Hawley wants to protect Social Security and Medicare from the debt ceiling

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, is joined from the left by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. Scott Applewhite Associated Press file photo Washington Sen. Josh Hawley introduced a bill Wednesday to prevent Congress from using Social Security and Medicare as a tool in negotiations over the debt ceiling, as some members of his party have talked about … Read more

Newsroom: UT Southwestern study finds liver cancer treatment costly for Medicare patients

Liver cancer is expected to be the third leading cause of cancer deaths by 2040, said Dr. Amit Singhal and colleagues. Cancer treatment costs in the US are expected to approach $250 billion by 2030 (Image credit: Getty Images) DALLAS — January 30, 2023 — Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer, … Read more

International students have required upfront payment prior to emergency treatment in Queensland hospitals

International students recalled the frightening and stressful experience of being asked to pay hundreds of dollars upfront before treatment in the emergency departments of Queensland Public Hospitals. It has prompted advocates to call for a change in the hospital’s policy for billing students’ health insurance directly. the main points: International students are not eligible for … Read more

Rural Colorado residents get Medicare assistance from the state’s program

In parts of rural Colorado, where cattle and antelope often outnumber people, doctors are few and far between. To help bridge this gap in health care coverage, the federal government began a program more than five decades ago that serves rural residents, one free screening at a time. The Colorado Area Health Education Center is … Read more

As the United States grapples with the debt ceiling, Medicare becomes a bargaining chip

While repealing the Affordable Care Act appears to have fallen off Congressional Republicans’ to-do list for 2023, plans to cut Medicare and Medicaid are back. The GOP wants Democrats to agree to cut spending on both programs in exchange for a vote to prevent the government from defaulting on its debt. Meanwhile, the nation’s healthcare … Read more

A debt ceiling battle looms over Medicare, Medicaid

Illustration: Sarah Grillo / Axios House Republicans don’t have much way to pass major health care changes with a Senate Democrat and the president, with one possible exception: fighting the debt ceiling. why does it matter: It’s not clear what spending cuts House Republicans will pay for expanding the government’s borrowing authority later this year … Read more