June 7, 2010

A not-so-delicious doughnut hole

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

The words “doughnut hole” may summon thoughts of a delicious treat to someone under the age of 10, but for people with Medicare those same words represent something scary.

But how can doughnut holes be scary? In our health care system, when seniors and people with disabilities sign up for prescription drug benefits through Medicare Part D, there is a coverage gap that often results in elderly and disabled Americans paying way more than they can afford for prescription drugs. We call this the “doughnut hole.”

April 20, 2010

Improving Medicare

Tara Bostock

Staff Writer

The health reform debate produced a lot of misinformation about how the health reform bill would change Medicare. Much of it focused on false claims of cuts to benefits, the infamous death panels, or hurting granny. Now that the reform bill has been signed by President Obama, it's time to set the record straight on how reform will really affect Medicare and its beneficiaries.

October 5, 2012

The Denver Medicare Debate: Substance vs. Style

Ron Pollack

Executive Director

On Wednesday night, Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama squared off in the first presidential debate. And while many pundits are commenting on who won or lost based on style, what's really important isn't who sounded smoother.

April 6, 2010

Health reform benefits are exceedingly popular

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

The victory on health reform was long overdue and will make great strides in improving the lives of millions of American families-bringing us closer to a more just and equitable health care system. But you wouldn't know it to talk to opponents of reform. Despite the popularity of the individual provisions of the health reform law, opponents have continued their tactics of misinformation and negative rhetoric. 

November 6, 2013

Medicare Part D Points to a Popular Future for Affordable Care Act

Jon-Michael Basile

Staff Writer

When President George W. Bush passed the Medicare Part D act in 2003, its launch raised some technological problems that left consumers frustrated. Now, most American seniors view their prescription drug coverage as invaluable and support this once-controversial legislation.

Enacted to subsidize increasingly high out-of-pocket costs, Medicare Part D makes prescription drug coverage affordable for its beneficiaries. But in the months following its inception, the media criticized virtually every aspect of the federal program.

October 25, 2011

"The company my husband worked for was closing"

This past August, my husband, Don, brought home bad news—the company he worked for was closing. We would have to rethink our plans for health care coverage.

We had a similar conversation last year when Don was considering retiring early because the social security checks would actually be more than his income at the call center. By that time, I had been on Medicare for a few years, but I was still relying on Don’s company to cover my prescription costs. So I rushed to sign up for a Medicare plan during the open enrollment period last year.

February 23, 2010

The President's proposal

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

The beltway has been abuzz ever since President Obama announced he plans to hold a Health Care Summit between key Congressional leaders. Will Republicans attend? Will President Obama provide a health reform proposal? Will the Republicans provide their own proposal? If they do provide a proposal, will meet the criteria of meaningful health reform?

October 3, 2011

Why a cancer survivor is going without medication

Caety Chong

Staff Writer

Sandy Kintz of Westport, New York, is a lung cancer survivor, but her daily life is anything but carefree. The former nurse has to use two inhalers and is unable to walk more than 60 feet without stopping because she has such difficulty breathing. She can’t afford all of her prescribed medication and explains simply, “Some drugs I can’t afford, so I gave them up. You read that right: A cancer survivor has to give up prescribed medication because she cannot afford it. How ridiculous is that?


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