Tag Archives: Medicare

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 »

Department of Justice claims Community Health Network fraudulently billed Medicare

The U.S. Department of Justice is alleging that Indianapolis-based Community Health Network knowingly billed Medicare for services referred by a doctor with financial ties to the health system — which the government said has entailed millions of dollars over the course of nearly a decade. In a complaint filed this week, the DOJ alleged that… Read More »

A dose of reality on Medicare for All’s cost

Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren just released her plan to pay for Medicare for All. It’s ludicrous from the jump. For starters, its price tag is “only” $ 20.5 trillion in new federal spending over 10 years. That’s $ 10 trillion less than both the libertarian Mercatus Center and the left-leaning Urban Institute estimate Medicare for… Read More »

‘Medicare for All’ likely to keep private payers, but erode margins: Moody’s

As 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls tout healthcare reform plans from beefing up the Affordable Care Act to “Medicare for All,” Moody’s, Harvard Medical School and others are weighing in on the cost and likely disruption to the health sector. Their conclusion: Medicare for All could prove a significant threat to traditional insurers, but building on… Read More »