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As Congress grapples with immigration reform, questions are arising about the impact new Americans and legal residents could have on U.S. social programs, among them the health care system.

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It’s a Medicare reform idea that seems pretty straightforward, and for proponents on both sides of the political aisle, a fair-minded approach to solving the entitlement program’s funding woes -- make more financially well-heeled Medicare beneficiaries foot more of the bill for their care....

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As the deficit reduction discussions heat up again in Congress, Medicare will certainly come under the microscope. What happens to the federal program could impact President Obama's legacy as it relates to Medicare.

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Some problems can arise when journalists report on their own health care. But first-person health care stories, when done right, can deliver a valuable public service.

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Annually, Medicare pays about $6 million for telehealth services, according to the IOM. In comparison, Medicare paid over $3 billion to providers participating in Electronic Health Record incentive programs from 2011 to 2012.

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Sophia, 44, works up to 40 hours per week at a Mexican restaurant in Gurnee, Ill., making $10 an hour. With every paycheck, she said, $136 goes to payroll taxes, $62 of which goes to Social Security and Medicare. But as an undocumented immigrant, she will never receive those entitlements.

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If you cover health and aren’t writing about the impact the aging population has on a nation’s fiscal, as well as physical, well-being, you could be missing some good stories.

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In Latino households, where family is a priority and multiple generations live under one roof, children face unique challenges in providing care for their aging relatives.

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Among the many embattled parts of Medicare's reimbursement system, doctor payments have been perhaps the most contentious. Once again, the battle's heating up.

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As Congress considers Medicare cuts during fiscal cliff negotiations, we review Trudy Lieberman's great tips for covering Medicare in your community.

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