Medicare

Who Really Pays for Health Care? It’s Not Who You Think

Posted on 05/1/2014 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Jay Hancock, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News Eight million Americans have signed up for private health insurance — much of it government subsidized — under the Affordable Care Act. Millions more obtained new coverage through Medicaid, the government-sponsored insurance program for low-income people. The full implementation of the law — along with its wider coverage, new taxes and shifting subsidies — has brought renewed discussions and debates over the winners and the losers in the new health care landscape. Here are …

Groundhog Day for Medicare ‘Doc Fix’

Posted on 04/29/2014 by |Grassroots Advocacy | Comments

PoliticsAnother year, another last-minute “doc fix” by Congress. Am I the only one starting to feel a little like Bill Murray in the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day? On March 31, just one day before Medicare payments to doctors would have been slashed by 24 percent, Congress approved a short-term patch to delay the payment cuts for another year. This is the 17th time in 11 years that Congress has had to delay the Medicare reimbursement cuts created by SGR (the …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 04/9/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. The venerable teenager Archie Andrews of comic book fame will die a heroic death. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Exercise helps aging brains grow bigger. (Learn more at The Atlantic) 3. Former Taco Bell interns claim the $1 billion idea now marketed as the Doritos Locos Taco was theirs nearly 20 years ago, and they have pictures to prove it.  (Learn more at Huffington Post)   Good ideas can come from anyone. Taco Bell …

Medicare Patients Now Can Do a Check-Up on Doctors

Posted on 04/9/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIn a major data release this morning, Medicare shared information on $77 billion in payments to more than 880,000 health care providers. Consumers for the first time can look up doctors, find out the number of procedures they have performed and how much Medicare paid. This is one piece of the puzzle for determining the overall value of care being delivered. The information, from 2012 Medicare Part B payments, already has generated some eye-popping articles, with reports of one Florida ophthalmologist receiving …

Medicare Database Reveals Top-Paid Doctors

Posted on 04/9/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin TodayBy Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million. Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a move to open the books on health care financing. Topping Medicare’s list was Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, whose relationship with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), made headlines last year …

Same-Sex Couples Still Waiting for Equal Treatment

Posted on 04/8/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsThe U.S. Supreme Court ruled the law that prevented same-sex spouses from enjoying federal benefits was unconstitutional nearly a year ago, yet the financial repercussions for these couples are still being worked through. Federal agencies have been updating their regulations to comply, and some have moved faster than others. And even among agencies that have acted, how they handle same-sex marriage differs. The IRS, for instance, says same-sex spouses now must file federal returns as joint filers or as married …