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Tamara Lytle

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Tammy Lytle has covered the White House, Congress, politics and breaking news in the nation’s capital for 23 years. She is the former Washington bureau chief of the Orlando Sentinel and her work has appeared in newspapers magazines and websites.

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Obama Budget Proposal Targets Medicare Savings

Posted on 03/4/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAs expected, President Obama’s budget proposal abandoned a call to change the way annual increases in Social Security benefits are calculated and continued a call for Medicare savings. Announced March 4, his plan, which goes next to Congress, would hit some Medicare providers, drug companies and higher-income Medicare beneficiaries as part of $402 billion in estimated health care savings over the next decade. Among the proposed changes for beneficiaries: Charge higher premiums for Parts B and D for higher-income people …

Alzheimer’s: In More Ways Than One, the Costliest Disease

Posted on 02/27/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAlzheimer’s disease accounts for more U.S. health care spending than any other disease, and that share will skyrocket as the nation’s population ages, experts told members of a Senate health subcommittee on Feb. 26. Research shows that 14.7 percent of Americans 71 and older had dementia in 2010 and that the condition, on average, was associated with $41,685 a year in medical and informal-care costs, said Michael D. Hurd, director of the RAND Center for the Study of Aging. Dementia …

Congressman Calling it Quits After 58 Years

Posted on 02/24/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsRep. John Dingell Jr. of Michigan has announced he will retire from Congress, leaving behind his record as the longest-serving Capitol Hill lawmaker in history. A Democrat, Dingell is one of 20 House members who have already announced their retirements (not counting those who are running for other offices, resigning or leaving for other reasons), according to this rundown from Roll Call. Dingell served 58 years after replacing his late father and namesake in the seat. He was a proponent of the …

At 101, He’s Running … for Congress

Posted on 02/24/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIf Joe Newman of Sarasota, Fla., makes it to Capitol Hill, he could be a one-man Congressional Centenarian Caucus. Newman, 101, has announced he’s running as a write-in candidate for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Newman has 11 years on Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, who’s the oldest member of Congress. When Newman was learning to walk, William Howard Taft was president. He’s older than Social Security. “At what age does a person become too old to think and reason?” Newman …

Looking for a Medicare Doctor? New Ratings Can Help

Posted on 02/24/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Personal HealthMedicare patients have new help in picking a doctor, the federal government recently announced. Quality ratings for medical practices have been added to Medicare’s Physician Compare website, a national list of physicians and other health care providers who accept Medicare. “Patients and their families need facts to help them in making important decisions about health care, and choosing the right physician is one of the most important decisions they face,” says Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare …

CBO Report Offers Mixed Message on Minimum Wage Hike

Posted on 02/20/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsA new report by the Congressional Budget Office offers fodder for both sides of the debate about raising the nation’s $7.25-an-hour minimum wage. Democrats are cheering the nonpartisan agency’s finding that a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 would lift about 900,000 low-wage workers out of poverty. But Republicans say that what’s important is the report’s estimate that 500,000 jobs would disappear as businesses adjust to the new wage. The CBO found smaller impacts from a wage hike to …