Medicare News

Date Posted
Article Title
12/2/2006
Booklet Details Low-Income Drug Subsidy Benefits

Campaign puts word out on extended deadline to enroll for Medicare Extra Help

11/1/2006
Pay-for-Performance Plans Now Common Among HMOs

Study authors say findings may provide a template for future changes in Medicare

9/19/2006
Brand-Name Drug Prices Still Rise Faster Than Inflation

But cost of generics remains unchanged, AARP says

9/7/2006
AMA Seeks Delay in Medicare Payment Cuts

Doctors would be forced to limit number of older patients, group contends

8/1/2006
Medicare Drug Plan Still Fuels Dissatisfaction

And more work is needed to reach seniors who haven't signed up yet, researchers say

5/31/2006
Drug-Plan Benefit Caps Harm Members' Health

Study could hold warning for Medicare's new Part D, researchers say

5/15/2006
Medicare Drug Plan Gets Mixed Reviews as Deadline Arrives

Monday is last day most seniors can sign up to Part D without penalty

5/10/2006
37 Million Americans Now Have Medicare Drug Benefit

Low-income beneficiaries can enroll after May 15 deadline without penalty, U.S. says

1/23/2006
Poor Planning Doomed Medicare Drug Plan Launch, Critics Charge

But the agency disagrees, adding that current problems will ease soon

1/10/2006
Medicare Drug Benefit Won't Help All Equally

Low-income seniors, blacks and Hispanics not receiving subsidies will save less, study finds

12/7/2005
Most Large Firms to Retain Retiree Drug Coverage in 2006

But companies are less certain about future benefits strategies, survey finds

11/23/2005
Medicare's Drug Plan Hits the Road

Vans will travel the country to help ease seniors' confusion

11/11/2005
Confusion Reigns as Medicare Drug Benefit Begins

With enrollment starting Nov. 15, survey finds seniors misinformed about program

10/26/2005
Medicare Drug Benefit May Expand 'Catastrophic' Protection

Industry-backed analysis suggests most seniors would get help

10/5/2005
Implanted Defibrillators Found Cost-Effective

Findings may open the door to wider Medicare coverage, experts say

9/26/2005
Medical Breakthroughs Will Extend Lives, But at a Cost

Medicare spending to soar from 2.6 percent of GDP to 9.2 percent in 2050, study predicts

8/25/2005
Big Savings Seen in Medicare Rx Drug Plan

Low-income seniors will save the most, analysis suggests

7/26/2005
Many Medicare Recipients Not Getting Full Preventive Care

Study finds service varies widely between doctors

7/26/2005
Medicare at 40: Midlife Crises Threaten Successful Program

Aging Baby Boomers, rising costs will stretch its resources, experts say

7/19/2005
Hospital Report Cards Don't Improve Heart-Patient Care

Paying hospitals based on quality would work better, an expert says

6/28/2005
Older Americans Fret About Health Insurance

Many favor concept of savings accounts to offset later expenses, survey finds

4/26/2005
Are Seniors Healthier?

Quality of life is now a mixed bag, AARP reports

2/23/2005
Drug Benefit Will Boost Government's Financial Burden

Its share of total health spending is approaching 50 percent, report finds

12/14/2004
Retirees' Health Costs Rise Sharply

Survey expects trend to continue next year

12/10/2004
Modest Savings Seen in Extra Medicare Payments

Monthly premiums declined by $9 per person, study finds

12/9/2004
Web Site Helps Consumers Shop for Drugs

Consumer Reports compares prices, effectiveness for free

12/7/2004
Will Obesity Break the Medicare Bank?

Older, overweight Americans have much higher medical bills, study says

11/22/2004
Study: Medicare Drug Plan Will Most Aid the Poor

But plan is far from perfect for everyone, report finds

11/3/2004
Hospitalization Among Elderly Often Leads to Disability

Preventive steps need to be taken before a senior ends up there, study contends

11/1/2004
Minority of Patients Make Up Bulk of Critical Care Costs

Repeat users cited, Medicare study finds

10/12/2004
Rehab Stays Shorter, but Death Rate Up

No clear explanation for mortality increase, researchers say

10/7/2004
Health Care Varies Even at 'Best' Hospitals

Medicare studies find disparities across the nation

9/22/2004
Health Care Could Be Pivotal Issue in Swing States

But the economy, Iraq and terrorism are voters' top concerns, study shows

8/26/2004
Census Reports Rise in Uninsured Americans

Says 45 million lack health coverage while poverty rate rises

8/24/2004
Drug-Benefit Caps Cut Use of Needed Medications

One-quarter of seniors stop or cut back on treatment, study says

8/11/2004
Medicare Drug Law in Disfavor Among Recipients

New survey says they see glass more empty than full

7/28/2004
Medicare Drug Discounts: Confusing But Worth It

Report finds program's early bumps can be smoothed out

7/23/2004
Many Seniors Still Ask if Medicare Drug Card is Way to Go

It may not be right for everyone, but it's worth a look

7/21/2004
Cutting Drug Prices Would Fix Medicare Flaw: Analysis

Seniors would save, but invention of new medicines could be slowed

7/19/2004
Alzheimer's Costs Could Overwhelm Medicare, Medicaid

16 million Americans will have the disease by 2050, experts predict

7/16/2004
Medicare Coverage of Obesity Treatments Won't Be Immediate

Evaluation of medical evidence must take place first, officials say

7/7/2004
Lack of Insurance Tied to Early Death

Near-elderly without it 43% likelier to succumb prematurely

6/30/2004
Drug Cost Hike Linked to New Medicare Benefits

AARP suggests prices spiked after federal law signed

6/28/2004
Second Heart Surgery Costly to Medicare

Researchers suggest drug-laced stents may save money

6/3/2004
New Medicare Drug Card Puzzles Seniors

Survey likens new system to a Rube Goldberg device

6/1/2004
Medicare Unveils Drug-Discount Card Program

Seniors will have to do some homework to find the right card for them

5/27/2004
Confusion Surrounds Medicare Drug Discount Card Program

It will primarily benefit low-income seniors, experts agree

2/18/2004
Hospice May Not Be Cheaper Alternative

Comparison with traditional care finds hospice more costly

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