Stephen Sandherr; The Hill ~ Jan 09, 2018

Experts, Industry Push Back on Health Insurance Proposal
By Lauren Clason; Roll Call ~ Jan 09, 2018

Hospital groups to appeal dismissed case against Trump administration
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jan 09, 2018

U.S. pharma executives expect deals to pick up after tax overhaul
By Caroline Humer & Carl O'Donnell; Reuters ~ Jan 09, 2018

5 Questions To Ask Your Estate Planner After The New Tax Law
From David Robinson; Forbes ~ Jan 09, 2018

HHS Nominee Vows To Tackle High Drug Costs, Despite His Ties To Industry
By Emmarie Huetteman; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 09, 2018

Pro-ACA group urges 'no' vote on Trump health nominee
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jan 08, 2018

Health Insurer Sues Trump Admin Over Slashed Subsidies For Low-Income Patients
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Jan 08, 2018

HHS Nominee Talks Tough Against Pharma’s Profit Tactics, But History At Drugmaker Tells Different Story
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 08, 2018

HHS nominee Azar needs to come clean on Obamacare, Medicare in Senate hearings
From Margarida Jorge & Ethan Rome; CNBC ~ Jan 08, 2018

Blue-state officials plot response to GOP tax law
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Jan 07, 2018

Fund managers shouldn't try to save the world at pensioners' expense
From Jared Whitley; The Hill ~ Jan 08, 2018

Insurers Show Little Interest In Selling Trumpcare Policies
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Jan 07, 2018

Pfizer ends research for new Alzheimer's, Parkinson's drugs
By Elizabeth Dilts; Reuters ~ Jan 07, 2018

Retirement Tips for the Age of Trump
From Charles J. Sykes; The New York Times ~ Jan 06, 2018

Opinion: Alex Azar is bad medicine for HHS
By Hilary McQuie, The Hill – Jan 6, 2017

Opinion: For Retirees, Rising Interest Rates a Double-Edged Sword
From Mark Miller; Newsmax ~ Jan 06, 2018

Opinion: A New Strategy for Health Care
By Paul Starr, American Prospect – Jan 4, 2018

Opinion: The Case for More Medicare
From David Leonhardt; The New York Times ~ Jan 05, 2018

Conservatives press for ObamaCare repeal ahead of Trump meeting with GOP
By Rachel Roubein; The Hill ~ Jan 05, 2018

A Retirement Resolution Plan That Does Not Involve Diet, Exercise Or Money
From Joseph Coughlin; Forbes ~ Jan 05, 2018

Tax law’s pass-through provision could harm 401(k) plans
By Greg Iacurci; Pensions & Investments ~ Jan 05, 2018

January surprise of vanishing Social Security COLA
By Mary Beth Franklin; InvestmentNews ~ Jan 05, 2018

Susan Collins Moves The Goalposts (Again) On Her Health Care Demands
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Jan 04, 2018

A Top House Republican Doesn’t Concede Defeat On Health Law Repeal
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 03, 2018

Credit rater predicts stable year for ObamaCare markets
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jan 03, 2018

With Hatch’s Retirement, Pharma Will Lose A Friend In Congress
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 03, 2018

The January Talk Every Family Should Have
From John Wasik; Forbes ~ Jan 03, 2018

Pension plans can't be the next big taxpayer bailout in America
From Tom Schatz; The Hill ~ Jan 03, 2018

A Top House Republican Doesn’t Concede Defeat On Health Law Repeal
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 03, 2018

Credit rater predicts stable year for ObamaCare markets
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jan 03, 2018

With Hatch’s Retirement, Pharma Will Lose A Friend In Congress
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jan 03, 2018

The January Talk Every Family Should Have
From John Wasik; Forbes ~ Jan 03, 2018

New AARP Tool Helps Investors Choose an Advisor
By Emily Zulz; ThinkAdvisor ~ Jan 03, 2018

5 ways to assess whether the GOP tax plan is delivering
By Josh Boak; The Associated Press ~ Jan 03, 2018

Pharma, under attack for drug prices, started an industry war
By Carolyn Y. Johnson; The Washington Post ~ Jan 02, 2018

The Health 202: Generic drugs had a great 2017
By Paige Winfield Cunningham; The Washington Post ~ Jan 02, 2018

