PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 

U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 

18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Iowans Look for a ‘Treatment’ for Looming Medicare Crisis

November 28, 2007

Cedar Rapids, IA - If Congress doesn't "prescribe a treatment" in the next few weeks to stop scheduled Medicare payment cuts, Iowa patients could be left to feel the pain. A forum scheduled for Thursday in Cedar Rapids will discuss how to strengthen Medicare. Anthony Carroll with the Iowa American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) says the cutbacks could have a domino effect.

"Doctors are going to see these payments reduced, and that's going to limit the number of Medicare patients that they will see. Ultimately, that means less availability for Iowans to be treated by the doctor of their choice."

Carroll says Medicare patients also could see premiums go up even higher unless the cuts are stopped. The issue has been largely ignored so far by the presidential candidates in the state, he adds.

"It's an issue that hasn't gotten a lot of attention. This real crisis facing Medicare has gone under the radar."

He says AARP is urging the Senate to reduce excess payments to private Medicare Advantage insurance plans that are, on average, 12 percent more than traditional Medicare. The vast majority of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in traditional plans, which means they help pay for the more expensive private plans without receiving any of the benefits.

The Medicare forum will be held from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the Clarion Hotel, 525 33rd St. S.W.

Dick Layman/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - IA