Monthly Archives: November 2019


Prepare to apply for CalHealthCares student loan repayment or practice support grant

Eligible dentists and dental students in California can apply Jan. 13 to Feb. 7, 2020, for student loan repayment of up to $300,000 or a practice support grant — also up to $300,000 — through the Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Program known as CalHealthCares. The program is funded by state tobacco tax (Proposition […]
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California’s health mandate penalty and coverage of immigrants in the state illegally, explained

A leader of a student group that supports President Donald Trump claimed that California is “putting illegals first” when it comes to health care. “Starting January 1, 2020, California will tax legal citizens if they don’t have health insurance. Why? The state needs to come up with $98,000,000 to pay for free health insurance for […]


John Baackes prefers an approach to healthcare reform that builds on the Affordable Care Act. Medicare for All-style proposals to implement a federal single-payer health system and eliminate the private insurance market have generated widespread debate among lawmakers and a polarized response from the American public. However, executives at both health insurance companies and hospitals seem […]
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Why Medicare head Seema Verma thinks you should shop around for plans this year

No one ever said managing your health care would be simple. Even people eligible for Medicare can find themselves faced with some tough decisions, particularly during open enrollment, which this year runs now through Dec. 7. Anyone who has Medicare can opt to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, and this year 94 such plans are […]
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Doctors, hospitals take up arms against Democrats’ health care changes

The debate over various “Medicare for All” plans has gripped the presidential primary contest. Supporters of ‘Medicare for All’ are trying to squeeze cost reductions out of the health care industry, but physicians and hospitals could get pricked by lower payments. Mike Ellis / for NBC NewsNov. 10, 2019, 2:40 PM EST / Updated Nov. 10, 2019, 2:45 PM […]
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Bad News, Seniors: Your Medicare Costs Are Going Up

Millions of seniors depend on Medicare for health benefits in retirement. But as current enrollees can attest, coverage under Medicare is by no means free. Medicare is divided into several distinct parts. Part A, which covers hospital care, generally is free for enrollees, but Parts B and D charge participants a premium. The premium for Part B, which covers […]
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Major Nurses’ Union Backs Bernie Sanders and His Push for ‘Medicare for All’

National Nurses United, the country’s biggest nurses’ union, also endorsed Bernie Sanders in 2016. This time, it chose him over Elizabeth Warren, who has laid out her own Medicare for all plan. WASHINGTON — The country’s largest nurses’ union will endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for president this week, a significant boost to his campaign from a major […]
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Medicare Not Protecting Seniors From Crippling Medical Bills

Home | Health NewsTags: Health Topics | Healthcare Reform | Medicare | medicare | medical bills | seniors Medicare Not Protecting Seniors From Crippling Medical Bills Tuesday, 05 November 2019 11:30 AM Even with Medicare coverage, older Americans with serious health conditions are often burdened by medical bills, a new study finds. In a survey, researchers found that more than half of seriously ill Medicare beneficiaries said they’d […]
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1 in 2 seriously ill Medicare enrollees struggles with bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half of seriously ill Medicare enrollees face financial hardships with medical bills, with prescription drug costs the leading problem, according to a study published Monday. The study in the journal Health Affairs comes as legislation to curb drug costs for seniors languishes in Congress and the growing financial exposure of […]
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The 10 most important things to know about Medicare

Medicare plays a crucial role in providing retirement security – it makes health care expense predictable, and it covers a great deal of seniors’ needs.Unfortunately, the program is complicated, and it doesn’t cover everything. Here’s my list of the ten most important things seniors should know about Medicare. You have two basic choices. First things first: […]
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