Senior citizens

Seniors struggle to afford health care

Reproduced from Kaiser Family Foundation; Note: Costs do not include premiums; Chart: Axios Visuals

More than half of Medicare beneficiaries with a serious illness have struggled to afford a medical bill, and some beneficiaries with chronic conditions pay an astronomical amount out of pocket for their care, two new studies find.

Why it matters: Medicare is supposed to be a safety net for America's seniors, but its lack of a cap on what beneficiaries pay out-of-pocket — and the fact that it doesn't cover some benefits — leads to many seniors falling through the cracks.

Telemedicine has enabled new forms of Medicaid fraud

A man measures his vitals and sends the data electronically to nurses.
A man measures his vitals and sends the data electronically to nurses. Photo: Brianna Soukup/Portland Portland Press Herald/Getty Images

The expansion of telemedicine has enabled new forms of Medicare fraud, NPR reports with Kaiser Health News.

Yes, but: It's also given seniors more access to care, and some experts worry that the fraud could lead to slower adoption of telehealth by federal programs.