Kaiser Permanente Leads Nation in Nine Effectiveness of Care Measures for Medicare

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2011 Health Innovation Summit 2586 by tedeytanAbout Kaiser Permanente Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We serve approximately 8.9 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.
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CBO Report Card: Poor Grades For Some Medicare Cost Cutting Efforts

The key factor associated with success in the demonstrations of value-based payments was the nature of the incentive offered to providers. The bundled-payment demonstration achieved savings for the Medicare program, but the demonstrations that paid bonuses to providers on the basis of their quality scores, estimated savings, or both, produced little or no savings. The estimated savings in the Heart Bypass demonstration were in the range of 5 percent to 10 percent for five of the seven hospitals and were about 20 percent for the other two. Those differences were attributable to variations in the discounts that hospitals and physicians were willing to offer Medicare in their bundled-payment rates, which depended on such factors as the competitiveness of the local markets and providers’ strategic business decisions.
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Medicare on Main Street: Heritage and Kaiser Detail Medicare Challenges

The precipitous declines in “better off” responses since the Kaiser poll first asked these questions is worth noting.  In September of 2009, 46 percent of respondents said seniors would be better under the (future) law.  Now?  Only 32 percent believe so; a 30 percent decline.  In August of 2009, 38 percent of respondents said the Medicare program would be better off under the (future) law.  Now?  Only 22 percent believe so; a 42 percent decline.  And even among the 37 percent of respondents who have a favorable opinion of the law (44 percent unfavorable), only 2 percent (0.74 percent overall) suggest helping seniors is the main reason for their favorable opinion of the law.
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Restructuring Medicare’s Benefit Design: Implications for Beneficiaries and Spending

Several deficit-reduction plans have proposed combining Medicare’s separate deductibles for hospital and physician services, standardizing cost sharing across types of benefits, and establishing a new limit on annual out-of-pocket costs for beneficiaries. A new Kaiser Family Foundation study examines the potential implications of proposals to revamp Medicare’s cost-sharing requirements as a way of reducing federal spending.   The analysis projects what would happen if Medicare’s current benefit design were replaced with a unified deductible of $550; 20 percent coinsurance on most Medicare-covered services; and a $5,500 annual limit on out-of-pocket spending.  This benefit structure is similar to a recommendation made by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Bowles-Simpson).   The Kaiser study shows that restructuring Medicare’s cost sharing is expected to raise costs for most beneficiaries but reduce spending for some of the sickest.  The study also illustrates how changes in out-of-pocket spending are greatly influenced by beneficiaries’ medical needs and supplemental coverage. The study also examines the expected impact of two variations of this proposal.  The first looks at a higher or lower out-of-pocket spending limit, and illustrates how raising the limit would increase beneficiary costs while reducing Medicare spending, while a lower limit would do just the opposite.  The second variation examines the effect of combining the alternative benefit design with restrictions on Medigap coverage, another frequently mentioned approach to achieving Medicare savings.  The study is authored by researchers from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Actuarial Research Corporation. It is one in a Kaiser Family Foundation series examining the effects of proposed Medicare changes on the program’s beneficiaries, the federal budget and other stakeholders, as part of the Kaiser Project on Medicare’s Future.
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Kaiser Permanente Medicare.Net

