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MedPAC says Medicare’s prescription drug benefit could be even better. Here’s why many beneficiaries … and taxpayers … would win.

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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

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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

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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

Priceless safety net reaches Golden Anniversary photo

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

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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

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Disability and long-term care: What’s next?

January 7, 2013 – Howard Gleckman, one of the nation’s leading experts on family caregiving and long-term care and author of Caring for our Parents, talks… Read more

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ACA’s CLASS Act pushed over the fiscal cliff

January 2, 2013 – CLASS was designed to complement private long-term care insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and public disability programs. For Medicare… Read more

Medicare: know your limits and your doctor photo

Medicare: know your limits and your doctor

April 3, 2012 – Whether you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, only basic Medicare, or Medicare with a supplement (or gap) plan, there are aspects… Read more

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Wrong cure for Medicare home health care

January 14, 2011 – Dissuading beneficiaries from using the benefit seems to us like punishing the victim. A $150 copayment adds insult to injury for folks who… Read more