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

Joe Biden Proposes Expanding Medicare Eligibility and Student Debt Relief
Political News
Joe Biden Proposes Expanding Medicare Eligibility and Student Debt Relief

WASHINGTON — In a peace offering to progressives a day after Sen. Bernie Sanders quit the presidential race, Joe Biden announced support Thursday for an expansion of Medicare and education policies that move closer to his former rival’s agenda. Biden,... 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
Political News
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

Trump Administration Hits Brakes On Law To Curb Unneeded Medicare CT Scans, MRIs
Political News
Trump Administration Hits Brakes On Law To Curb Unneeded Medicare CT Scans, MRIs

Five years after Congress passed a law to reduce unnecessary MRIs, CT scans and other expensive diagnostic imaging tests that could harm patients and waste money, federal officials have yet to implement it. The law requires that doctors consult clinical... Read More

Democrats Favor Building on ACA Over ‘Medicare for All’
In The News
Democrats Favor Building on ACA Over ‘Medicare for All’

WASHINGTON — Most Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents would prefer to expand the Affordable Care Act rather than replace it with a “Medicare for All” plan, according to a new tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The poll, released Tuesday,... Read More

New Medicare Initiative Aims to Fill Holes in Patient Health Records
Health
New Medicare Initiative Aims to Fill Holes in Patient Health Records

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday unveiled a new initiative that aims to connect the dots between a patient’s health records held by different providers. The Data at the Point of Care, or DPC, demonstration... 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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