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Topic - Jonathan Blum
Republican lawmakers cried foul Friday night over an Obama administration proposal to cut payment rates to private insurers who administer Medicare Advantage, a popular alternative to the government-run health program for seniors.
More than 1 million Americans wind up back in the hospital only weeks after they left for reasons that could have been prevented _ a revolving door that for years has seemed impossible to slow.
If you or an elderly relative have been hospitalized recently and noticed extra attention when the time came to be discharged, there's more to it than good customer service.
House Republicans berated the Obama administration Wednesday over a Medicare bonus program deemed wasteful by federal investigators, accusing top health officials of trying to pump extra money into the Medicare Advantage program ahead of the president's bid for re-election.
A yearlong experiment with competitive bidding for power wheelchairs, diabetic supplies and other personal medical equipment produced $200 million in savings for Medicare, and government officials said Wednesday they are expanding the pilot program in search of even greater dividends.
The Obama administration said Thursday that premiums for seniors in the Medicare Advantage program will shrink and enrollment will rise next year, citing the new data as evidence that the president's new health care law won't push seniors out of the supplemental plan as some have feared.
Bobby Ryan doesn't agree with the NHL suspending him two games for stomping on Predators defenseman Jonathan Blum's foot, and the Anaheim star isn't sure how he'll handle watching Games 3 and 4 in Music City from the press box.
Republican officials said GOP lawmakers are ready with another short-term spending bill if needed to avoid a government shutdown threatened for Friday.
More than 3 million seniors may have to switch their Medicare prescription plan next year, even if they are happy with it, as a result of an attempt by the government to simplify their lives.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Throughout the recently completed Stanley Cup playoffs, people inside and outside the hockey community bemoaned dwindling television ratings in the United States, using them to predict a tumultuous future for the sport in this country.
"ObamaCare has already caused millions to lose the healthcare plans they liked, and now it is directly harming seniors who rely on the care they have through Medicare Advantage," he said. "Our nation's grandparents should not have to wake up tomorrow worried they no longer can access the care they want because of ObamaCare."
"We believe that plans will continue their strong participation in the Medicare Advantage program in 2015 and beneficiaries will continue to have a wide array of high quality, high value, low cost options available to them while at the same time we are making certain that plans are providing value to Medicare and taxpayers," said Jonathan Blum, CMS's principal deputy administrator.