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Health Wonk Review for February 11, 2016

February 11, 2016 – But it seemed pretty obvious that most of our Health Wonk Review contributors this week were seeing dollar signs and thus, my… Read more

Why Mom went back to traditional Medicare

November 19, 2015 – The odds are pretty high, though, that Mom would not still be counted among the living had she not switched from an MA plan to traditional… Read more

Sen. Marco Rubio has warned that Medicare will bankrupt itself unless his tax and “entitlement” reform proposals are implemented. If truth be told, Medicare probably would indeed face bankruptcy should Rubio’s tax reform plan actually be implemented.

Is Medicare on the brink of insolvency?

November 4, 2015 – Sen. Marco Rubio has warned that Medicare will bankrupt itself unless his tax and “entitlement” reform proposals are implemented. If… Read more

The new Part B premium is expected to increase by 52 percent, to $159.30/month in 2016. (For the past three years, it’s been $104.90/month.) The Part B deductible that many enrollees pay will also increase in line with premiums. (It’s been $147 for the past three years, but it’s expected to be $223 in 2016 – a 52 percent increase.)

The furor over rising Medicare Part B costs

October 22, 2015 – The new Part B premium is expected to increase by 52 percent, to $159.30/month in 2016. (For the past three years, it’s been… Read more

It's safe to say that on the GOP side, the 15 remaining candidates – all of whom seem to have been persuaded that commercial health insurers can do a better job than the government – would do their dead level best to privatize Medicare. On the Democratic side, the candidates' views range pretty much from keeping the program as it is or as it is evolving with maybe a few tweaks (Clinton) to expanding it to cover every last one of us (Sanders).

Presidential aspirations for Medicare’s future

October 16, 2015 – If you've watched all of the presidential debates so far – both Democratic and Republican – and you were waiting for the candidates to… Read more

Health Wonk Review: The Selfie Edition, September 10, 2015

Health Wonk Review for September 9, 2015

September 10, 2015 – I dubbed this week's edition of Health Wonk Review "The Selfie Edition" after I was inspired by David Harlow's thought-provoking post:… Read more

Why LBJ’s fight for Medicare sounds familiar

September 9, 2015 – If there are some similarities between the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and the passage of Medicare in 1965, it should be… Read more

Why Medicare recipients pay through the nose for prescription drugs

Paying through the nose for prescription drugs

August 8, 2015 – Americans pay far more for their prescription medications than citizens of any other country. In fact, we pay almost 40 percent more than… Read more

Medicare 50 years

Priceless safety net reaches Golden Anniversary

July 23, 2015 – If you're just a few decades old, you might be surprised to learn that Medicare, the publicly financed health insurance program for… Read more

Medicare and dental coverage

Dental coverage: What to expect from Medicare

July 16, 2015 – For half a century, Medicare has provided comprehensive health insurance coverage to America's seniors. But dental coverage isn't included… Read more