Tag Archives: ‘Medicare

UnitedHealth, Cigna to expand Medicare Advantage footprints, touting telehealth for 2021

Major payers are expanding their Medicare Advantage footprints next year, and focusing on telehealth benefits and reduced cost-sharing — both trends accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The increased competition puts more plans in the market with low or no premiums as bullish payers have reported massive profits from deferred care over the past several months.… Read More »

Biden’s Nov 9th speech: “Don’t you force me to pass Medicare 4 All”

By MATTHEW HOLT The new Supreme Court, in all likelihood including just nominated Justice Amy Coney Barrett, will be hearing the California v Texas suit against the ACA on November 10th, seven days after the election. The lower courts have already ruled the ACA unconstitutional. Some hopeful moderates among my Democratic friends seem to believe… Read More »

It’s not entirely clear how the government will pay for Trump’s $200 Medicare cards

President Donald J. Trump talks about his healthcare vision and signs executive order in Charlotte NCÂ United States on September 24, 2020. Peter Zay | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images In a speech unveiling his health-care “vision” for America, President Donald Trump made a surprise announcement: that cash cards will soon be sent to millions… Read More »

After a year on Medicare, advice for journalists on stories that need to be told

The annual Medicare open enrollment period ends soon.  America’s seniors have faced a blizzard of dismaying news about the program. Here are some excerpts from newsworthy stories that you should be aware of. Excerpt: “The federal government recently redesigned a digital tool that helps seniors navigate complicated Medicare choices, but consumer advocates say it’s malfunctioning… Read More »