Medicare

An Oral Health Benefit in Medicare Part B: It’s Time to Include Oral Health in Health Care.

Medicare is the federal health insurance program created in 1965 for people ages 65 and over, regardless of income, medical history or health status. The program was later expanded to cover certain persons with disabilities who are under age 65, as well as individuals who have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis […]

Pallone Unveils Proposal for Medicare Long-Term Care Benefit

Edison, NJ– Today, at a roundtable discussion with aging and disability advocates at the JFK Adult Medical Day Program in Edison, New Jersey, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released a proposal to create a new Medicare long-term care benefit. The comprehensive discussion draft, the Medicare Long-Term Care Services and Supports Act, would establish a public benefit […]

Long-Term Care Providers ‘Clobbered’ by Managed Medicare

While the skilled nursing industry worried about the rise of accountable care organizations (ACOs), managed Medicare plans slowly established a firm foothold that isn’t going anywhere soon. “The growth of ACOs and bundled payments has kind of leveled off,” Jill Kreuger, president and CEO of pharmacy and rehab solutions provider Symbria said at LeadingAge Illinois’s […]

Single-Payer or Bust

In the 1960s, a struggle took place over the fate of healthcare in Canada. On one side, there were the proponents of the single-payer program called Medicare, like the stubborn Scottish-born socialist Tommy Douglas. Medicare was modeled on a program passed in the province of Saskatchewan in 1961 under Douglas’s leadership, which provided universal coverage […]