Monday, October 22, 2018

Medicare for All: Say it, then "Move-On"

Politicians Hop Aboard ‘Medicare-For-All’ Train, Destination Unknown

After decades in the political wilderness, “Medicare-for-all” and single-payer health care are suddenly popular. The words appear in political advertisements and are cheered at campaign rallies — even in deep-red states. They are promoted by a growing number of high-profile Democratic candidates, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York and Rep. Beto O’Rourke in Texas.

Republicans are concerned enough that this month President Donald Trump wrote a scathing op-ed essay that portrayed Medicare for all as a threat to older people and to American freedom.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Private Medicaid Plans: Who’s Minding The Store?

As Billions In Tax Dollars Flow To Private Medicaid Plans, Who’s Minding The Store?

With no insurance through his job, Jose Nuñez relied on Medicaid, the nation’s public insurance program that assists 75 million low-income Americans.

Like most people on Medicaid, the Los Angeles trucker was assigned to a private insurance company that coordinated his medical visits and treatment in exchange for receiving a set fee per month — an arrangement known as managed care.

But in 2016, when Nuñez’s retina became damaged from diabetes, the country’s largest Medicaid insurer, Centene, let him down, he said. After months of denials, delays and erroneous referrals, he claimed in a lawsuit, the 62-year-old was left nearly blind in one eye. As a result, he lost his driver’s license and his livelihood.

“They betrayed my trust,” Nuñez said, sitting at his kitchen table with his thick forearms folded across his chest.

Medicare for All: Say it, then "Move-On"

Politicians Hop Aboard ‘Medicare-For-All’ Train, Destination Unknown Elisabeth Rosenthal and Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News After dec...