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Medicare Advantage Should Not Be Disadvantaged

Taxpayers and beneficiaries should be concerned with the Biden administration’s proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage.

Christina Smith March 27, 2024
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Trump Administration Initiates Wide-Reaching Changes to Aid in COVID-19 Patient Surge

CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced numerous changes the administration is making to Medicare.

Elizabeth Wright March 31, 2020
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Congress can Prevent Taxpayers from Getting Hit with Health Insurance Tax

With only a couple weeks left on the 2019 legislative calendar and much of the air on Capitol Hill being consumed by impeachment, Congress is missing out on a painless bipartisan victory that could save taxpayers hundreds of dollars in health...

Peter Klensch December 9, 2019
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President Trump's Great Ideas to Improve Medicare and the Contradictions

His effort to enhance Medicare is commendable.

Elizabeth Wright October 4, 2019
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Is the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act Another Obamacare?

For weeks, there was little information on what would be in the legislation since it was being discussed and written behind closed doors.

Elizabeth Wright July 24, 2019
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USPS Losses Deepening; Bold Postal Reform Wallows

The United States Postal Service (USPS) today released its fiscal year (FY) 2019 2nd quarter financial statement and the news is both predictable and alarming. 

Leslie Paige May 10, 2019
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Using an International Pricing Index is NOT the Way to Lower Drug Costs

On December 6, John O’Brien, the senior advisor on drug pricing reform to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, published a blog, entitled, “How the IPI Model Would Intro

Elizabeth Wright December 14, 2018
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The BBA, Medicare Part D, and a Cautionary Tale

When President Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 on February 9, 2018, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) objected because of its proli

Elizabeth Wright March 8, 2018
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Taxpayers and Patients Win First Round on 340B Drug Discount Rule

On January 1, 2018, hospitals will begin to receive lower government reimbursements for drugs purchased under the 340B program.

Elizabeth Wright January 5, 2018
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Welcome to Medicare ... or not

Individuals who are not on Social Security at age 65 are supposed to sign up for Medicare anytime between three months before their 65th birthday and three months thereafter.

Thomas Schatz October 11, 2017
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Medicare Making Improper Payments to Prisoners

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently exposed vulnerabilities that end up costing taxpayers hundreds of billions in wasteful spending due to erroneous and sloppy billing, and outright fraud.

Leslie Paige October 12, 2016
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Medicare Continues Fiscal Slide: Congress Sidelines Watchdogs

The 2016 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds Report came out tod

Leslie Paige June 22, 2016