Medicare/Medicaid Posts

Health Insurance Tax Helped Drive Health Spending in 2018

December 10, 2019

Health care spending grew last year but shrunk as a portion of overall spending. A new analysis published in Health Affairs by Micah Hartman, a statistician in the CMS Office of the Actuary, finds that national health care spending increased by 4.6 percent in 2018 to $3.6 trillion, or 17.7 percent of the overall economy. That’s down from 17.9 percent the previous year. Read More

Website Errors Raise Calls For Medicare To Be Flexible With Seniors’ Enrollment

December 10, 2019

Saturday is the deadline for most people with Medicare coverage to sign up for private drug and medical plans for next year. But members of Congress, health care advocates and insurance agents worry that enrollment decisions based on bad information from the government’s revamped, error-prone Plan Finder website will bring unwelcome surprises. Read More

Trump Pulled Into Feud Between Top Health Officials

December 10, 2019

President Donald Trump has personally tried to settle the long-running feud between his two top health appointees, telling his health secretary to fix the relationship with his Medicare chief, said three individuals with knowledge of the situation. Read More