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Medicare Advantage: Deceptive Marketing Practices

In 1997, Congress created Medicare + Choice plans, which allowed private health insurance companies to be paid by the federal government to offer Medicare benefits through their own plans.

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Medicare Advantage: A Massive Policy Toothache

I can always tell when its Medicare Open Enrollment, that 53-day period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. My mailbox fills up with fliers, over-sized postcards and letters inviting me to join a Medicare Advantage plan.

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Medicare Premium: Up So Long, It Looks Like Down

It’s not often that the Medicare premium drops, but it will happen in 2023 because of a controversial Alzheimer’s drug that was a commercial failure.

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New Prescription Drug Pricing Law Brings “Substantial” Reform

On Aug. 16, President Joe Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which rose from the ashes of the Build Back Better Act (BBBA), a bill that failed to pass in 2021 after it could not gather enough support in the Senate.

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Social Security Expansion Act: Good Bottom Line For Retirees

It is fortunate for us that U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders, D-VT, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are persistent advocates. These lawmakers have introduced their latest version of a bill to expand the Social Security program.

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Health Care Debt: An Unexpected, Unhealthy Burden

Politicians like to talk about how many Americans have health insurance. But what we don’t discuss is how many Americans  —  with and without health coverage  —  still go into serious health care debt.

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