Medicare/Medicaid Posts

Anthem’s Exit Leaves Thousands With No Choice Of Health Plans

August 22, 2017

For about 60,000 Covered California customers, choosing a health plan next year will be easier, and possibly more painful, than ever: There will be only one insurer left in their communities after Anthem Blue Cross of California pulls out of much of the state’s individual market. Read More

Medicare Unveils “Skeletal” Site For Hospice Comparison Shopping

August 22, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week released Hospice Compare, a consumer-focused website that lets families compare up to three hospice agencies at a time, among 3,876 nationwide. Following similar websites for hospitals and nursing homes, the site aims to improve transparency and empower families to “take ownership of their health,” according to a press release. Read More

Climbing Cost of Decades-Old Drugs Threatens To Break Medicaid Bank

August 15, 2017

Skyrocketing price tags for new drugs to treat rare diseases have stoked outrage nationwide. But hundreds of old, commonly used drugs cost the Medicaid program billions of extra dollars in 2016 vs. 2015, a Kaiser Health News data analysis shows. Eighty of the drugs — some generic and some still carrying brand names — proved more than two decades old. Read More

Sanders Will Offer “Medicare for All” Bill Soon

August 15, 2017

 U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told a group of seniors that the solution to the country's health care crisis is to make Medicare available to all, a proposal he plans to introduce shortly after Congress reconvenes in September. Read More

Anthem Move Off Nevada Insurance Exchange Could Affect Thousands

August 10, 2017

The looming departure affects 31,496 Nevadans, according to figures provided by the the Nevada Division of Insurance. It also underscores the continued volatility of the insurance market amid uncertainty about how federal regulations may change health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Read More

Bipartisan Health Policy Coalition Urges Congress to Strengthen the ACA

August 10, 2017

An unlikely coalition of liberal and conservative health-policy leaders is calling on Congress to strengthen the existing health-care law in a variety of ways to help Americans get and keep insurance. In particular, the group is urging the government to continue paying all the federal subsidies provided under the Affordable Care Act and to help Americans enroll in coverage. Read More

Medicare Advantage: Perfect Insurer Profit Center

August 8, 2017

Big insurers have retreated from Obamacare’s individual market, where fighting over the future of the health law has contributed to financial losses. They’re focusing instead on Medicare Advantage, a politically popular program that’s being embraced by a growing population of older Americans. Read More