Misleading Media Headlines on Social Security & Medicare Finances

Reading the headlines from earlier this week, one would think that Social Security and Medicare were on their deathbeds. The latest flurry of misleading headlines came in response to the release of the 2018 Social Security and Medicare Trustees reports: Entitlements are in crisis. Trump refuses to act – Washington Post Medicare To Go Broke[…]

Draft Medicare Handbook Biased Toward Private Plans

A draft handbook on Medicare enrollment has drawn criticism from senior’s advocates – and rightly so. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the draft for review in advance of mailing a final version to 43 million households this September. What bothers advocates is the handbook’s apparent bias toward private Medicare Advantage plans[…]

National Committee Analysis of Trump Drug Cost Proposal

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is disappointed that President Trump’s proposal on drug pricing fell far short of the strong stance he took against the pharmaceutical industry’s price gouging as a candidate. In particular, the President’s proposal doesn’t allow the Medicare program to negotiate with drug manufacturers to lower the cost[…]

What You Need to Know About the New Medicare Cards

Background – New Medicare Cards Are Coming Soon The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has long advocated for the removal of Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from Medicare cards. Thankfully, legislation calling for this change was enacted in 2015 and is now scheduled to be implemented starting this spring. The current Medicare card[…]

Bipartisan Budget Bill a Pretty Good Deal for Seniors

Bipartisan Budget Bill a Pretty Good Deal for Seniors The bipartisan budget bill passed by Congress early this morning is, on balance, good news for seniors and the federal programs that provide them with financial and health security. “Seniors will feel these changes in their pocketbooks and even in the way they feel physically,” says[…]

President Trump and the State of Prescription Drug Prices: More Talk, No Action?

Some of President Trump’s pronouncements in last night’s State of the Union address were outright falsehoods. Others were simply misleading. Some, like his pledge to lower prescription drug prices, were likely hollow promises. Here is what he told assembled lawmakers and television viewers around the country: “One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the[…]

Medicare Therapy Caps: It’s Time for a Permanent Repeal

Many of us have loved ones who’ve heard those dreaded words “Medicare won’t approve any more physical therapy (or occupational therapy or speech therapy) for you this year” – or have been told the same thing ourselves. Whether recovering from a stroke, heart attack, serious fall or myriad other conditions, few things are more frustrating[…]

Outrage Crucial as Trump-GOP Tax Scam Gets Dangerously Close to Passing the Senate

When President Trump and Congressional Republicans tried to repeal Obamacare earlier this year, the gross unfairness of taking healthcare away from 20-30 million Americans sparked outrage across the country. Members of Congress got an angry earful from constituents every time they went back home. Speaker Paul Ryan’s office got so many calls they had to[…]

Trump/GOP Tax Bill Would Trigger Devastating Cut to Medicare

In the latest in a series of “oops” moments for the GOP, Congressional leaders apparently didn’t realize that their deficit-swelling tax scheme would trigger $136 billion in automatic cuts to mandatory spending programs. This includes a $25 billion reduction in Medicare spending, which would take effect almost immediately after passage of the tax bill. Needless[…]