Trump’s Pardons Included Health Care Execs Behind Massive Frauds
by Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News on January 22, 2021 at 10:00 am
Those walking away free were facing years in prison for crimes of “unbounded greed.”
After a Decade of Lobbying, ALS Patients Gain Faster Access to Disability Payments
by Michelle Andrews on January 21, 2021 at 10:00 am
In late December, then-President Donald Trump signed a law that eliminates — only for people with Lou Gehrig’s disease — the required five-month waiting period before benefits begin under the Social Security Disability Insurance program. Gaining SSDI also gives these patients immediate Medicare health coverage.
One Ambulance Ride Leads to Another When Packed Hospitals Cannot Handle Non-Covid Patients
by Sandy West on January 11, 2021 at 10:00 am
A Kansas woman thought she’d find help at her local emergency room. What she found instead was a packed hospital and an ambulance ride to someplace else.
Illinois, primer estado en ofrecer cobertura médica a adultos mayores indocumentados
by Giles Bruce on January 7, 2021 at 5:16 pm
Se espera que la normativa cubra inicialmente de 4,200 a 4,600 inmigrantes mayores. Defensores esperan que Illinois inspire a otros estados.
Illinois Is First in the Nation to Extend Health Coverage to Undocumented Seniors
by Giles Bruce on January 7, 2021 at 10:00 am
As the pandemic hits Latino communities especially hard, Illinois is expanding public health insurance to all low-income noncitizen seniors. Advocates hope other states follow its lead.
Many Health Plans Now Must Cover Full Cost of Expensive HIV Prevention Drugs
by Michelle Andrews on January 5, 2021 at 10:00 am
Most private insurance will be required to cover drugs, like Truvada, that offer protection against HIV infection, without making plan members share the cost.
Seniors Face Crushing Drug Costs as Congress Stalls on Capping Medicare Out-Of-Pockets
by Harris Meyer on January 4, 2021 at 10:00 am
While many private insurers cap what members pay in health costs, Medicare does not. Democrats and Republicans in Congress have proposed annual limits ranging from $2,000 to $3,100. But there’s disagreement about how to pay for that cost cap.
KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: 2020 in Review — It Wasn’t All COVID
on December 23, 2020 at 12:33 pm
The coronavirus pandemic colored just about everything in 2020. But there was other health policy news that you either never heard or might have forgotten about: the Affordable Care Act going before the Supreme Court with its survival on the line; ditto for Medicaid work requirements. And a surprise ending to the “surprise bill” saga. Joanne Kenen of Politico, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News and Sarah Karlin-Smith of Pink Sheet join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more.
Medicare Open Enrollment Is Complicated. Here’s How to Get Good Advice.
by Bernard J. Wolfson on November 24, 2020 at 10:00 am
It’s a complex program with many options — as well as confusing rules and nuances. Here’s how to get reliable guidance.
Consejos para inscribirse bien en Medicare durante la complicada inscripción abierta
by Bernard J. Wolfson on November 24, 2020 at 8:44 am
Medicare se reduce fundamentalmente a dos alternativas: la tarifa por servicio del Medicare Tradicional o el enfoque de atención administrada de Medicare Advantage.