Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Upshot Supported by The New Health Care It would save money compared with private plans, but would also probably shed features that some might miss. ByAustin Frakt Oct. 15, 2018 Calls for a Medicare for All system are growing louder. Many Democrats have embraced it, while President Trump said last week that it would raise health care costs drastically. Democrats say that giving people the option to partake in Medicare — no matter their age — will actually cut costs. American administrative costs for health care are the highest in the world, and they argue that one advantage of Medicare for All is that it would save money because Medicare's administrative costs are below those of private insurers. Does that argument hold up? Don’t forget about Medicare’s private plans … [Read more...] about Is Medicare for All the Answer to Sky-High Administrative Costs?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByRobert Pear Oct. 13, 2018 WASHINGTON — Medicare Advantage plans, the popular private-insurance alternative to the traditional Medicare program, have been improperly denying many medical claims to patients and physicians alike, federal investigators say in a new report. The private plans, which now cover more than 20 million people — more than one-third of all Medicare beneficiaries — have an incentive to deny claims “in an attempt to increase their profits,” the report says. The findings, by the inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services, come as policies in Washington are creating new incentives for older Americans to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans. Some experts predict that the share of Medicare patients in the private plans could … [Read more...] about Medicare Advantage Plans Found to Improperly Deny Many Claims
China’s state-run Global Times newspaper reported on Tuesday that the government will shut down all its family planning administrative departments to spend more money on caring for the elderly, relegating family planning control to a new “Department of Demographic Surveillance and Family Development.” For decades, China imposed a “one-child policy” on its citizens, forcing women to abort their children if they already had one and triggering the widespread practice of sex-selective abortion, leading to a significant deficit in the number of women of child-bearing age in the current population. Communist Party leader Xi Jinping moved to reverse the trend by replacing the old law with a “two-child policy” and a campaign encouraging parents to have a second child. The new policy has failed to entice Chinese families to grow, however, and the number of births dropped nationally after the rule change in 2016, with signs it will continue to do so … [Read more...] about China Replaces Family Planning Agencies with ‘Demographic Surveillance’ Department
The Trump administration took another whack at the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday.Officials unveiled a final rule that will make it easier to obtain coverage through short-term health insurance plans, which don't have to adhere to the law's consumer protections.The move would reverse an Obama administration decision to limit the duration of short-term plans to no more than 90 days in order to make them less attractive. Insurers will soon be allowed to sell these policies for just under a year. They can be renewed for up to 36 months, though that renewal isn't guaranteed. Administration officials say the short-term plans will provide a cheaper health insurance alternative for those who can't afford to buy coverage on the Obamacare exchanges."We fully recognize that these products are not necessarily for everyone, but we do think they will provide an affordable option to many, many people who've been priced out of the current market under the Obamacare regulations," said Randy Pate, a … [Read more...] about Trump administration makes it easier to buy alternative to Obamacare
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will unveil the administration's "Plan B" for countering Iran on Monday, an idea that some critics call a "pipe dream," while others question whether the administration is coming clean on its goals for the country.The plan, administration officials say, is to assemble a global coalition to pressure Iran into negotiations on "a new security architecture" that goes beyond its nuclear program. Pompeo's address, his first major foreign policy speech as secretary, will take place at 9 a.m., ET, at the conservative Heritage Foundation policy group. "We need a new framework that's going to address the totality of Iran's threats," Brian Hook, the State Department's director of policy planning told reporters Friday. "This involves a range of things around its nuclear program - missiles, proliferating missiles and missile technology, its support for terrorists, and its aggressive and violent activities that fuel civil wars in Syria and Yemen."But many former … [Read more...] about New plan for Iran calls for changed security structure, beyond its nuclear program