Medicare, Medicaid cuts as part of debt ceiling package; Medicare enrollees have trouble paying medical bills;

> The Obama administration offers cuts to Medicare and Medicaid as part of debt ceiling package, reports the New York Times. Article

> Highmark is spending $475 million to acquire West Penn Allegheny Health System, a failing Pennsylvania hospital chain, reports FierceHealthPayer. Article

> Many Medicare beneficiaries face challenges paying their medical bills, according to researchers from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Study

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