Insurers Running Medicare Advantage Plans Overbill Taxpayers By Billions As Feds Struggle To Stop It
The sheer number of billing abuses by Medicare Advantage plans is overwhelming and tax payers are paying the price, literally. Sick patients are being charged higher rates than healthy ones, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)Read more
Social Security Works is collecting signatures, asking Democratic presidential candidates to reject taking money from Big Pharma and Big Insurance companies. HCACF supports their efforts.
Two new Medicare-for-All Acts have been proposed in Congress: H.R.1384 - Medicare for All Act of 2019 is sponsored by Representative Pramila Jayapal and S.1129 - Medicare for All Act of 2019 is sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders. Both bills have co-sponsors from colleagues in both the House and the Senate.Read more
Kevin Uhrmacher, Kevin Schaul, Paulina Firozi and Jeff Stein from the Washington Post highlight the presidential candidates and their positions on Medicare-for-All. The information presented is based on the candidate's voting records, statements and answers to a Washington Post questionnaire.Read more
Dylan Scott from Vox interviewed Matt Bruenig from the People's Policy Project "on what he worries about — and what he doesn’t — for Medicare-for-all". Matt answered some tough healthcare questions such as "How do you finance a single-payer health care system?" " Is it possible for the health care supply to meet its demand?" and "What can the government do for rural hospitals that feel a pinch under single-payer?"
In the article We Don’t Need Private Health Insurance, a case is made that Medicare for All (M4A) health care reform is in fact a simple substitution of the private health insurance by a public national health insurance that provides access to basic health services. The article further defines the role for private health insurance including; “duplicative” plans, “supplementary” plans, and “complementary” plans, all of which are defined by the writer.Read more
Many efforts in Washington focus on the privatization of Medicare to perpetuate a fragmented multi-payer financing model that is unsustainable and increases administrative costs. One-third of all Medicare beneficiaries are now on private Medicare Advantage plans, which have become major profit centers for commercial insurances who game the system to cover only the healthy. The best means to universal healthcare is one single large risk pool, traditional Medicare insurance.Read more
Board member Donna Smith believes in building a better healthcare system in the United States, but not at the expense of the poor. Taxing the poor simply is not the way to improve our healthcare system or our focus on public health.