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Agonizing Choices as Dems Debate Shrinking Health Care Pie
Congress
Agonizing Choices as Dems Debate Shrinking Health Care Pie

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are debating how to divide up what could be a smaller serving of health care spending in President Joe Biden's domestic policy bill, pitting the needs of older adults who can't afford their dentures against the... Read More

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service to Distribute Federal Funding to Rural Hospitals
Health
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service to Distribute Federal Funding to Rural Hospitals
2021-09-23 14:39:15
by Reece Nations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is disbursing an initial amount of $2 million to four health care entities in four states to bolster access to their services in underserved communities. Funds will be distributed to participating hospitals in... Read More

White House Unveils Plan to Cut Prescription-Drug Prices
Prescription Drugs
White House Unveils Plan to Cut Prescription-Drug Prices
2021-09-09 19:41:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration on Thursday offered the first detailed look at actions the White House may take in conjunction with congressional action to lower prescription drug prices. The 29-page plan, released through the Department of Health and Human... Read More

Medicare May Expand Access to Dental Benefits, But Not All Dentists and Insurers Agree
Medicare
Medicare May Expand Access to Dental Benefits, But Not All Dentists and Insurers Agree
2021-09-01 19:57:04
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON -- A hearing held by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging centered around whether to expand Medicare to cover eyes, ears, and teeth, a proposal from Senate Democrats that could possibly cost over $359 billion over a decade. ... Read More

Health Summit Panel Debates Drug Pricing Proposals
Prescription Drugs
Health Summit Panel Debates Drug Pricing Proposals
2021-06-30 14:31:12
by Alexa Hornbeck

Policymakers and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry debated the cost of prescription drugs and the myriad of proposals on Capitol Hill to bring those prices down at last week's Milken Institute Future of Health Summit. Amitabh Chandra, a health care... Read More

Murray, Brown Urge Colleagues to Expand Primary Care Access for Women And Children
Health
Murray, Brown Urge Colleagues to Expand Primary Care Access for Women And Children
2021-06-02 22:23:08
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, are urging their colleagues to pass the Ensuring Access to Primary Care for Women & Children Act. This legislation is intended to expand access to primary care but it languished in... Read More

Barrasso, Cotton Target Bailout Bill to Stave Off Medicare Cuts
Health
Barrasso, Cotton Target Bailout Bill to Stave Off Medicare Cuts
2021-03-24 14:54:16
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON – Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., are urging their colleagues to support legislation that would address looming cuts to Medicare by redirecting a portion of the recently passed $1.9 trillion dollar COVID relief bill. The Protecting... Read More

Bennet, Kaine Urge Colleagues to Support Medicare-X Choice Act to Achieve Universal Health Care
Health
Bennet, Kaine Urge Colleagues to Support Medicare-X Choice Act to Achieve Universal Health Care
2021-02-17 21:12:04
by Dan McCue

DENVER, Colo. - Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., on Wednesday reintroduced their Medicare-X Choice Act by urging their colleagues to embrace it as a way of expanding both the Affordable Care Act and Medicare.  During a late... Read More

Reps. Schneider, McKinley Support Legislation to Prevent Cuts to Hospital Payments
Medicare
Reps. Schneider, McKinley Support Legislation to Prevent Cuts to Hospital Payments
2020-12-07 14:52:46
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON — Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Rep. David McKinley, R-W. Va., introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent cuts to hospital payments through the duration of the COVID public health emergency.  The Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium Act would delay the Medicare... Read More

CA-50: Ammar Campa-Najjar (D)
House Watch
CA-50: Ammar Campa-Najjar (D)
2020-10-31 20:40:27
by TWN Staff

About Campa-Najjar: Ammar Campa-Najjar was born in East San Diego County, the son of a Christian working-class mother who raised him with help from family and neighbors. From his first job as a church janitor to serving in the White... Read More

PA-17: Conor Lamb (D)
House Watch
PA-17: Conor Lamb (D)
2020-10-31 16:04:12
by TWN Staff