Hospital groups dig in after cuts to discount drug program
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jan 02, 2018

Democrats in High-Tax States Plot to Blunt Impact of New Tax Law
By Ben Casselman; The New York Times ~ Dec 31, 2018

Five ways Trump can undermine ObamaCare in 2018
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 30, 2017

12 Financial Goals For Each Month Of 2018
From Maya Kachroo-Levine; Forbes ~ Dec 30, 2017

Transcending politics, ObamaCare has saved millions of lives
From Dr. Eugene Gu; The Hill ~ Dec 29, 2017

The Most Important Year-end Talk You Should Have About Elder Care
From John Wasik; Forbes ~ Dec 29, 2017

Family caregivers need a voice in our political debate
From David Kendall & Jacqueline Lampert; The Hill ~ Dec 29, 2017

A secure retirement may be in jeopardy for millions of Americans
From Charles Jeszeck & Frank Todisco; The Hill ~ Dec 29, 2017

Final ObamaCare sign-ups tick down slightly due to cancellations
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 28, 2017

What Makes the U.S. Retirement System a Bad Example
From Justin Fox; Bloomberg ~ Dec 28, 2017

When You Shouldn't Prepay Your 2018 Property Taxes
From Kate Ashford; Forbes ~ Dec 28, 2017

IRS Sets Conditions for Deducting 2018 Property Taxes This Year
By John Voskuhl; Bloomberg ~ Dec 28, 2017

5 money mistakes to avoid in the new year
By Anna Bahney; CNNMoney ~ Dec 28, 2017

Opinion: From CHIP reauthorization to drug prices — here's what's in store for 2018 health care
From Dr. Kevin A. Schulman; The Hill ~ Dec 28, 2017

Opinion: If Congress Cuts Entitlements In 2018, Medicare Advantage Enrollment Will Soar
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Dec 28, 2017

The GOP tax overhaul kept this $1,300 break for seniors
By Darlene Mercado, CNBC – Dec 23, 2017

Social Security Beneficiaries Hit Record 61,859,250
By Terence P. Jeffrey; CNS News ~ Dec 27, 2017

Congress Experiments With Millions Of People By Nuking The O’Care Mandate
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Dec 27, 2017

Week ahead: Lawmakers push big health care decisions to 2018
By Jessie Hellmann, Rachel Roubein, Peter Sullivan, & Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Dec 26, 2017

Trump: Dems, GOP will eventually develop 'great new HealthCare plan'
By Olivia Beavers; The Hill ~ Dec 26, 2017

Trump admin rolling back use of fines against nursing homes
By Rebecca Savransky; The Hill ~ Dec 26, 2017

FDA Requires New Warning On MRI 'Dyes' That Chuck Norris Says Poisoned His Wife
From Rita Rubin; Forbes ~ Dec 26, 2017

Congress can liberate drugs that come off their patents
From Peter J. Ferrara; The Washington Examiner ~ Dec 26, 2017

How To Give Yourself The Gift Of Lower Taxes
From Erik Carter; Forbes ~ Dec 26, 2017

Dems aim for 2018 midterm boost from Trump tax plan fallout
By Bill Barrow; The Associated Press ~ Dec 25, 2017

Why it’s so hard to get generic competition for costly drugs
By David Nather; AXIOS ~ Dec 25, 2017

Americans' most harmful financial habit? Spending too much
By Maurie Backman, TMF; USA TODAY ~ Dec 25, 2017

In The Coming Debate Over Medicare, Remember How Much Seniors Pay
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Dec 23, 2017

Tax Reform Is Here: 4 Moves To Make By End of 2017
From Jamie Hopkins; Forbes ~ Dec 23, 2017

‘I hope I can quit working in a few years’: A preview of the U.S. without pensions
By Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post – Dec 23, 2017

Opinion: The tax bill should've been called The Inequality Exacerbation Act
From Heather Boushey; The Hill ~ Dec 22, 2017

Trump signs tax bill into law
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Dec 22, 2017

Trump’s Top Priority for 2018: Infrastructure or Welfare Reform?
By Yuval Rosenberg; The Fiscal Times ~ Dec 22, 2017

Graham Urges Full Health Care Repeal in 2018, Despite Tricky Math
By Griffin Connolly; Roll Call ~ Dec 22, 2017

