What Would Medicare for All Cost You? & 11 more stories

What Would Medicare for All Cost You?, by Lisa Rowan on Two Cents, shared by Lisa Rowan to Lifehacker, published 2019-10-16T17:45:00Z

Top Story: Democratic candidates for president want to overhaul health care. But who will pay for it? That was the question during last night’s fourth primary debate, which featured 12 candidates on one stage vying for attention. But the discussion around health care ma…

Democratic candidates for president want to overhaul health care. But who will pay for it? That was the question during last nights fourth primary debate, which featured 12 candidates on one stage vying for attention. But the discussion around health care may… [+3536 chars] [read the full story]

Amy Klobuchar Goes After Elizabeth Warren in Debate

Karen Zraick, 2019-10-16T01:01:04Z

Overview: Ms. Klobuchar pressed Ms. Warren over how she would pay for a “Medicare for All” plan.

She announced her campaign on a snow-covered stage in Minneapolis in February and vowed to rejoin the Paris climate agreement on her first day in office. Her team hopes that her brand of Minnesota nice politics will attract the Iowa voters who cast the first … [+1294 chars] [read the full story]

Whistleblower Alleges Fraud At A Large Medicare Advantage Plan In Seattle

Fred Schulte, 2019-10-18T09:00:15Z

Overview: As the Trump administration calls for expanding access to Medicare Advantage, a federal whistleblower lawsuit accuses a large Medicare Advantage plan of bilking Medicare out of $8 million.

Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, one of the United States’ oldest and most respected nonprofit health insurance plans, is accused of bilking Medicare out of millions of dollars in a federal whistleblower case.
Teresa Ross, a former medical billing manage… [+6209 chars] [read the full story]

Buttigieg accuses Warren of refusing to answer yes or no question

null, 2019-10-16T01:13:30Z

Overview: During the latest Democratic presidential debate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg criticized Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for refusing to give a “yes-or-no answer” to questions about the costs of her “Medicare for All” health care plan.

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds. [read the full story]

Are Democrats Willing to Pay More in Taxes for Medicare for All?

Giovanni Russonello, 2019-10-18T14:42:32Z

Overview: Elizabeth Warren has declined to acknowledge that middle-class taxes would need to go up to pay for a single-payer health care system. How would Democratic voters feel if she did?

A tax hike for the wealthy is broadly popular especially among Democrats, but also with independents.
Voters across the board actually support higher taxes on the wealthy and on corporations, John Hudak, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said in … [+1614 chars] [read the full story]

Klobuchar slams Warren’s ‘pipe dream’ plan

null, 2019-10-16T01:24:54Z

Overview: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) went after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for her support of the “Medicare for All” single-payer health care plan during the Democratic presidential debate, saying “the difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something that you c…

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds. [read the full story]

The Best Moments From Last Night’s Democratic Debate

Josh Ocampo, 2019-10-16T16:05:00Z

Overview: Tuesday night’s Democratic debate marked several firsts; it was the single largest number of candidates on stage in any primary debate and the first to devote time to discussion of women’s reproductive rights. It was also the first debate in which nearly ever…

Tuesday nights Democratic debate marked several firsts; it was the single largest number of candidates on stage in any primary debate and the first to devote time to discussion of womens reproductive rights. It was also the first debate in which nearly every … [+4745 chars] [read the full story]

Medicare for All Would Actually Be ‘Medicare for None,’ HHS Secretary Alex Azar Argues at TIME 100 Health Summit

Jamie Ducharme, 2019-10-17T15:32:24Z

Overview: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was interviewed by TIME Editor Edward Felsenthal at the TIME 100 Health Summit.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar called Medicare for All a “utopian” and “simplistic” approach to health care that would actually become “Medicare for None” during an interview at the the TIME 100 Health Summit on Thursda… [+1974 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren has struggled to explain her healthcare overhaul’s impact on the middle class. That’s because key details are still missing.

Joseph Zeballos-Roig, 2019-10-17T18:06:08Z

Overview: Democratic candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren has championed Medicare for All on the campaign trail, repeatedly saying she’s “with Bernie” on a plan that would extend universal healthcare coverage to every person in the United States and virtually abolish privat…

Democratic candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren has championed Medicare for All on the campaign trail, repeatedly saying she’s “with Bernie” Sanders on a plan that would extend universal healthcare coverage to every person in the United States and virtually abolis… [+5166 chars] [read the full story]

Fact-Checking the Democratic Debate

The New York Times, 2019-10-16T00:58:22Z

Overview: Our reporters are following all of the exchanges and fact-checking the candidates, providing context and explanation on the policy debates.

But that does not mean that virtually everybody would end up paying less overall. Mr. Sanders has suggested various possible tax increases that could pay for this expansion, including a payroll tax that would affect workers across the economic spectrum. He ha… [+981 chars] [read the full story]

CMS Administrator Seema Verma Calls Medicare for All ‘Scary’ at TIME 100 Health Summit

Abigail Abrams, 2019-10-17T18:06:05Z

Overview: Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under the Trump Administration, called Medicare for All “scary” and said the government is to blame for many problems with the United States health care system during an intervie…

Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under the Trump Administration, called Medicare for All “scary” and said the government is to blame for many problems with the United States health care system during an intervie… [+2323 chars] [read the full story]

Medicare insurers are starting to offer big Apple Watch discounts & 14 more stories

Medicare insurers are starting to offer big Apple Watch discounts, by Jay Peters, published 2019-10-08T18:56:41Z

Top Story: In a major step in Apple’s push to market its Apple Watch as a health and fitness device, a private Medicare insurer is now subsidizing the cost of the Watch for its members, as first reported by CNBC.

The Watch can call for help if you fall
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge
In a major step in Apples push to market its Apple Watch as a health and fitness device, a private Medicare insurer is now subsidizing the cost of the Watch for its members, as first … [+1789 chars] [read the full story]

This Is the Strongest Argument Against Medicare for All

Peter Suderman, 2019-10-09T17:41:26Z

Overview: A deep-blue state’s failure to enact a single-payer system shows why a national version is unlikely to succeed.

Yet by 2014, Mr. Shumlins own estimates found that employers would have to pay taxes equal to about 11.5 percent of payroll, while families would have to pay as much as 9.5 percent of their annual income to make the financing work. The plan would have nearly … [+1945 chars] [read the full story]

Apple Watch scores its first Medicare Advantage coverage agreement

feedback@businessinsider.com (Zachary Hendrickson), Zachary Hendrickson, 2019-10-09T13:56:00Z

Overview: This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Health Pro subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they’re published on Business Insider, click here. Massachusetts-based insurtech …

Massachusetts-based insurtech Devoted Health will offer its Medicare Advantage (MA) members a $150 reimbursementtoward the purchase of an Apple Watch. Apple has reportedly been in conversations with payers like Devoted about bringing its watch to senior membe… [+3950 chars] [read the full story]

Phone Scammers And ‘Teledoctors’ Charged With Preying On Seniors In Fraud Case

Victoria Knight, 2019-10-07T09:01:21Z

Overview: Officials warn that schemes devised to steal from Medicare have embraced telemedicine. One man was prescribed $4,000 of medical equipment he didn’t need and never asked for.

