Medicare

    

  Between November 1963, when he became president, and November 1966, when his party was routed in the midterm elections, Lyndon Johnson spearheaded the most transformative agenda in American political history since the New Deal.

In just three years, Johnson drove the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts; the War on Poverty program; Medicare and Medicaid; the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities; Public Broadcasting; immigration liberalization; a raft of consumer and environmental protection acts; and major federal investments in public transportation.

Collectively, this group of achievements was labeled by Johnson and his team the “Great Society.” In his new book, The Fierce Urgency of Now, Princeton Professor of History Julian Zelizer looks at the full story.

People on Medicare are being urged to look over their current health and prescription coverage and consider whether changes should be made. The latest open enrollment period began Wednesday and will continue until Dec. 7. For more on open enrollment, WAMC spoke with Ray Hurd, regional administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Regions 1 and 2, which includes New England, New York and New Jersey.

Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

A New York congressman Wednesday morning is holding a telephone town hall focused on issues affecting senior citizens.

Meeropol: Beware Cuts To Medicare Amid Current Crisis

Oct 4, 2013
Michael Meeropol

If this commentary sounds like a broken record, it’s because the folks who are out to gut Medicare  --- the “let’s have a grand bargain and introduce more austerity” crowd --- have returned with a vengeance.   Because of the current stand-off between the President and House Republicans, the two leaders of the failed Simpson-Bowles Commission are back at it again.   Over the summer, the White House has hosted dinners with Senate Republicans in hopes that a new grand bargain can be reached.   Former Senator Alan Simpson and former Clinton Administration Official Erskine Bowles, in a recent OP

homehealth4america.org

Home health care agencies are facing a 14 percent cut in Medicare funding over the next four years.  Industry representatives warn this will have a devastating impact on seniors and the disabled who receive medical care at home.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Eric Berger, CEO of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare.

Andrew Coates: Immigrants heavily subsidize Medicare

May 31, 2013

This week the prestigious journal Health Affairs published a new study that shows that "immigrants, particularly noncitizen immigrants, heavily subsidize Medicare." The lead author is Harvard-based Dr. Leah Zallman; her co-authors include co-founders of Physicians for a National Health Program, Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein, among others.

  Social Security and Medicare are part of an ongoing budget debate in Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the benefits need to be protected from the Tea Party wing of the GOP.

Blair Horner: Sequester Cuts Begin To Bite

Apr 29, 2013

Americans are starting to feel the bite of the federal sequestration.  Sequestration is the term referring to the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts in the federal government’s domestic and military budgets.  Sequestration went into effect last month when Congress was unable to agree on an alternative.

Andrew Coates: Medicare And Medicine As A Profession

Apr 12, 2013

Medicare is the publicly funded health benefit package that covers most necessary care for older Americans and people with disabilities.

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Officials from Burlington's Fletcher Allen Health Care, the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and other hospitals serving Vermont are joining to announce the creation of the nation's first statewide "accountable care organization".

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