Who gets left behind in the spending bill
By Sarah Ferris; Politico ~ Dec 22, 2017

Medicare Penalizes Group Of 751 Hospitals For Patient Injuries
By Jordan Rau; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 21, 2017

Column: Missed opportunity: GOP tax bill could have lowered crazy-high drug prices
From David Lazarus; Los Angeles Times ~ Dec 21, 2017

Column: With U.S. life expectancy gains down, tax bill will make things worse
From Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Dec 21, 2017

Graham: GOP leaders 'mistaken' to think there won't be ObamaCare repeal in 2018
By Max Greenwood; The Hill ~ Dec 21, 2017

Obamacare enrollment down only slightly after late surge in demand
By Caroline Humer; Reuters ~ Dec 21, 2017

This Drug Used To Be $50 A Bottle, Now It Goes For $15,000. Lawmakers Want Answers.
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 21, 2017

PBGC Expands Missing Participants Program
By Rebecca Moore; Plansponsor ~ Dec 21, 2017

House passes spending bill to avoid government shutdown
By Allen Cone; United Press International ~ Dec 21, 2017

Opinion: The tax cuts ignore this impact on Social Security’s finances
By Brenton Smith, MarketWatch – Dec 21, 2017

AP FACT CHECK: Trump says Obamacare is repealed. It isn’t
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 20, 2017

Opinion: Grover Norquist: GOP Tax Cuts Are What 2018 Voters Want, Despite What Democrats Say
By Grover Norquist; Newsweek ~ Dec 20, 2017

Doing More Harm Than Good? Epidemic of Screening Burdens Nation’s Older Patients
By Liz Szabo; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 20, 2017

Why Trump Won't Be Signing His Tax Cuts Right Away
By Russell Berman – Atlantic – Dec 20, 2017

Big Medicare cuts triggered by the GOP tax plan won't happen, says House majority leader
By Berkeley Lovelace Jr. ; CNBC ~ Dec 20, 2017

Why Don’t Most Americans Realize They’re Getting Tax Cuts for Christmas?
By David A. Graham; The Atlantic ~ Dec 20, 2017

5 ways the tax bill will affect your retirement
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Dec 20, 2017

House GOPers Say Susan Collins’ Health Care Demands Are Dead On Arrival
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Dec 19, 2017

Collins decries coverage of her tax bill support as 'unbelievably sexist'
The Maine Republican decried the media coverage as premature and unfair.

By Adam Cancryn; Politico ~ Dec 19, 2017

Medicare going after labs suspected of unnecessary testing
By Fred Schulte, KHN; BenefitsPRO ~ Dec 19, 2017

The Life And Death Of The Individual Mandate: Will Scrapping ‘Toothless’ Penalty Make A Difference?
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 19, 2017

Abortion fight threatens Collins deal, risks shutdown
By Jessie Hellmann & Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 19, 2017

Banks, healthcare service firms among winners from U.S. tax bill
By Lewis Krauskopf; Reuters ~ Dec 19, 2017

House Will Have To Re-Vote On Tax Plan After Procedural SNAFU
By Cameron Joseph; Talking Points Memo ~ Dec 19, 2017

Looking North: Can A Single-Payer Health System Work In The U.S.?
By Shefali Luthra; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 18, 2017

BREAKING: McConnell’s Promise Nets Susan Collins’ Tax Bill Vote
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Dec 18, 2017

Opinion: Entitlement reform is the toughest test for Republicans
From Peter Morici; MarketWatch ~ Dec 18, 2017

In Election Year, Drug Industry Spent Big To Temper Talk About High Drug Prices
By Jay Hancock, KHN; NPR ~ Dec 18, 2017

Concerns Grow About Cheaper Trumpcare Plans
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Dec 17, 2017

ObamaCare mandate repeal would put pressure on states
By Nathaniel Weixel” The Hill ~ Dec 17, 2017


From Merrill Matthews; The Hill ~ Dec 17, 2017

GOP betting that its fix for US economy will defy warnings
By Paul Wiseman; The Associated Press ~ Dec 17, 2017

Lawmakers zero in on next target in fight against high drug prices
By Robert King; The Washington Examiner ~ Dec 17, 2017

Trump officials decline to extend ObamaCare sign-up deadline
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 16, 2017

New tax reforms can open health insurance to innovation
From John Sarich; The Hill ~ Dec 16, 2017

For GOP, tax bill’s most visible win may be averting failure
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Dec 16, 2017

Corporate Winners and Losers in GOP Tax Bill
By Matthew Townsend; Bloomberg ~ Dec 16, 2017

Why Democrats failed to tank tax reform
By Elana Schor & Heather Caygle; Politico ~ Dec 16, 2017

Opinion: The Tax Bill Is Finalized: Who's Happy, And Who's Not?

