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Medicare Advantage Riding High As New Insurers Flock To Sell To Seniors

The Affordable Care Act cut billions of dollars to the plans but they're still flourishing, doubling enrollment to more than 20 million since 2010.

Health care experts widely expected the Affordable Care Act to hobble Medicare Advantage, the government-funded private health plans that millions of seniors have chosen as an alternative to original Medicare.

Congress Bans Pharmacist ‘Gag Orders’ On Drug Prices

Pharmacists have been prevented from telling consumers when the cash price for a drug is lower than the cost through their insurer. But critics say this will not affect the causes of high drug prices.

For years, most pharmacists couldn’t give customers even a clue about an easy way to save money on prescription drugs. But the restraints are coming off.

High-Deductible Health Plans Fall From Grace In Employer-Based Coverage

With low unemployment, companies have slowed enrollment in the plans and in some cases reverted to traditional plans to attract employees.

With workers harder to find and Obamacare’s tax on generous coverage postponed, employers are hitting pause on a feature of job-based medical insurance much hated by employees: the high-deductible health plan.

Opioid Bill Would Protect Individuals Who Buy Cheaper Medications Abroad

The final version of the bill would give the Food and Drug Administration new powers to crack down on drug imports but would shield people who are just trying to get cheaper drugs from other countries.

The final version of the massive opioid bill Congress released this week would grant the Food and Drug Administration new powers to crack down on drug imports, but it also includes a provision — nearly killed in the Senate — to shield people who are just trying to buy cheaper, needed prescription

Seniors In Pain Hop Aboard The Canna-Bus

People over 50, and especially those 65 and older, are the fastest growing group of cannabis users. They find it helpful in easing pain.

Shirley Avedon, 90,­­ had never been a cannabis user. But carpal tunnel syndrome that sends shooting pains into both of her hands and an aversion to conventional steroid and surgical treatments is prompting her to consider some new options.

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