Making Sen$e Medicare columnist Phil Moeller is excited about the possibility of a bipartisan breakthrough in Congress, and on the years-long fight over the Medicare “doc fix” no less. But someone, he explains, will have to pay for the impending deal. And it’s likely to be taxpayers. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair of reports Tuesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading
The government sent nearly one million consumers erroneous information on forms that they need to complete their 2014 tax returns. Now they’re getting robocalls and emails advising them to delay filing until the mistakes get fixed. Continue reading
Many Medicare drug plans – both Part D and plans that are part of Medicare Advantage policies – offer very low premiums to get you in the door. But they have ways of shifting the costs back on to Medicare beneficiaries. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama’s health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.
After a computer glitch was patched up, supporters of President Barack Obama’s health care law were out in force Sunday trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official deadline for 2015 coverage. Continue reading
With the deadline for enrolling in state and federal health exchanges looming, the White House is pushing for more signups. Early signs show 10 million may enroll, which is higher than the White House’s revised estimate. Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News and Susan Dentzer, a health analyst, join Judy Woodruff. Continue reading
Making Sen$e Medicare Maven Philip Moeller weighs in on the Anthem hack, warning readers about subsequent online fraud efforts trying to convince Anthem customers to turn over more personal information. Continue reading
Nearly a third of the ACA’s media budget this year is focused on Hispanic media, tripling the 10 percent spent on reaching Latinos last year, according to HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.
Insurers aren’t required to encrypt consumers’ data under a 1990s federal law that remains the foundation for health care privacy in the Internet age — an omission that seems striking in light of the major cyberattack against Anthem. Continue reading