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The original Medicare program has two parts: Part A (Hospital Insurance), and Part B (Medical Insurance). Only a few special cases exist where prescription drugs are covered by original Medicare, but as of January 2006, Medicare Part D provides more comprehensive drug coverage. Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Medicare Part C, are another way for beneficiaries to receive their Part A, B and D benefits. All Medicare benefits are subject to medical necessity. Part A: Hospital Insurance Part A covers inpatient hospital stays (at least overnight), including semiprivate room, food, tests, and doctor’s fees. Part A covers brief stays for convalescence in a skilled nursing facility if certain criteria are met: 1. A preceding hospital stay must be at least three days, three midnights, not counting the discharge date. 2. The nursing home stay must be for something diagnosed during the hospital stay or for the main cause of hospital stay. 3. If the patient is not receiving rehabilitation but has some other ailment that requires skilled nursing supervision then the nursing home stay would be covered. 4. The care being rendered by the nursing home must be skilled. Medicare part A does not pay for custodial, non-skilled, or long-term care activities, including activities of daily living (ADL) such as personal hygiene, cooking, cleaning, etc. The maximum length of stay that Medicare Part A will cover in a skilled nursing facility per ailment is 100 days. The first 20 days would be paid for in full by Medicare with the remaining 80 days requiring a co-payment (as of 2009, $133.50 per day). Many insurance companies have a provision for skilled nursing care in the policies they sell. If a beneficiary uses some portion of their Part A benefit and then goes at least 60 days without receiving facility-based skilled services, the 100-day clock is reset and the person qualifies for a new 100-day benefit period. Part B: Medical Insurance Part B medical insurance helps pay for some services and products not covered by Part A, generally on an outpatient basis. Part B is optional and may be deferred if the beneficiary or their spouse is still actively working. There is a lifetime penalty (10% per year) imposed for not enrolling in Part B unless actively working. Part B coverage includes physician and nursing services, x-rays, laboratory and diagnostic tests, influenza and pneumonia vaccinations, blood transfusions, renal dialysis, outpatient hospital procedures, limited ambulance transportation, immunosuppressive drugs for organ transplant recipients, chemotherapy, hormonal treatments such as Lupron, and other outpatient medical treatments administered in a doctor’s office. Medication administration is covered under Part B only if it is administered by the physician during an office visit. Part B also helps with durable medical equipment (DME), including canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and mobility scooters for those with mobility impairments. Prosthetic devices such as artificial limbs and breast prosthesis following mastectomy, as well as one pair of eyeglasses following cataract surgery, and oxygen for home use is also covered. Complex rules are used to manage the benefit, and advisories are periodically issued which describe coverage criteria. On the national level these advisories are issued by CMS, and are known as National Coverage Determinations (NCD). Local Coverage Determinations (LCD) only apply within the multi-state area managed by a specific regional Medicare Part B contractor, and Local Medical Review Policies (LMRP) were superseded by LCDs in 2003. Coverage information is also located in the CMS Internet-Only Manuals (IOM), the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), the Social Security Act, and the Federal Register. Part C: Medicare Advantage plans With the passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Medicare beneficiaries were given the option to receive their Medicare benefits through private health insurance plans, instead of through the original Medicare plan (Parts A and B). These programs were known as “Medicare+Choice” or “Part C” plans. Pursuant to the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, “Medicare+Choice” plans were made more attractive to Medicare beneficiaries by the addition of prescription drug coverage and became known as “Medicare Advantage” (MA) plans. Traditional or “fee-for-service” Medicare has a standard benefit package that covers medically necessary care members can receive from nearly any hospital or doctor in the country. For people who choose to enroll in a Medicare Advantage health plan, Medicare pays the private health plan a capitated rate, or a set amount, every month for each member. Members typically also pay a monthly premium in addition to the Medicare Part B premium to cover items not covered by traditional Medicare (Parts A & B), such as prescription drugs, dental care, vision care and gym or health club memberships. In exchange for these extra benefits, enrollees may be limited in the providers they can receive services from without paying extra. Typically, the plans have a “network” of providers that patients can use. Going outside that network may require permission or extra fees. Medicare Advantage plans are required to offer coverage that meets or exceeds the standards set by the original Medicare program, but they do not have to cover every benefit in the same way. If a plan chooses to pay less than Medicare for some benefits, like skilled nursing facility care, the savings may be passed along to consumers by offering lower copayments for doctor visits. Medicare Advantage plans use a portion of the payments they receive from the government for each enrollee to offer supplemental benefits. Some plans limit their members’ annual out-of-pocket spending on medical care, providing insurance against catastrophic costs over $5,000, for example. Many plans offer dental coverage, vision coverage and other services not covered by Medicare Parts A or B, which makes them a good value for the health care dollar, if you want to use the provider included in the plan’s network or “panel” of providers. Because the 2003 payment formulas overpay plans by 12 percent or more compared to traditional Medicare,[11] in 2006 enrollees in Medicare Advantage Private Fee-for-Service plans were offered a net extra benefit value (the value of the additional benefits minus any additional premium) of $55.92 a month more than the traditional Medicare benefit package; enrollees in other Medicare Advantage plans were offered a net extra benefit value of $71.22 a month more.