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This May Be Democrats’ Best Chance to Lower Drug Prices

Medicare -- New York Times - Wed, 10/27/2021 - 5:00am
For patients with certain cancers, out-of-pocket spending can exceed $15,000 a year. Legislation could take aim at prices and the amounts Medicare patients are charged.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

Biden and Democrats Push for Budget Deal This Week as Rifts Remain

Medicare -- New York Times - Mon, 10/25/2021 - 7:57pm
Negotiators were closing in on a deal that could spend around $1.75 trillion, but lawmakers were still haggling over critical disagreements on the sprawling social policy bill.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

Democrats' Campaign to Control Drug Prices Nears Collapse

Medicare -- New York Times - Thu, 10/21/2021 - 5:00am
Democrats have made giving government the power to negotiate drug prices a central campaign theme for decades. With the power to make it happen, they may fall short yet again.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

Sales of Biogen’s costly new Alzheimer’s drug fall far short of expectations.

Medicare -- New York Times - Wed, 10/20/2021 - 12:51pm
The drug, Aduhelm, brought in $300,000 in revenue in its first full three months of availability. The company expects the drug to generate minimal revenue for the rest of the year.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

Social Security Cost of Living Increase Will be 5.9 Percent in 2022

Medicare -- New York Times - Wed, 10/13/2021 - 9:53am
The increase, a cost-of-living adjustment that applies to about 70 million Americans, comes as consumer prices have jumped sharply.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

Covid Vaccines Saved Lives Among Older and Disabled Americans, Study Shows

Medicare -- New York Times - Tue, 10/05/2021 - 3:35pm
An analysis published by the Department of Health and Human Services said that Covid shots had also prevented about 265,000 cases and 107,000 hospitalizations.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

On Concerns About Debt, and Disregard for Climate and Child Poverty

Medicare -- New York Times - Mon, 10/04/2021 - 2:18pm
Why don't those who used to obsess over debt seem to care about the future?
Categories: Elder, Medicare

Medicare Expansion Clashes With Health Care for the Poor as Budget Bill Shrinks

Medicare -- New York Times - Mon, 09/20/2021 - 5:00am
Under pressure to cut the bill’s cost, Democrats disagree over whether to offer more benefits to older Americans or to cover more of the working poor.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

When Professors Have Affairs With Students

Medicare -- New York Times - Sun, 09/19/2021 - 11:00am
Professors and a recent college graduate respond to a guest essay. Also: Vaccine mandates; erosion of democracy; dental benefits.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

Hospitals and Health Care Workers, Overwhelmed by Covid

Medicare -- New York Times - Fri, 09/17/2021 - 11:16am
Burned-out health professionals and overwhelmed hospitals. Also: The child tax credit; counterterrorism; Democrats and taxes; "Medicare for all."
Categories: Elder, Medicare

Phony Diagnoses Hide High Rates of Drugging at Nursing Homes

Medicare -- New York Times - Sat, 09/11/2021 - 12:37pm
At least 21 percent of nursing home residents are on antipsychotic drugs, a Times investigation found.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

Biden Administration Goes Bigger on Cutting Drug Prices

Medicare -- New York Times - Thu, 09/09/2021 - 1:19pm
The administration endorses a proposal for the government to negotiate on prices for all U.S. purchasers, not just Medicare.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

From Cradle to Grave, Democrats Move to Expand Social Safety Net

Medicare -- New York Times - Tue, 09/07/2021 - 12:13am
The $3.5 trillion social policy bill that lawmakers begin drafting this week would touch virtually every American, at every point in life, from conception to old age.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

Social Security is projected to be insolvent a year earlier than previously forecast.

Medicare -- New York Times - Tue, 08/31/2021 - 4:28pm
Annual government reports on the solvency of the programs underscored the questions about the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

Will Hearing Aids Ever Be Hip?

Medicare -- New York Times - Mon, 08/30/2021 - 5:00am
A new generation of more affordable and stylish hearing aids could help preserve mind, life and limb for millions.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

Five Decades Later, Medicare Might Cover Dental Care

Medicare -- New York Times - Sun, 08/29/2021 - 3:00am
In the large budget bill now in Congress, supporters of the measure see a rare opportunity to advance a popular policy.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

That $56,000 Drug? Blame Medicare.

Medicare -- New York Times - Fri, 08/20/2021 - 6:00am
For an increasingly important set of drugs, Medicare has been driving up prices. It knows how to do better.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

Racial Inequities Persist in Health Care Despite Expanded Insurance

Medicare -- New York Times - Tue, 08/17/2021 - 1:53pm
A series of studies in an influential medical journal takes a close look at longstanding gaps in medical care.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

Biden Presses Congress to Act on Prescription Drug Prices

Medicare -- New York Times - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 1:48pm
President Biden singled out drug prices as an issue he wants included in the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion social policy bill, including allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prices.
Categories: Elder, Medicare

Getting Old Is a Crisis More and More Americans Can’t Afford

Medicare -- New York Times - Mon, 08/09/2021 - 7:25pm
The looming financial crisis for seniors.
Categories: Elder, Medicare
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