Category Archives: Medicare

Who Have We Become?

Speaker Paul Ryan’s new call to repeal the Affordable Care Act is either a bluff or completely blind and heartless. Imperfect as it is—and the legislation certainly has flaws—the Act assures people have access to health insurance even with a … Continue reading

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Congress Tackles Drug Prices: Much Bipartisan Support; and Recent Trends in Drug Costs Here and What Other Countries Pay

Finally it looks like Congress might just re-visit Medicare Part D and let Medicare negotiate rates with drug companies.   See charts below: http://www.statnews.com/2015/12/01/stat-harvard-drug-prices-poll/  The VA and Medicaid can negotiate rates. Senate Special Committee on Aging holds drug costs hearing December … Continue reading

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Drug Costs and Congress: Investments, Contributions and You

A scathing new article on Congress and its financial conflicts of interests with drug and device companies appears in STAT, a news firm specializing in health and science. It examines Senators and Representatives who have oversight of the FDA and … Continue reading

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What You CAN Do About Prescription Drug Costs

What American’s Think About Prices and What You Can Do                      “Corporations now spend at least $2.6 billion a year lobbying Congress—more than the $2 billion taxpayers spend funding the House and the Senate.”  The Week, July 31, 2015 What … Continue reading

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$10,000 Health Design Contestant Creates Model for Colorado

In 2002, I sponsored a $10,000 contest to build an American health system.  We held the contest then built CodeBlueNow! to assure the public had a voice in reform: www.codebluenow.org. We closed our doors in 2010 with the passage of the … Continue reading

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Personal Impacts of Long-term Care; Coming Up–another view of personal aging care–this time for Tribal Elders

Caring for One or More Aging Parents: Some Personal Stories Taking initiative, a friend who was caring for several parents–some of whom lived out of town and on both coasts- started a blog so caregivers could share their insights, concerns … Continue reading

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Changing Aging Care: Personal, not Institutional Care–What Can Be Done and What You Can Do; and my new advisory and board appointments

The Limits Of Medicare “Medicare is great for medical care, but it simply does not cover the support and personal care services that frail elderly people need. The current system cannot support those needs—the way we pay for care is … Continue reading

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Just In! A Practical Toolkit on Long-term Care for Families; and A Guide to Long-term Care Costs

The bi-partisan Alliance for Health Reform just released its toolkit on Long-term Care.  Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson, the toolkit offers facts, organizations and resources about aging and long-term care services.  http://www.allhealth.org/publications/Long-term_care/LTSS-Toolkit_166.pdf Why you need to pay attention: A … Continue reading

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What You May Not Know About Medicare Could Hurt You

If You Think Medicare Covers All Aging Needs Think again. Medicare is Medical Care. It covers physician care, hospital care, post-acute care (care after a hospital stay), such as a skilled nursing facility or home health care for rehabilitation. In … Continue reading

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A New Direction for O’ConnorReport: ACA “Watch Dog” and new Showcases of Success

The Supreme Court’s decision validates the core of the Affordable Care Act.  Still much more remains to assure safety, quality and value (bang for the buck). To date, I have focused on the systems’ ills. What we heard loud and … Continue reading

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