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Drug Giant Ends Payments to Doctors

Posted on 12/17/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPharmaceutical companies make lots of money and spend lots of money, including lavish payments to doctors for consulting; expenses-paid conferences, cruises and other events for doctors; and bonuses for sales reps who exceed sales targets, even if that means pitching a drug for uses the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved. Over the past three years, the investigative journalists at the nonprofit ProPublica, along with its news media partners, have been writing about these practices in the series Dollars for Doctors …

Comparing New Health Insurance Plans Made Easy

Posted on 11/20/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsCall it HealthCare.gov lite. HealthSherpa, the new website’s real name, helps you sort through plans offered by the health insurance marketplace. You can’t actually purchase a plan on HealthSherpa, but as its name suggests, it can be a helpful guide. You simply answer a few key questions — your zip code, whether you smoke, what level of coverage you want — and boom, HealthSherpa delivers an important service that the website for the Affordable Care Act has infamously failed at. …

Obama Eases Rules on Canceled Health Plans

Posted on 11/14/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Barack Obama will ease rules that were causing some people to lose their health insurance under the health care law, he announced Nov. 14. Obama had repeatedly promised that consumers who like their health insurance plans could keep them under the new system. But some people who buy their own insurance — as opposed to getting it through an employer — found their plans canceled by insurers in recent weeks because they didn’t meet the minimum standards the law …

Enrollments Low in First Month of Health Sites

Posted on 11/14/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Laurie Kellman and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar of The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Planting a paltry number on a national disappointment, the Obama administration revealed Wednesday that just 26,794 people enrolled for health insurance during the first, flawed month of operations for the federal “Obamacare” website. Adding in enrollment of more than 79,000 in the 14 states with their own websites, the nationwide number of 106,000 October sign-ups was barely one-fifth of what officials had projected — and a small …

Medicare Spam Increases 10-Fold

Posted on 11/6/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsDuring Medicare Open Enrollment,  which started Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, there’s usually an uptick in online spam pitching supplemental plans. But this year, it’s gone epidemic — with a 10-fold increase compared to recent months in these always annoying and sometimes risky offers, reports messaging security firm Cloudmark. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter The reason may go beyond just the calendar: It looks like spammers are exploiting confusion over the Affordable Care Act – and how it …

Don’t Trust the Government? Join the Club

Posted on 10/22/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPublic trust in the government is near an all-time low — not exactly a shock for a survey taken during a shutdown of the federal government. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter. Only 19 percent of American adults trust the federal government to do what’s right just about always or most of the time, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. More than four-fifths of respondents said they are …