Affordable Care Act

What Biden And Trump Would Mean For Older Voters

As with so many issues, there is a major gulf between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden when it comes to issues that directly affect older adults. Biden has proposed a long list of specific proposals. Trump has said remarkably little about what he’d do in a second term, and that silence extends to programs that affect seniors. [...]

By |2020-10-26T13:54:56-04:00October 26th, 2020|campaign 2020|0 Comments

What Striking Down The Affordable Care Act Would Mean For Seniors

US District Judge Reed O’Connor’s Friday night decision to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act would damage the well-being of older adults, those 50-64 nearing Medicare, and frail elders and younger people with disabilities who are receiving long-term care benefits under Medicaid. Many lawyers believe the ruling is poorly reasoned and likely would be reversed on appeal. However, it [...]

By |2018-12-17T14:09:45-05:00December 17th, 2018|Health reform|1 Comment

The Trump Administration’s Squeeze on Affordable Health Insurance For 50-64 Year-Olds

In a series of recent decisions, the Trump Administration is taking steps that will sharply raise insurance premiums for people aged 50-64, just before they become eligible for Medicare. While these steps are likely to make coverage less expensive for young, healthy consumers, they will inevitably raise costs for middle-aged people with chronic conditions. For many, insurance will become unaffordable. [...]

By |2018-06-20T21:51:34-04:00June 21st, 2018|Health Care|0 Comments

A New Congressional Proposal For Public Long-Term Care Insurance

Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ), the senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is proposing a new universal Medicare long-term care benefit. His bill, still in draft form, initially would provide a daily cash benefit of about $100 after a two-year waiting period. As an alternative to the waiting period, Pallone is also considering a cash deductible that would [...]

By |2018-06-13T15:55:43-04:00June 13th, 2018|long-term care financing|2 Comments

No, Medicare Won’t Go Broke In 2026. Yes, It Will Cost A Lot More Money

It was hard to miss the headlines coming from yesterday’s  Medicare Trustees report: Medicare to go broke three years earlier than expected, trustees say Government Says Medicare won't be able to cover costs by 2026 Report puts Medicare insolvency sooner than forecast Let’s get right to the point: Medicare is not going “broke” and recipients are in no danger of [...]

By |2018-06-06T10:57:10-04:00June 6th, 2018|Medicare|3 Comments

Today’s Massive Budget Deal Makes Big Medicare Changes

The huge two-year budget agreement reached by Congress early this morning will, for the first time, allow Medicare to pay for some long-term supports and services. Medicare managed care plans, called Medicare Advantage (MA), can now include non-medical services, such as home-delivered meals or rides to a doctor, in their benefit packages. The bill includes other changes to Medicare, including [...]

By |2018-02-09T10:51:02-05:00February 9th, 2018|Medicare|7 Comments

What the GOP Tax Cut Will Mean For Older Adults

Congress is nearing passage of a $1.5 trillion tax cut that would mostly benefit businesses and high-income households. For older adults, the effects are complicated. Some will receive large tax cuts. Some will be no better off and a few will be worse off. But beyond the immediate tax changes in the bill, the measure sets the stage for what [...]

By |2018-02-14T12:43:53-05:00December 15th, 2017|Aging|0 Comments

Middle Income 50-Somethings Will Be Big Losers From Trumpcare

President Trump’s multi-pronged administrative attack on the Affordable Care Act would sharply increase premiums for middle-aged people who purchase insurance in the individual market, likely driving many to drop coverage. Most would not feel the effects until 2019, though some will face sharply higher premiums in 2018—rate hikes they’ll see when the open enrollment season begins next month. The President [...]

By |2018-02-14T12:43:53-05:00October 13th, 2017|Health reform|0 Comments

Graham-Cassidy’s Pre-Existing Conditions Rule Is A Very Big Deal

The still-evolving Senate Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act could make health insurance unaffordable for more than 50 million middle-aged Americans by allowing insurers to raise premiums for those with pre-existing conditions. Other provisions would allow carriers to boost insurance costs for even health people aged 50-64. The bill would give states federal dollars to help subsidize those rate [...]

By |2018-02-14T12:43:53-05:00September 25th, 2017|Health reform|1 Comment