Medicare News

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11/15/2017
11/3/2017
10/16/2017
With Skin Cancer Surgery, Insurance Matters

Wait could be more than 6 weeks longer than those with private insurance, study says

10/10/2017
Medicare Could Do More to Stem Opioid Epidemic

Prior authorization and quantity limits might help curb painkiller abuse, researchers say

9/28/2017
Many Patients Denied Costly New Cholesterol Drugs

Insurers and high copays limit use of PCSK9 inhibitors, study says

9/12/2017
Many May Get Hospice Care Too Late

Study suggests that most end-of-life care occurs in final 2 weeks

8/28/2017
More Than Half of Americans Will Need Nursing Home Care: Study

More short-term stays the biggest factor fueling the increase

8/22/2017
Dementia Care: A Huge Financial Burden for U.S. Families

Annual costs may top $320,000, study estimates

8/10/2017
Cancer Takes Financial Toll, Even With Insurance

1 in 6 insured patients spends one-third of their income on bills related to treatment, U.S. study finds

8/7/2017
Most People Not Bargain Hunters When It Comes to Health Care

While they believe in price shopping, they don't follow through, researchers report

7/28/2017
Generic Eye Drops for Seniors Could Save Millions of Dollars a Year

Medicare is billed more than $1 billion annually for glaucoma treatments alone, researchers say

7/20/2017
More Patients OK'd for Cancer Trials Under Obamacare: Study

Affordable Care Act changed rules for private insurers

7/18/2017
As Efforts to Repeal Obamacare Fail, Future of Health Care Reform in Limbo

3 Republican senators tank effort to dismantle health law without an immediate replacement

7/11/2017
Easier Colon Exam Boosts Screening, But Insurers May Not Pay

People with coverage for virtual colonoscopy are more likely to get tested for colon cancer, study finds

6/27/2017
Senate GOP Leaders Delay Vote on Health Reform Bill

Proposal to replace Obamacare would leave 22 million more uninsured by 2026: CBO

6/27/2017
Some GOP Senators Balk at Health Reform Bill

Proposal to replace Obamacare would leave 22 million more uninsured by 2026: CBO

6/26/2017
Senate Health Bill Would Leave 22 Million More Uninsured by 2026: CBO

Premiums would decline over long term, but so would coverage; Medicaid would take a 26 percent cut, analysis says

6/23/2017
Some Republicans Voice Concerns About Senate Replacement for Obamacare

Conservatives say it doesn't go far enough, moderates say it goes too far

6/22/2017
Senate Republicans Reveal Their Replacement for Obamacare

Bill would rein in Medicaid budget more slowly, preserve preexisting condition safeguards, change tax credits

6/13/2017
Uncertainty for Obamacare Plans as Filing Deadline Approaches

Early indications suggest some consumers will face fewer choices, higher rates in 2018

5/25/2017
CBO: 23 Million Would Lose Health Insurance Under House Health Care Bill

While premiums may lower over the long-term, many Americans would face much higher out-of-pocket costs

5/23/2017
At Major Teaching Hospitals, Lower Death Rates

Researchers assess 30-day survival for older patients

5/12/2017
People With Pre-Existing Health Issues Fear Repeal-and-Replace Bill

Older, sicker Americans worry they may bear brunt of GOP efforts to curtail a popular Obamacare protection

4/14/2017
Trump Rolls Out First Set of Obamacare Fixes

But industry experts say most important repair to health insurance marketplaces is still missing

2/21/2017
Many Younger Cancer Survivors Can't Afford Their Meds

Skipping doses or drugs altogether can be dangerous, U.S. researchers warn

2/15/2017
Trump Administration Rolls Out New Obamacare Rules

Enrollment period for 2018 will be shorter, plus new restrictions on joining plans after missed premiums

2/2/2017
10,000 U.S. Seniors Die Within Week of ER Discharge Every Year: Study

May be due to gaps in medical knowledge about which patients need more attention, researcher says

1/17/2017
Steep Bills Surprise Patients Who Go 'Out-of-Network'

For example, anesthesiologists charge nearly 6 times the Medicare rate, study finds

1/16/2017
IRS Reminds Millions About Fines for Not Signing Up for Obamacare

Letters being sent as GOP-controlled Congress races to repeal controversial health reform law

1/13/2017
House Joins Senate in Bid to Repeal Obamacare

Votes are initial steps in potentially complex process to replace the controversial health reform law

1/12/2017
Senate Starts Obamacare Repeal Process

Measure sets Jan. 27 deadline for draft of repeal legislation, avoids possibility of filibuster by Democrats

12/14/2016
Prices Skyrocket on Drugs Widely Used by Seniors: Report

Cost of brand-name meds for chronic conditions rose nearly 130 times faster than inflation rate

11/25/2016
Rural Appalachia Faces Growing Cancer Crisis, Research Shows

It's the only region in the U.S. that hasn't made big progress in fighting the disease

11/23/2016
Cancer Can Devour Income of Medicare-Only Patients

Without supplemental insurance, out-of-pocket costs average 25 percent of annual earnings, study finds

11/11/2016
Trump Victory Won't Derail Obamacare Open Enrollment for 2017

Obama administration assures consumers that sign-ups will continue

10/27/2016
Americans Fed Up With Soaring Drug Prices: HealthDay/Harris Poll

Large majorities now favor price caps, Medicare's right to negotiate costs

10/12/2016
When Complications Arise, Some Hospitals Get Paid a Lot More

But higher Medicare payments don't reflect better patient outcomes, study says

10/6/2016
Steep Rise in Price of Older Cancer Drugs

Heavy toll of out-of-pocket spending might have some patients skipping meds, researchers warn

9/20/2016
Obamacare Tied to Rise in Mammograms

Research shows small uptick in Medicare patients who got screened for breast cancer

9/8/2016
Surgery at High-Quality Hospitals a Money-Saver for Medicare

Savings is more than $2,000 per person, study finds

8/26/2016
More Americans Can Afford Medications Under Obamacare: Study

Improvement seen in all age levels, but millions still struggle with the cost of prescription drugs

8/23/2016
Patent Monopolies Driving High U.S. Drug Prices: Study

Letting Medicare and Medicaid negotiate pricing would likely help bring costs down, researchers say

8/22/2016
Clinton Edges Trump on Health Care, Survey Finds

But HealthDay/Harris Poll finds support for either candidate in this area is far from overwhelming

8/16/2016
Pay Gaps Persist for Female Doctors Across the U.S.: Study

Medicare reimbursement review finds male specialists earning more

7/6/2016
Does Medical Marijuana Reduce Need for Other Meds?

In states with legal pot, pain prescriptions saw the greatest drop, study found

6/17/2016
Obamacare Premiums Primed to Spike in 2017

Study of insurers' rate requests in 14 markets reveals a 10 percent average increase

5/17/2016
Rural Hospitals Often Safer, Cheaper for Common Surgeries: Study

Major complication rate lower for properly selected patients

5/15/2016
Out-of-Pocket Costs Rose Moderately Under Obamacare: Report

Enrollees most affected were those who did not receive government subsidies

5/5/2016
6 Years Later, Obamacare Still Divides America: Poll

But most support many parts of health care reform law

3/29/2016
Medicare Spends Billions on Chronic Kidney Disease, Study Finds

Researchers consider ways to manage patients' care effectively and rein in the cost