Tag Archives: Medicare

A Tale of A Stroke: Two People’s Love, Courage and Community– from Millionaire to Medicaid

Nearly 15  years ago I met and have gotten to know another health care journalist–Mary Koch. We have kept in contact over these many years and I had the honor of meeting her and her husband, who has since died … Continue reading

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Rates, Regulations and Body Parts

Years ago I wrote an article about our Rates, Regulations and Body Parts approach to health care.  This approach has caused thousands of  legislative bills and laws for specific coverage and rates. A few examples include:  Mental health Children’s health … Continue reading

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Medicare, Medicaid and Republican Proposal: What It Means for You

Insurance Insurance is the law of large numbers. Without a long dissertation—here are some basics:  You need many healthy people to offset the costs of sicker people. You need healthy people to offset the costs of older and often sicker … Continue reading

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Our Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness

Our country is founded on essential rights: we are created equal; we all have equal protection under the law and we all have  the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Health care is essential to those rights … Continue reading

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Personal Doctor for $40,000 to $80,000 a Year? Try San Francisco, Seattle and a Few More

In my last blog, I wrote that nearly half of all Medicare recipients have annual incomes under $26,000.  For those who depend on Social Security, Social Security income depends on where and how you work—full-time/part time; self-employed, seasonally employed. Or … Continue reading

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War on Seniors and the Poor?

Current proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will cause great harm to  seniors and poor families. The proposals also pit the welfare of seniors against the welfare of  children and poor families. Here’s why: Nearly half of … Continue reading

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A Call to Conscience-Pre-existing condition changes and Limits on Patient Legal Options

This is a quick blog about some disturbing issues pending in Congress.  First is the new call to eliminate pre-existing condition protection. The intent is to repeal the protection and leave the matter to the states.  In the past there … Continue reading

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Medicare 101: New Vouchers and Change to Medicare

My last long article was about the first privatization of Medicare.  Current proposals to privatize  focus on Premium support and Vouchers.   This will change Medicare’s structure, what it covers, and how services are paid. The following is a quick … Continue reading

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Privatizing Medicare and Me: A Story from the First Privatizing

I was the Medicare Marketing Director at a private for profit health insurance company in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and the first attempt to privatize Medicare during the Reagan Administration. That job made me the ardent consumer advocate … Continue reading

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Pharmaceutical costs–what’s behind them

I have been recovering from my hip replacement surgery with a few post surgical complications from another ailment.  That said, I could not resist sharing this link from the Kaiser Family Foundation news service. They are a 501© 3 non-profit … Continue reading

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