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]