When Nancy Met Johnny

collins circular thumbStandard v2 When Nancy Met JohnnyWhen it comes to the ways of Washington, when should our elected representatives just make it happen?

When Nancy Met Johnny

collins circular thumbStandard v2 When Nancy Met JohnnyWhen it comes to the ways of Washington, when should our elected representatives just make it happen?

Increased Military Spending Wins Out After Dueling Budget Votes in House

26CONG thumbStandard Increased Military Spending Wins Out After Dueling Budget Votes in HouseRepublicans framed the debate around the imperative to shrink the government’s reach, balance the budget and begin to pay down the federal debt — without raising taxes.

House Leaders Confident of Passing Medicare Bill

The Congressional Budget Office released figures showing that the sweeping changes could add more than $140 billion to federal budget deficits in the coming decade.

Bipartisan Deal on Health Care Issues Hits a Snag Among Senate Democrats

25CONG1 thumbStandard Bipartisan Deal on Health Care Issues Hits a Snag Among Senate DemocratsSenator Harry Reid of Nevada and other Democrats have begun to undermine what was poised to be a sweeping bipartisan solution to several policy problems that have long vexed Congress.

Hospitals Are Wrong About Shifting Costs to Private Insurers

24up shifting thumbStandard Hospitals Are Wrong About Shifting Costs to Private InsurersReducing or containing Medicare and Medicaid prices can put downward pressure on the prices hospitals can charge to all customers.

Congress to Weigh a Plan to Protect Medicare Fees and Children’s Insurance

23health thumbStandard Congress to Weigh a Plan to Protect Medicare Fees and Children’s InsuranceA deal to protect fees of doctors for treating Medicare beneficiaries was negotiated by Speaker John A. Boehner and the House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi.

Where the Republican Budget Plan Meets Reality on Health Care

18UP Budget thumbStandard Where the Republican Budget Plan Meets Reality on Health CareRepealing Obamacare is much more complicated than cutting its spending programs, and the plan uses vague accounting to justify its claims.

House Republican Budget Overhauls Medicare and Repeals the Health Law

The Republicans’ proposed budget partly privatizes Medicare, turns Medicaid into block grants to the states, repeals the Affordable Care Act and reaches balance in 10 years.

House Republican Budget Overhauls Medicare and Repeals the Health Law

House Republicans on Tuesday will unveil a proposed budget for 2016 that partly privatizes Medicare, turns Medicaid into block grants to the states, repeals the Affordable Care Act and reaches balance in 10 years.

In Forecasting Health Costs, Let Technology Be Your Guide

10UP Health thumbStandard In Forecasting Health Costs, Let Technology Be Your GuideThe ability to sustain lower growth in costs will depend in large part on how investments in health care technology are encouraged.

After First Budget Measure, Fissures Show in Republican Caucus

00cong web01 thumbStandard After First Budget Measure, Fissures Show in Republican CaucusPay cuts for Medicare physicians, the highway trust fund and the federal Export-Import Bank are among the budget measures that a Republican-controlled Congress will be faced with passing this year.

Psychiatric Drug Overuse Is Cited by Federal Study

Investigators are recommending that Medicare officials take immediate action to reduce unnecessary prescriptions to older Americans with dementia.

L.B.J. and Truman: The Bond That Helped Forge Medicare

01UP Beschloss thumbStandard L.B.J. and Truman: The Bond That Helped Forge MedicareLyndon Johnson admired Harry Truman and identified with his political career, his treatment by historians and his relationship with the public.

Government Will Change How it Rates Nursing Homes

The changes are part of a further effort to improve nursing home ratings by raising the bar to achieving a high score in the quality measures area.