Medicare News

Date Posted
Article Title
1/21/2004
Obesity Carries Huge Financial Weight

Study finds it costs up to $200 per taxpayer

1/8/2004
Rising Disability in the Young Tied to Obesity

Report finds disturbing trend for future health-care costs

1/7/2004
Profits Don't Deter Surgical Care in HMOs

Similar rates of costly operations in profit, nonprofit Medicare plans

12/23/2003
States, Cities Defy U.S. in Importing Drugs

FDA fights attempts to get cheaper Canadian medications

10/1/2003
Race, ZIP Code Predict Knee Procedure

Black men in some cities far less likely to have replacement

9/10/2003
Fit Seniors Trim Medicare Costs

But overall savings aren't much because they live longer

8/12/2003
Study Backs Medicare Eligibility at 55

Finds big health gains for previously uninsured

8/11/2003
Seniors Shelling Out More for Medicare+Choice

Out-of-pocket, premium costs jump 10 percent from 1999 to 2003, study says

7/16/2003
Medicare Wait for Disabled Should Be Dropped

Study claims move would save states billions, reduce number of uninsured

7/8/2003
Prescription Medications Call for Deep Pockets

Medicare + Choice drug coverage caps leave many with sticker shock, study finds

6/25/2003
Heart Treatments for Medicare Patients Improving

But aspirin and other therapies remain under-used, Yale study finds

5/28/2003
VA Health Care Improving, Study Says

But concentrating services means fewer angiographies

5/19/2003
Racial Disparity Shown in Breast Cancer Treatment

Black women get different treatments, study says

2/18/2003
Costlier Health Care Not Always Better

Medicare recipients in high-spending regions no better off, study finds

2/17/2003
Older, But Not Better About Having Mammograms

Older women not getting regular screenings; doctors not helping, study says

1/14/2003
Medicare Gets a Better Report Card

But health-care program for elderly still has shortcomings

12/5/2002
Cost of Retiree Health Benefits Rising

Survey: 80 percent of firms expect to raise premiums for former employees

11/19/2002
Death Rates Higher at For-Profit Dialysis Centers: Study

Research suggests non-profit centers could save 2,500 lives a year

9/9/2002
Medicare Adds New Plan

Offers more choice, but some say underlying problems remain

4/24/2002
U.S. to Help Consumers Choose Nursing Homes

Pilot program aims to help people compare and improve facilities

3/14/2002
Cancer Patients Seek Broader Medicare Coverage

On Capitol Hill, they urge passage of bill to cover cost of oral treatments

3/14/2002
Senior Drug Discount Cards Often Shunned

Calif. study finds many pharmacists ignore state mandate for Medicare prescriptions

3/12/2002
Blacks on Medicare Get Lower-Quality Treatment

Study finds managed care wanting on several fronts

12/14/2001
This Old World

Report says 800,000 turn 65 each month worldwide

11/9/2001
Medicare Widens Foot Exam Coverage

Acts to decrease amputations, especially among diabetics

9/25/2001
Insurance Doesn't Close Racial Gap in Flu Shots

Blacks less likely than whites to get immunized under Medicare HMOs

8/24/2001
New Charges of Medicare and Medicaid Fraud

Providers reportedly billing government for products they get for free