Insurers are often under competitive pressure to change network providers from year-to-year. But those changes can catch customers, especially of Medicare Advantage plans, off guard. Continue reading
Long-term care insurance plans can be difficult to understand and families who use them are sometimes faced with navigating complex rules, all while caring for a loved one. Bradley Frigon with the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys says the insurance industry could do more to educate consumers about the long-term care policies. That way, people would be better equipped to make smart decisions about how to fund their long-term care.
The firestorm over how to make Medicare more sustainable has consumed the health care debate this election season, but Medicaid, its counterpart for low-income, disabled and elderly Americans, actually covers more people. Hari Sreenivasan looks at how the candidates’ two drastically different proposals offer reform. Continue reading
Susan Dentzer reports on the “green houses” project, which seeks to
reinvent traditional nursing home care and create close-knit communities of patients and caregivers. Some observers, however, question the homes’ financial feasibility. Continue reading
The General Accounting Office, Congress’s investigative arm, recently published a report that revealed serious problems in the quality of care provided by America’s nursing homes, especially those in California. Susan Dentzer of the NewsHour’s health unit reports. Continue reading