Medicare/Medicaid Posts

Trustees: Medicare Exhausted in 2026

June 5, 2018

Medicare’s trust fund will start running out of money in 2026, two years later than the program’s trustees estimated last year as the trend toward slower spending continues. Read More

‘Medicare at 55’ Now On Dianne Feinstein’s Agenda

May 29, 2018

In the past month, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein has thrown her support behind two liberal health care bills. Shortly thereafter, her re-election campaign began airing a statewide ad touting her embrace of the policies promoted by the two bills she co-sponsored. Read More

Alera Group Acquires Four More Brokerages

May 15, 2018

The sprawling Alera Group, which has been rapidly expanding its employee benefits business through a series of acquisitions, has added four more brokerages. The deals, which were closed May 1st, expanding the company’s presence in California, the Midwest and the eastern U.S., giving it offices in more than 65 U.S. locations. Read More

Did Drug Company Payments to Doctors Help Fuel the Opioid Epidemic

May 15, 2018

A new research letter reports that doctors who received free meals and other kinds of payments from pharmaceutical companies tended to prescribe more opioid painkillers to their patients over the course of a year. Meanwhile, doctors who didn't get such freebies cut back on their opioid prescriptions. Read More