Federal health officials, citing a need to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, have temporarily halted some efforts to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in overpayments made to Medicare Advantage health plans.
The decision came out of the blue. “Your husband isn’t going to get any better, so we can’t continue services,” an occupational therapist told Deloise “Del” Holloway in early November. “Medicare isn’t going to pay for it.”
Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, sat down for a rare one-on-one interview with Kaiser Health News senior correspondent Sarah Varney.
At the January Democratic debate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders zeroed in on the question of profits in the health care industry.
Under “Medicare for All,” he said, “we end the $100 billion a year that the health care industry makes.”
Any day now, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans could rule the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.
Saturday is the deadline for most people with Medicare coverage to sign up for private drug and medical plans for next year.
House Democrats are poised to pass sweeping legislation to lower drug prices using strategies President Donald Trump has endorsed. A Trump aide urged the Republican-controlled Senate to vote on a different package curbing drug prices that was drafted by a senior Republican.
Rising health care costs are a real concern, especially for senior citizens who live on fixed incomes and for patients with chronic diseases. Proposed policy prescriptions may help reduce those costs but only if taken as directed.