Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is coming back to Baltimore next week to campaign for Ben Jealous and push his mission of universal health care.
Medicare enrollment for 2018 has officially opened, and it’s time to decide to enroll, change your current plan, or make the switch to a Medicare Advantage plan, a healthcare plan offered by private companies contracted with Medicare to provide Part A and B benefits.
After much delay, longtime Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings got the opportunity to meet face-to-face with President Donald Trump yesterday.
Are you confused by the prospect of entering Medicare, or changing your current plan?
Coming Out about Parkinson’s: Public Health Visionary Peter Beilenson on Ambition, Obamacare, and What We Can Learn from “The Wire”
Dr. Peter Beilenson — the high-profile Howard County health officer — prefers to keep his personal life out of the press. When he announced publicly his Parkinson’s diagnosis last month, he did it for one reason: to support Obamacare. Diagnosed five years ago, Beilenson, 52, made public his health status the same day the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the central provisions of Obama’s federal health care overhaul.
“I disclosed it because I was so disgusted by the right wing’s constant vilification of the uninsured as ‘getting the poor health they deserve,’ and wanted to make the point that I have Parkinson’s but am fine — because I have insurance,” Beilenson says.
Health care reform and cuts to Medicaid and Medicare have really hit — wait for it — doctors hard. Physicians are probably not the first people you think of struggling from cuts to social programs, but with a little imagination it’s not hard to see how their practices could be adversely affected.
The major issue is that Medicare and Medicaid have been paying out less in reimbursements to physicians. A large percentage of physicians say they lose money treating patients on Medicare or Medicaid, and 40 percent plan to “drop out of patient care in [the] next one to three years in response to reform.” It’s already caused many doctors to either restrict the number of Medicare/Medicaid patients they accept or sell their practices.
What does a less profitable medical profession mean for us here in Hopkinsville, I mean, Baltimore?