While prescriptions for durable medical equipment, such as orthotic braces or wheelchairs, have long been a staple of Medicare fraud schemes, some alleged scammers are now using telemedicine and unscrupulous health providers to prescribe unneeded equipment to… [+8210 chars] [read the full story]

AOC fights back after being accused of… paying for a reasonably priced haircut

Morgan Sung, 2019-10-10T19:24:03Z

Overview: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now being accused of spending an average amount of money on her hair. The Washington Times, a conservative daily paper, exposed Ocasio-Cortez’s reasonably priced hair maintenance on Wednesday night. According to “sources famil…

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now being accused of spending an average amount of money on her hair. 
The Washington Times, a conservative daily paper, exposed Ocasio-Cortez’s reasonably priced hair maintenance on Wednesday night. According to “sources fam… [+3159 chars] [read the full story]

Andreessen Horowitz hires Julie Yoo as general partner

Kate Clark, 2019-10-09T17:31:59Z

Overview: Julie Yoo will make investments out of the firm’s bio fund.

Julie Yoo has joined Andreessen Horowitz as its newest general partner. She will make investments out of the venture capital firm’s bio fund, which closed on $450 million in 2017.
Yoo spent the last eight years as a co-founder and chief product officer of Ky… [+2057 chars] [read the full story]

UnitedHealthcare is adding to its list of digital benefits

zlarock@businessinsider.com (Zoë LaRock), Zoë LaRock, 2019-10-10T14:15:00Z

Overview: This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Health Pro subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they’re published on Business Insider, click here. Private insurers touting Medic…

Private insurers touting Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are gearing up for the 2020 Medicare enrollment period, and UnitedHealthcare is kicking digital offerings for its MA members up a notch, according to FierceHealthcare.
Business Insider Intelligence
As… [+1759 chars] [read the full story]

How Can Democrats Keep Themselves From Overreaching?

Thomas B. Edsall, 2019-10-09T10:00:08Z

Overview: And is that even the right goal for 2020?

Democrats, in Begalas view,
should do all they can to reduce their losses among high-school educated, rural and exurban voters, but with Dems solidifying their hold on the rising American electorate (people of color, younger voters and unmarried women), addi… [+5985 chars] [read the full story]

Sanders Says He Will ‘Change the Nature’ of His Campaign After Heart Attack

Sydney Ember, 2019-10-08T23:49:13Z

Overview: The Vermont senator vowed to slow his grueling campaign pace. He also acknowledged that voters would take his health into account when deciding whether to support him.

In recent weeks, the race has become more of a two-person contest between Senator Elizabeth Warren, a fellow liberal who shares many of the same goals as Mr. Sanders, and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., whose policy positions are generally more mod… [+1651 chars] [read the full story]

Apple reaches first deal to subsidize Apple Watch costs through private Medicare plans

Chance Miller, 2019-10-07T21:40:52Z

Overview: We’ve seen Apple Watch catch on with a handful of insurance providers so far. Now, CNBC reports that Devoted Health has become the first health insurer with private Medicare plans to offer a discounted Apple Watch as a benefit. more… The post Apple reaches fi…

Weve seen Apple Watch catch on with a handful of insurance providers so far. Now, CNBC reports that Devoted Health has become the first health insurer with private Medicare plans to offer a discounted Apple Watch as a benefit.
Devoted Health is a start-up he… [+1719 chars] [read the full story]

Apple Watch subsidized for those on Devoted Health Medicare Plan

AppleInsider, 2019-10-07T22:24:02Z

Overview: Devoted Health, a Florida-based plan for senior citizens, is the first private Medicare plan to cover the Apple Watch as a benefit.

Devoted Health, a Florida-based plan for senior citizens, is the first private Medicare plan to cover the Apple Watch as a benefit.Devoted Health, founded by Todd and Ed Park, specializes in private Medicare Advantage Plans for targets senior citizens. The co… [+1126 chars] [read the full story]

Trump signed an executive order about how much he hates Medicare-for-all

Tara Golshan, 2019-10-07T23:10:00Z

Overview: The executive order promotes private insurance’s role in Medicare.

President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, for his annual visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, on October 4, 2019 | ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images The executive order promotes … [+6523 chars] [read the full story]

What Benefits Does Medicare Advantage Offer Over Original Medicare?

newsfeedback@fool.com (Maurie Backman), 2019-10-08T10:36:00Z

Overview: You’ve no doubt heard of Medicare Advantage — but does it pay to sign up for it?

Healthcare is always a hot topic, both for investors and for those who need health coverage. With Medicare’s open enrollment period quickly approaching, millions of seniors will soon find it’s time to elect their coverage for the upcoming year. If you’re used… [+3661 chars] [read the full story]

Devoted Health Becomes First Private Medicare Provider to Offer Apple Watch Benefit to Members

Juli Clover, 2019-10-07T23:16:35Z

Overview: Devoted Health, a private medicare provider that offers Medicare Advantage plans in Florida, now provides the Apple Watch as a benefit to its members, reports CNBC. Devoted Health says it is the first private Medicare provider to offer the Apple Watch …

Devoted Health, a private medicare provider that offers Medicare Advantage plans in Florida, now provides the Apple Watch as a benefit to its members, reports CNBC.
Devoted Health says it is the first private Medicare provider to offer the Apple Watch as a f… [+1375 chars] [read the full story]

Bernie Sanders Will Participate in Next Debate, His Campaign Says & 9 more stories

Bernie Sanders Will Participate in Next Debate, His Campaign Says, by Sydney Ember, published 2019-10-03T16:56:11Z

Top Story: The Vermont senator’s near-term appearances have been canceled as he recovers from a procedure to treat a clogged artery, but aides said he would appear at the debate on Oct. 15.

Before his medical episode pulled him from the campaign trail, Mr. Sanders had been one of three front-runners in the Democratic race for the 2020 nomination. But if allies are projecting optimism about his ability to return to the race in full form, the medi… [+981 chars] [read the full story]

Trump Tried Scaring Some Seniors About Socialism so You’ll Forget About Impeachment

Cameron Joseph, Michael Learmonth, 2019-10-03T19:15:06Z

Overview: “Almost every major Democrat in Washington has backed a major government takeover that would totally obliterate Medicare,” Trump told Florida seniors.

President Trump tried to pivot away from weeks of coverage of his impeachment Thursday afternoon by scaring senior citizens about what Democrats might do to their Medicare.
Almost every major Democrat in Washington has backed a major government takeover tha… [+3000 chars] [read the full story]

Trump to unveil order aiming to boost Medicare health program, woo seniors

By Jeff Mason, 2019-10-03T14:17:45Z

Overview: U.S. President Donald Trump will unveil an executive order on Thursday aimed at strengthening the Medicare health program for seniors, seeking to improve its fiscal position and offer more affordable plan options, administration officials said. The order, whi…

By Jeff Mason
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will unveil an executive order on Thursday aimed at strengthening the Medicare health program for seniors, seeking to improve its fiscal position and offer more affordable plan options, adminis… [+4155 chars] [read the full story]

Buttigieg warns of politically dangerous Medicare for All proposals

Alexander Nazaryan, 2019-10-04T09:00:41Z

Overview: Pete Buttigieg’s campaign argues that free government health care for all is a bridge too far for most Americans.

