12:35 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Top Medicare Official: Time To Check Coverage, Consider Changes

Ray Hurd

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.

Hudson Valley News
9:15 am
Wed November 13, 2013

NY Congressman To Hold Telephone Town Hall With Senior Citizens

Credit 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.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:18 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Meeropol: Beware Cuts To Medicare Amid Current Crisis

Michael Meeropol
Credit 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

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New England News
12:52 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Medicare Cuts Threaten Home Health Care


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.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Andrew Coates: Immigrants heavily subsidize Medicare

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.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Congressional Corner with Sean Patrick Maloney

  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.

Commentary & Opinion
3:48 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Blair Horner: Sequester Cuts Begin To Bite

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.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:55 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Andrew Coates: Medicare And Medicine As A Profession

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

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North Country News
2:15 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Hospitals Join to Take Big Health Overhaul Step

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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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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Vox Pop : Open Forum - The Fiscal Cliff and Seniors : 12/18/12

Today we’re talking about what the so-called fiscal cliff means for Medicare and Social Security. Joining us for this discussion are two experts on these topics.

Cheryl Matheis is a senior policy strategist and executive with AARP. As senior vice president for policy, she heads the effort to enlist opinion leaders in an informed dialogue to engage the American public in the future of Social Security and Medicare.

Neal Lane is the former director of the New York State Office for the Aging. He is widely recognized as an innovator for aging services.

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