Tag: medicare

Chris Graham: The forest for the trees

Mark Warner, once again, I’m right there with you, dude. “This problem cannot be solved simply by focusing on cuts to non-defense discretionary spending, which is only 12 percent of the budget. Increased revenues and economic growth by themselves will not get us there, either. That’s why we must have a grown-up discussion about spending […]


Tom Perriello: Permanent Medicare reimbursement fix

Last week, Congress took an important step to make sure that our senior citizens can continue to see their doctors for care by protecting the reimbursement rates for doctors who participate in the Medicare system. The House passed bipartisan legislation that blocks the 25 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors that could have gone […]


Ken Plum: Virginia’s Forgotten

Column by Ken Plum www.kenplum.com   We had a wind-up Victrola at home when I was growing up. It was a handed-down piece of furniture rather than a serious music-making machine. A few cranks on the handle on the side, lift the arm and put the needle in the beginning track on the 78 rpm […]


Augusta Health earns top grades

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Call Augusta Health the “little hospital that could.” Call it that because it’s one of 74 hospitals nationwide to win top awards for patient safety and clinical excellence from HealthGrades from among the more than 5,000 hospitals in the United States reviewed by the Golden, Colo.,-based organization.


Warner leads health-care cost-saving effort in Senate

   Staff Report www.warner.senate.gov A group of 11 freshman U.S. senators organized by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., are introducing today a package of amendments that will broaden and accelerate efforts to encourage innovation and lower costs for consumers across the U.S. health-care system. “The health-reform legislation now being considered by the Senate makes big strides […]


A simple solution on health-care reform

Column by Robert Dean Banta With all the details and sideline deal-making of the current health-care reform efforts it seems the answer of how to pay for health care must be much simpler than the tangled spaghetti Congress now twirls their forks around. In imagining what I want out of health-care reform I have come […]


Fifth District Report

Column by Tom Perriello Medicare is a critical part of our promise to our seniors and it must be protected. I want to clear up some misinformation about recent changes to Medicare and explain some recent victories for Virginia’s seniors that I have been working for in Congress relating to health-insurance and prescription-drug coverage. Recent […]


Another look at the Medicare Fair Drug Pricing Act

Column by Ken Johnson A recent op-ed in your paper (“Medicare Fair Drug Pricing Act,” Nov. 18 AFP) ignores the fact that America’s seniors are receiving unprecedented access to needed medicines at affordable costs through the Medicare prescription drug program. Medicare Part D has been a proven success for both seniors and taxpayers. Here are […]


Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009

– Virginia Politics: Bowerbank critical of Bolling on roads funding, Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. – Virginia Politics: Perriello staff adds stimulus liaison, Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. – Virginia Politics: Chamber of Commerce praises Perriello for work on stimulus, Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. – Sports: Evans named to Lieberman finalists list, Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. – Virginia Politics: Senate committee […]