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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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6 Things to Watch in Congress

Posted on 01/8/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMembers of Congress are back in Washington with an agenda full of items important to older Americans. Here’s a rundown: Debt ceiling and federal budget. Two deadlines loom here. The federal government will run out of borrowing authority if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling by Feb. 7. Although Capitol Hill lawmakers negotiated a budget deal in December that set overall spending, they must pass a bill with more specifics by Jan. 15. Each time budget deadlines hit, some lawmakers …

Why Doctors Might Stick with Medicare

Posted on 12/13/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsCapitol Hill lawmakers are showing signs that they could finally revamp how Medicare pays doctors. For the short term, the budget deal approved in the House on Dec. 12 delays for three months a cut of 24 percent in physicians’ reimbursements slated to begin Jan. 1. For the long term, after years of last-minute scrambling to stave off the payment cuts, several key Senate and House committees have approved legislation to repeal the formula that Medicare uses to pay physicians, …

One Way Medicare Could Save Big

Posted on 12/11/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMedicare could save $560 million or more a year simply by allowing some patients who call 911 for an ambulance to be taken somewhere other than a hospital emergency room. What’s more, the study found, private insurers could save twice that amount by following suit. That’s the conclusion of a new study in Health Affairs, which found that more than a third of Medicare patients who called 911 had a “low-acuity diagnosis” that could have been managed outside the hospital emergency …

Which Americans Might Benefit the Most From Obamacare?

Posted on 12/11/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin TodayAfrican Americans, who as a group are among the least likely Americans to have health insurance, may stand to benefit the most from Obamacare, a new study by the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department finds. According to the study, about 4.2 million of the nation’s 6.8 million eligible uninsured African Americans — roughly 60 percent — will have new options for coverage under the health care law beginning Jan. 1. Some 2.2 million could qualify for tax credits …

How the New Budget Deal Affects You

Posted on 12/11/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe two-year budget deal approved by House and Senate negotiators may be most notable for what it doesn’t do. The agreement, unveiled on Dec. 10, aims to keep the government from running out of money in January, avert another government shutdown, cut $23 billion from the federal deficit over two years and ease automatic spending cuts in military and many domestic programs. But the deal doesn’t make major changes in Medicare and Social Security, which many Republicans favored, and it …

You May Know More About Obamacare Than You Think

Posted on 12/4/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin TodayWho’s best informed about Obamacare? Older Americans, a new Gallup poll shows, at least according to them. Some three of every four Americans 50 or older say they are familiar with the Affordable Care Act. That may not be too surprising, because the new health care law offers older adults who are not yet eligible for Medicare some important new benefits and protections. Before the ACA, for example, insurance companies could deny coverage or charge sky-high rates to older applicants, …