While physician payments might seem less of a problem than toxic air pollution, the impact on the economy cannot be understated. Because Medicare is typically used as the baseline for how much private insurers pay physicians, any distortions to the Medicare have widespread effects on health care and the broader economy.
Depending on your health, age and personal preference, there's a buffet of flu shots available to seniors this flu season, along with two vaccinations for pneumonia that you should consider getting too.
The second open enrollment will be heavily focused on bringing in even harder to reach populations, many of whom will be deemed eligible for Medicaid coverage.
It is a given that actions against ISIL and Russia will be undertaken, and each has that ring of "prolonged" to it that indicates it will require both patience and financing.
How can success be disaster, even in health care? As the Michael W. Smith song says, "Let me show you the way."
Retirement isn't cheap. Even though you're no longer drawing a paycheck, you still must pay for housing, food, utilities, transportation and healthcar...
Will Congress act to save taxpayers billions of dollars -- and protect the solvency of the Medicare programs -- by taking on the AMA, the drugmakers and the insurers? Don't hold your breath.
What's the process for getting Medicare to pay for an electric mobility scooter or power wheelchair? My 76-year-old mother has arthritis in her knees and hips, and has a difficult time getting around anymore.
Last week we got another opportunity to see the thinking of the very rich when Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, complained at a summit with African heads of state and business leaders that there is even an argument over the reauthorization of Export-Import Bank.
Millions of Americans are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act. And yet it remains unpopular, even among seniors, many of whom have been seeing tangible benefits since the law passed in 2010.
Here's the thing about being broke (in this moment) -- I am not poor. I have family, friends; I have so much support, and I do not suffer at all because of it. I can volunteer. I can fill my days with labor, which I love.
or, Who Really Pays for ObamaCare? By now you are probably sick and tired of hearing about Obamacare. I mean really, the law is already enacted, i...
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.