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By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Wednesday Dec 11, 2013
Congress is pursuing a permanent fix to the annual drama that has undermined the medical profession’s confidence in the nation’s premier health program.
By Kelli Kennedy | Thursday Sep 12, 2013
Dear seniors, your Medicare benefits aren’t changing under the Affordable Care Act. That’s the message federal health officials are trying to get out to some older consumers confused by overlapping enrollment periods for Medicare and so-called "Obamacare.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Friday Jan 14, 2011
Medicare recipients could see a sizable new out-of-pocket charge for home health visits if Congress follows through on a recommendation issued Thursday by its own advisory panel. Until now, home health visits from nurses and other providers have been fre
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Thursday Jan 6, 2011
Reversing a potentially controversial decision, the Obama administration will drop references to end-of-life counseling from the ground rules for Medicare’s new annual checkup, the White House sai
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Friday Dec 31, 2010
A newly updated financial analysis shows that what people paid into the system doesn’t come close to covering the full value of the medical care they can expect to receive as retirees.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Jennifer Agiesta | Thursday Dec 30, 2010
Anxious to receive their Medicare benefits after years of paying taxes into the system, baby boomers say they’re willing to sacrifice to preserve the scope and level of coverage.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Wednesday Nov 17, 2010
Consumer alert: A new Medicare drug plan with the lowest upfront cost in the country may not be for everyone, experts say.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Tuesday Nov 16, 2010
Breast cancer surgeon Kathryn Wagner has posted a warning in her waiting room about a different sort of risk to patients’ health: She’ll stop taking new Medicare cases if Congress allows looming cuts in doctors’ pay to go through.
By Tom Hays | Thursday Oct 14, 2010
A vast network of Armenian gangsters and their associates used phantom health care clinics and other means to try to cheat Medicare out of $163 million, the largest fraud by one criminal enterprise in the program’s history, U.S. authorities said Wednesday.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Wednesday Aug 25, 2010
A plan by Medicare to try to make it simpler for consumers to pick drug coverage could force 3 million seniors to switch plans next year whether they like it or not, says an independent analysis.
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