Topics :: Medicare

Medicare Coverage Ban on Sex-Change Surgery Lifted

By Lisa Leff | Friday May 30, 2014
A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review board says transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries.

Bipartisan Fix Advancing for Medicare Doctors’ Pay

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.

Exchanges Create Confusion for Medicare Recipients

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.

Seniors may have to pay for Medicare home health

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

Administration reverses on end-of-life counseling

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

Your Medicare taxes won’t cover what you’ll cost

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.

Baby boomers worried about Medicare

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.

Walmart drug plan for seniors may not be best deal

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.

Doctors brace for possible big Medicare pay cuts

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.

Dozens charged with largest Medicare scam ever

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.