Jan. 28, 2022

Medicare, FDA, and You

Medicare, FDA, and You

Congress is quiet on health policies this week, but the federal health agencies are making noise. Terry and Dr. Bob cover the controversy over CMS’ proposed coverage decision for a new Alzheimer’s treatment. And learn about the FDA’s decision to make hearing aids more accessible. 

Plus, Medicare receives scrutiny over not reimbursing at-home tests for seniors. And when it comes to COVID treatments, high demand and low supply present new challenges in the fight for health equity. 

And hear from psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patient advocate Diane Talbert, who previews an upcoming collaboration to create a community space for patients with psoriatic arthritis. 

Hosts: 

Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob,” Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent

Guests: 

Dr. Joel Zinberg, MD, Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Diane Talbert, Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Patient Advocate

Jenny Jones, Patient Correspondent

Links: 

Build Back Better Act 

Public Health and American Well-Being - Paragon Institute

The Alzheimer's Death Panel - WSJ

Attorney General John Formella Urges FDA to Preserve State Regulation of Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

Seniors are at high risk of COVID, but Medicare Doesn’t Pay for Rapid Tests

Race as a factor in COVID treatments

Opinion: New York’s racial ‘risk factor’ for COVID treatment is illegal and immoral

The newest pandemic wedge issue: Sotrovimab

How Sesame Street is Handling the Pandemic

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