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Medicare Part D

Don't Be Surprised by Retiree Healthcare Costs

Jason Alderman | Posted 10.01.2014 | Fifty
Jason Alderman

Retirement isn't cheap. Even though you're no longer drawing a paycheck, you still must pay for housing, food, utilities, transportation and healthcar...

Aging Baby Boomers: Get Hip to Medicare Part D

Ilana Greene | Posted 08.28.2014 | Fifty
Ilana Greene

As the nation's largest health insurance program, Medicare currently covers more than 40 million Americans. But many observers are concerned what will happen when more and more Baby Boomers become eligible.

Why Health Care Costs So Much: Both Parties Suck at Teat of Medical-Industrial Complex

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

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.

Explore Medicare Before You Turn 65

Jason Alderman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Fifty
Jason Alderman

Each day, approximately 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 -- and thereby become eligible for Medicare. Many would argue that unlike most signs of getting older, that's a good thing, considering how expensive individual health insurance has become.

Sam Stein

The Remarkable Parallels Between Obamacare And Medicare Part D

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- No one would credit the Obama administration with handling the rollout of the Affordable Care Act efficiently or with aplomb. Website ma...

Where Have All the Cheap Drugs Gone?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

What can you do to find affordable medications? Here is a long list of my tips.

Proposed Medicare Changes Threaten Nation's Most Vulnerable

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

Instituting ill-conceived changes will not only fail to rein in Medicare's long-term spending growth, but will inflict severe and unnecessary harm on our nation's poor and elderly who are suffering from serious physical and behavioral illnesses.

Heard on the Helpline: Caller Trends Reveal Needed Improvements to Medicare

Joe Baker | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Joe Baker

Medicare is a federal promise to the American people, offering critical support to 50 million Americans -- and growing. While a dialogue about Medicare's sustainability is vitally important, it must not come at the expense of those who rely on the program.

Don't Pay Too Much for Your Medicare Part D Drugs

Bob Rosenblatt | Posted 02.01.2014 | Fifty
Bob Rosenblatt

Don't leave $4,000 a year on the table when you pay for your medications. That's the value of "Extra Help," a government program for low-income seniors under Part D, Medicare's prescription drug program. More than two million people are eligible, but haven't signed up.

Name-Brand Drugs vs. Generic: What's The Difference?

Los Angeles Daily News | Susan Abram | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles

California's doctors led the nation in prescribing name-brand drugs, with a small chunk of those costs coming from physicians in Los Angeles County wh...

Why Medicare Part D Worked When Many Said It Wouldn't

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

Ultimately, both HealthCare.gov and Medicare Part D provide Americans with the health care they need and did not have access to before. However, it's important to focus on results.

Obamacare: Don't Stop Believing

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The healthcare train has left the station, albeit with some struggles. And there will be other hurdles ahead for the law. But, as more Americans see the options that are available to them, they will understand the true significance of Obamacare. And then they will be "addicted to the sugar!"

Reassessment Time for Medicare Part D Beneficiaries

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Because all Medicare prescription drug plans can change their coverage and costs each calendar year, the only way to ensure you're getting the best coverage at the lowest cost is to compare your Part D plan against the competition during Medicare's open enrollment period.

Medicare Part D Is Working for Seniors

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

Since its enactment 10 years ago, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, also known as Part D, has been one of the federal government's greatest successes.

George W. Bush and the Verdict of History

Eli Lehrer | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

George W. Bush made mistakes while in office. But he also did some things right. And the verdict of history may treat him kindly.

Big Pharma CEOs Rake in $1.57 Billion in Pay

Ethan Rome | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Ethan Rome

For people who were blown away to learn recently that the 11 largest global pharmaceutical companies made an astonishing $711 billion in profits over the last decade, here's another measure of the industry's greed.

Jeffrey Young

Obama Renews Call For Wealthy To Pay Higher Medicare Costs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.10.2013 | Business

Some seniors would pay more for Medicare benefits in the future under President Barack Obama's budget proposal for the coming fiscal year. The $3.8...

Big Pharma Pockets $711 Billion in Profits by Robbing Seniors, Taxpayers

Ethan Rome | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Here's an outrage that must be changed: Big Pharma has been systematically price-gouging the Medicare program for seniors and people with disabilities -- and raking in billions in excessive profits.

The Top 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Medicare

U.S. News And World Report | Posted 04.07.2013 | Fifty

Almost all Americans who work pay into the Medicare system, but not everyone knows about the benefits they will become eligible for when they turn 65....

Medicare Means Tested -- Who Knew?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

There's no need to debate whether the rich should be asked to shoulder more of the burden of financing Medicare because they already do. The question of the moment is how much more.

Congressional Republicans and the Sequestration Squeeze

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

Republicans on Capitol Hill have dug themselves into a deep and narrow chasm whose walls are about to close in. In a matter of weeks, they may find themselves squeezed mercilessly between their implacable right wing and constituents feeling the pain of sequestration.

New York Times Mum After Congressional Budget Office Rebukes Bungled Amgen/Medicare Investigation

Jon Entine | Posted 04.28.2013 | Media
Jon Entine

In a sharp rebuke of a New York Times investigation, an analysis by the nonpartisan CBO found that a last-minute provision added to the early January "fiscal cliff" bill could save taxpayers as much as $4 billion -- rather than costing $500 million, as the Times had claimed.

Three Reasons Why Medicare Cost-Shifting Is the Wrong Solution

Joe Baker | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Joe Baker

The president opened last week's State of the Union address calling for "modest" changes to contain Medicare costs. Yet, there is little consensus among lawmakers on what to do about Medicare. As this discussion unfolds, Congress must remember three key Medicare facts.

Obama's 'Scheme' Will End the World as We Know It, Says Big Pharma... Good!

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you watched the SOTU, you might have missed the scheme that Obama unveiled that will ruin the Medicare prescription drug program, destroy pharmaceutical companies' incentive to develop new life-saving medicines and even imperil our country's economic growth. I know I missed it.

Drug Costs For Medicare Beneficiaries Lower Under Obamacare: Report

Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.09.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

Health care reform may have been suffered some bruises at the hands of Congress and the Supreme Court that could shorten its reach and Medicare may fa...