[12] However, Medicare Advantage members receive additional coverage and medical benefits not enjoyed by traditional Medicare members, and savings generated by Medicare Advantage plans may be passed on to beneficiaries to lower their overall health care costs.[10] Other important distinctions between Medicare Advantage and traditional Medicare are that Medicare Advantage health plans encourage preventive care and wellness and closely coordinate patient care.[13] Medicare Advantage Plans that also include Part D prescription drug benefits are known as a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan or a MA-PD. Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans grew from 5.4 million in 2005 to 8.2 million in 2007. Enrollment grew by an additional 800,000 during the first four months of 2008. This represents 19% of Medicare beneficiaries. A third of beneficiaries with Part D coverage are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare Advantage enrollment is higher in urban areas; the enrollment rate in urban counties is twice that in rural counties (22% vs. 10%). Almost all Medicare beneficiaries have access to at least two Medicare Advantage plans; most have access to three or more. Because of the 2003 law’s overpayments, the number of organizations offering Fee-for-Service plans has increased dramatically, from 11 in 2006 to almost 50 in 2008. Eight out of ten beneficiaries (82%) now have access to six or more Private Fee-for-Service plans.[14] Each year many individuals disenroll from MA plans. A recent study noted that about 20 percent of enrollees report that “their most important reason for leaving was due to problems getting care.”[15] There is some evidence that disabled beneficiaries “are more likely to experience multiple problems in managed care.”[16] Some studies have reported that the older, poorer, and sicker persons have been less satisfied with the care they have received in MA plans.[17] On the other hand, an analysis of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality data published by America’s Health Insurance Plans found that Medicare Advantage enrollees spent fewer days in the hospital than Fee-for-Service enrollees, were less likely to have “potentially avoidable” admissions, and had fewer re-admissions. These comparisons adjusted for age, sex and health status using the risk score used in the Medicare Advantage risk adjustment mechanism.[18][19] In December 2009 the Kaiser Family Foundation published a report that rated Medicare Advantage organizations on a five star scale. The ratings were based on data from CMS, the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS), Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) data, and the Health Outcomes Survey (HOS). New plans did not receive ratings, because data were not available. Almost six out of ten (59%) of MA plans did receive ratings, and these plans represented 85% of the enrollment for 2009. The average rating was 3.29 stars. Twenty-three percent of enrollees were in a plan with four or more stars; 20% were in a plan with fewer than three stars.[20] Twenty percent of African-American and 32 percent of Hispanic Medicare Beneficiaries were enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2006. Almost half (48%) of Medicare Advantage enrollees had incomes below $20,000, including 71% of minority enrollees.[21] Others have reported that minority enrollment is not particularly above average.[22] Another study has raised questions about the quality of care received by minorities in MA plans.[23] The Government Accountability Office reported that in 2006, the plans earned profits of 6.6 percent, had overhead (sales, etc.) of 10.1 percent, and provided 83.3 percent of the revenue dollar in medical benefits. These administrative costs are far higher than traditional fee-for-service Medicare.[24] [edit] Part D: Prescription Drug plans Main articles: Medicare Part D and Medicare Part D coverage gap Medicare Part D went into effect on January 1, 2006. Anyone with Part A or B is eligible for Part D. It was made possible by the passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act. In order to receive this benefit, a person with Medicare must enroll in a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) or Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage (MA-PD). These plans are approved and regulated by the Medicare program, but are actually designed and administered by private health insurance companies. Unlike Original Medicare (Part A and B), Part D coverage is not standardized. Plans choose which drugs (or even classes of drugs) they wish to cover, at what level (or tier) they wish to cover it, and are free to choose not to cover some drugs at all. The exception to this is drugs that Medicare specifically excludes from coverage, including but not limited to benzodiazepines, cough suppressant and barbiturates. Plans that cover excluded drugs are not allowed to pass those costs on to Medicare, and plans are required to repay CMS if they are found to have billed Medicare in these cases. It should be noted again for beneficiaries who are dual-eligible (Medicare and Medicaid eligible) Medicaid may pay for drugs not covered by part D of Medicare, such as benzodiazepines, and other restricted controlled substances.
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Wyden And Ryan Join Forces On New Approach To Overhaul Medicare

