The CMS announced Friday that Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles for 2018 will be the same as last year, but monthly premiums for Medicare Part A will rise by $9 to $422, while the deductible for hospitalization will increase by $24 to $1,340. The standard monthly Part B premium for seniors earning $85,000 or below will remain at $134 with a $183 deductible, but some beneficiaries have been paying less because of several years of little or no Social Security cost-of-living raise, so those seniors will pay more as Social Security checks rise.
A report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics showed that 28.8 million Americans had no health insurance in the first half of 2017, statistically unchanged from 28.6 million in the same period a year before, but 19.8 million lower than in 2010. The percentage of people under the age of 65 who enrolled in high-deductible plans rose to 42.9% this year from 39.4% a year before, according to the report.
PCI and the Florida-based Dnt txt n drV Foundation are calling on lawmakers to tighten up distracted driving laws and also are reminding drivers to put their phones down at the wheel. "In 2018, we are asking Florida lawmakers to pass a bill that will make texting while driving a primary offense," writes PCI's Logan McFaddin.
The family of a 5-year-old boy who died at the rotating Sun Dial Restaurant in Atlanta in April has filed a lawsuit against the restaurant, the hotel that owns it and contractors involved in the building and renovation of the premises. The child became trapped between a moving wall and a booth, and the family says a design flaw is to blame.
About 800,000 Honda Odyssey minivans from 2011 to 2017 are subject to a safety recall after a passenger seat fault was identified in 46 injuries. The recall comes just months after Honda paid a $484 million settlement relating to faulty Takata airbag inflators in its vehicles, about 20 million of which had not yet been fixed as of mid-September.
US regulators are looking into reports that a Volkswagen recall has not been effective in fixing an electrical fault that could prevent airbags from inflating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports receiving 90 complaints of wiring failure after recall repairs have been completed.
Two small tornadoes with wind speeds of 100 mph or more hit parts of Tennessee Saturday, the National Weather Service has confirmed. Homes and structures were badly damaged by the storms, which also brought down trees and power lines.
The White House has appealed to Congress for $44 billion in disaster aid, but the package does not include money to rebuild California communities damaged by recent wildfires. Instead, the proposal asks for tax relief on behalf of those affected by the disaster.
More people qualify for free or low-cost Affordable Care Act health insurance this year, a factor that could boost enrollment. Analysts say the phenomenon is due to President Donald Trump's decision to end cost-sharing payments to insurers, which caused premiums to go up for people with modest incomes but also increased the amount of government subsidies available to low-income people.
The latest annual report from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. shows its multiemployer plan insurance deficit grew from $58.8 billion at the end of fiscal 2016 to $65.1 billion at the end of fiscal 2017. The PBGC's single-employer insurance program fared much better, nearly cutting its deficit in half.