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GAO Audit Findings

Health and Human Services (HHS), that includes the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), is among federal agencies that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found is failing to enforce the Stevens Amendment, which requires grant recipients to disclose how much money comes from federal sources in any program, project, or grant activity.

According to the newly released report, top HHS officials at the department level said "they have no knowledge about whether their operating divisions conduct monitoring and enforcement of the Stevens Amendment."

Also, CMS provides taxpayer subsidies to private insurance companies for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans that make it possible to offer benefits to just 33% of participants that are not made available to traditional Medicare beneficiaries who represent 67% of participants. The NRLN states in its MA whitepaper, this is not right.

The whitepaper also calls for CMS to reduce $90 billion in Medicare and Medicaid annual wrongful payments which are part of the $141 billion of annual wrongful payments by all federal agencies. The NRLN advocates that the savings be sequestered and used to eliminate the 75-year deficits of Medicare Part A and Part B, then Part D.

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Congress Must Act to Reduce Price of Prescription Drugs

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

 

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IN THE NEWS...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House Dems ponder rules change as party unity crumbles
By Stephen Dinan; The Washington Times ~ Feb 28, 2019

Rebates And Drug Costs: What The New Proposal Would Mean
From Grace-Marie Turner; Forbes ~ Feb 28, 2019

Liberal groups call on Dem leaders to go bigger on drug price legislation
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 28, 2019

Opinion: Why Republicans Lose Health Care Debates
From John C. Goodman; Forbes ~ Feb 28, 2019

Majority of Americans identify universal health care as 'largely socialist,' poll finds
By Julia Manchester; The Hill ~ Feb 28, 2019

Health-Care Analysts Call Medicare-For-All Proposal an ‘Impossible Dream’
By Tatiana Darie; Bloomberg ~ Feb 28, 2019

Pelosi on single-payer health care: 'How do you pay for that?'
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 28, 2019

Key Dem chairman voices skepticism on Medicare for all bill
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Feb 28, 2019

As Progressive Dems Go All-In On ‘Medicare For All,’ Moderates Worried About ‘Seismic’ Disruptions To System Shy Away
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 28, 2019

IRS says average refund up 1.3 percent
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Feb 28, 2019

GOP group launches $2.9M ad campaign against Medicare negotiating drug prices
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 28, 2019

Big Doctor Group Supports Medicare And Medicaid 'Buy Ins'
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 28, 2019

Opinion: Improved Social Security COLA would help seniors stay ahead of inflation
From Max Richtman; MarketWatch ~ Feb 28, 2019

Republicans promise to lower drug costs — don't believe them
From Former Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) ; The Hill ~ Feb 27, 2019

Moderate Dems revive effort to stabilize ObamaCare markets
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Feb 27, 2019

Push for ‘Medicare for all’ worries centrist Dems
By Scott Wong; The Hill ~ Feb 27, 2019

Pharma Executives Walked Into Congress Expecting A Public Flogging. They Walked Out Fairly Unscathed.
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 27, 2019

Americans want government to play larger role in retirement planning – survey
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Feb 26, 2019

Congress Squares Off With Pharma CEOs In Showdown Over High Drug Prices
By Emmarie Huetteman & Jay Hancock; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 26, 2019

Better treatment options exist — why don’t we use them?
From Jessica Foley, PhD & Mark Carol, MD, ; The Hill ~ Feb 26, 2019

Pharma stocks could see turbulence from U.S. Senate drug-price hearing
By Lewis Krauskopf; Reuters ~ Feb 25, 2019

Opinion: The ‘wall’ that Social Security is about to run into is the one Americans should worry about
By Brett Arends; MarketWatch ~ Feb 25, 2019

Opinion: Newt Gingrich: Incredible medical breakthroughs coming to cure diseases and save lives
From Newt Gingrich; Fox News ~ Feb 23, 2019

Medicare for All, or Medicare for More? Here’s where the Democratic presidential candidates stand on health care

Health Care and Insurance Industries Mobilize to Kill ‘Medicare for All’
By Robert Pear; The New York Times ~ Feb 23, 2019

Here's What Medicare Part B Costs and Covers in 2019..Get the latest on the medical benefits Medicare provides.
By Dan Caplinger; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 23, 2019

Social Security expansion bill poised to gain traction in Congress
By Sarah O’Brien; CNBC ~ Feb 23, 2019

Opinion: Governors should reject unscientific and discriminatory approaches to drug pricing
From Susan Peschin; The Hill ~ Feb 22, 2019

