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
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Advocates for the elderly across the region are raising red flags over potential cuts to Medicare and Social Security as federal leaders argue over what should be done to avoid the fiscal cliff.
AARP Vermont is concerned that last minute budget deals in Washington could have a negative impact on Vermonters. The group has issued an analysis of how a budget deal that may include Medicare and Social Security changes would impact the state’s seniors.