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Supplement

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For all those in need to have of excellent insurance plan Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida has quite a few strategies obtainable. They have practically 300 programs that one can select from. Certified agents will operate with you to ascertain your requires and individuals of your household. They will then figure out what you can spend comfortably and what restrictions or exclusive demands you could have due to age or sickness. Once this is established they will perform diligently to obtain the ideal method that will in shape your needs in every single way probable. Because of their various resources and quite a few method alternatives they can reach much in the way of compromise in earning a program precisely what you and your relatives need for a price tag you can manage. Source: worldvillage.com
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Medicare Supplement Plans

With a large variety of plans to choose from, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. In fact, there are low cost sharing plans for those who are interested in keeping their premiums low, plans that cover your health care costs should you be injured while traveling overseas, plans that pay the excess charges above and beyond what Medicare will pay and even plans that eliminate all of your out-of-pocket expenses, taking the stress out of paying for health care. In our state, Plan F is the most popular because it completely eliminates all deductibles, copays and coinsurance. With Plan F from BCBS of Texas, you get the most peace of mind because you never have to pay a dime to visit your doctor and the deductible is taken care of.
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Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Complement

There are already round one hundred million people who are insured by this company, lots of whom dwell in Texas. Whether or not you might be looking for commonplace Medicare coverage or Blue Cross Blue Defend of Texas Medicare supplement plans, you could be feeling very confused about your selection. BCBS of TX understands the confusing nature of insurance and Medicare in particular. That is why they have put collectively an enlightening info packet to make sure you have all of your questions answered before you sign up for anything. This will likely be vital to make sure that you choose the fitting supplementary plan for you.
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Medicare Supplemental Insurance

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Supplement

For all those in need to have of excellent insurance plan Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida has quite a few strategies obtainable. They have practically 300 programs that one can select from. Certified agents will operate with you to ascertain your requires and individuals of your household. They will then figure out what you can spend comfortably and what restrictions or exclusive demands you could have due to age or sickness. Once this is established they will perform diligently to obtain the ideal method that will in shape your needs in every single way probable. Because of their various resources and quite a few method alternatives they can reach much in the way of compromise in earning a program precisely what you and your relatives need for a price tag you can manage.
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Blue Cross Blue Protect Medicare Supplement

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Supplement

There are already around 100 million people who are insured by this company, many of whom live in Texas. Whether you are looking for standard Medicare coverage or Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Medicare supplement plans, you may be feeling very confused about your selection. BCBS of TX understands the confusing nature of insurance and Medicare in particular. That is why they have put together an enlightening information packet to ensure you have all your questions answered before you sign up for anything. This will be necessary to ensure that you pick the right supplementary plan for you.
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Update for Louisiana BCBS Members: Walgreens Has Left Express Scripts

Express Scripts is an independent company that serves as the pharmacy benefit manager for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and HMO Louisiana, Inc. Members who have Express Scripts pharmacy benefits have the Express Scripts logo on their member ID card.  Those members will be receiving notification from BCBSLA that since Walgreens has left Express Scripts, Walgreens is no longer a network pharmacy for them.  This web page has more information on the change and how it will affect members:
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Medicare insurance Advantage Compared to Original Medicare insurance

