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My Turn: Celebrating 50 years of Medicare and Medicaid

...President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law as an amendment...Most people who will become eligible for Medicare this year were in high school when this...Today, 55 million Americans rely on Medicare to provide needed care, including preventive...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-07-29/my-turn-celebrating-50-years-medicare
Opinion
Health care spending to accelerate, US report says

...the slowdown, which reduced projected Medicare costs. But many people saw their own...aging population means older and sicker Medicare beneficiaries who will need more services...infrastructure can get short- changed.Medicare, which turns 50 this week, is in the...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-29/health-care-spending-accelerate-us-re
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Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling

WASHINGTON - Medicare said Wednesday it plans to pay doctors...But an opening to roughly 55 million Medicare beneficiaries could make such talks...the U.S. are 65 and older, making Medicare the largest insurer at the end of life...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-09/medicare-cover-end-life-counseling
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Social Security disability fund to run dry next year

...trustees who oversee Social Security and Medicare said the disability trust fund will run...in 1975.Separately, about 7 million Medicare beneficiaries could face a monthly premium...financial health of Social Security and Medicare shows that the federal government's...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-23/social-security-disability-fund-run-d
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$1,000-per-pill drug overtaken by pricier successor

...break for most insurers, including those delivering Medicare's prescription drug benefit, said DRX executive...concern not only for commercial health plans, but for Medicare."Medicare is barred from negotiating drug prices.State Medicaid...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-12/1000-pill-drug-overtaken-pricier-succ
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Officials announce health fraud crackdown in Alaska

...33 people were part of a national initiative announced Thursday that led to charges against 243 people accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid.Six of the other Alaska cases are state charges alleging welfare fraud, and one other is a state case charging...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-18/officials-announce-health-fraud-crackdo
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My Turn: The nuts and bolts of the Affordable Care Act are loose

...1990s, it expands private health insurance to draw in and cover people not eligible for federal health-care programs such as Medicare for older Americans, and Medicaid for the economically disadvantaged (also expanded by the ACA). By mandating that all...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-06-29/my-turn-nuts-and-bolts-affordable-car
Opinion
My Turn: Veterans Affairs still needs fixing

...while I reluctantly voted for the Choice Card as a Lower 48 solution, I bluntly stated at the time that our history with Medicare and Tricare in Alaska suggested provider support for the strings attached with the Choice Card would be lacking. At no time...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-06-21/my-turn-veterans-affairs-still-needs-
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Obamacare survives second fight

...re-election campaign, when the president was touting the largest expansion of the social safety net since the advent of Medicare nearly a half-century earlier. But at the time, promised benefits of the Affordable Care Act were mostly in the future...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-26/obamacare-survives-second-fight
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Federal agencies are wide open to hackers, cyberspies

...manage its anti-virus security controls effectively.A separate audit last year found security lapses were on the rise among Medicare contractors. A third report warned of "high-risk security vulnerabilities" at 10 state Medicaid agencies.Another potential...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-24/federal-agencies-are-wide-open-hacker
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