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District Court Holds that Custodial FBI Investigation on Arrest for Nontax Crime Producing Tax Crime Information Not in Charges Originally Made Did Not Violate Rights (10/31/21)

In United States v. Lieber, No. 1:20-CR-10111-RWZ, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 197575 (D. Mass. Oct. 13, 2021), CL opinion here and docket entries here, the Court denied the defendant’s motion to suppress statements made during a custodial interview by FBI agents after his arrest on the initial indictment charging nontax crimes.  I previously wrote on […]

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Russian Bank Founder Sentenced for Crimes Related to Expatriation to Avoid Tax (10/30/21)

I recently wrote on the plea deal for Oleg Tinkov for evading tax on renouncing his citizenship.  See Plea Deal with Russian Bank Founder for Tax Perjury Requiring Payment of More than $500 Million (Federal Tax Crimes Blog 10/2/21), here.  Tinkov has been sentenced consistent with the plea deal.  See DOJ Tax Press Release titled […]

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Journalists Explore Shadow Pandemics of Hospital Violence and Grieving Children

KHN Midwest correspondent Bram Sable-Smith discussed how the pandemic has exacerbated violence in hospitals on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Morning Show” on Wednesday. KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner discussed Medicare provisions in the Democrats’ budget bill on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” on Monday. KHN senior correspondent JoNel Aleccia discussed the impact of covid-19 […]

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If Congress Adds Dental Coverage to Medicare, Should All Seniors Get It?

William Stork needs a tooth out. That’s what the 71-year-old retired truck driver’s dentist told him during a recent checkup. That kind of extraction requires an oral surgeon, which could cost him around $1,000 because, like most seniors, Stork does not have dental insurance, and Medicare won’t cover his dental bills. Between Social Security and […]

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Texas Abortion Law Gets Speedy High-Court Hearing Monday

The Supreme Court on Nov. 1 will hear oral arguments challenging the constitutionality of a new Texas abortion law — just days after agreeing to hear the case. That’s just one of many unusual things about the Texas law, which halted almost all abortions in the nation’s second-most populous state. The court plans to hear […]

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Democrats’ Plans to Expand Medicare Benefits May Pinch Advantage Plans’ Funding

“Did you think we wouldn’t notice?” an older woman says, speaking into the camera. “You thought you could sneak this through?” an older man later adds. Others warn that Washington is “messing with” their Medicare Advantage health coverage and trying to raise their premiums. But the television ad, paid for by Better Medicare Alliance, a […]

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How Billing Turns a Routine Birth Into a High-Cost Emergency

Caitlin Wells Salerno knew that some mammals — like the golden-mantled ground squirrels she studies in the Rocky Mountains — invest an insane amount of resources in their young. That didn’t prepare her for the resources the conservation biologist would owe after the birth of her second son. Wells Salerno went into labor on the […]

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Analysis: A Procedure That Cost $1,775 in New York Was $350 in Maryland. Here’s Why.

For the past 18 months, while I was undergoing intensive physical therapy and many neurological tests after a complicated head injury, my friends would point to a silver lining: “Now you’ll be able to write about your own bills.” After all, I’d spent the past decade as a journalist covering the often-bankrupting cost of U.S. […]

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3 States Limit Nursing Home Profits in Bid to Improve Care

Nursing homes receive billions of taxpayers’ dollars every year to care for chronically ill frail elders, but until now, there was no guarantee that’s how the money would be spent. Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York are taking unprecedented steps to ensure they get what they pay for, after the devastating impact of covid-19 exposed […]

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“Este es el último pañal que me queda”: la ansiedad de ser padres en la pobreza

Para los padres que viven en la pobreza, la “matemática del pañal” es un cálculo diario, apremiante y angustiante, con el que están familiarizados. En los Estados Unidos, los bebés usan de seis a 10 pañales desechables al día, a un costo promedio de $70 a $80 al mes. Los pañales de marca con alta […]