Medicare Itemizes Its $103 Billion Drug Bill

The federal government popped the cap off drug spending on April 30, detailing doctor-by-doctor and drug-by-drug how Medicare and its beneficiaries spent $103 billion on pharmaceuticals in 2013. The data show that 14 drugs cost the federal government and Medicare beneficiaries more than $1 billion each, accounting for nearly a quarter of Medicare prescription drug spending in 2013. Most of those drugs are used to treat chronic conditions that plague the elderly, including diabetes, depression, high cholesterol and blood pressure, …

Lobby Day: Taking Capitol Hill by Storm

Today, I’m proud to join AARP volunteers from every state in making our voices heard on Capitol Hill. We will meet with members of the House and Senate from all 50 states, urging them to pass laws to protect and enhance the health and economic security of all people as they age. We will also express our thanks to those members who helped pass a “doc fix” law that allows Medicare beneficiaries to continue seeing their physicians. The issues we …

Three Simple Lifesaving Strategies for Good Health

Updated May 4, 2015 A recent survey conducted by AARP found that the top concern on the minds of African Americans over 50 is staying healthy. With that in mind, I want to spotlight health disparities in the black community and how we can stay healthier and live longer. According to the CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013, here are some of the disparities: African American adults develop diabetes at twice the rate of white adults. African Americans …

AARP aplaude la estabilización de pagos a los médicos de Medicare

Después de 17 años de postergar los problemas, el Congreso se ha unido de manera bipartidaria para derogar y reemplazar la fórmula errónea de Medicare para reembolsar a los médicos con un plan de pago mejorado. El 21 de abril, el presidente Obama firmó la MACRA (ley de acceso a Medicare y reautorización del CHIP), que finalmente permite que los beneficiarios de Medicare se sientan más seguros al saber que pueden seguir viendo a sus médicos cada año. Fotos: 8 …

AARP Applauds Fix for Medicare Payments to Doctors

After 17 years of kicking the proverbial can down the road, Congress has come together in bipartisan fashion to repeal and replace Medicare’s flawed formula for reimbursing doctors with an improved payment plan. With President Obama’s April 21 signature of the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), Medicare beneficiaries can finally feel more secure in knowing that they can keep seeing their physicians each year. AARP has advocated for a permanent fix of the old doctor payment formula, called the …

Medicare Celebrates a Half Century

Give Medicare and Medicaid an AARP card — they’re turning 50 this year. At a special program on Wednesday commemorating the upcoming 50th anniversary, experts spoke about how the two federal programs have transformed both the country’s health care system and the health of its older citizens. “Medicare has been a health care lifeline for millions of older Americans and must be strengthened for the future,” AARP President Jeannine English said at the conference, sponsored by the LBJ Presidential Library, …