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Medicare

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Top Medicare Articles

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  • Stop helicopter-parenting the Postal Service

    Stop helicopter-parenting the Postal Service
    Congress is like a helicopter parent when it comes to the U.S. mail. It wants the Postal Service to operate independently, without federal funding, and yet it hovers overhead, dictating every move of the organization — rate increases, days of...
  • Ask Kim: How much will I pay in the doughnut hole in 2015?

    I read your column detailing what Medicare will cost in 2015 (kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T039-C001-S003-what-you-ll-pay-for-medicare-in-2015.html). But I didn't see a mention of the Medicare Part D doughnut hole. Isn't the gap in coverage...
  • Lehigh County commissioners not sold on Cedarbrook upgrades

    Lehigh County commissioners not sold on Cedarbrook upgrades
    Lehigh County Commissioner Vic Mazziotti said Wednesday that plans to attract higher-paying patients to subsidize a nursing home with a mission to serve the community's neediest put him in a philosophical bind. Those plans would upgrade a wing of Lehigh...
  • Are our low birthrates and aging population threatening the economy?

    Are our low birthrates and aging population threatening the economy?
    The new demographic reality for the United States, Europe and many countries in Asia and Latin America is an aging population. Governments will face increasing financial pressure as the number of taxpayers shrinks and baby boomers retire. Many see a broad...
  • Corbett, Wolf could be on Medicaid collision course

    Corbett, Wolf could be on Medicaid collision course
    HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett this summer achieved what few thought was possible: Overcoming unlikely odds, the Republican won Obama administration approval for Pennsylvania to run its own version of Medicaid expansion. With that the program to...
  • These tax-smart techniques can cut your health costs

    Now that health care policies are legally required to cover certain services, insurers are intensifying efforts to rein in costs by shifting more of the burden to you. In addition to boosting deductibles, they're increasing cost-sharing for doctors'...
  • Window shopping on new health care website

    Window shopping on new health care website
    Let the health care shopping begin — window shopping, that is. A reconfigured HealthCare.gov website went live Sunday night, giving users an advance look at insurance policies and prices a week before the start of the second enrollment period...
  • Orlando Home Health Care: 12 Months Have Passed and Grandmother is Not the Same...Part I

    It’s that time of the year again. In the next few weeks, adult children and grandkids will be stopping by to visit an aging parent or grandparent. For a few, some of these holiday family visits are not very different from some of the weekly check-...
  • Medicare Costs For Breast Cancer Screenings Soar, But Benefits Remain Unclear

     Medicare Costs For Breast Cancer Screenings Soar, But Benefits Remain Unclear
    Medicare-funded breast cancer screenings jumped 44 percent from $666 million to $962 million from 2001 to 2009, yet those added costs did not improve early detection rates among the 65 and older Medicare population, according to a Yale School of...
  • Making seniors wait would add to medical costs for everyone

    Making seniors wait would add  to medical costs  for everyone
    Medicare taxes are too low to pay for an average senior's benefits. As a result of this and the aging of the population, the Medicare system has an unfunded liability in the trillions of dollars. Gradually raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67...
  • Program must change with longevity, demographics

    Program must change with longevity, demographics
    Medicare's age of eligibility — 65 years — is outdated. It is not even rooted in the 1960s, when Medicare was created, but in the 1930s, when Social Security was enacted and initially fixed the normal retirement age at 65. That's why a strong...