Medicare is a promise this nation has made, not just to me, but also to my children and grandchildren. I'm skeptical of anyone who says that the only way we can save Medicare for future generations is to radically change it.
I believe in a tomorrow with more transparency and greater consumer awareness; one with troves of information at our fingertips; one where we can make health decisions with our eyes open. So for all of their limitations, the most recent Medicare releases are steps in the right direction.
Under telemedicine, people can access doctors on a Web cam or through a video conference on their phones. The private insurance industry is moving to provide patients access to medical care 24/7 without an appointment with Skype-like technology that lets patients visit virtually with medical staff.
Forty-nine years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson ushered in a new American era, creating a social compact that would withstand generations when he signed two hallmark health care programs, Medicare and Medicaid, into law.
Here's a prediction that hasn't been wrong yet: No matter what new data emerge about Social Security and Medicare, the well-funded opponents of those two worthy programs will always insist that we're on the brink of catastrophe -- unless something is done right now to slash their benefits.
Medicare has grown somewhat stronger financially in both the short and long term since last year but continues to face long-term financing challenges, today's report from its trustees shows. The projected date of insolvency for Medicare's Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund is 2030 -- four years later than projected last year.
As a pediatrician in some of Boston's lowest-income neighborhoods, I saw firsthand how a child's health is determined by far more than medicine -- it is the air they breathe, the streets they play in, the safety of their communities, their opportunities for a good education, the economic stability of their family. Simply put, doctors can't fulfill their mission in communities affected by inequality and unfairness. Health requires justice for all. That's what makes me want to run for governor.
Gene Steuerle is not a standard right-winger who believes that a dollar in the pocket of a middle class or poor person is a dollar that could be in the pockets of the rich. He is a serious budget analyst who has does important work on tax and budget issues for more than three decades.
With people living longer and pension plans on the decline, individuals are forced to create their own retirement plan that may last 10, 15 and even up to 30 years. Adding other generations into the mix, as well as needs for insurance and long term care planning, individuals have obstacles to clear out.
Whether due to changes in the economy or the fact that people are now living longer than ever before, there's no denying that the reality of growing older in America is expensive and most people are unprepared to take on the financial burden.
While the most visible women's rights being jeopardized include voting rights and the right to have control over our own bodies, there are more, many more.
This is a freedom that workers in every other wealthy country have long enjoyed; now workers in the United States no longer need a full-time job to get health insurance. And the data indicate that many workers are taking advantage of this option.
I just turned 65 and got my Medicare card. I see that the ID number on my card is the same as my Social Security number, and on the back of the card it says I need to carry it with me at all times. What can I do to protect myself from identify theft if my purse and Medicare card get stolen?
Both Congress and the administration are moving to relieve the backlog of veterans waiting for access to medical care by authorizing them to get priva...
There's a growing tendency for public policy leaders and commentators to warn one generation about another when the topic of entitlements arises. But the truth is that it's bad advice -- refuted by research.
So how does the VA compare? We don't know. We don't have much data publicly available to begin with, and we have virtually nothing that compares VA hospitals with other American hospitals.