Medicare

Medicare will pay for new cancer therapy

Test tubes arranged on a table in a federal lab.
Test tubes at a federal lab studying CAR-T. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Medicare is proposing to cover the new cancer treatment, known as CAR-T, that helps patients fight the disease with their own immune cells.

Yes, but: This doesn't address how much Medicare will pay. Cancer hospitals are lobbying for higher payments after Medicare said earlier this year it would pay $223,000 for the average inpatient treatment.

Congress stumps for Medicare Advantage plans

The Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
Medicare Advantage is getting more popular on Capitol Hill. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Almost 70% of Congress signed onto new letters backing Medicare Advantage, the growing alternative to traditional Medicare that collects $250 billion of taxpayer funding.

The bottom line: In what has become an annual tradition, members of Congress praised Medicare Advantage plans' out-of-pocket caps and vision benefits — but did not mention the program's tradeoffs and concerns, like narrower networks of doctors and the controversial billing practices that have led to inflated payments.

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