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The Big Debt Driver: Rising Health Care Costs, Not Medicare

News from Huffington Post: As both our national debt and health care costs continue to swell, America’s CEOs and other “influentials” have targeted Medicare as a key culprit and insist that Congress cut Medicare spending in the current deficit discussions. In truth, we do not have a “Medicare problem” in this country; we have a [...]

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Medicare, gold standard of health insurance, at risk

News from Allentown Morning Call: Up to age 64, my health was boringly good. Six months before I was eligible for Medicare, I was diagnosed with a heart condition and had a major procedure. When it came time to sign up for Medicare, there was no medical history sheet to fill out. There is no [...]

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Health-Care Gain Defies $11 Billion Medicare Threat: Muni Credit

News from Businessweek: Municipal bonds sold by hospitals and health-care providers are rallying the most since 2009, defying a potential $ 11 billion drop in Medicare funding from federal budget cuts that loom in three months. Health-care bonds have gained 9.5 percent this year and hospital debt 9.1 percent, making them the best-performing revenue securities, [...]

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Health care court ruling could paralyze Medicare

News from Reuters: Opponents of Obama health care legislation rally on the sidewalk during the third and final day of legal arguments over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court in Washington, March 28, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst By Mark Miller CHICAGO | Tue Jun 5, 2012 8:31am EDT CHICAGO (Reuters) [...]

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Medicare payments: US encourages bundling

News from Christian Science Monitor: Medicare payments, if bundled, could save the US money. The agency that handles Medicare payments is trying to make incentives to base payments on the quality of care, not the quantity, says a government official. The U.S. agency that runs government health insurance is launching a program that would bundle [...]

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Head of Medicare lauds three local health care providers

News from Chippewa Herald: EAU CLAIRE – The head of Medicare in the United States praised local health care providers Thursday for providing good care at a lower cost. Then Dr. Donald Berwick tried to reassure people using Medicare about the continued health of the program. Berwick is the administrator of the Centers for Medicare [...]

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Sebelius, Berwick Tout Drop In Medicare Rx Costs, Other Health Benefits

News from Kaiser Health News: News outlets heavily covered the announcement from HHS that Part D beneficiaries will pay less next year. Los Angeles Times: Cost Of Medicare’s Part D Drug Plan Is DroppingEven as health costs continue to rise, Medicare beneficiaries will see the average price of a Part D drug plan decline slightly [...]

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Medicare drug premiums to go down in 2012

News from Los Angeles Times:Medicare beneficiaries will see average premiums for the Part D drug benefit decline next year, the Obama administration announced Thursday, offering some relief at a time when pressure is mounting to cut the federal health insurance program in the face of rising medical costs. The Part D drug benefit, created under [...]

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Medicare, Medicaid tab keeps growing

News from USA Today: The costs of the government’s big health care programs are soaring again, expenses not tackled in the agreement President Obama signed into law Tuesday to raise the nation’s debt limit and cut federal spending. Medicare and Medicaid spending rose 10% in the second quarter from a year earlier to a combined [...]

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Medicare recipients likely to pay more

News from Detroit Free Press: WASHINGTON — The debate over the federal deficit has pumped new life into controversial proposals to require Americans on Medicare to pay more for health care, raising the possibility that their medical bills could jump hundreds or thousands of dollars. It’s not clear whether any of the proposals, which congressional [...]

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