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Medicare reports, fact sheets and explainers from the Kaiser Family Foundation
- Examining Prior Authorization in Health Insuranceon May 20, 2022 at 12:00 pm
This post explains what's known about how insurers use prior authorization as a tool to control costs and encourage cost-effective care, the state and federal laws that govern it, and ongoing policy debates over efforts to impose standards to limit or regulate its use.
- Insulin Out-of-Pocket Costs in Medicare Part Don May 17, 2022 at 6:36 pm
Addressing the cost of insulin continues to be at the forefront of policy discussions around prescription drugs. This analysis describes out-of-pocket spending on insulin products by Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Part D drug plans, along with state-level use and spending data.
- May 23 Web Event: Executive Actions to Address Prescription Drug Affordability in the U.S.on May 16, 2022 at 2:51 pm
U.S. prescription drug spending per person is about double what it is in peer countries and about 8 in 10 U.S. adults say the cost of prescription drugs is unreasonable. With the public ranking lowering out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs the top health care priority for Congress, lawmakers have been debating legislative actions to decrease…More
- Analysis: The Vast Majority of Physicians Accept New Patients, Including Patients With Medicare and Private Insuranceon May 12, 2022 at 2:29 pm
Despite occasional anecdotal reports of people having trouble finding a doctor who takes their insurance, KFF researchers find in a new analysis that the vast majority of non-pediatric office-based physicians accept new Medicare patients, as well as new private insurance patients. Eighty-nine percent of such physicians accepted new Medicare patients in 2019, and 91 percent…More
- Most Office-Based Physicians Accept New Patients, Including Patients With Medicare and Private Insuranceon May 12, 2022 at 1:30 pm
This brief examines the share of non-pediatric office-based physicians accepting new patients with Medicare or private insurance and how these rates have changed over time and vary by physician specialties, geographic areas, and physician and practice characteristics across Medicare and private insurance. This analysis further examines the extent to which non-pediatric physicians are opting out of Medicare, by specialty and state.
Medicare news from Medicare.gov
- Get help with Medicare costsby Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 06:25 on May 21, 2022 at 12:04 pm
If you have Medicare and you’re facing challenges paying for health care, you may qualify for Medicare programs that can help you save money on drug and medical costs.
- Act fast! Review your Medicare plan by December 7.by Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 08:22 on May 21, 2022 at 12:04 pm
Change your Medicare coverage before Open Enrollment ends on December 7th. Don't wait to review your Medicare plan & compare options.
- Boost your protection from COVID-19by Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:33 on May 21, 2022 at 12:04 pm
Medicare covers a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot at no cost to you at least 6 months after you complete your vaccine series if you’re 65 and older OR 18 years and older and at high risk.
- It’s time to shop & compare plans for 2022by Monday, November 29, 2021 - 08:08 on May 21, 2022 at 12:04 pm
Medicare’s Open Enrollment is now – December 7. Review your Medicare health and drug coverage and compare it with other plans that may better meet your needs.
Medicare news from the NY TImes
- ‘I Had to Go Back’: Over 55, and Not Retired After Allby Ben Casselman on May 19, 2022 at 9:00 am
After leaving the labor force in unusual numbers early in the pandemic, Americans approaching retirement age are back on the job at previous levels.
- For Tens of Millions of Americans, the Good Times Are Right Nowby David Streitfeld on May 10, 2022 at 9:00 am
Their houses are piggy banks, their retirement accounts are up and their bosses are eager to please. When the boom ends, everything will change.
- How to Save for Retirement as a Freelancerby Margie Zable Fisher on May 7, 2022 at 9:00 am
There may be years when you have to drum up your own work — and create your own retirement plan.
- New York City pension funds sue Activision over financial records.by Kellen Browning on May 4, 2022 at 6:15 pm
The funds claim Activision failed to turn over records as they investigate whether Activision secured a fair price in its planned sale to Microsoft.
- Fidelity’s New 401(k) Offering Will Invest in Bitcoinby Tara Siegel Bernard on April 26, 2022 at 9:04 pm
The employer that oversees the retirement savings plan would have to decide to include the digital assets account.
- When Financial Cheating Hurts Your Retirement Planby John F. Wasik on April 19, 2022 at 9:21 pm
Financial infidelity destroys trust. It can deliver a serious blow to your post-career planning, too.