Opinion: 'Medicare for all' would limit health care choices even more
From David Balat; The Hill ~ Feb 22, 2019

Opinion: What Really Is Happening To Medicare Spending?
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Feb 22, 2019

Democrats Call For HHS To Halt Medicaid Work Requirements They Say Are ‘Designed To Purge People From The Rolls’
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 22, 2019

Opinion: Could A Good Night's Sleep Protect You From Heart Disease?
From Robin Seaton Jefferson; Forbes ~ Feb 22, 2019

FDA official says ongoing blood pressure drug investigation will probably uncover more tainted pills
By Susan Scutti; CNN ~ Feb 22, 2019

White House doesn't back DeSantis on drug importation from Canada
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 22, 2019

Government Now Pays For Nearly 50 Percent Of Health Care Spending, An Increase Driven By Baby Boomers Shifting Into Medicare
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 21, 2019

U.S. Health Care Costs Skyrocketed to $3.65 Trillion in 2018
By Erik Sherman; Fortune ~ Feb 21, 2019

Purdue exec agreed to hide OxyContin strength from doctors: report
By Rachel Frazin; The Hill ~ Feb 21, 2019

OIG: CMS improperly paid $84M to nursing facilities that failed to follow its 3-day rule
By Jacqueline Renfrow; FierceHealthcare ~ Feb 21, 2019

The One Factor That Determines If Your Retirement Will Be A Success
From Bob Carlson; Forbes ~ Feb 21, 2019

Nonprofit Trying to Upend Drug Costs Will Work With Pharma, Not Against It
By Cynthia Koons; Bloomberg ~ Feb 20, 2019

In A 2020 Race That Has So Far Been Defined By Overlapping Wish Lists, Health Care Emerges As First Real Fault Line
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 20, 2019

U.S. health spending to rise 5.5 percent per year over next decade: CMS
By Tamara Mathias & Saumya Joseph; Reuters ~ Feb 20, 2019

Top Dems blast administration's proposed ObamaCare changes
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Feb 20, 2019

Opinion: Baby Boomers To Push U.S. Health Spending To $6 Trillion By 2027
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 20, 2019

Many Americans Are Shocked By Their Tax Returns in 2019. Here’s What You Should Know
By Mahita Gajanan; TIME ~ Feb 20, 2019

Bill would let patients buy cheaper insulin from other countries
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Feb 20, 2019

Florida GOP governor working with Trump to import cheaper drugs from Canada
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 20, 2019

Government headed for close to half of nation’s health tab
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Feb 20, 2019

Opinion: We don’t need government-run health care to get to affordable, universal coverage
From David Kendall & Jim Kessler; The Washington Post ~ Feb 19, 2019

Moderate 2020 Hopefuls Embrace Medicare Buy-In, With Universal Coverage As A Longer-Term Goal
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 19, 2019

FDA warns against infusing young people's blood to fight aging
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 19, 2019

Opinion: Social Security plan robs from future to pay for past
Editorial Board USA Today – Feb 13, 2019

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wants to reform Social Security — here’s how
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Feb 19, 2019

U.S. Primary Care Doctor Supply Has Improved But Not Everywhere
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 18, 2019

Opinion: Why Can't We Expand Access To Transportation For Older Adults?
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Feb 18, 2019

Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all'
By Michael Burke; The Hill ~ Feb 17, 2019

Opinion: How Much Will Americans Sacrifice for Good Health Care?
By The Editorial Board; The New York Times ~ Feb 16, 2019

High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks
By Peter Sullivan ; The Hill ~ Feb 16, 2019

Opinion: Why Social Security Expansion May Stiff the Poor
By Andrew Biggs, National Review – Feb 13, 2019

Opinion: Do Democrats Want to Roll Back Consumer-Friendly Health Options?
From Grace-Marie Turner; Forbes ~ Feb 15, 2019

Medicare proposes coverage for new, expensive cancer treatment
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Feb 15, 2019

Hospital Drug Prices Are Up to 7 Times Greater Than Medicare Pricing
By Don Reisinger; Fortune ~ Feb 15, 2019

JAMA Pushes Health-Care Rationing
By Wesley J. Smith; National Review ~ Feb 15, 2019

Federal court agrees to let Democrats defend ObamaCare in court
By Lydia Wheeler & Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Feb 14, 2019

Democrats seek cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 14, 2019

Medicare ambulance rides may no longer end up at ER
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Feb 14, 2019

Medicare At 50 Act Targets Early Retirees
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 14, 2019

