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

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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]