Latest Medicare News

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a  news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. An Associated Press review of medical records for four detained immigrant women at the detention center and interviews with lawyers have revealed growing allegations that a gynecologist performed surgeries that the women never sought or didn’t fully understand. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)

More migrant women say they didn’t OK surgery in detention

Sep. 18, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Sitting across from her lawyer at an immigration detention center in rural Georgia, Mileidy Cardentey Fernandez unbuttoned her jail jumpsuit to show the scars on her abdomen. There were three small, circular marks. The 39-year-old woman from Cuba was told only that she would undergo an...

A man examines residences destroyed by the Almeda Fire at the Parkview Townhomes in Talent, Ore., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The Latest: Downed power lines sparked 13 Oregon fires

Sep. 16, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 11:30 a.m. SALEM, Ore. — A fire incident report says downed power lines sparked at least 13 fires during a period of high winds last week between two Oregon communities that were devastated by flames. The report from the Northwest Interagency...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)

Liz Weston: Are Medicare Advantage plans worth the risk?

Sep. 14, 2020 6:53 AM EDT

About 1 in 3 people 65 and older in the U.S. enroll in Medicare Advantage, the private insurance alternative to traditional Medicare. It’s not hard to see why: Medicare Advantage plans often cover stuff that Medicare doesn’t, and most people don’t pay extra for it. But Medicare Advantage can...

FILE - In this July 24, 2020, file photo Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma speaks during an event with President Donald Trump to sign executive orders on lowering drug prices, in the South Court Auditorium in the White House complex in Washington. Private consultants to the federal official who oversees Medicare billed taxpayers almost $6 million in less than two years to bolster her personal image, including efforts to win awards, place her on lists of powerful women and arrange meetings with influential people, a report by congressional Democrats said Thursday, Sept. 10. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Dem report: Medicare chief used fed money to bolster image

Sep. 10, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Private consultants to the federal official who oversees Medicare billed taxpayers almost $6 million in less than two years to bolster her personal image, including efforts to win awards, place her on lists of powerful women and arrange meetings with influential people, a report by...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to board a plane at New Castle Airport in New Castle, Del., Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, en route to campaign events in Michigan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Biden on autos, virus; Trump on drug prices

Sep. 9, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump exaggerated his administration’s efforts to lower prescription drug prices while Democratic rival Joe Biden claimed too much credit for reviving the U.S. auto industry and misstated the number of military deaths from COVID-19. A look at some of their claims in...

Democratic congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez, in the blue mask, cheers on supporters at a polling station on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Behind her are her three sons, from left, Dario, Abelino and Alisandro. The sign she holds,

New Mexico congressman endorses Democrat as successor

Sep. 9, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Six-term U.S. Congressman and Senate candidate Ben Ray Luján is endorsing a fellow Democrat to fill his northern New Mexico House district in the November election. Luján endorsed Santa Fe-based attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez in her campaign for the 3rd Congressional...

FILE - In this July 17, 2020 file photo, a senior citizen holds the hand of a care coordinator at a Health facility in Miami.  Federal officials plan to ship rapid coronavirus tests to assisted living facilities, moving to fill a testing gap for older adults who don’t need the constant attention of a nursing home. Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir said assisted living facilities will be followed by senior day care centers and home health agencies in getting the tests.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Feds to ship fast COVID-19 tests to assisted living sites

Sep. 1, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal official said Tuesday the government plans to ship rapid coronavirus tests to assisted living facilities, moving to fill a testing gap for older adults who don’t need the constant attention of a nursing home. Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Adm....

In this Aug. 24, 2020, photo Jean Grady smiles as she poses at her home in Westford, Vt. Grady wears an insulin pump to help manage her diabetes. Before the pandemic, Medicare rules required her make regular two-hour, one-way trips to New Hampshire to meet with her doctor to discuss her treatment. Medicare rule changes during the pandemic now makes it possible for her to meet with her doctor remotely, saving her from hours on the road. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Fad or future? Telehealth expansion eyed beyond pandemic

Aug. 30, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Telehealth is a bit of American ingenuity that seems to have paid off in the coronavirus pandemic. Medicare temporarily waived restrictions predating the smartphone era and now there's a push to make telemedicine widely available in the future. Consultations via tablets, laptops and...

President Donald Trump speaks from the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump administration allows deferral of Social Security tax

Aug. 28, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday allowed employers to suspend collection of some Social Security taxes, although business groups don't like the idea and it may create political headaches for Republicans. Democrats are already saying it would undermine retirement benefits. The Treasury...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Aug. 28, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT The CIAC needs to drop its defiant arrogance, listen to the experts and put high school football on hold Hartford Courant Aug. 26 What’s wrong with this picture? Schools are preparing to reopen in a...