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Medicare Heads Up: October 18, 2019 photo

Medicare Heads Up: October 18, 2019

October 18, 2019 – Welcome to the first installment of Medicare Heads Up – a regular feature intended to deliver state and national Medicare-related… Read more

Trump’s great Medicare deal: Pay more, get less photo

Trump’s great Medicare deal: Pay more, get less

October 14, 2019 – President Trump's plan to 'inject competition' into Medicare aims to do exactly what Trump charges his opponents with doing: ending the… Read more

Why ‘Medicare for all’ sounds so good to so many photo

Why ‘Medicare for all’ sounds so good to so many

September 19, 2019 – Why do three quarters of Americans feel that everyone should have access to Medicare, however they understand the program as it currently… Read more

Health Wonk Review for February 9, 2017 photo

Health Wonk Review for February 9, 2017

February 9, 2017 – I suspect Billy Joel was bumming about what many of us have been feeling these past few months: the conspicuous absence of that thing we… Read more

Paul Ryan wants to Trump Medicare as we know it photo

Paul Ryan wants to Trump Medicare as we know it

November 19, 2016 – Back in May 2015, Donald Trump promised, "I'm not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid." That was then. Now that Trump is president-elect,… Read more

Avoiding ‘seamless conversion’ to a Medicare plan photo

Avoiding ‘seamless conversion’ to a Medicare plan

October 26, 2016 – For the thousands of Americans who turn 65 each day, Medicare coverage is – in most cases – a long-awaited and welcomed healthcare… Read more

Health Wonk Review for July 21, 2016 photo

Health Wonk Review for July 21, 2016

July 21, 2016 – I can tell you, this Health Wonk Review really is unbelievable … a luxurious collection of health blogging from some terrific… Read more

End of SHIP would leave beneficiaries lost at sea photo

End of SHIP would leave beneficiaries lost at sea

July 11, 2016 – To make sense of the dizzying array of Medicare plan choices, millions rely on SHIP, a federal program that provides free, unbiased… Read more

Proposed changes to Part D are long overdue photo

Proposed changes to Part D are long overdue

July 8, 2016 – MedPAC recently told Congress that Part D could work better for some consumers – and the panel has recommended big changes. Some of those… Read more

O’Malley is out; his Medicare plan shouldn’t be photo

O’Malley is out; his Medicare plan shouldn’t be

May 26, 2016 – Martin O'Malley has an idea that saves American businesses and households billions, improves health, and doesn't cost taxpayers a dime –… Read more