WASHINGTON On the same November day next year when Americans will decide whether or not to keep President Trump in office for four more years, 468 members of Congress across the nation will defend their seats. And much as Democrats want to defeat Trump, they … [+8072 chars] [read the full story]

Bernie Sanders discharged from hospital after experiencing a heart attack earlier this week

David Choi, 2019-10-04T23:20:31Z

Overview: Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont experienced a heart attack earlier this week, according to a Friday statement from his 2020 presidential campaign. He was released from a Nevada hospital after two-and-a-half days. He was initially admitted after having chest pa…

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont experienced a heart attack earlier this week, according to a Friday statement from his 2020 presidential campaign.
He was released from a Nevada hospital after two-and-a-half days, after initially being admitted on Tuesday nigh… [+1564 chars] [read the full story]

Trump Today: Trump urges China, Ukraine to probe Bidens

Robert Schroeder, 2019-10-03T15:45:57Z

Overview: President Donald Trump urged China and Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, as a new poll showed public support building for Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump urged China and Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, as a new poll showed public support building for Democrats impeachment inquiry.
CHINA PROBE
Speaking to reporters before depar… [+1462 chars] [read the full story]

Medicare Shopping Season Is Almost Here

Mark Miller, 2019-10-04T09:00:15Z

Overview: Every fall, the 60 million Americans who use the health plan can compare options and save money. Here’s what to consider.

Enrollees in original Medicare have access to a much wider range of providers, and they do not need to navigate the referral requirements and prior authorization steps used by many Advantage plans.
Many enrollees in original Medicare buy supplemental Mediga… [+2305 chars] [read the full story]

Food Insecurity Hits Vulnerable Medicare Enrollees (Radio)

null, 2019-10-01T18:51:52Z

Overview: null

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Medicare Shopping Season Is Almost Here

Mark Miller, 2019-10-04T09:00:15Z

Overview: Every fall, the 60 million Americans who use the health plan can compare options and save money. Here’s what to consider.

Enrollees in original Medicare have access to a much wider range of providers, and they do not need to navigate the referral requirements and prior authorization steps used by many Advantage plans.
Many enrollees in original Medicare buy supplemental Mediga… [+2305 chars] [read the full story]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Next Big Effort: Tackling Poverty & 10 more stories

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Next Big Effort: Tackling Poverty, by Lola Fadulu, published 2019-09-25T06:59:05Z

Top Story: After the Green New Deal and Medicare for all, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is turning her attention — and that of her supporters — to poverty and housing.

Poverty has been a taboo word in our politics for so long, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said. Even if they are officially above the poverty line, there are people who are living a quality of life on par with the impoverished, she added, but you wouldnt see that based on… [+1669 chars] [read the full story]

Find the Closest and Safest Emergency Room With ER Inspector

Beth Skwarecki on Vitals, shared by Beth Skwarecki to Lifehacker, 2019-09-23T17:30:00Z

Overview: Emergency rooms aren’t always for life-or-death emergencies: sometimes you have enough time that you can make a choice about where to go. (If your child is the one who needs care, for example, you should know where to find the nearest pediatric-ready ER.) Rea…

Emergency rooms arent always for life-or-death emergencies: sometimes you have enough time that you can make a choice about where to go. (If your child is the one who needs care, for example, you should know where to find the nearest pediatric-ready ER.)
We … [+1534 chars] [read the full story]

Journalists File Lawsuit To Force Feds To Release Medicare Advantage Audits

Fred Schulte, 2019-09-27T09:01:20Z

Overview: A lawsuit filed by Kaiser Health News under the Freedom of Information Act could spur the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to release audits that document up to $650 million in overcharges.

Medicare Advantage health plans, mostly run by private insurance companies, have enrolled more than 22 million seniors and people with disabilities more than 1 in 3 people who are on some sort of Medicare plan.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Kaiser Health News… [+4478 chars] [read the full story]

Special Report: New frontier in health fraud – Genetic tests of the elderly

Sarah N. Lynch, 2019-09-25T18:44:00Z

Overview: The genetic-screening sales reps turn out at health fairs, houses of religion, parks and elder enclaves, offering seniors a chance to learn if they or their loved ones are at risk of developing cancer. All they need, the reps say, is a free cheek swab.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (Reuters) – The genetic-screening sales reps turn out at health fairs, houses of religion, parks and elder enclaves, offering seniors a chance to learn if they or their loved ones are at risk of developing cancer. All they need, the reps sa… [+18049 chars] [read the full story]

Why Impeachment Might Be Trouble for Some Democratic Candidates

Reid J. Epstein and Lisa Lerer, 2019-09-26T09:47:09Z

Overview: Top contenders like Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren can continue to command attention. Second- and third-tier candidates, however, are at greater risk of falling off the radar screen.

It scrambles the playing field, he added.
The stark new reality for the Democratic haves and have-nots is rooted in the bifurcated political landscape of the 2020 campaign. For months, it has played out on cable television, where some candidates have been ab… [+1667 chars] [read the full story]

Poll: A record number of voters dislike Trump personally, but many also dislike Democratic policies – AOL

Kenneth Gee, 2019-09-22T15:36:28Z

Overview: Poll: A record number of voters dislike Trump personally, but many also dislike Democratic policies AOL Poll: Voters back Medicare expansion, keeping private insurance | TheHill The Hill Elizabeth Warren surges and Joe Biden fades in close Iowa race, new poll…

WASHINGTON As Democratic candidates compete for the opportunity to take on President Donald Trump, the incumbent they hope to oust is more personally disliked than any of his recent predecessors, and half of voters say theyre very uncomfortable with the idea … [+6630 chars] [read the full story]

New Survey Finds Job-Based Health Insurance Has Gotten Much More Expensive

Jeffrey Young, 2019-09-25T16:30:07Z

Overview: More than 150 million Americans rely on job-based health insurance, which has gotten much more expensive in the past 10 years.

The American health care system is complicated, and so are proposals to change it. The 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign has focused a lot of attention on whether to preserve the private, job-based insurance system that covers 153 million people o… [+2965 chars] [read the full story]

Democratic White House hopeful Sanders urges ‘wealth tax’ on richest 180,000 Americans

By Simon Lewis, 2019-09-24T12:04:01Z

Overview: U.S. presidential contender Bernie Sanders released a plan on Tuesday to tax fortunes worth more than $32 million, in a move that follows his Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren’s own wealth-tax proposal. Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, said his “extreme …

By Simon Lewis
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. presidential contender Bernie Sanders released a plan on Tuesday to tax fortunes worth more than $32 million, in a move that follows his Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren’s own wealth-tax proposal.
Sanders, a U.S. … [+2303 chars] [read the full story]

Four Days. One Candidate. Welcome Aboard the Buttigieg Bus

Charlotte Alter/Waterloo, Ia., 2019-09-24T16:27:57Z

Overview: Before he got on the big yellow-and-blue bus that bore his name, Pete Buttigieg ironed his shirt in his hotel room. His tour across Iowa this week comes at the beginning of the school year, and as kids around the country were boarding buses of their own, they…

Before he got on the big yellow-and-blue bus that bore his name, Pete Buttigieg ironed his shirt in his hotel room. His tour across Iowa this week comes at the beginning of the school year, and as kids around the country were boarding buses of their own, they… [+5529 chars] [read the full story]

Bernie World Is Starting To Go After Elizabeth Warren

Daniel Marans, 2019-09-26T09:45:16Z

Overview: Bernie Sanders supporters are questioning Warren’s progressive bona fides — and for the first time, the campaign is going along with it.

