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Hit by the Fine Print: Three Ways the Debt Deal Could Hurt Seniors on Medicare


Medicare turned 46 last week, but instead of celebrating its major accomplishment ' keeping millions of older Americans healthy ' it finds itself under siege. The program appears to have squeaked through unscathed in the debt deal, but changes are likely to surface when the new bipartisan committee tasked with finding an additional $1.5 trillion in cuts goes to work.

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Trudy Lieberman, a journalist for more than 40 years, is an adjunct associate professor of public health at Hunter College in New York City. She had a long career at Consumer Reports specializing in insurance, health care, health care financing and long-term care. She is a longtime contributor to the Columbia Journalism Review and blogs for its website,, about media coverage of health care, Social Security and retirement. As a William Ziff Fellow at the Center for Advancing Health, she contributes regularly to the Prepared Patient Blog. Follow her on twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.

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