Medicare health plans

FILE - In this July 27, 2016, file photo, Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all. Called “Medicare Extra for All,” the proposal to be released Feb. 22, 2018, by the Center for American Progress gives politically energized Democrats more options to achieve a long-sought goal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
February 22, 2018 - 12:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all. Called "Medicare Extra for All," the proposal to be released Thursday by the Center for American Progress gives politically energized...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks at the Capitol in Washington. Some Medicare beneficiaries would face higher prescription drug costs under President Donald Trump’s budget even as the sickest patients save money. That may make it harder to sell the complex plan to Congress in an election year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
February 13, 2018 - 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Medicare beneficiaries would face higher prescription drug costs under President Donald Trump's budget even as the sickest patients save thousands of dollars, a complex trade-off that may make it harder to sell Congress on the plan in an election year. In budget documents,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2004, file photo, medical bottles bearing tracking codes in the McKesson medical distribution center in Delran, N.J. President Donald Trump has made big promises to reduce prescription drug costs, but his administration is gravitating to relatively modest steps such as letting Medicare patients share in manufacturer rebates. (AP Photo/Brian Branch-Price, File)
February 12, 2018 - 12:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump makes big promises to reduce prescription drug costs, but his administration is gravitating to relatively modest steps such as letting Medicare patients share in manufacturer rebates. Those ideas would represent tangible change and they have a realistic...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2004, file photo, medical bottles bearing tracking codes in the McKesson medical distribution center in Delran, N.J. President Donald Trump has made big promises to reduce prescription drug costs, but his administration is gravitating to relatively modest steps such as letting Medicare patients share in manufacturer rebates. (AP Photo/Brian Branch-Price, File)
February 10, 2018 - 4:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump makes big promises to reduce prescription drug costs, but his administration is gravitating to relatively modest steps such as letting Medicare patients share in manufacturer rebates. Those ideas would represent tangible change and they have a realistic...
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President Donald Trump speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
February 09, 2018 - 1:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will propose lowering prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries by allowing them to share in rebates that drug companies pay to insurers and middlemen. A senior administration official outlined the plan Thursday on condition of anonymity ahead of...
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February 08, 2018 - 9:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will propose lowering prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries by allowing them to share in rebates that drug companies pay to insurers and middlemen, an administration official said Thursday. A senior administration official outlined the plan on...
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January 26, 2018 - 11:51 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal audit has revealed that a North Carolina-based health care system overbilled Medicare by an estimated $1.7 million for patients treated at two hospitals. The Charlotte Observer reports the findings on Carolinas Medical Center and CMC-Mercy in Charlotte are part of a...
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In this Dec. 5, 2017, photo, Matt Salo, Executive Director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), is photographed in his office in Washington. People on Medicaid are prone to smoke, struggle with depression and obesity, or rate their own health as fair or poor. But a new survey says that’s not the whole story. In theory the networks used by Medicaid insurers could also serve to promote prevention and care coordination, but Salo, cautioned against a cut-and-paste approach that grafts on strategies used by employers. “The Medicaid population is not just an employer population with less income,” said Salo. “It is people who have health conditions.” Salo said he was struck by the high rates of depression in the survey. “Depression is inextricably linked to physical health and the ability to engage effectively in the work force,” he said. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 07, 2017 - 1:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's one of Medicaid's challenges. While low-income people are more likely to struggle with health problems such as smoking and depression, new research shows many are motivated to improve. Thursday's study from the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index found that 40 percent of people...
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November 17, 2017 - 6:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Medicare beneficiaries will pay higher monthly premiums next year for outpatient coverage, an expense that will eat away at an increase in their Social Security checks, the government announced late Friday afternoon. The news about "Part B" premiums was buried in the fine...
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November 03, 2017 - 10:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation providing five more years of financing for an expired children's health program moved near House passage on Friday. But a partisan battle over paying for the extension seems certain to delay the bill in the Senate and has each party accusing the other of jeopardizing a...
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