As Sunday turned to Monday, Briahna Gray, national press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, posted a series of criticisms of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Twitter.
Gray began with subtlety, highlighting a speech the Vermont senato… [+15422 chars] [read the full story]

Bernie Sanders Went to Canada, and a Dream of ‘Medicare for All’ Flourished & 9 more stories

Bernie Sanders Went to Canada, and a Dream of ‘Medicare for All’ Flourished, by Sydney Ember, published 2019-09-09T17:44:31Z

Top Story: The Vermont senator has staked his presidential campaign, and much of his political legacy, on transforming health care in America. His mother’s illness, and a trip he made to study the Canadian system, help explain why.

In an interview on Sunday, Mr. Sanders vividly described how seeing the Canadian system up close significantly shaped his own views on health care.
It was kind of mind blowing to realize that the country 50 miles away from where I live that people could go t… [+1628 chars] [read the full story]

Pelosi Enlivens Battle to Lower Drug Prices

Abby Goodnough, 2019-09-10T15:51:07Z

Overview: Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s draft plan to allow the federal government to negotiate the price of hundreds of drugs will add new urgency to Washington’s effort to fight rising prescription costs.

Im trying to tell Senate Republicans that they ought to consider this a moderate position, he said of his bill in an interview Monday, because it would be easy for the president to join Pelosi.
The House has already passed a package of three bipartisan drug-… [+1715 chars] [read the full story]

Democrats, Going in Reverse

David Leonhardt, 2019-09-11T14:49:05Z

Overview: They did worse in North Carolina last night than last year.

I still consider Trump to be an underdog to win re-election next year, and McCreadys performance last night is consistent with that. His share of the districts vote was six percentage points higher than Hillary Clintons in 2016. But he achieved that strong re… [+1657 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren’s Plan for Social Security Looks Smart

David Leonhardt, 2019-09-12T13:35:28Z

Overview: The elderly have also suffered from extreme inequality.

Elizabeth Warren has become famous for her plans, and her latest one, out this morning, is meant to address this unfairness. It would let public-sector workers keep their full Social Security benefits and increase benefits for people who spend at least 80 hou… [+1664 chars] [read the full story]

Democratic debate: Biden, Warren and Sanders spar over healthcare

https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews, 2019-09-13T00:46:18Z

Overview: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders share the stage for the first time in a testy debate.

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption
Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders (right), Former US Vice President Joe Biden (centre) and Elizabeth Warren
Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden and close rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have fe… [+2028 chars] [read the full story]

Biden touts Obamacare while slamming Sanders and Warren’s healthcare plans

Joseph Zeballos-Roig, 2019-09-13T00:52:10Z

Overview: Former Vice President Joe Biden slammed Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders at the third Democratic debate, touting Obamacare as an alternative to the sweeping Medicare for All plans the senators have been calling for. Biden lauded Obamacare as a succes…

Former Vice President Joe Biden slammed Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders at the third Democratic debate, touting Obamacare as an alternative to the sweeping Medicare for All plans the senators have been calling for.
Biden lauded Obamacare as a suc… [+1425 chars] [read the full story]

Moderate Democrats Fared Best in 2018. One Gets Another Chance Today.

Nate Cohn, 2019-09-10T09:00:07Z

Overview: A North Carolina election is also a chance to think about what kind of candidate might do best against President Trump.

This doesnt mean that Ms. Warren or Mr. Sanders are doomed to do a few points worse than Mr. Biden. These figures are basically averages, and while Democratic Medicare for all opponents tended to fare better on average, not all did. It is even possible that M… [+3515 chars] [read the full story]

An alleged Medicare scam is exploiting seniors out of thousands of dollars with a cancer test scheme

Kelly McLaughlin, 2019-09-12T15:06:19Z

Overview: Senior citizens told CBS News that DNA testing company Genexe Health is billing them thousands of dollars for tests they never saw the results for. The organization is telling people that its testing can detect the likelihood of a cancer diagnosis based on th…

A Medicare scam posing as a genetic testing organization that can detect the likelihood of cancer diagnoses is scamming senior citizens out of thousands of dollars, according to a report from CBS News.
Senior citizens told CBS News that DNA testing company… [+2661 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren Doubles Down On ‘Medicare For All’ In Interview With Dying Activist

Daniel Marans, 2019-09-10T13:09:55Z

Overview: “Medicare for All is about a relationship that all of us have to each other,” Warren told Ady Barkan.

Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren delivered an impassioned explanation of her support for a “Medicare for All,” single-payer health care system in an interview with terminally ill progressive activist Ady Barkan.
The nine-minute video capturin… [+4941 chars] [read the full story]

Negotiation: A three-step solution to affordable prescription drugs & 12 more stories

Negotiation: A three-step solution to affordable prescription drugs, by null, published 2019-09-04T21:57:05Z

Top Story: Criteria are offered to negotiate drug prices and prioritize specific drugs for maximum savings. These criteria provide cost savings and incentives for innovation.

Criteria are offered by Harvard University and George Mason University experts for Medicare to negotiate drug prices and prioritize specific drugs for maximum savings. These criteria provide cost savings and incentives for innovation. Medicare often spends $3… [+2586 chars] [read the full story]

Next Avenue: 10 money pits that can ruin your retirement

Bruce Horovitz, 2019-09-03T08:59:36Z

Overview: Each one of these expenses can add up and put a serious ding in your retirement savings.

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.
There are so many scary things about retirement: All that free time to suddenly fill. The slew of health care decisions, from Medicare to supplemental health insurance to long-term care insurance. … [+6242 chars] [read the full story]

Is The New Medicare Plan Finder A Barrier Against Open Enrollment Plan Review?

Diane Omdahl, Contributor, Diane Omdahl, Contributor https://www.forbes.com/sites/dianeomdahl/, 2019-09-04T15:49:36Z

Overview: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is promoting the new Medicare Plan Finder.

New Medicare.go Plan Finder
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is promoting the new Medicare Plan Finder. It will be the exclusive source of information for 2020 Part D drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans. According to a&am… [+7756 chars] [read the full story]

The New Plan Finder Will Likely Cause Headaches For Those Enrolling In Medicare

Diane Omdahl, Contributor, Diane Omdahl, Contributor https://www.forbes.com/sites/dianeomdahl/, 2019-09-06T18:44:43Z

Overview: The new Medicare Plan Finder will be the exclusive source of information for 2020 Part D drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans.

