Tag Archives: Medicare

This Medicare open enrollment season more seniors are expected to seek online help. Insurers say they’re ready

A senior signing up for Medicare. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Open enrollment season for Medicare enrollees can sometimes be overwhelming because of the wide variety of choices. The average senior will have 47 different health plans to choose from for 2021, according to the Trump administration, up 20% from last year.  In most years,… Read More »

Half of Medicare patients do not receive recommended healthcare after hospitalization

In the period from October 2015 to September 2016, before the Affordable Care Act, a substantial portion of Medicare patients referred to home healthcare after hospitalization did not receive that care, new findings show. Using national data, the researchers detailed how often Medicare patients referred to home healthcare services after a hospital discharge received one… Read More »

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 »