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TWO YEARS OF RUIN by SS&SSRon Wyden and additionally Paul Thomas (members about congress) contain proposed a brand new concept just for maintaining your immediate future viability about Medicare. The Coast areas, specially, rank extremely in ‘best location to retire’ surveys online and polls. The link to any Wall Highway Journal column that carries information on their arrange is offered below. A Medigap medicare supplement quotes include Medicare health insurance Prescription Illegal drug benefits. Consequently you will have to purchase another Part DEB plan (PDP) that is certain to add on your monthly selling price for medical care insurance.
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The original Medicare program has two parts: Part A (Hospital Insurance), and Part B (Medical Insurance). Only a few special cases exist where prescription drugs are covered by original Medicare, but as of January 2006, Medicare Part D provides more comprehensive drug coverage. Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Medicare Part C, are another way for beneficiaries to receive their Part A, B and D benefits. All Medicare benefits are subject to medical necessity. Part A: Hospital Insurance Part A covers inpatient hospital stays (at least overnight), including semiprivate room, food, tests, and doctor’s fees. Part A covers brief stays for convalescence in a skilled nursing facility if certain criteria are met: 1. A preceding hospital stay must be at least three days, three midnights, not counting the discharge date. 2. The nursing home stay must be for something diagnosed during the hospital stay or for the main cause of hospital stay. 3. If the patient is not receiving rehabilitation but has some other ailment that requires skilled nursing supervision then the nursing home stay would be covered. 4. The care being rendered by the nursing home must be skilled. Medicare part A does not pay for custodial, non-skilled, or long-term care activities, including activities of daily living (ADL) such as personal hygiene, cooking, cleaning, etc. The maximum length of stay that Medicare Part A will cover in a skilled nursing facility per ailment is 100 days. The first 20 days would be paid for in full by Medicare with the remaining 80 days requiring a co-payment (as of 2009, $133.50 per day). Many insurance companies have a provision for skilled nursing care in the policies they sell. If a beneficiary uses some portion of their Part A benefit and then goes at least 60 days without receiving facility-based skilled services, the 100-day clock is reset and the person qualifies for a new 100-day benefit period. Part B: Medical Insurance Part B medical insurance helps pay for some services and products not covered by Part A, generally on an outpatient basis. Part B is optional and may be deferred if the beneficiary or their spouse is still actively working. There is a lifetime penalty (10% per year) imposed for not enrolling in Part B unless actively working. Part B coverage includes physician and nursing services, x-rays, laboratory and diagnostic tests, influenza and pneumonia vaccinations, blood transfusions, renal dialysis, outpatient hospital procedures, limited ambulance transportation, immunosuppressive drugs for organ transplant recipients, chemotherapy, hormonal treatments such as Lupron, and other outpatient medical treatments administered in a doctor’s office. Medication administration is covered under Part B only if it is administered by the physician during an office visit. Part B also helps with durable medical equipment (DME), including canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and mobility scooters for those with mobility impairments. Prosthetic devices such as artificial limbs and breast prosthesis following mastectomy, as well as one pair of eyeglasses following cataract surgery, and oxygen for home use is also covered. Complex rules are used to manage the benefit, and advisories are periodically issued which describe coverage criteria. On the national level these advisories are issued by CMS, and are known as National Coverage Determinations (NCD). Local Coverage Determinations (LCD) only apply within the multi-state area managed by a specific regional Medicare Part B contractor, and Local Medical Review Policies (LMRP) were superseded by LCDs in 2003. Coverage information is also located in the CMS Internet-Only Manuals (IOM), the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), the Social Security Act, and the Federal Register. Part C: Medicare Advantage plans With the passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Medicare beneficiaries were given the option to receive their Medicare benefits through private health insurance plans, instead of through the original Medicare plan (Parts A and B). These programs were known as “Medicare+Choice” or “Part C” plans. Pursuant to the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, “Medicare+Choice” plans were made more attractive to Medicare beneficiaries by the addition of prescription drug coverage and became known as “Medicare Advantage” (MA) plans. Traditional or “fee-for-service” Medicare has a standard benefit package that covers medically necessary care members can receive from nearly any hospital or doctor in the country. For people who choose to enroll in a Medicare Advantage health plan, Medicare pays the