Using the new Medicare Plan Finder can be a headache.
Getty
The new Medicare Plan Finder will be the exclusive source of information for 2020 Part D drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans. According to a CMS promotional video, beneficiari… [+6346 chars] [read the full story]

Starbucks’ Howard Schultz ends presidential “campaign”

Rob Beschizza, 2019-09-06T13:34:55Z

Overview: Howard Shultz is ending his bid to become President of the United States of Americia—or at least to blackmail the Democrats into supporting a billionire-friendly centrist over more popular left-leaning candidates. To his credit, he haltingly admits that a sec…

Howard Shultz is ending his bid to become President of the United States of America—or at least blackmail Dems into supporting a billionaire-friendly centrist over more popular left-leaning candidates. To his credit, he haltingly admits that a second Trump te… [+3444 chars] [read the full story]

Walmart is launching its first standalone primary care clinic (WMT)

Zachary Hendrickson, 2019-09-03T14:05:00Z

Overview: This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Health Pro subscribers. To receive the full story plus other insights each morning, click here. Walmart’s first standalone primary care clinic, dubbed Walmart Healt…

Walmart’s first standalone primary care clinic, dubbed Walmart Health, will be piloted in Dallas, Georgia, and housed in a building next to Walmart’s retail store. Patients will be able to receive a variety of primary care services at the clinic, including im… [+4696 chars] [read the full story]

Lower risk of depression, dementia after getting hearing aids

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan, 2019-09-05T15:16:53Z

Overview: Older adults who get hearing aids for newly diagnosed hearing loss have a lower risk of dementia, depression, and anxiety diagnoses over the next three years, research finds.

Older adults who get hearing aids for a newly diagnosed hearing loss have a lower risk of being diagnosed with dementia, depression, or anxiety for the first time over the next three years.
Getting a hearing aid is also linked to a lower risk of suffering fa… [+4467 chars] [read the full story]

‘Over the top:’ McConnell still mad about #MoscowMitch, calls attention to 2020 election

Louisville Courier Journal, Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal, 2019-09-04T10:17:06Z

Overview: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was first called “Moscow Mitch” in July by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on on his “Morning Joe” show

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell touts his record while speaking at the 2019 Fancy Farm Picnic.
Jeff Faughender, Louisville Courier Journal
It’s no secret Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t like the nickname given him in July  “Moscow Mitch.”
… [+3579 chars] [read the full story]

Liberal presidential hopefuls Sanders, Warren face 2020 showdown in New Hampshire

John Whitesides, 2019-09-03T16:06:38Z

Overview: The simmering rivalry between progressives Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, presidential contenders with similar policies but sharply different styles, is headed for a showdown in New Hampshire.

HAMPTON FALLS, N.H. (Reuters) – The simmering rivalry between progressives Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, presidential contenders with similar policies but sharply different styles, is headed for a showdown in New Hampshire.
The state’s Feb. 11 Democr… [+6032 chars] [read the full story]

Medicare-for-All Is Not Medicare, and Not Really for All. So What Does It Actually Mean?

by Akilah Johnson, 2019-09-06T17:28:00Z

Overview: by Akilah Johnson GAITHERSBURG, Md. — Ritchard Jenkins reached into the black computer bag he keeps near his workstation at Graceful Touch Barber and Beauty Salon and rifled through medical papers, pulling out an envelope buried deep at the bottom. It was an …

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublicas Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published.
GAITHERSBURG, Md. Ritchard Jenkins reached into the black compute… [+19846 chars] [read the full story]

Assam institutes one-man inquiry into lynching of doctor

Special Correspondent, 2019-09-04T16:26:17Z

Overview: CM talks to slain doctor’s wife; IMA demands legislation to check violence, calls for strike

A fast track court will try the cases involving the killing of Deben Dutta at Teok Tea Garden in Upper Assam, the State government said in a press release on Wednesday. The government has also asked Commissioner and Secretary-Finance Shyam Jagannathan to cond… [+1841 chars] [read the full story]

Impeachment Summer Passes By, Without A Breakthrough

Kevin Robillard, 2019-09-02T10:00:00Z

Overview: More Democrats support investigating and ousting Trump now than did at the beginning of August recess, but it’s unlikely to top Congress’ fall agenda.

SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. – Rep. Susan Wild, a freshman Democrat elected to a blue-tinted swing seat representing the Lehigh Valley, knew the question was coming. 
“Congresswoman, why have you not come out for impeachment?” the president of a local community colleg… [+8157 chars] [read the full story]

Democrats’ Medicare for All plans must consider union-negotiated health plans: AFL-CIO chief & 12 more stories

Democrats’ Medicare for All plans must consider union-negotiated health plans: AFL-CIO chief, by Amanda Becker, published 2019-08-29T16:52:17Z

Top Story: Democratic White House hopefuls should ensure their Medicare for All proposals honor union-negotiated private insurance, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, head of the largest federation of U.S. labor unions, said on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic White House hopefuls should ensure their Medicare for All proposals honor union-negotiated private insurance, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, head of the largest federation of U.S. labor unions, said on Thursday.
How to b… [+3696 chars] [read the full story]

CMS launched a redesigned Medicare Plan Finder tool

Zachary Hendrickson, 2019-08-30T14:38:00Z

Overview: This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Health Pro subscribers. To receive the full story plus other insights each morning, click here. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a reva…

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a revamped, and decidedly sleeker, version of the Medicare Plan Finder tool on Medicare.gov earlier this week, which it likely hopes will put to rest concerns that have plagued the tool since its f… [+3465 chars] [read the full story]

Why This Joe Biden Ad Stands Out

Katie Glueck, 2019-08-27T15:58:39Z

Overview: It’s “personal to me,” the former vice president says in a new ad that features his own family losses to highlight the importance of health care.

The ad also describes his son Beau Bidens battle with brain cancer, and flashes an image of a struggling Mr. Biden. Beau Biden died in 2015.
The spot goes on to obliquely make an argument Mr. Biden often advances more directly on the campaign trail: that his… [+744 chars] [read the full story]

A new study reveals how the price of treatments for a devastating disease quadrupled over the past decade

Clarrie Feinstein, 2019-08-26T15:02:00Z

Overview: In a study published by JAMA Neurology, researchers found that multiple sclerosis patients who have Medicare Part D—government-funded health insurance that covers prescription drug costs—have seen their medication prices quadruple from 2006 to 2016. The rise …

The high cost of prescription drugs is a growing problem in the US healthcare system.
A new study published by the journal JAMA Neurology sheds new light on the issue, revealing how drug prices for individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) quadrupled over a… [+3742 chars] [read the full story]

The Boy Who Cried Tariff

Gail Collins and Bret Stephens, 2019-08-27T10:19:09Z

Overview: How did our political life come to seem like a fable? And is there any hope on the horizon for something more grounded?

