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Biogen C.E.O. to Step Down Following Launch of Alzheimer’s Drug, Aduhelm

Medicare -- New York Times - Tue, 05/03/2022 - 11:49am
The drug company will effectively give up on marketing Aduhelm, which comes with unproven benefit and serious safety risks.
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Weekly Health Quiz: Hepatitis Symptoms, Migraine Triggers and Medicare

Medicare -- New York Times - Thu, 04/28/2022 - 11:46am
Test your knowledge of this week’s health news.
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Medicare Advantage Plans Often Deny Needed Care, Federal Report Finds

Medicare -- New York Times - Thu, 04/28/2022 - 12:01am
Investigators urged increased oversight of the program, saying that insurers deny tens of thousands of authorization requests annually.
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Marta Wosińska

Brookings Institute -- Medicare - Tue, 04/26/2022 - 11:41am

By Christopher Miller

Marta E. Wosińska, Ph.D., is a visiting fellow at the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative on Health Policy. She is a healthcare economist with a particular expertise in prescription drugs and experience spanning academia and federal government. Dr. Wosińska’s government experience includes serving as director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission, chief healthcare economist in the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and director of economics staff at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation & Research.  Dr. Wosińska also served as economic advisor to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, providing drug market analysis and expert guidance for the Committee’s bipartisan investigative and legislative work on drug pricing.  Among academic institutions, she was consulting professor and deputy director for policy at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University and an assistant professor of marketing at the Harvard Business School.

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Justice Department Charges 21 People Over Coronavirus-Related Fraud Schemes

Medicare -- New York Times - Wed, 04/20/2022 - 3:34pm
The schemes included selling fake vaccination cards and test results, as well as enticing patients to accept unneeded treatments, tests and telehealth visits.
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Michael F. Neidorff, 79, Dies; His Company Was an Obamacare Stalwart

Medicare -- New York Times - Fri, 04/15/2022 - 4:38pm
He transformed a small company into a corporation focused on providing health insurance under government programs. It now insures 25 million people.
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Weekly Health Quiz: Mental Health Apps, S.T.I.s and Covid

Medicare -- New York Times - Thu, 04/14/2022 - 2:53pm
Test your knowledge of this week’s health news.
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Biden Administration Extends National Covid Public Health Emergency for Another 90 Days

Medicare -- New York Times - Wed, 04/13/2022 - 4:08pm
The emergency declaration, which enables free testing and eases Medicaid eligibility, among other provisions, will now extend at least until mid-July.
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Medicare Officially Limits Coverage of Aduhelm to Patients in Clinical Trials

Medicare -- New York Times - Thu, 04/07/2022 - 4:45pm
Officials cited data showing the new Alzheimer’s drug has serious safety risks and may not help patients.
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Inside a Campaign to Get Medicare Coverage for a New Alzheimer’s Drug

Medicare -- New York Times - Wed, 04/06/2022 - 3:00am
The Alzheimer’s Association has pushed relentlessly to get broad access to Aduhelm, despite safety risks and uncertain evidence that it helps patients.
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In Difficult Cases, ‘Families Cannot Manage Death at Home’

Medicare -- New York Times - Sat, 03/26/2022 - 5:00am
Health care researchers argue that hospice facilities could better serve some terminal patients, and ease the burden on exhausted loved ones.
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Paying Taxes in Retirement

Medicare -- New York Times - Fri, 03/25/2022 - 5:00am
Social Security benefits and your savings can be taxed. But in general, older Americans’ tax bills go down.
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Meet the Underdog of Senior Care

Medicare -- New York Times - Sat, 03/12/2022 - 12:06pm
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, funded by Medicare and Medicaid, has quietly succeeded in enabling some older Americans to age in place.
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For Older Americans, Some Positive Health News

Medicare -- New York Times - Mon, 02/28/2022 - 10:48am
Three recent developments — incremental and undramatic but encouraging — are likely to improve the lives and health of seniors.
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How to Transition Into Retirement

Medicare -- New York Times - Fri, 02/18/2022 - 12:44pm
Many older Americans like to ease into being an ex-worker — but you need to think carefully about just how to get there.
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Biden’s Hidden Health Care Triumph

Medicare -- New York Times - Thu, 02/10/2022 - 7:13pm
Blockbuster enrollments are good news — but will poltiics kill progress?
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Medicare Will Soon Provide Free At-Home Coronavirus Tests

Medicare -- New York Times - Thu, 02/03/2022 - 3:48pm
The announcement came after lawmakers and advocates argued that Medicare recipients had been passed over in the push to require insurers to cover the tests.
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