IPAB is philosophically suspect among critics of the federal government. To detractors, its unusually broad authority seems like government overreach. The fact that Medicare costs are currently rising too slowly to trigger IPAB intervention is no guarantee costs won't rise faster in the future
The Affordable Care Act is the biggest coverage expansion in 50 years and is contributing to bringing health cost growth under control.
Poll after poll shows that the American people support a progressive agenda that addresses income and wealth inequality, that creates the millions of jobs we desperately need, that raises the minimum wage, that ends pay discrimination against women, and that makes sure all Americans can get the quality education they need.
Some denials are caused by simple billing code errors by the doctor's office or hospital. If, however, that doesn't fix the problem, here's how you appeal.
As 2014 comes to a close, we look ahead to 2015 with great anticipation and a multitude of opportunities to disrupt aging. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid and the Older Americans Act. It also is the 80th anniversary of Social Security.
Continuing to work past age 65 might initially appear to be a no-brainer, but it's important to know all the facts and how these will impact your individual situation before you make this important decision.
Not too long ago, those who did not have access to affordable health insurance through a parent or employer were often faced with a choice between paying expensive premiums for coverage or putting food on the table and a keeping a roof overhead.
The goal of annual screenings is to detect cancer early before symptoms appear, so it can be cured. The five-year survival rate among people with lung cancer when it's caught in its earliest stage is 77 percent, versus only 4 to 25 percent for people whose cancer has spread.
The Two Midnight rule was well intentioned--streamlining audits of the cost of providing effective care to Medicare beneficiaries. Instead, it is distorting care incentives and costing taxpayers.
People live a long time with complicated medical and financial issues. Nursing homes are filled to the brim with people who don't die. For heaven's sake stop waiting for your elders to die and get yours and their affairs in order now.
It's important to understand the heavy financial burden these providers shoulder to treat every patient who walks in the door at any time of the day or night.
When was the last time you took a close look at your Social Security benefit statement? It was probably around 2011, when the Social Security Admini...
Congress' new leadership may want to give former President George Bush a call. Not so many years ago, he believed his "voter mandate" cleared the way to privatize Social Security -- cutting benefits and putting workers' guaranteed benefits at risk on Wall Street. That didn't turn out so well for the President.
Medicare actually covers up to eight face-to-face counseling sessions a year to help beneficiaries quit smoking. And, if you have a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, certain smoking-cessation medications are covered too. Here are some other tips that can help you kick the habit.
We intend to encourage you, or someone you care about, to be positive and make the best of what many people find to be a difficult, yet necessary, and often fulfilling next step.
Republicans could easily - though wrongly - perceive their big victory as a mandate. But exit polls show something quite different: Voters don't like Republicans any better than Democrats.