Flush with momentum, GOP speeds toward tax votes
By Scott Wong; The Hill ~ Dec 16, 2017

Opinion: A Commonsense Compromise On Health Care: Free Market Coverage For Everyone
From Paul Scotchmer; Forbes ~ Dec 15, 2017

Sign-ups show health law’s staying power in Trump era
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 15, 2017

Medicare Fails To Recover Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Lab Overcharges
By Fred Schulte; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 15, 2017

Here are the details of the final GOP tax bill
CBS News ~ Dec 15, 2017

Rubio To Vote ‘Yes’ On Final Tax Bill, Easing GOP Anxiety Over Passage
By Associated Press; Talking Points Memo ~ Dec 15, 2017

House, Senate’s Negotiated Tax Package Includes Repeal Of Individual Mandate
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 14, 2017

Can You Get Health Insurance Subsidies If You Buy Off-Exchange?
The latest in our series of Q&As about open enrollment

By Tracy Anderman; Consumer Reports ~ Dec 14, 2017

Health groups call on states to override Trump ObamaCare order
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 14, 2017

Lawmakers battle Trump, PhRMA on discount drug rule
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Dec 14, 2017

Consumers Who Froze Their Credit Reports Could Hit A Glitch Enrolling In Insurance
By Julie Appleby; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 13, 2017

Rubio’s defection threatens Senate GOP’s margin on tax bill
By Stephen Ohlemacher & Marcy Gordon: The Associated Press ~ Dec 14, 2017

Collins confident health subsidies will be in spending bill
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Dec 13, 2017

House Lawmakers: Ball Is In Senate’s Court On Bills Stabilizing ACA Marketplaces
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 13, 2017

Why Do People Hate Obamacare, Anyway?
By Julie Rovner; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 13, 2017

Survey: 36% of Obamacare Enrollees Without Subsidies Pay $1,000 Or More in Premiums
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Dec 13, 2017

As the Senate continues to talk about drug pricing let's think about biotechs, too
By Jeffrey Bacha; The Hill ~ Dec 13, 2017

It’s not just primary care doctors that are in short supply, specialists are too
By Joanne Finnegan; FierceHealthcare ~ Dec 13, 2017

This is what Americans are really spending their money on-Frivolous things, or necessities?
By Bob Sullivan; MarketWatch ~ Dec 13, 2017

Credit card debt is costing you nearly $1,000 per year
By Anna Bahney; CNNMoney ~ Dec 13, 2017

Republican Tax Bill in Final Sprint Across Finish Line
By Jim Tankersley, Thomas Kaplan and Alan Rappeport, New York Times – Dec 13, 2017

Congress: Act now to safeguard patients’ access to Part B treatments
By David Daikh & Cynthia A. Bradford; The Hill ~ Dec 13, 2017

Republicans Say They Have a Deal on Tax Bill
By Jim Tankersley, New York Times – Dec 13, 2017

House GOP unveils package to delay ObamaCare taxes
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 12, 2017

Automatic Re-Enrollment Could Leave Customers On Hook To Pay Thousands For Plans They Don’t Want
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 12, 2017

Actuaries warn of premium increases from repealing ObamaCare mandate
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Dec 12, 2017

What Could We Expect From The DOL On 'Association Health Plans'?
From Christopher Condeluci; Forbes ~ Dec 12, 2017

Why Big Medicare And Medicaid Cuts Are Likely
From Bob Blancato; Forbes ~ Dec 12, 2017

Despite Ryan’s Enthusiasm To Overhaul Medicare, GOP Senators More Wary Just Months Before Elections
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 12, 2017

What health insurance executives think of the GOP's plan to repeal the individual mandate
By Leslie Small; FierceHealthcare ~ Dec 11, 2017

