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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

switching from Obamacare to Medicare

Making the move from Obamacare to Medicare

July 9, 2015 – People have been transitioning from individual coverage to Medicare for decades, but the process is a little different now that Obamacare… Read more

Health Wonk Review Grumpy Cat Edition

Health Wonk Review for May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015 – Why the Grumpy Cat Edition? As I read through this week’s Health Wonk Review submissions, it just seemed obvious that most of our writers… Read more

Ding. Dong. The ‘doc fix’ is dead.

April 17, 2015 – The 'doc fix': a Band Aid approach that should have been abandoned years… Read more

Why 5 million seniors can breathe easier

April 10, 2015 – Medicare has announced it will provide coverage for annual screening of lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) to… Read more