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Medicare can be confusing, but where there's choice ... there's business opportunity

by Jack Stewart Oct 4, 2019
Insurance brokers have built businesses in educating consumers and selling them Medicare plans.
President Donald Trump speaks before an executive order signing regarding Medicare in Florida.
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Rural hospitals expect to see a boost with changes to Medicare reimbursement

by Mary Scott Hodgin Sep 30, 2019
Medicare is increasing reimbursement rates for certain low-wage hospitals, but not everyone supports the change.
Coosa Valley’s café, called the Hickory Street Café, is a popular lunch spot in Sylacauga, Alabama.
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Why do foreign countries pay less than the U.S. for prescription drugs?

by Amy Scott Jul 9, 2019
The answer comes down to one key tactic: negotiation.
A pharmacy's green cross sign in Nantes, western France.
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Here's how it works if you're undocumented and need health care

by Andy Uhler Jul 9, 2019
If a person without authorization to be in the U.S. can afford it, they can purchase nongovernment-subsidized insurance. But few jobs pay enough.
Medical students give a check-up to a Jamaican migrant worker on a H2A visa at a Connecticut apple orchard and farm on October 11, 2017 in Middlefield, Connecticut.
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Many in the health care industry already lining up to derail 'Medicare-for-all'

by Blake Farmer Feb 8, 2019
Patients may like the sound of "Medicare-for-all," but for many of the hospitals and doctors who would treat them, it's a nonstarter.
Patients may like the sound of "Medicare-for-all," but for many of the hospitals and doctors who would treat them, it's a nonstarter. 
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GE has a long-term care insurance problem

by Kimberly Adams Jan 1, 2019
Caring for the elderly is expensive for insurers and for families.
A home health aide helps an elderly man with his laundry in Miami.
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Will that extra money in your Social Security check add up to much?

by Renata Sago Oct 11, 2018
An estimated 67 million Americans receiving the benefits will see a 2.8 percent cost-of-living boost to their checks.
Blank checks run through a printer at the U.S. Treasury printing facility in Philadelphia in 2011. 
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Our Social Security system is in even worse shape than we think, according to one academic

by David Brancaccio and Janet Nguyen Jun 6, 2018
An economics professor from Boston University says that a new report on Social Security and Medicare is hiding the truth.
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Trump unveils plan for cutting drug prices. Will it work?

by Dan Gorenstein May 11, 2018
President Donald Trump on Friday took the wraps off his long-awaited plan for cutting drug prices. In a speech, the president announced measures to increase competition and pricing transparency as ways to drive down costs, which have been spiraling. He…

3 things to look for in Trump’s speech on drug pricing

by Dan Gorenstein and Janet Nguyen May 10, 2018
The president is set to talk about his plans to lower the price of drugs on Friday.
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