Trump's free market approach to drug pricing will help lower costs
From Dr. Marc Siegel; The Hill ~ Feb 13, 2019

McCarthy blames 2018 House losses on GOP's health care stance: report
By Juliegrace Brufke - 02/13/19 03; The Hill ~ Feb 13, 2019

Seniors' Health Costs May Be Moderating But The Need For Long-Term Care May Be Growing
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Feb 13, 2019

Opinion: Pre-existing conditions: Political versus financial reality
From David Balat; The Hill ~ Feb 13, 2019

Opinion: Bernie Sanders would like to talk about Social Security
From Helaine Olen; The Washington Post ~ Feb 13, 2019

Opinion: Major Clinical Trial Links High Blood Pressure And Mild Cognitive Impairment
From Robin Seaton Jefferson; Forbes ~ Feb 13, 2019

Pharma Companies Dramatically Slash List Price For Cholesterol Drug In Rare Move
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 12, 2019

Greedy tort bar tarts up the CREATES Act
From Peter J. Pitts; The Hill ~ Feb 12, 2019

A political ‘bomb’ over drug prices could threaten NAFTA 2.0
By Paul Wiseman; The Associated Press ~ Feb 12, 2019

Opinion: Fostering Transparency In The Pharmaceutical Market
From Wayne Winegarden; Forbes ~ Feb 12, 2019

Record health care spending driven by rising prices, not increased services: study
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Feb 12, 2019

Is a Tax Refund Ahead in Your 2019? Some Taxpayers Received a Tax Bill Instead
By Ben Steverman, Laura Davison, & “Bloomberg”; Fortune ~ Feb 11, 2019

Drug pricing reforms will disrupt cancer care for millions
From Leslie Busby; The Hill ~ Feb 12, 2019

Medicare, Medicaid contain costs better than private insurers, study says
By Shelby Livingston; Modern Healthcare ~ Feb 12, 2019

Social Security's Financial Torture Of This 81-Year-Old Widow Due To Its Own Mistake
From Laurence Kotlikoff; Forbes ~ Feb 12, 2019

GOP senators introduce bill to end pensions for retiring lawmakers
By Tal Axelrod; The Hill ~ Feb 12, 2019

Opinion: 4 Ways to Get Yourself Audited This Year
By Maurie Backman; The Motley Fool ~ Feb 10, 2019

Opinion: Drug pricing is secretive. Fix that first
From G. William Hoagland; Roll Call ~ Feb 11, 2019

US Treasury Approves Benefits Cuts for Two More Pensions
By Michael Katz; Chief Investment Officer ~ Feb 11, 2019

False Lead: Senator’s Offer To Help Patient Import Cheap Insulin Goes Nowhere
By Jay Hancock; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 11, 2019

These companies are illegally selling products claiming to treat Alzheimer’s
By Tomi Kilgore; MarketWatch ~ Feb 11, 2019

FDA to crack down on dietary supplements
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 11, 2019

Here's a key way to prevent paying more for your health care than you should
By Sarah O'Brien; CNBC ~ Feb 11, 2019

Republicans can’t wait to debate 'Medicare for all'
By Alice Miranda Ollstein; Politico ~ Feb 10, 2019

Democratic White House hopeful hits Medicare for all as 'bad opening offer'
By Alexander Bolton; The Hill ~ Feb 10, 2019

Opinion: In Medicare For All Battle, Insurers Tout Democratic Allies
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 10, 2019

Commentary: Democrats' Social Security Expansion Plan Is Flawed
By Brenton Smith, Orlando Sentinel – Feb 7, 2019

Access to insurance coverage improved under the ACA, but more of those covered are now underinsured: survey

Opinion: Four Reasons To Avoid Reverse Mortgages
From Teresa Ghilarducci; Forbes ~ Feb 09, 2019

Why you have no idea how much a surgery really costs (before you have it)
By Kari Paul; MarketWatch ~ Feb 09, 2019

Opinion: Americans have $1 trillion problem
From Douglas Criscitello; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2019

Opinion: Another recession will happen eventually, and you should start preparing now
From Liz Weston, NW; USA TODAY ~ Feb 08, 2019

White House report: Administration not sabotaging ObamaCare
By Nathaniel Weixel ; The Hill ~ Feb 08, 2019

Tax Filers Are Seeing Smaller Refunds on Average in 2019 (So Far)
By Brittany Shoot; Fortune ~ Feb 08, 2019

Support For ‘Medicare For All’ Plummets If It Means Getting Rid Of Private Insurance System, Poll Finds
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 08, 2019

