NY Times: Burwell Wins Confirmation as Secretary of Health

Sylvia Mathews Burwell testified before the Senate in May. Credit Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

By ROBERT PEAR    Sylvia Mathews Burwell testified before the Senate in May. CreditGabriella Demczuk/The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday confirmed the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be secretary of health and human services, which will make her responsible for delivering health insurance to more than one-third of all Americans. Ms. Burwell was confirmed … Continue reading

NY Times: Younger Turn for a Graying Nation

3 of 9Adult Day Health Care dilemma Trinidad Contreras is a fixture at Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care facility in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Due to budget cuts, the state declared Contreras no longer eligible for benefits, but Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care is continuing to let him participate in its programs without getting reimbursed while he appeals. He spends the hours between about 10 am and 2 pm playing dominos, walking the courtyard and tending the small garden boxes. (Dan Honda/Staff)

THERE are now more young adults than there are baby boomers. From 1947 through 2010, the largest single age group in the United States was born sometime in the 18 years after the end of World War II. In 1947, that was zero years old — babies who had not yet celebrated their first birthday. … Continue reading

NY Times: Phone Swindlers Tap Into Fear and a Sense of Duty

By ELIZABETH OLSON BEFORE Betty Bell, 88, even got out of bed, the telephone jolted her awake at 7 a.m. The male voice on the line said that a police officer was coming to arrest her for shirking her civic duty. “He told me he was from the courthouse and I had been called for jury … Continue reading

NY Times: Forecast Cut on Spending for Health

By ROBERT PEAR WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office has reduced by one-third its estimate of how much more states will spend on Medicaid in the coming decade because of the Affordable Care Act. In early February, the budget office estimated that state spending on Medicaid and a related program for children would be $70 billion higher from 2015 to … Continue reading

NY Times: Looking at Costs and Risks, Many Skip Health Insurance

By ABBY GOODNOUGH  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Steve Huber, an affable salesman who is still paying off an unexpected medical bill, was not among the millions of Americans who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during the enrollment period that ended March 31. After seeing television ads for Kentucky’s new online insurance marketplace, Mr. Huber, … Continue reading

NY Times: Study Finds Sicklier Enrollees in Earliest Stage of Health Law

By KATIE THOMAS People who signed up early for insurance through the new marketplaces were more likely to be prescribed drugs to treat pain, depression and H.I.V. and were less likely to need contraceptives, according to a new study that provides a much-anticipated look at the population that signed up for coverage under the new health … Continue reading

NY Times: Medicare to Share Information on Pay for Physicians

By REED ABELSON Medicare said on Wednesday that it planned to make available to consumers and others detailed information on what it pays individual physicians as soon as next week, despite the long-term resistance by the American Medical Association and other groups. The information will include data on the $77 billion paid by Medicare in 2012 to … Continue reading

NY Times: As Living Standards Fall for Seniors, Some See Signs of ‘Silver Revolution’

By DAVID WALLIS   Community activist Ann A. Stewart, seated, attends a Massachusetts Senior Action Council chapter meeting. Ms. Stewart, 89, was arrested in Boston for participating in a street protest over the doubling of fares for a local paratransit service. CreditMylan Cannon/The New York Times BEFORE Boston police detained Ann A. Stewart last August, she had … Continue reading

NY Times: White House Withdraws Plan Allowing Limits to Medicare Coverage for Some Drugs

By ROBERT PEAR WASHINGTON — Under pressure from patients, pharmaceutical companies and members of Congress from both parties, the Obama administration on Monday withdrew a proposal that would have allowed insurers to limitMedicare coverage for certain classes of drugs, including those used to treatdepression and schizophrenia. Medicare officials had said the proposal would have saved money and reduced the … Continue reading

NY Times: Study Finds Limited Benefit to Some ‘Medical Homes’

By ANN CARRNS You may have heard the term “medical home” to describe a way of organizing doctors’ practices to provide more comprehensive, less costly, patient-friendly treatment. Insurance companies often offer more money to practices that become recognized as medical homes, which use a team approach to coordinate care. States are even looking to medical homes … Continue reading

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