Bret: I think thats an argument for Democrats to nominate a candidate who doesnt alienate so many middle-of-the-road voters the way Sanders and Warren do.
Let me try to unpack the things I dont like about Warren.
Her core conviction is that the system is ri… [+1891 chars] [read the full story]

It’s Not Over Between Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris on Medicare for All

Liz Landers, Michael Learmonth, 2019-08-28T14:56:21Z

Overview: Bernie wants you to know his “clarification” on Medicare for All is in no way like Kamala Harris’ “clarification.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants you to know he did not change his Medicare for All plan.
But he did tweak it.
The Vermont independent released a clarification of his plan geared toward labor unions skeptical about Medicare for All in a bid to win their support l… [+2416 chars] [read the full story]

The US is throwing away at least 3,500 donated kidneys every year, study finds

Jen Christensen, CNN, 2019-08-26T17:20:36Z

Overview: There are currently 93,000 people in the United States on a waiting list for a donated kidney, yet at least 3,500 donated kidneys are discarded every year, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

(CNN)There are currently 93,000 people in the United States on a waiting list for a donated kidney, yet at least 3,500 donated kidneys are discarded every year, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
The lack of organs f… [+4971 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren slams Koch Brothers after Bernie Sanders tells off supporters for cheering billionaire’s death

Chris Riotta, 2019-08-26T20:06:13Z

Overview: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have spent recent months battling each other for the Democratic presidential nomination, appealing to the party’s liberal factions by touting their progressive track records and unleashing bold policy agendas.While their ca…

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrives at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on 11 August: EPA
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have spent recent months battling each other for the Democratic presidential nomination, appealing to the part… [+3193 chars] [read the full story]

‘It’s important to know when it’s not your time’: Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race

David Choi, 2019-08-28T21:55:04Z

Overview: Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York announced Wednesday afternoon she is dropping her 2020 presidential campaign. “I wanted you to hear it from me first,” Gillibrand said in a pre-recorded video, “that after more than eight incredible months, I am …

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York announced she is dropping her 2020 presidential campaign on Wednesday afternoon.
“I wanted you to hear it from me first,” Gillibrand said in a pre-recorded video, “that after more than eight incredible months,… [+1505 chars] [read the full story]

White House hopeful Kamala Harris to emphasize access for individuals with disabilities

Amanda Becker, 2019-08-29T10:01:37Z

Overview: U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris will announce a plan on Thursday aimed at ensuring individuals with disabilities have equal access to job opportunities, education, housing and healthcare.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris will announce a plan on Thursday aimed at ensuring individuals with disabilities have equal access to job opportunities, education, housing and healthcare.
Harris, a U.S. senator from… [+2320 chars] [read the full story]

Joe Biden: It Would Be an Insult to My Dead Son for Everyone to Have Healthcare

Tim Marchman, Tim Marchman, 2019-08-27T20:55:29Z

Overview: The former vice president released an ad invoking family tragedy and attacking rivals who have plans to ensure everyone has access to healthcare.

In a new campaign ad, former vice president Joe Biden suggests that for all Americans to have healthcare would be an insult to his son, Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015. Watch for yourself:
Biden starts by relating the story of how his son died d… [+2579 chars] [read the full story]

Next Avenue: Where to find low-cost services for all the things Medicare doesn’t cover

Edie Grossfield, 2019-08-27T08:59:04Z

Overview: A guide to finding inexpensive or free dental, vision and hearing services.

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.
Medicare covers most health care services, including preventative care. But as new users of the federal health insurance program soon find out, it typically does not cover routine dental, vision an… [+5155 chars] [read the full story]

How a Totally Hypothetical Payroll Tax Cut Would Impact Your Paycheck & 12 more stories

How a Totally Hypothetical Payroll Tax Cut Would Impact Your Paycheck, by Lisa Rowan on Two Cents, shared by Lisa Rowan to Lifehacker, published 2019-08-22T15:00:00Z

Top Story: For a portion of this calendar week, President Donald Trump considered cutting payroll taxes. “I’ve been thinking about payroll taxes for a long time,” he told reporters on Tuesday, and then he turned around on Wednesday and told the same reporters “I’m not l…

For a portion of this calendar week, President Donald Trump considered cutting payroll taxes. Ive been thinking about payroll taxes for a long time, he told reporters on Tuesday, and then he turned around on Wednesday and told the same reporters Im not lookin… [+1706 chars] [read the full story]

Kamala Says She’s Uncomfortable with Bernie’s Health-Care Plan Two Years After Cosponsoring It

By Sam.Brodey@thedailybeast.com (Sam Brodey), 2019-08-19T16:05:09Z

Overview: Chip Somodevilla/GettyAt a fundraiser in the Hamptons this weekend, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) told wealthy donors she has “not been comfortable” with the Medicare-for-All proposal pushed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), one of her leading rivals in the prima…

Chip Somodevilla/Getty
At a fundraiser in the Hamptons this weekend, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) told wealthy donors she has not been comfortable with the Medicare-for-All proposal pushed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), one of her leading rivals in the prima… [+3559 chars] [read the full story]

US health insurtechs had a strong first half of 2019 — but the Medicare Advantage market could present future hurdles

Zachary Hendrickson, 2019-08-20T14:38:00Z

Overview: This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Health Pro subscribers. To receive the full story plus other insights each morning, click here. Over the past few years, several hot insurance startups have risen t…

Over the past few years, several hot insurance startups have risen to capitalize on the creation of the Affordable Care Act individual exchange market and, more recently, the Medicare Advantage (MA) market.
Business Insider Intelligence
Business Insider … [+4980 chars] [read the full story]

Why the AMA is helping to launch a new insurer for seniors

Ruth Reader, 2019-08-22T07:00:14Z

Overview: Zing Health, which will debut next year in Chicago, could be good for patients, doctors—and the American Medical Association’s staid image. As a bunch of tech startups get massive funding to reshape the future of healthcare, the American Medical Association i…

As a bunch of tech startups get massive funding to reshape the future of healthcare, the American Medical Association is not sitting idly by. Instead, it’s investing in and building up companies that align with its agenda. The latest is Zing Health, a new ins… [+5238 chars] [read the full story]

Oscar Health is pushing into six new states and 12 markets to sell insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act

Zachary Hendrickson, 2019-08-23T14:35:00Z

Overview: This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Health Pro subscribers. To receive the full story plus other insights each morning, click here. Hot insurtech Oscar Health is pushing into six new states and 12 mar…

Hot insurtech Oscar Health is pushing into six new states and 12 markets — including Philadelphia and Kansas City — in 2020 to sell individual and family insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), per Forbes. The expansion will balloon Oscar’s cover… [+4722 chars] [read the full story]

Romney says climate change happening, humans contribute

MORGAN SMITH, 2019-08-19T19:47:26Z

Overview: U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday that he believes climate change is happening and human activity is a significant contributor. During a speech at the conservative Sutherland Institute in Salt Lake City, the senator acknowledged that the position is rare amon…

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday that he believes climate change is happening and human activity is a significant contributor.
During a speech at the conservative Sutherland Institute in Salt Lake City, the senator acknowledged that the … [+2401 chars] [read the full story]

Trump ping pongs on payroll tax cuts and now claims the White House isn’t considering them, a day after he said they were on the table

Joseph Zeballos-Roig, 2019-08-21T18:41:50Z

Overview: President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he isn’t considering payroll tax cuts to juice the economy with extra consumer cash, only a day after he said they were on the table. “I’m not looking at a tax cut now,” Trump said. “We don’t need it. We have a strong …

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he isn’t considering payroll tax cuts to juice the economy with extra consumer cash, only a day after he said they were on the table.
Trump told reporters at the White House that cutting payroll taxes wasn’t necessa… [+1404 chars] [read the full story]

Trump tells Republicans he may begin cutting social security and Medicare if he wins in 2020

Chris Riotta, 2019-08-23T16:24:57Z

Overview: Republicans on Capitol Hill say Donald Trump may be willing to cut Social Security and Medicare if he wins in 2020, reportedly describing the potential move as a “second-term project”.Several senators told the New York Times in a report published this week th…

Republicans on Capitol Hill say Donald Trump may be willing to cut Social Security and Medicare if he wins in 2020, reportedly describing the potential move as a second-term project.
Several senators told the New York Times in a report published this week th… [+2203 chars] [read the full story]

Stories About Mistreatment In Hospice Care Are A Cry For Government To Act

Jonathan Cohn, 2019-08-18T12:00:13Z

Overview: Some providers are terrific, some are terrible. And regulators haven’t kept up.