Trump Administration Salutes Parade Of Generic Drug Approvals, But Hundreds Aren’t For Sale
By Sydney Lupkin & Jay Hancock; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 07, 2019

Column: Medicare Part D no match for runaway specialty drug costs: study
From Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Feb 07, 2019

Opinion: Comprehensive Bill To Aid Retirement Security Likely To Pass House This Year Says Ways & Means Chair
From Ted Knutson; Forbes ~ Feb 06, 2019

Drug costs impact the financial well-being of older adults
From Linda Phillips; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2019

Dems unveil bill for Medicare to negotiate drug prices
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 07, 2019

Opinion: New Proposal To Update Social Security Fails To Address One Of The Biggest Issues
From Jamie Hopkins; Forbes ~ Feb 07, 2019

It's Time To Go Big On Social Security Reform
From Elizabeth Bauer; Forbes ~ Feb 07, 2019

Would Trump's New Drug Rebate Rule Help You?
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Feb 06, 2019

Trump’s Mandate That Lawmakers Should ‘Do More’ On Drug Prices Greeted With Mixed Reactions
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 06, 2019

House Dems to mull bills to overturn Trump ObamaCare actions
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 06, 2019

Trump Wants To Require Drug Makers, Insurers And Hospitals To Disclose Prices
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 05, 2019

Let’s Be More Honest About the Politics of ‘Medicare for All’
From Josh Marshall; Talking Points Memo ~ Feb 06, 2019

Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act reintroduced in House
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Feb 06, 2019

Bernie Sanders Accuses Drugmaker Of ‘Fleecing’ Americans With Staggering $375,000 List Price For Drug That Was Once Free
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 05, 2019

Bipartisan senators ask industry for information on surprise medical bills
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 05, 2019

Primary care changes could be part of Senate effort to lower health care costs
By Mary Ellen McIntire; Roll Call ~ Feb 05, 2019

Most Americans Support Increasing Taxes on the Wealthy: Poll
By Natasha Bach; Fortune ~ Feb 04, 2019

Congress wants these 7 drug company CEOs to testify about prices
By Lev Facher; Stat ~ Feb 04, 2019

Trump’s plan to improve healthcare, that everyone said wouldn’t work, is already working
From Jack Hunter; The Washington Examiner ~ Feb 04, 2019

The Misguided Schumer-Sanders Buyback Solution
From Stephen Gandel; Bloomberg ~ Feb 04, 2019

Winners and losers under bold Trump plan to slash drug rebate deals
By Jay Hancock, KHN; FierceHealthcare ~ Feb 04, 2019

As Democrats Talk Single Payer, Private Medicare Advantage Soars
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 03, 2019

Opinion: Progressives pulling a bait-and-switch with 'Medicare for All'
From Paul R. Gregory; The Hill ~ Feb 03, 2019

Opinion: 'Medicare-for-all' means long waits for poor care, and Americans won't go for it once they learn these facts
From Sally Pipes; Fox News ~ Feb 02, 2019

Opinion: 3 Common Mistakes You Don't Want To Make This Tax Season
From Erik Carter; Forbes ~ Feb 03, 2019

Drug prices may drop under Medicare reform plans – But it could come at great cost to patients' health
By Sandip Shah; Fox News ~ Feb 03, 2019

Democrats Push Plan to Increase Social Security Benefits and Solvency
By Robert Pear; The New York Times ~ Feb 03, 2019

Clash of Giants: UnitedHealth Takes On Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase
By Reed Abelson; The New York Times ~ Feb 01, 2019

Medicare for All Emerges as Early Policy Test for 2020 Democrats
By Jonathan Martin & Abby Goodnough; The New York Times ~ Feb 02, 2019

U.S. judge throws out Maryland bid to protect Obamacare law
By Lawrence Hurley; Reuters ~ Feb 01, 2019

Four states move to join defense of ObamaCare in lawsuit
By Jessie Hellmann ; The Hill ~ Feb 01, 2019

Trump predicts ObamaCare will be 'terminated' by the courts
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Feb 01, 2019

Opinion: Amid Medicare For All Talk, Insurance Industry Poll Says 66% Support 'Existing' System
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Feb 01, 2019

Opinion: Medicare star ratings perpetuate health disparities
From Dr. Sophia Chang; The Hill ~ Jan 31, 2019

Trump health chief presses Congress to pass drug discount plan
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Feb 01, 2019

Drugmakers’ Rebates For Middlemen Would Be Viewed As Illegal Kickbacks Under Trump Administration’s Proposal
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Feb 01, 2019