Fact Sheet: Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report

WASHINGTON – Today the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees issued their annual financial review of the programs. Taken in combination, Social Security’s retirement and disability programs have dedicated resources sufficient to cover benefits for nearly two decades, until 2034.  The Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will have sufficient funds to cover its obligations […]

Medicaid Fraud Climbed to a Whopping $29 Billion Last Year

Medicaid managers have done little to stem rampant fraud in the massive government health care program for the poor, which totaled more than $29 billion last year, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to Congress. As Medicaid gradually transforms from a traditional fee-for-service operation to managed care, the challenge for federal and […]

Sicker Patients Seem at a Disadvantage With Medicare Advantage

New evidence suggests Medicare Advantage may not serve some sicker Medicare beneficiaries as well as it does healthier ones. Medicare Advantage’s private health insurance plans offer at least the same benefits as the public, traditional Medicare program for older Americans, as well as some who are disabled or have certain diseases. The private plans may […]

The Cavity in Health Insurance Coverage: Oral Health

When we talk about the successes and shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — and health care in the US in general — little attention is given to dental care. While the ACA defines dental coverage as an essential benefit for those under 18, insurers aren’t required to offer dental coverage for adults. Medicare, the nation’s […]