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Congress can Prevent Taxpayers from Getting Hit with Health Insurance Tax

With only a couple weeks left on the 2019 legislative calendar and much of the air on Capitol Hill being consumed by impeachment, Congress is missing out on a painless bipartisan victory that could save taxpayers hundreds of dollars in health insurance premiums.

December 9, 2019 — Peter Klensch 1575924677

President Trump's Great Ideas to Improve Medicare and the Contradictions

His effort to enhance Medicare is commendable.

October 4, 2019 — Elizabeth Wright 1570225217

Is the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act Another Obamacare?

For weeks, there was little information on what would be in the legislation since it was being discussed and written behind closed doors.

July 24, 2019 — Elizabeth Wright 1563994500

USPS Losses Deepening; Bold Postal Reform Wallows

The United States Postal Service (USPS) today released its fiscal year (FY) 2019 2nd quarter financial statement and the news is both predictable and alarming. 

May 10, 2019 — Leslie Paige 1557512415

Using an International Pricing Index is NOT the Way to Lower Drug Costs

On December 6, John O’Brien, the senior advisor on drug pricing reform to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, published a blog, entitled, “How the IPI Model Would Introduce New Market Competition to Medicare Drug Spending.”  The blog left a lot of fiscal conservatives and patient-centered, free-market healthcare advocates scratching their heads.  Mr.

December 14, 2018 — Elizabeth Wright 1544824516

The BBA, Medicare Part D, and a Cautionary Tale

When President Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 on February 9, 2018, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) objected because of its prolific and irresponsible spending, calling the $300 billion (14 percent) increase over current levels “outrageous and unnecessary, as well as a complete abdication of fiscal discipline and accountability.”

March 8, 2018 — Elizabeth Wright 1520533741

Taxpayers and Patients Win First Round on 340B Drug Discount Rule

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) discussed in its November 7, 2017 WasteWatcher blog, a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule for Medicare Part B that will lower costs to taxpayers and Medicare beneficiaries for certain outpatient pharmaceuticals purchased under the 340B drug discount program.

January 5, 2018 — Elizabeth Wright 1515168255

Welcome to Medicare ... or not

Individuals who are not on Social Security at age 65 are supposed to sign up for Medicare anytime between three months before their 65th birthday and three months thereafter.

I turn 65 on January 9, 2018, and thought I should get an early start by checking everything out exactly three months before that date. 

October 11, 2017 — Thomas Schatz 1507753156

Medicare Making Improper Payments to Prisoners

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently exposed vulnerabilities that end up costing taxpayers hundreds of billions in wasteful spending due to erroneous and sloppy billing, and outright fraud.

October 12, 2016 — Leslie Paige 1476299875

Medicare Continues Fiscal Slide: Congress Sidelines Watchdogs

The 2016 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds Report came out today. 

Bottom line:  the Trust Fund faces insolvency in 2028, two years earlier than was projected in last year’s report.

June 22, 2016 — Leslie Paige 1466629819

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