Beware the Consequences of Government Setting Health Prices

Prescription drug spending in 2019 was less than 10 percent of the nation’s $3.8 trillion health-care spending. But high drug prices clearly are low-hanging fruit when it comes to eye-dropping examples of how health-care companies exploit U.S. consumers. The latest exhibit was last week’s…

Health Care is a Team Sport

Consider health care a team sport—your health and care may impact you the most, but there are people out there who can help and advocate for you. Everyone needs help, especially when facing a serious disease or medical crisis. For this reason, you should establish a health posse: a few people in your…

Haven Failure a Reminder of Health Reform Pitfalls

Lost amid last week’s existential threat to democracy was the announcement that Haven, the heavily hyped 2018 health care startup, would be ceasing operations. Nearly three years ago, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced they would build an independent health company to explore…

Pandemic Changes the Game for Aging in Place

Older people, especially those at highest risk for infection by COVID-19, have pretty much stayed in their homes if they could for the past nine months. The friendly phrase for this is sheltering in place. The reality for many, however, is that our homes can also become prisons. This is especially…

Is There Too Much Choice in Medicare Insurance?

Today marks the end of another annual open enrollment season for Medicare. Open enrollment provides existing beneficiaries the chance to explore all available private Medicare insurance plans that will be offered in 2021. They can look at their existing plans and decide if changed circumstances – either…

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How to Battle Pandemic Winter Blues

Good news seems in short supply these days, so when I find some, I like to pass it along. Older people, it turns out, are more resistant to mental stress and depression than younger age groups. As winter approaches with alarming COVID-19 case counts and lockdown protocols, resistance to stress and depression…