Three ways a Medicare Advantage fitness plan can help reduce your health risks

(NAPSI) – Have you heard the saying, “Exercise is medicine?” Countless studies show that physical activity can help reduce the risks of serious health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, back and neck pain, some cancers, and even falls. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults 65 and older participate … Read more

Covid vaccines prevented at least 330,000 deaths among US seniors in 2021.

Covid vaccines prevented at least 330,000 deaths and nearly 700,000 hospitalizations among elderly Medicare recipients in 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services said in a new report released Friday. The reduction in hospitalizations due to vaccination saved more than $16 billion in medical costs, according to the HHS report. A 10 percent increase … Read more

Looking forward to the lame session

When Congress returns to Washington after Election Day, it will face a long list of health care items that need attention before the end of the year, including setting overall spending for health care programs and preventing a series of cuts to Medicare payments to health care providers. Meanwhile, in California, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom … Read more

Oregon to cover health-related climate costs

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon is about to become the first state in the nation to cover the costs of climate change for certain low-income patients under its Medicaid program as the normally temperate Pacific Northwest sees longer heat waves and more intense wildfires. The new initiative, scheduled to take effect in 2024, would cover payments … Read more

On government spending, Congress decided not to make a decision

Congress must complete its annual appropriations bills before the fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. But that rarely happens, and this year is no different, as lawmakers scramble to pass a short-term funding bill so they can delay a final decision until at least December. Meanwhile, with the midterm elections in mind, House Republicans have … Read more

Americans rate the US health care system low

Sept. 13, 2022 — A majority of U.S. adults say the country’s health care system is not well run, according to a new study by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Public satisfaction with the US health care system has fallen to low levels. About 12 percent of adults say health care is … Read more

Americans Rate Health Care System Failure: AP-NORC Survey

WASHINGTON — When Emmanuel Obeng-Dankwa worries about the rent on his New York apartment, he sometimes refrains from refilling his blood pressure medication. “If there’s no money, I’d rather skip the medicine to be homeless,” said Obeng-Dankwa, a 58-year-old security guard. He is among a majority of US adults who say health care is not … Read more

Walmart and UnitedHealth Group are collaborating to provide access to high-quality, affordable healthcare

BENTONVILLE, Ark., and MINNETONKA, Minn., September 7, 2022. — Today Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) announced the beginning of an initial 10-year, broad-based collaboration, bringing together the two companies’ collective experience in serving millions of people with high-quality, affordable healthcare services that improve health outcomes and the patient experience . The … Read more

A higher-cost Medicare Advantage plan is not associated with better health care for seniors

Enrolling in a more expensive Medicare Advantage plan may not always provide seniors with better health care, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Examining 15 different quality measures among large, representative samples of people enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2016 and 2017, researchers found that plans that charged a higher monthly premium provided … Read more

When it comes to health care, the filibuster means we get all-or-nothing medical care

During the recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in the Senate, the formidable Parliamentarian Elizabeth McDonagh appeared. She declared that the provision penalizing pharmaceutical companies that raise their prices in the private market more than the level of inflation is wrong, as is the proposal to cap the price of insulin at $35 a … Read more