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4/11/2014

4/9/2014

4/8/2014

4/7/2014

Today’s announcement by CMS to, once again, preserve government overpayments to private insurers in Medicare Advantage is bad policy and bad economics for the Medicare program. These subsidies were supposed to be gradually trimmed in order to expand benefits and improve the quality of care for all seniors in Medicare. However, each year the insurance lobby threatens to cancel coverage or charge more to seniors in MA plans rather than accept a reduction in their overpayments or reimbursement rates.
4/7/2014

The House Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2015, H. Con. Res. 96, was introduced by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on April 4, 2014.  The budget proposes drastic cuts in federal spending for programs of importance to most low- and middle-income Americans while proposing tax breaks to benefit the very wealthy and large profitable corporations.  This paper summarizes some of the key proposals in the House Republican FY 2015 budget that would affect seniors and people with disabilities who rely on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. 
4/7/2014

The House Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2015, H. Con. Res. 96, was introduced by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on April 4, 2014.  It would end traditional Medicare, make it harder for seniors to choose their own doctors, and increase health care costs for both current and future retirees.  The House Republican budget ends traditional Medicare and achieves savings for the federal government by shifting costs to Medicare beneficiaries.

4/4/2014

Momentum continues to build inside and outside the halls of Congress to reverse course on the single-minded quest to cut Social Security benefits which has dominated our political discourse for years. Not surprisingly, commentators who bought into the billion dollar Wall Street campaign to convince America we can't afford a strong Social Security system are distressed at this turn of events.
4/3/2014

4/3/2014

Established under the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, the Medicare prescription drug benefit — also known as Medicare Part D — is voluntary insurance that Medicare beneficiaries can purchase to help cover the costs of their prescription drugs.  In 2013, about 68 percent (over 35 million) of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in a Part D plan.

4/3/2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law on March 23, 2010, aims to provide greater access to health care coverage, improve the quality of services delivered and reduce the rate of increase in health spending.  The ACA provides new ways to help hospitals, doctors and other health care providers coordinate care for beneficiaries so that health care quality is improved and unnecessary spending reduced.  Many seniors are already benefiting from provisions of the law such as receiving preventive services and paying lower Medicare prescription drug costs.  Below are some of the ways that the Affordable Care Act is helping seniors.



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