Some glitches seen in deadline week for ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 10, 2017

Opinion: Keep big government out of Medicare drug pricing negotiations
By Sally Pipes; The Hill ~ Dec 11, 2017

Despite Mergers, Hospitals Are in Serious Condition
By Charley Grant; The Wall Street Journal ~ Dec 11, 2017

This week: GOP seeks to finish tax overhaul
By Cristina Marcos & Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Dec 11, 2017

Senate Republicans are divided over whether to pursue Medicare cuts in 2018
By Jeff Stein; The Washington Post ~ Dec 11, 2017

Fed Up With Drug Cost Sticker Shock, Consumers Finding Medication Online For Nearly Half The Price
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 11, 2017

The case for moving to a retirement community
By Saul Levmore; MarketWatch ~ Dec 10, 2017

Poll: Most Americans doubt GOP bill will cut their taxes or boost the economy
By Susan Page; USA TODAY ~ Dec 10, 2017

More Than 1 in 4 Americans Postpone Medical Treatment Because of the Expense
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Dec 10, 2017

GOP Sen. Susan Collins: Not sure if I will support tax reform plan
By Caroline Kenny; CNN ~ Dec 10, 2017

Opinion: To understand the tax reform bill, use good old math and history
From Jeffrey Frankel; The Hill ~ Dec 10, 2017

Very, very scary’: 8.8 million Americans face big tax hike if Republicans scrap the medical deduction
By Heather Long; The Washington Post ~ Dec 10, 2017

GOP Sen. Susan Collins says she would consider changing her tax plan vote over amendments
By Daniella Diaz; CNN ~ Dec 08, 2017

ObamaCare fight could threaten shutdown deal
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Dec 09, 2017

The other big drug problem: Older people taking too many pills
By Sandra G. Boodman; The Washington Post ~ Dec 09, 2017

Prescription Drugs May Cost More With Insurance Than Without It
By Charles Ornstein & Katie Thomas; The New York Times ~ Dec 09, 2017

McConnell Promised Collins Health Bills Would Pass, But No One Else Seems Eager To Uphold That Deal
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 08, 2017

Health Care Spending Grows 1.5% Faster Than Overall Economy in 2016
Out-of-pocket spending including copayments and deductibles increased by 3.9 percent

By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Dec 08, 2017

Opinion: Please Raise My Taxes
From Chris Ladd; Forbes ~ Dec 08, 2017

Paul Ryan makes it official: Republicans are coming after Medicare next
By Michael Hiltzik; Los Angeles Times ~ Dec 08, 2017

UnitedHealth Is Buying a Major Doctor Group on the Heels of the CVS-Aetna Deal
By Sy Mukherjee; Fortune ~ Dec 06, 2017

GOP abandons state sovereignty fight on health care
From Barak D. Richman & Dr. Kevin A. Schulman ; The Hill ~ Dec 07, 2017

Pelosi: Dems will oppose short-term spending bill
By Mike Lillis; The Hill ~ Dec 07, 2017

DOJ may win task of reviewing CVS-Aetna deal
By Leslie Small; FierceHealthcare ~ Dec 07, 2017

Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Dec 06, 2017

Opinion: Americans at small companies deserve better retirement plans
From Aron Szapiro; The Hill ~ Dec 06, 2017

Rep. Mark Walker says 'no energy' for Obamacare bills
By Robert King; The Washington Examiner ~ Dec 06, 2017

Health law sign-ups seen as falling short though more enroll
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Dec 06, 2017

U.S. healthcare spending growth slowed in 2016
By Toni Clarke; Reuters ~ Dec 06, 2017

Opinion: CVS-Aetna merger is a robber baron's dream come true
From David Balto; The Hill ~ Dec 06, 2017

Count the ways: How GOP tax plans would reward rich families
By Josh Boak; The Associated Press ~ Dec 06, 2017

The tax bill endangers millions of lives
From Rachel Gallery; The Hill ~ Dec 06, 2017

Opinion: How to Reduce Medical Drug Prices At A Stroke
From Scott Knoer; Newsweek ~ Dec 06, 2017

CMS mulls new payment models for drug pricing
By Paige Minemyer; FierceHealthcare ~ Dec 05, 2017