Losing a parent feels insurmountable at any age. Our series helps you face it from the practical logistics to the existential questions about death and dying today.
A federal watchdog in July released a report on hospice care that was based on five years of … [+8530 chars] [read the full story]

Fact check: Did Bernie just backtrack on Medicare for All?

Holly Otterbein, 2019-08-22T23:14:12Z

Overview: Critics pounced on a tweak Sanders made this week to his signature plan, but they’re being misleading.

Changes to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ health care plan have led to accusations of softening his stance. | Joshua Lott/Getty Images
Speaking to labor officials in Iowa this week, Bernie Sanders unveiled a new twist to his Medicare for All plan. His centrist Democra… [+6340 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren’s criminal justice plan would gut 1994 crime bill

Gregory Krieg, CNN, 2019-08-20T13:11:34Z

Overview: Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday outlined a stem-to-stern criminal justice overhaul that would abolish the death penalty and end cash bail, while unwinding most of the 1994 crime bill and investing heavily in diversion programs.

(CNN)Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday outlined a stem-to-stern criminal justice overhaul that would abolish the death penalty and end cash bail, while unwinding most of the 1994 crime bill and investing heavily in diversion programs.
The Democratic president… [+5240 chars] [read the full story]

Joe Biden inspires no one – not even his own wife

Bhaskar Sunkara, 2019-08-23T07:00:06Z

Overview: Can we stop pretending that Joe Biden is the inevitable 2020 candidate?‘Joe Biden is Hillary Clinton 2.0.’ Photograph: Charlie Neibergall/APMuch like Hillary Clinton in 2016, Joe Biden’s Democratic primary campaign has thus far cloaked itself in an aura of in…

Photograph: Charlie Neibergall/AP
Much like Hillary Clinton in 2016, Joe Bidens Democratic primary campaign has thus far cloaked itself in an aura of inevitability. You might not like Joe Biden. He might say racist or sexist stuff from time to time. His gaff… [+4671 chars] [read the full story]

Uber is partnering with American Logistics Company in a play for the Medicare Advantage market (UBER) & 10 more stories

Uber is partnering with American Logistics Company in a play for the Medicare Advantage market (UBER), by Zachary Hendrickson, published 2019-08-15T14:42:00Z

Top Story: This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Health Pro subscribers. To receive the full story plus other insights each morning, click here. Uber Health’s partnership with California-based transportation manag…

Uber Health’s partnership with California-based transportation management company American Logistics Company (ALC) — which Uber says will improve the health outcomes of millions of patients — is the latest sign that the ride-hailing giant’s invigorated health… [+3932 chars] [read the full story]

Lacroix flavor generator

Rob Beschizza, 2019-08-12T18:37:20Z

Overview: lacroix.glitch.me is a Glitch app that generates delicious new flavors of calorie-free sparkling water—or perhaps just honest names for the ones there already are. Read the rest

Today Democratic Party presidential candidate Kamala Harris announced her version of Medicare for All, but over the weekend, she perked ears by issuing an oddly-specific policy proposal on Twitter: student loan debt forgiveness program for Pell Grant recipien… [+1813 chars] [read the full story]

Independent Voters Unimpressed By Both Trump And Democrats

The Onion, 2019-08-13T17:40:00Z

Overview: An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that independent voters remain unconvinced by both the president’s and Democrat’s plans for the future, although they agree with some liberal platforms such as Medicare for all who want it and universal background checks.…

Im a little confused. I thought we all agreed on a dictatorship in, like, March.
Layton Battle Yarn Spinner [read the full story]

Some labor unions split with Biden on ‘Medicare for All’

aollstein@politico.com (Alice Miranda Ollstein), 2019-08-11T10:56:28Z

Overview: Labor leaders dispute candidates’ claims that single-payer will leave their members worse off.

Some union leaders say that the benefits from Medicare for All would exceed what they can provide, breaking away from Democratic candidates like Joe Biden. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Joe Biden and other moderate Democratic candidates opposed to Medicare for… [+8921 chars] [read the full story]

Stalled Sanders campaign orchestrated reboot after first debate

Alex Thompson, 2019-08-13T13:50:55Z

Overview: The senator is betting that a renewed focus on his signature proposal — Medicare for All — is the key to jump-starting his candidacy and overtaking Joe Biden.

Bernie Sanders speaks at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday in Des Moines. | Alex Wong/Getty Images
DES MOINES A little over a month ago, despite putting on a brave face publicly, Bernie Sanders aides privately concluded that a shakeup was needed for his presiden… [+9186 chars] [read the full story]

Debra Messing reignites feud with Susan Sarandon over Trump: ‘Liking the revolution?’

USA TODAY, Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 2019-08-13T23:49:22Z

Overview: Debra Messing and Susan Sarandon are feuding on Twitter over their political differences, again.

At the premiere of new mini-series “Feud: Bette and Joan,” Susan Sarandon discusses her reaction to Donald Trump’s first speech to Congress. (March 2)
AP
Debra Messing and Susan Sarandon are back at it. 
The “Will & Grace” actress, 50, reignited a yea… [+3331 chars] [read the full story]

Why $3.2 billion Oscar Health pursued an unusual tech strategy for a startup insurer, according to the early employee who led the charge

Lydia Ramsey, 2019-08-12T13:02:00Z

Overview: Sara Wajnberg, 36, is the chief product officer at health insurance startup Oscar Health. When Wajnberg joined about six years ago in Oscar’s early days, it was her first foray into healthcare. She broke down some of the key lessons she learned while building…

When Sara Wajnberg, 36, joined health insurance startup Oscar Health in its early days six years ago, it was her first time working in healthcare.
Wajnberg, now the chief product officer at Oscar, had a background in working in product. Her sister was lead… [+3201 chars] [read the full story]

Bernie Sanders And Cardi B Discuss How To End Police Brutality

Daniel Marans, 2019-08-15T15:58:37Z

Overview: “We need to end all forms of racism in this country — from Donald Trump down to the local police department,” the presidential candidate told the hip-hop star.

The presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday released an 11-minute video of pop superstar Cardi B interviewing Sanders about a range of topics, including police brutality, immigration policy and worker pay.
The Afro-Latina rapper, bor… [+2082 chars] [read the full story]

Couple Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide Said They Couldn’t Pay Medical Bills

Amy Russo, 2019-08-11T18:19:37Z

Overview: The Washington state couple left behind notes revealing that they could not afford their healthcare expenses.

A Washington state couple was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday left behind notes revealing that they had been struggling under the weight of medical bills they could not afford to pay. 
Around 8:30 a.m., the 77-year-old husband called 911 a… [+2211 chars] [read the full story]

Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks To Let Medicare Patients Appeal Gap in Nursing Home Coverage

Yves Smith, 2019-08-15T00:35:35Z

Overview: A Medicare lawsuit winding its way through the courts should take some of the wind out of the sails of the idea of Medicare in its current form as a good way to implement single payer.

