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Pfizer Court Fight Could Legalize Medicare Copays and Unleash ‘Gold Rush’ in Sales

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Three years ago, pharma giant Pfizer paid $24 million to settle federal allegations that it was paying kickbacks and inflating sales by reimbursing Medicare patients for out-of-pocket medication costs. By making prohibitively expensive medicine essentially free for patients, the company induced them to use Pfizer drugs even as the price......

Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget package funds family programs, clean energy and Medicare expansion

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, May 28, 2021. Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg | Getty Images WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats released......

Climate, immigration, Medicare lead progressive highlights in Dems’ $3.5T budget plan

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here “Let me be clear — this is a huge bill. This is a complicated bill. This is a transformative bill,” Sanders told reporters after lunch. “In some cases, it doesn’t provide all the funding that I would like right now.”......

Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget package funds family programs, clean energy and Medicare expansion

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, May 28, 2021. Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg | Getty Images WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats released......

Democrats want to expand Medicare benefits through spending bill

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Adding these benefits to the 56-year-old health insurance program for seniors and the disabled has been a top priority for the committee’s chair, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. While President Joe Biden has voiced support for broadening the services......

Teen Volunteers Get a Foot in the Door for Nursing Home Careers

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Jasmine De Moya, 17, has dreamed for years of working in the medical field, and she yearned to spend time with older people, missing her grandparents, who live in the Dominican Republic. A program sponsored by the New Jewish Home health system in New York City that combines volunteering and......

Free lunch, immigration, more Medicare: What’s in the mix for Democrats’ ‘go-big’ bill

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here “We’re gonna get yeses and nos. We know that,” said Senate Banking Chair Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). “The most important thing is we go big. The public wants us to go big. We make a difference for a generation on some......

How everyone on Medicare could end up paying for the pricey new Alzheimer’s drug

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here All of Medicare’s roughly 60 million enrollees will likely see their premiums rise to cover the new medication, experts say — and the burden will also fall to federal and state governments and, therefore, to taxpayers. Here’s how it’s......

BookTrib’s Bites: Mystery, Touching Memoir and Essential Health Info – Entertainment

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(NewsUSA) “The Imposter”by David Temple Detective Pat Norelli proved to her co-workers, her family, and herself she had what it takes to become a first-class detective. In Norelli’s debut novel, “The Poser,” she discovered the serial killer who murdered Meredith Johansen and several of Meredith’s close friends. She also unearthed......

A Hospital Charged $722.50 to Push Medicine Through an IV. Twice.

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Rae Ellen Bichell Claire Lang-Ree was in a lab coat taking a college chemistry class remotely in the kitchen of her Colorado Springs, Colorado, home when a profound pain twisted into her lower abdomen. She called her mom, Jen Lang-Ree, a nurse practitioner who worried it was appendicitis and found......

Heading back to work after retiring? That cash may impact the rest of your financial life

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Image Source | Getty Images It’s not uncommon to want to return to work after retiring. Whether for financial reasons or personal fulfillment, many older Americans find that retirement isn’t working for them. Yet before you make the leap, it’s......

One-third of Americans plan to retire later due to Covid-19, study finds

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here John Lund/Marc Romanelli | Getty Images Retirement savings disrupted About 14 million Americans have stopped contributing to their retirement accounts every month as of this March, the research found. That’s an improvement from December, when 22 million people said they......

Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug could cost Medicare billions of dollars a year, report finds

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A pedestrian walks past Biogen Inc. headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Monday, June 7, 2021. Adam Glanzman | Bloomberg | Getty Images Biogen‘s pricy new Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm, could cost Medicare billions of dollars a year, according to an analysis......

Broad Coalition of Democrats Presses Biden to Expand Medicare

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WASHINGTON — A broad coalition of Democrats from across the ideological spectrum plans on Thursday to begin what it promises will be a noisy and sustained campaign to pressure President Biden to include a major expansion of Medicare in his infrastructure package. More than 150 House Democrats — including Representative......

Covid Testing Has Turned Into a Financial Windfall for Hospitals and Other Providers

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Pamela Valfer needed multiple covid tests after repeatedly visiting the hospital last fall to see her mother, who was being treated for cancer. Beds there were filling with covid patients. Valfer heard the tests would be free. So, she was surprised when the testing company billed her insurer $250 for......

What Biden’s latest moves could signal for Social Security reform efforts

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here President Joe Biden attends the Democratic National Committee’s “Back on Track” drive-in car rally to celebrate his 100th day in office at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia, April 29, 2021. Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters People who earn more......

Bernie Sanders aims to lower Medicare eligibility age as part of Democrats’ recovery plan

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Jemal Countess | Getty Images Sen. Bernie Sanders hopes to include a Medicare expansion in Democrats’ upcoming economic recovery plan. The Vermont independent and Senate Budget Committee chair hopes to lower the eligibility age for coverage......

Sanders pushes Medicare expansion in Dems’ next big bill

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here “We’re talking about physical infrastructure, affordable housing. We’re talking about transforming our energy system to deal with climate change. We’re talking about human infrastructure,” Sanders said. “In the rescue plan, we were able to take a major step forward in......

House Votes to Avert Deep Medicare Cuts to Pay for $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Plan

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WASHINGTON — The House voted on Friday to avert an estimated $36 billion in cuts to Medicare next year and tens of billions more from farm subsidies and other social safety net programs, moving to stave off deep spending reductions that would otherwise be made to pay for the $1.9......

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