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Health Law Opponents Appeal Recent Medicare Ruling On Opting Out

News outlets detail a recent Medicare ruling as well as a status report on Medicare drug discounts.

The Hill: Reform Opponents Say Recent Medicare Ruling Cause For Concern
Opponents of the health care reform law are appealing a federal judge's ruling that seniors cannot opt out of a Medicare program without losing their Social Security benefits (Millman, 3/21).

Kaiser Health News: HHS Says 48,000 Have Used Medicare Drug Discounts This Year
The health care law's discount on brand-name drugs for some Medicare beneficiaries has been used by 48,000 people who saved a combined $38 millionĀ - $800 on averageĀ - through the first two months of this year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (Carey, 3/22).

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