Should seniors with Medigap supplements that provide "first dollar coverage" be required to pay more up-front? Should Medicare continue to pay for services based on medical necessity, or should the government change to a system "based on evidence of the value of services?"
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"Tough Choices" — Payroll Tax Cut For Illegals Or Notch Reform?
The decision to extend the temporary 2% payroll tax cut through December 31st of this year was tough because the Social Security Trust Fund is in deficit and paying out more in benefits than cash revenues coming in. The tax cut makes that deficit worse and the federal government must make up the difference by borrowing the money that's needed to pay the benefits.
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Social Security and Medicare Questions
Q: Recently I visited a specialist to determine the cause of a chronic cough. As I was checking out, I learned that the doctor wanted me to undergo a series of high-tech tests that I followed through with. Medicare denied coverage for one of the most expensive tests. Now I have a bill for almost $1,045 that I can't pay. What should I do? I have a Medigap plan.
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