About Lamb: Conor Lamb is a Marine and former federal prosecutor who represents Pennsylvania’s 17th district. Lamb won a special election in March 2018 to represent the 18th district, and after Pennsylvania’s redistricting, Lamb went on to defeat incumbent Republican... Read More

IL-13: Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (D)
House Watch
IL-13: Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (D)
2020-10-30 23:46:02
by TWN Staff

About Londrigan: In 2018, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan came within less than one percent of the vote of unseating incumbent Rodney Davis. In Congress, she will oppose tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy. She will support a labor union's right... Read More

AZ-01: Tiffany Shedd (R)
House Watch
AZ-01: Tiffany Shedd (R)
2020-10-30 01:12:21
by TWN Staff

About Shedd:  Tiffany Shedd grew up in Pinal County, Ariz.  A small business owner, farmer and natural resource attorney, she is also a former bi-lingual kindergarten teacher, who worked her way through college and law school at the University of... Read More

Spanberger Wants Free COVID-19 Vaccines for Medicare Beneficiaries
Health
Spanberger Wants Free COVID-19 Vaccines for Medicare Beneficiaries
2020-10-21 15:41:06
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., introduced a bill in the House of Representatives with bipartisan support that would guarantee access to the future novel coronavirus vaccine at no cost to Medicare beneficiaries. The bill, entitled the “Securing Affordable Vaccines... Read More

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Call for Telehealth Funding in Relief Package
Health
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Call for Telehealth Funding in Relief Package
2020-08-10 20:05:34
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging funding for the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program to be included in any upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation. The FCC established the program in April 2020 to better provide health care... Read More

Medicare Applications Raise Anxiety for Seniors in Pandemic
Senior Citizens
Medicare Applications Raise Anxiety for Seniors in Pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — At greater risk from COVID-19, some seniors now face added anxiety due to delays obtaining Medicare coverage. Advocates for older people say the main problem involves certain applications for Medicare's “Part B” coverage for outpatient care. It... Read More

Medicare Doesn’t Cover Dental Care. For Many in Florida, That’s a Problem
Medicare
Medicare Doesn’t Cover Dental Care. For Many in Florida, That’s a Problem

MIAMI — Sonia Domínguez, 74, and her husband, Miguel Morejón, 81, can’t recall the last time they’ve seen a dentist in Miami, the city they’ve called home for more than two decades. “It may have been around three, four years... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Restore, Strengthen Federal Trust Funds
Congress
Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Restore, Strengthen Federal Trust Funds
2019-12-05 21:44:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Thursday endorsed a proposal to create congressional committees specifically tasked to restore and strengthen endangered federal trust funds. The coalition of fiscally-responsible, centrist Democrats said in a statement that without... Read More

Bill Seeks to Provide Vision Coverage in Medicare, Lowering Costs for Seniors
Medicare
Bill Seeks to Provide Vision Coverage in Medicare, Lowering Costs for Seniors
2019-10-22 13:11:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A quartet of House Democrats want to see Medicare Part B coverage expanded to include routine vision benefits. Right now, Medicare only covers surgery and screenings for people who are at a high risk of getting cataracts and... Read More

Democrats Pan Trump Medicare 'Plan' Saying It Does Nothing for Recipients
Medicare
Democrats Pan Trump Medicare 'Plan' Saying It Does Nothing for Recipients
2019-10-04 15:23:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump traveled to The Villages, a retirement community of 125,000 residents north of Orlando, to tout a plan to "save" Medicare, but House Democrats quickly panned the president, his plan and his rhetoric. The central theme... Read More

Social Security Costs to Exceed Income in 2020, Trustees Say
Entitlements
Social Security Costs to Exceed Income in 2020, Trustees Say
2019-04-22 23:10:42
by Dan McCue

Both Social Security and Medicare are on unstable financial footing, and lawmakers need to act sooner rather than later to shore up America’s bedrock retirement programs and phase in needed changes, the trustees of both programs said in reports released... Read More

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