House conservatives push for repeal of ObamaCare mandate in final tax bill
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Dec 05, 2017

GOP weighs increasing state and local break in conference version of tax bill
By Joseph Lawler; The Washington Examiner ~ Dec 05, 2017

Flawed Social Security's National Debt Burden Unaffordable
By Brenton Smith, Newsmax – Dec 5, 2017

Forget 'Location, Location, Location' When Making Retirement Housing Decisions
From Jamie Hopkins; The Hill ~ Dec 05, 2017

Deadline Looming, House GOP Keeps Talking About Funding Options
By Lindsey McPherson; Roll Call ~ Dec 05, 2017

Opinion: The next Republican targets: Social Security and Medicare
By Paul Brandus; MarketWatch ~ Dec 05, 2017

Funded status for U.S. corporate plans continues upward march
By Meaghan Kilroy; Pensions & Investments ~ Dec 04, 2017

Collins doubles funding ask for ObamaCare bill
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Dec 04, 2017

Let's scrap the Cadillac tax before Americans start paying in money and lives
From Stacy Washington; The Hill ~ Dec 04, 2017

When Every Year Means an ‘Agonizing’ Search for New Insurance
From Jay Hancock; The New York Times ~ Dec 04, 2017

What the CVS-Aetna deal means for consumers
By Paul R. La Monica; CNNMoney ~ Dec 04, 2017

Five questions for the CVS-Aetna deal
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Dec 04, 2017

Column: CVS and Aetna say their huge merger will be great for consumers. Here's why you should be skeptical
By Michael Hiltzik; Los Angeles Times ~ Dec 04, 2017

5 Reasons Consumer Technology Companies Will Transform Health Care
From Chunka Mui; Forbes ~ Dec 04, 2017

This is the maximum Social Security retirement benefit payable in 2018
By Matthew Frankel, TMF; USA TODAY ~ Dec 04, 2017

Congress should stop lining the pockets of drug corporations and their CEOs
From LeeAnn Hall; The Hill ~ Dec 04, 2017

Opinion: Let's not 'restructure' Social Security and Medicare to pay for tax cuts
From Max Richtman; The Hill ~ Dec 04, 2017

Reports: CVS to buy Aetna for $69B
By Danielle Haynes; United Press International ~ Dec 03, 2017

Collins on support for GOP tax bill: I want to see what comes out of conference committee
By Brett Samuels; The Hill ~ Dec 03, 2017

McConnell In Kentucky: Tax Bill Won’t Add To Nation’s Debt Woes
By Bruce Schreiner, AP; Talking Points Memo ~ Dec 03, 2017

Tax bill could fuel push for Medicare, Social Security cuts
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Dec 03, 2017

Heading Toward Tax Victory, Republicans Eye Next Step: Cut Spending
By Kate Zernike and Alan Rappeport, New York Times – Dec 2, 2017

Will GOP Cut Social Security And Medicare Before Or After The 2018 Election?
From Stan Collender; Forbes ~ Dec 03, 2017

Senate tax bill accomplishes major Obamacare repeal goal

How The Senate GOP Got The Votes To Overhaul The Tax Code And Strike A Blow To Obamacare
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Dec 02, 2017

If You’re 70½, It’s Time to Take Money From Your Retirement Account
By Ann Carrns; The New York Times ~ Dec 01, 2017

Hacking Health Care: Silicon Valley's Solutions To Elderly Care, Diabetes And More
By Jennifer Wang; Forbes ~ Dec 01, 2017

Next week in Congress: Tax negotiations and funding the government
By Susan Ferrechio; The Washington Examiner ~ Dec 02, 2017

Desperate For Coverage: Are Short-Term Plans Better Than None At All?
By Julie Appleby; Kaiser Health News ~ Dec 01, 2017

Congress May Soon Help Prevent Medicare Enrollment Mistakes
From Chris Farrell; Forbes ~ Dec 01, 2017

How Republicans learned to stop worrying about the deficit and love the tax bill
By Joseph Lawler; The Washington Examiner ~ Dec 01, 2017

How GOP Tax Bill Will Blow Up Medicare
From John Wasik; Forbes ~ Dec 01, 2017

McConnell says Senate has the votes to pass GOP tax bill
By Erica Werner and Damian Paletta, Washington Post – Dec 1, 2017

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