Obamacare premiums likely to rise by 4.4% in 2016.

A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of ACA plans in major metropolitan areas in 11 states where data are available, including the District of Columbia, finds that preliminary 2016 premiums for benchmark silver plans grew modestly, but increased more sharply this year than last year. The average increase for benchmark plans across the cities is 4.4…

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The Future of Social Security – Social Security Board of Trustees Annual Report

By Kirk Larson Social Security Western Washington Public Affairs Specialist The Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds.  The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, one…

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CMS proposes changes to 'two midnight' rule

In recent years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) cracked down on hospitals for services rendered in a “medically-unnecessary setting,” that is the hospitals were choosing to admit patients as inpatients rather than under observation. CMS responded by penalizing hospitals who admitted patients who should have been under observation first. Hospitals reacted by…

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