Yves here. This article illustrates why healthcare in the US is such a mess and why it is going to be necessary to blow huge sections of how we do things now up to get to a somewhat sane and more affordable system. And remember, we are talking about Medicare,… [+8830 chars] [read the full story]

A Question Rarely Asked: What Would Medicare for All Cover? & 13 more stories

A Question Rarely Asked: What Would Medicare for All Cover?, by Austin Frakt and Elsa Pearson, published 2019-08-05T03:55:27Z

Top Story: If it followed the path of traditional Medicare, it would end up paying for a lot of coverage that has little medical value.

It has been doing this for over a decade. The program is called coverage with evidence development, and its use is rare. Fewer than two dozen therapies have entered the program since it was introduced in 2006. But it allows Medicare to gather additional clini… [+2498 chars] [read the full story]

Medicare to cover breakthrough gene therapy for some cancers – CityNews Vancouver

null, 2019-08-07T22:01:49Z

Overview: Medicare to cover breakthrough gene therapy for some cancers CityNews Vancouver Medicare to cover expensive cancer cell therapies Reuters Medicare will cover pioneering cancer treatment nationwide The Washington Post CMS finalizes long-sought rules for Medica…

WASHINGTON Medicare says it will cover breakthrough gene therapy for some kinds of blood cancers, increasing access to a potentially life-saving but costly treatment that uses a patient’s own cells to destroy malignancies.
In a decision issued Wednesday, off… [+617 chars] [read the full story]

Medicare to cover expensive cancer cell therapies – Financial Post

null, 2019-08-07T22:37:00Z

Overview: Medicare to cover expensive cancer cell therapies Financial Post The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday said it has finalized a decision to cover expensive cancer cell therapies sold by… View full coverage on Google News

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday said it has finalized a decision to cover expensive cancer cell therapies sold by Gilead Sciences Inc and Novartis AG.
CMS, which runs Medicare – the federal government’s health plan for … [+1574 chars] [read the full story]

What tech gets right about healthcare

Sarah Buhr, 2019-08-06T19:36:01Z

Overview: Why is tech still aiming for the healthcare industry? It seems full of endless regulatory hurdles or stories of misguided founders with no knowledge of the space, running headlong into it, only to fall on their faces. Theranos is a prime example of a founder …

Why is tech still aiming for the healthcare industry? It seems full of endless regulatory hurdles or stories of misguided founders with no knowledge of the space, running headlong into it, only to fall on their faces.
Theranos is a prime example of a founder… [+1094 chars] [read the full story]

Trump Team Hits Brakes On Law That Would Curb Unneeded Medicare CT Scans, MRIs

Phil Galewitz, 2019-08-09T09:00:25Z

Overview: Critics worry the administration’s delays come at a steep cost: Medicare is continuing to pay for millions of unnecessary exams and patients are being subjected to radiation for no medical benefit.

If a doctor is found to be ordering too many MRI or CT scans or other imaging tests for Medicare patients, a federal law is supposed to require the physician to get federal approval for all diagnostic imaging. But the Trump administration has stalled the law’… [+7176 chars] [read the full story]

A majority of Americans with employer-based health insurance don’t mind if it changes to Medicare for All — as long as they can keep their current coverage

Joseph Zeballos-Roig and Walt Hickey, 2019-08-08T19:35:47Z

Overview: Over 59% of respondents who receive health insurance through their employer said in a new INSIDER poll they would be fine switching to a government insurance plan under “Medicare for All’ — as long as it meant no change in coverage. The results highlight how …

Over 59% of respondents who receive health insurance through their employer said in a new INSIDER poll they would be fine if that plan changed, as long as it meant no change in coverage.
As the battle lines are drawn within the Democratic party over the pr… [+5378 chars] [read the full story]

Democratic Candidates Praise Labor — and the Obama Legacy, Too

Katie Glueck and Kimberley McGee, 2019-08-04T00:52:22Z

Overview: After widespread criticism over attacks on Barack Obama at this week’s debates, Democratic candidates at a labor forum in Las Vegas took a very different tack.

Obama remains almost universally popular with Democrats, so it makes sense for Biden to position attacks on his support for Obamas policies as attacks against Obama himself, said David Axelrod, Mr. Obamas former chief strategist. That said, you can overdo it … [+1749 chars] [read the full story]

Policy Fissures in the Debates Aren’t What Divide Voters

Nate Cohn, 2019-08-06T10:13:24Z

Overview: In polls, demographics seem to do a better job than ideology of predicting vote choice.

More evidence of this comes from polls suggesting that demographics do a better job than ideology of predicting vote choice. Self-reported ideology is an inexact measure. But Mr. Biden, for instance, has a far larger lead among black voters in most national s… [+2250 chars] [read the full story]

Outside the Box: Is this the health-care policy both Republicans and Democrats can agree on?

Dana P. Goldman, 2019-08-06T13:56:05Z

Overview: A mix of universal catastrophic coverage and private insurers would be better (and cheaper) that Medicare for All.

The one area of agreement in the debate over health insurance is that too many Americans lack it now 27 million and counting. The differences emerge over how to expand coverage and how to pay for it.
On the Democratic side, Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabet… [+5265 chars] [read the full story]

Kamala Harris Defends Her Universal Health Care Plan At Democratic Forum

Daniel Marans, 2019-08-04T00:40:13Z

Overview: Discussions with union members helped convince her of the need for a 10-year phase-in period, the California senator and 2020 presidential candidate said.

Sen. Kamala Harris defended her decision to draft her own health care plan after signing on to Sen. Bernie Sanderssingle-payer bill in the Senate, arguing at a presidential candidate forum on Saturday that, although his plan is good, she believes her plan is … [+3398 chars] [read the full story]

The Best Democratic Health Plan

Matt Bruenig, 2019-08-08T10:00:00Z

Overview: How health insurance works now, and how the candidates want it to work in the future

With more than 20 people vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, it can be difficult to get a handle on the policy terrain. This is especially true in health care, where there are at least eight different plans floating around, including from candid… [+9025 chars] [read the full story]

Proposed changes to health-savings accounts could hurt you in retirement

Alessandra Malito, 2019-08-08T16:06:14Z

Overview: Savers can contribute longer, but there are significant downsides

A new legislative proposal would allow Americans to save for health care in a tax-efficient manner well into their 60s but it might do more harm than good.
Health savings accounts are a helpful tool in saving enough money for medical bills in retirement, bu… [+3354 chars] [read the full story]

As Bernie Sanders tells Big Pharma to ‘keep your money,’ here’s how much every 2020 presidential candidate has gotten from the healthcare industry

Emma Court and Clarrie Feinstein, 2019-08-05T12:41:00Z

Overview: Healthcare has becomes a prominent part of the 2020 presidential campaign, and the healthcare industry’s donations to candidates have come under scrutiny. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has said he won’t take funds from drugmakers and health insurers and…

Healthcare is a major issue in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
It’s also become a flashpoint when it comes to presidential campaign contributions, with longtime Vermont Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders saying he won’t take donations from the phar… [+2335 chars] [read the full story]