Tag Archives: Medicare

Massive $2 trillion coronavirus bill equivalent to about seven months of ‘Medicare for all’ spending

The U.S. Senate late Wednesday night passed a massive $ 2 trillion relief bill with the aim of propping up the economy, which has been largely shut down by the response to the coronavirus. The bill has been dubbed “the largest economic rescue package in U.S. history” or at least “in modern American history.” And… Read More »

After a year on Medicare, advice for journalists on stories that need to be told

The annual Medicare open enrollment period ends soon.  America’s seniors have faced a blizzard of dismaying news about the program. Here are some excerpts from newsworthy stories that you should be aware of. Excerpt: “The federal government recently redesigned a digital tool that helps seniors navigate complicated Medicare choices, but consumer advocates say it’s malfunctioning… Read More »

$59 trillion over a decade: Analysis finds health spending would rise, not fall, under ‘Medicare for all’

A new analysis suggests that the “Medicare for all” idea backed by Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren would raise total national health spending by $ 7 trillion over a decade. The analysis, from the Urban Institute, undercuts the argument by “Medicare for all” supporters who say providing a single public plan would… Read More »

Elizabeth Warren facing skepticism over ‘Medicare For All’ on campaign trail

ROCK HILL, South Carolina — Elizabeth Warren’s embrace of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare For All” proposal is beginning to dog her on the campaign trail. The senator from Massachusetts and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate’s catchphrase “I’ve got a plan for that” doesn’t apply to a healthcare platform since hers is largely modeled on the… Read More »

Medicare spends more on post-hospital care for seniors than private insurance — needlessly, says Health Affairs

Picture a woman in her 60s in the hospital after a heart attack or a hip replacement. As her hospital stay nears its end, her care team prepares her for the next step in her recovery, which might include time in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, care at home or regular therapy appointments. But… Read More »

U.S. government boosts 2020 Medicare payments to insurers by 2.53 percent

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Monday said it would increase by 2.53 percent on average 2020 payments to the health insurers that manage Medicare Advantage insurance plans for seniors and the disabled, a reflection of a new estimate on medical cost growth. FILE PHOTO: A photo illustration shows a stethoscope and blood-pressure… Read More »