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Diane Archer
Diane began her career in health advocacy in 1989 as the founder and president of the Medicare Rights Center. Since 2005, she has worked on a range of health policy and health advocacy initiatives. Most recently, Diane is the founder of, which offers simple answers on health and retirement issues for boomers and carers.

Entries by Diane Archer

The Problem With Most Cancer Drugs Recently Approved By The FDA

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 5:22 AM

According to a new study in JAMA, there is no evidence that the majority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved cancer drugs over the last five years work. The FDA used substitute measures, laboratory measures rather than clinical evidence, to approve two out of three cancer drugs,...

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Huge Premium Increase Likely For Millions With Medicare

(244) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 7:24 AM

Every year but two for the last 40 years, people have seen a cost-of-living increase in their Social Security checks, an inflation adjustment. But, they will see no increase at all in their Social Security benefit in 2016. To make matters worse, a new report from the Center for...

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Doctors Say Cancer Drug Prices Unaffordable

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 2:26 PM

Last month, in an article for Mayo Clinic Proceedings, a group of 118 distinguished doctors united to question the pricing of cancer drugs, which is "unsustainable," and to call for a new pricing method. As this 60 Minutes report reveals, the drug companies set the price of cancer...

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Hospital Prices Out Of Control, Competition Not Working

(38) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 8:05 AM

If there ever were evidence that competition does not work to drive down prices in the healthcare marketplace, look at the hospitals. A new report in Health Affairs by Gerard Anderson and Ge Bai reveals the failure of market forces to drive hospital prices down. There are

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6 Ways To Keep Drug Costs Down If You Have Medicare

(33) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 8:17 AM

Many people with Medicare find that they are paying a hefty amount for their drugs, even with prescription drug coverage. Drug companies have considerable power to set high prices for many drugs; insurers have little power to rein them in. Instead, insurers shift costs onto members who need high-cost...

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Thousands of Social Security Retirees Still Paying Back Student Loans, Thousands Seeing a Portion of Their Social Security Check Seized

(43) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 4:04 PM


More than 700,000 U.S. households headed by people 65 and older are living with student debt. According to a 2014 report from the Government Accountability Office, these older Americans still owe more than $18 billion in student loans. About 27 percent...

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Health Caring for Mom: 3 Ways to Let Your Mom Know You Love Her on Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 6:33 PM


Mother's Day is the time to show your mom some serious love. But how? Most of us love flowers and chocolate. So, consider getting mom a little of both. What we really treasure, though, is the priceless gift of time and conversation. And...

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7 Questions You Need To Answer Before You Turn 65

(4) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 9:36 AM

Everyone has lots of questions about their health and financial security as they age. Here are seven questions you should answer before you turn 65 with links to simple information to help you decide what to do:

1. Do you need to sign up for Medicare?

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Ending Price-Gouging: Brill's Time Article and the Next Chapter in Health Reform

(14) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 12:10 PM

In his extraordinarily well-documented expose on the medical-industrial complex, "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us," Steven Brill explains thoroughly and repeatedly what serious pundits, policy experts and policymakers have failed to see or have feared to say: there is no free market in health care. Though...

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The Big Debt Driver: Rising Health Care Costs, Not Medicare

(67) Comments | Posted December 2, 2012 | 4:11 PM

As both our national debt and health care costs continue to swell, America's CEOs and other "influentials" have targeted Medicare as a key culprit and insist that Congress cut Medicare spending in the current deficit discussions. In truth, we do not have a "Medicare problem" in this country; we have...

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Medicare and the Election

(6) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 6:23 PM

Anyone who studies the data knows that Medicare delivers comparable benefits at lower cost than private insurance; it is simply more cost-effective. Yet in the name of addressing our budget deficit, candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan say that, if elected, they will hand management of Medicare over to private...

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