Happy Birthday, Medicare!

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services celebrates the 45th anniversary of Medicare, the Federal health care program that guarantees health security and coverage for people over 65 and younger people with disabilities. “Forty-five [...]

The Business of Medicare

Predictions that Medicare Advantage will disappear seem to be very wrong. I am one who predicted that companies would be getting out of the Medicare Advantage business due to cuts in funding and limits on profits that have been imposed by Democrats. [...]

UnitedHealth Group Medicare Advantage: $9 Billion Business

Reuters reported that UnitedHealth Group Inc has posted a higher-than-expected second-quarter profit, helped by growth in its Medicare Advantage plans for elderly and low-income Americans. For the second quarter (April, May, June), UnitedHealth [...]

Free Health Care in Tucson

While checking out the Healthcare.gov website, I came across information on Federally-funded health centers. The page says: Federally-funded health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based [...]

85.7 Percent of Arizona Small Businesses Eligible for Health Care Tax Credits

More than 85.7 percent of Arizona small businesses with fewer than 25 employees will be eligible this year for tax credits to help pay the cost of employee health coverage, according to a new report issued by the consumer health organization [...]

One Million Uninsured in Arizona: Republican Candidates Don’t Care

Saturday’s Republican debate between John McCain, JD Hayworth, and Jim Deakin gets high marks from me for the candidates’ presentation skills and their well-tuned messages – unlike the amateurish presentations by the Democrats the [...]

78% of Americans Oppose Raising Social Security Retirement Age

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has released a new poll  on Americans’ views on Social Security, proposals for raising the retirement age, and cutting benefits. The national telephone poll, conducted [...]

New Health Insurance Rules: Free Preventive Care

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued new regulations requiring private health insurance plans, beginning on or after September 23, 2010, to cover evidence-based preventive services and eliminate cost sharing requirements for [...]

Stimulus Money in Arizona

I came across a link to projects and government agencies that are receiving federal stimulus money. It looks like Arizona is taking quite a bit of money from Washington.  The link allows you to search on various agencies, organizations, or [...]

Compare Hospitals in Tucson

The public can now review data on the quality of care provided by individual hospitals at the  Hospital Compare website which is provided by CMS. (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)  The data covers many aspects of health care services [...]

Should 70 Be The Social Security Retirement Age?

House Republican leader John Boehner made news last week when he stated that changes to Social Security are necessary and should include raising the retirement age to 70.  Currently, people can choose to collect a lower Social Security amount [...]

Should Social Security and Medicare Be Cut?

President Obama has formed a Fiscal Committee to look at how to reduce the government deficit.  With Medicare, Social Security, and the Defense budgets totaling 75% of government spending, it looks like Medicare and Social Security are primary [...]

Uninsured? Go to WWW.HealthCare.gov

Have you been without insurance for six months or more?  Have you applied for health insurance but were rejected because of your weight or some pre-existing condition?  If you answered “yes” to both questions, you can go to http://healthcare.gov [...]