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At a time when congressional Republicans are proposing to fundamentally alter both programs, strong majorities of surveyed voters want Congress to protect Social Security and Medicare -- and intensely disagree with key provisions of GOP plans.
One of the nation’s leading advocates for seniors has called upon four Republican senators to serve as a “firewall” against harmful changes to Medicare.
In particular, the organizations urge that any legislation to repeal the ACA be rejected unless it is accompanied by a detailed replacement plan that provides American families with equal or improved access to high-quality, affordable health coverage.
When government officials announced earlier this year that the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security (SS) would be .3 percent, they neglected to tell the whole story. What they didn’t say -- until a few days ago -- is that no one is going to even see the minuscule $5 a month that the small raise purportedly represents.
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), in collaboration with AARP Foundation, this week launched a national public education campaign to raise awareness of the growing problem of social isolation and loneliness in older Americans. It is estimated that one in five people over age 50 are affected by isolation, a problem that has been associated with higher rates of chronic disease, depression, dementia and death.
“The lame-duck congressional session presents lawmakers with an opportunity to advance several measures that would improve workers’ retirement security,” says Lynn Dudley, senior vice president, global retirement and compensation policy for the American Benefits Council. “We urge Congress to focus its energies on enactment of retirement policy reforms with broad bipartisan support.”
Many areas in the United States lack the proper protocols to ensure severe stroke patients have access to the best possible care. On World Stroke Day, Oct. 29, a new campaign is shining light on this issue to save and reclaim thousands of lives each year.
Experts from across the nation joined Nevada healthcare advocates to address the prescription drug cost crisis facing Americans. In a poll released last month by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly three out of four Americans say drug costs are unreasonable and we need better public poli...
Despite its illegitimacy, balancing billing continues to be widespread. It occurs when a Medicare provider bills a Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), usually a patient who qualifies for both Medicare and Medicaid, for the difference between the Medicare reimbursement rate and the cost of the service.
The vast majority of strokes -- 87 percent -- are ischemic strokes caused by a blocked artery in the brain. Rapid access to stroke surgery (endovascular treatment) for patients having an ischemic stroke caused by an emergent large vessel occlusion can reduce stroke mortality and serious disability by half. Currently, outdated state policies and regulations prevent more than 90 percent of stroke patients with large vessel occlusion from getting the most effective treatment.
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