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Posted April 09, 2013 11:02 EST
Fact/Fiction: The Obama Administration Can Spare Cancer Clinic Drugs From Sequestration Cuts
by Donald Sjoerdsma / The Medicare NewsGroup
Some cancer clinics have said that the Obama administration has the power to save them from sequestration cuts that are forcing the clinics to turn away Medicare beneficiaries. We check the facts.
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Posted April 02, 2013 5:16 EST
Fact/Fiction: Medicare Drug Rebates Would Kill Drugmakers’ Research and Development Budgets
by Donald Sjoerdsma / The Medicare NewsGroup
Some Democrats are supporting a money-raising proposal that would force pharmaceutical manufacturers to give the federal government discounted prices, also known as rebates, on drugs for dual eligibles and other low-income beneficiaries. Opponents of the proposal, particularly pharmaceutical manufacturers, have sounded the alarm, saying that requiring drugmakers to sell drugs at discounted prices
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Posted March 28, 2013 8:00 EST
Fact/ Fiction: Medicare Costs More For Same-Sex Married Couples
by Nicole Vahlkamp / The Medicare NewsGroup
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex couples’ marriages. As a result, DOMA makes Medicare more expensive for same-sex couples because it prevents these couples for qualifying for spousal benefits. This restriction then impacts same-sex married couples’ Medicare eligibility and enrollment, and can end up costing these individuals more.
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Posted March 14, 2013 2:17 EST
Fact/Fiction: Paul Ryan Flip-Flopped on Billions in Medicare Cuts
by Donald Sjoerdsma / The Medicare NewsGroup
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) criticized Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday, March 12 for doing an about-face on the $716 billion in Medicare cuts in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She claimed Ryan, as the GOP vice presidential candidate, campaigned against the cuts during the 2012 presidential election, and now he’s included the same cuts in his 2014 budget proposal, “The P
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Posted March 12, 2013 3:26 EST
Fact/Fiction: Competition in Medicare Part D Has Driven Down Drug Prices
by Donald Sjoerdsma / The Medicare NewsGroup
In 2012, the cost for Medicare’s prescription drug benefit (Part D) was more than 40 percent below the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) 2003 projections. Conservative think tanks and politicians say that the relatively low cost can be attributed to the program’s market-based structure, in which private prescription drug plans and Medicare Advantage (Part C) sponsors compete for business. Their
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Posted January 30, 2013 1:17 EST
Fact/Fiction: Medicare Beneficiaries Pay the Same Amount for Medicare, Regardless of How Much Money They Have
by Kimber Solana / The Medicare NewsGroup
During the “fiscal cliff” discussions and, more recently, the deficit reduction talks in Congress, policymakers proposed that wealthier Medicare beneficiaries pay a little more for premiums— otherwise known as “means-testing.” These sound bites suggest means-testing is not currently being done in Medicare, but that’s not the case.
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Posted January 22, 2013 4:13 EST
Fact/Fiction: Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age Would Save the Program Money
by Donald Sjoerdsma / The Medicare Newsgroup
Deficit hawks have long argued that raising the Medicare eligibility age is a good way to reduce entitlement spending. It has routinely been part of Republican, and sometimes bipartisan, proposals to reform the program. While raising the eligibility age would cut Medicare spending, it would shift costs to individuals, employers, ACA-mandated state exchanges and other government programs.
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