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Medicare and Health Insurance

Learn about Medicare and keep up with the latest changes in America's health insurance coverage system.

For Americans 65 and older, Medicare provides essential health care coverage at affordable prices.

Medicare to Reward Hospitals for Quality of Care
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a new Medicare initiative that will, for the first time, pay hospitals based on the quality of the care they provide, not just the quantity.

Is the US Really That Uninsured?
As Congress crawls closer to its consideration of the America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, a bill that would require virtually all Americans to be covered by either private or government administered health insurance, you will increasingly read and hear a bleak statistic stating that 46 million Americans have are without health insurance. Really?

Should the US Adopt a Nationalized Health Care System?
Should the United States adopt a nationalized health insurance plan in which doctors, hospitals and the health care delivery system would be under the control of the federal government?

Extra Help For Medicare's Prescription Drug Plan
The Social Security Administration wants you to know that Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes and resources may be able to get extra help paying for prescription drugs.

Millions of Uninsured Kids Eligible for Health Coverage
Some 9 million children in the U.S. are not covered by health insurance. Sadly, more than 6 million of those children could be getting health care coverage through Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

Health Insurance for Uninsured Children
The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, makes funds available to states that have in place federally approved programs providing health insurance coverage to uninsured children.

Cato Claims FDA Denies Health Coverage to Over 7 Million
Health care regulation costs Americans $169 billion per year, and makes health insurance unaffordable for over seven million Americans, a new Cato Institute study argues. The costs of health care regulations outweigh the benefits by 2-to-1 and induce more deaths each year than the Institute of Medicine estimates are caused by a lack of health insurance.

Majority of Americans Want Health Insurance Choice: Poll
A majority of Americans strongly support allowing people to cross state lines to find cheaper health insurance coverage, according to a new Zogby International poll.

Medicare Primer
Created in 1965, Medicare provides health insurance to persons age 65 and older, to qualifying persons under 65 with disabilities, and to persons of any age suffering from permanent kidney failure. Learn more about Medicare here.

How to Appeal a Medicare Refusal to Pay
Like any other health coverage plan, Medicare does not pay for all of your health care needs. And, like any other health plan, Medicare sometimes wrongly refuses to pay for things they should cover. When this happens, you do not have to just take it. You have every right to appeal Medicare's decision.

About Medicare-approved Drug Discount Cards
As early as May 2004, almost anyone with Medicare will be eligible to enroll in the new Medicare-approved drug discount card program. The discount cards will be good until at least December 31, 2005.

About the EEOC's Retiree Health Benefit Rule
A new federal rule being proposed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) would allow employers to reduce or eliminate health benefits for their retired employees who qualify for Medicare. Here are the background and facts surrounding this controversial action that could affect the health benefits of millions of American retirees.

Details of Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
This article presents the most current information regarding the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 that you will need to help you make the best decisions regarding your Medicare coverage.

HHS Says Agency Helping Uninsured Americans
The Department of Health and Human Services understands the plight of the millions of Americans without health insurance and is taking action to help them, according to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson.

Health Insurance for Uninsured Children
The SCHIP program, administered by the Health Care Financing Administration, makes funds available only to states that have in place federally approved programs providing health insurance coverage to uninsured children.

More Americans Going Without Health Insurance
The number of Americans not covered by health insurance rose by 2.4 million to 43.6 million between 2001 and 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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