private health plan a capitated rate, or a set amount, every month for each member. Members typically also pay a monthly premium in addition to the Medicare Part B premium to cover items not covered by traditional Medicare (Parts A & B), such as prescription drugs, dental care, vision care and gym or health club memberships. In exchange for these extra benefits, enrollees may be limited in the providers they can receive services from without paying extra. Typically, the plans have a “network” of providers that patients can use. Going outside that network may require permission or extra fees. Medicare Advantage plans are required to offer coverage that meets or exceeds the standards set by the original Medicare program, but they do not have to cover every benefit in the same way. If a plan chooses to pay less than Medicare for some benefits, like skilled nursing facility care, the savings may be passed along to consumers by offering lower copayments for doctor visits. Medicare Advantage plans use a portion of the payments they receive from the government for each enrollee to offer supplemental benefits. Some plans limit their members’ annual out-of-pocket spending on medical care, providing insurance against catastrophic costs over $5,000, for example. Many plans offer dental coverage, vision coverage and other services not covered by Medicare Parts A or B, which makes them a good value for the health care dollar, if you want to use the provider included in the plan’s network or “panel” of providers. Because the 2003 payment formulas overpay plans by 12 percent or more compared to traditional Medicare,[11] in 2006 enrollees in Medicare Advantage Private Fee-for-Service plans were offered a net extra benefit value (the value of the additional benefits minus any additional premium) of $55.92 a month more than the traditional Medicare benefit package; enrollees in other Medicare Advantage plans were offered a net extra benefit value of $71.22 a month more.[12] However, Medicare Advantage members receive additional coverage and medical benefits not enjoyed by traditional Medicare members, and savings generated by Medicare Advantage plans may be passed on to beneficiaries to lower their overall health care costs.[10] Other important distinctions between Medicare Advantage and traditional Medicare are that Medicare Advantage health plans encourage preventive care and wellness and closely coordinate patient care.[13] Medicare Advantage Plans that also include Part D prescription drug benefits are known as a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan or a MA-PD. Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans grew from 5.4 million in 2005 to 8.2 million in 2007. Enrollment grew by an additional 800,000 during the first four months of 2008. This represents 19% of Medicare beneficiaries. A third of beneficiaries with Part D coverage are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare Advantage enrollment is higher in urban areas; the enrollment rate in urban counties is twice that in rural counties (22% vs. 10%). Almost all Medicare beneficiaries have access to at least two Medicare Advantage plans; most have access to three or more. Because of the 2003 law’s overpayments, the number of organizations offering Fee-for-Service plans has increased dramatically, from 11 in 2006 to almost 50 in 2008. Eight out of ten beneficiaries (82%) now have access to six or more Private Fee-for-Service plans.[14] Each year many individuals disenroll from MA plans. A recent study noted that about 20 percent of enrollees report that “their most important reason for leaving was due to problems getting care.”[15] There is some evidence that disabled beneficiaries “are more likely to experience multiple problems in managed care.”[16] Some studies have reported that the older, poorer, and sicker persons have been less satisfied with the care they have received in MA plans.[17] On the other hand, an analysis of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality data published by America’s Health Insurance Plans found that Medicare Advantage enrollees spent fewer days in the hospital than Fee-for-Service enrollees, were less likely to have “potentially avoidable” admissions, and had fewer re-admissions. These comparisons adjusted for age, sex and health status using the risk score used in the Medicare Advantage risk adjustment mechanism.[18][19] In December 2009 the Kaiser Family Foundation published a report that rated Medicare Advantage organizations on a five star scale. The ratings were based on data from CMS, the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS), Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) data, and the Health Outcomes Survey (HOS). New plans did not receive ratings, because data were not available. Almost six out of ten (59%) of MA plans did receive ratings, and these plans represented 85% of the enrollment for 2009. The average rating was 3.29 stars. Twenty-three percent of enrollees were in a plan with four or more stars; 20% were in a plan with fewer than three stars.[20] Twenty percent of African-American and 32 percent of Hispanic Medicare Beneficiaries were enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2006. Almost half (48%) of Medicare Advantage enrollees had incomes below $20,000, including 71% of minority enrollees.[21] Others have reported that minority enrollment is not particularly above average.[22] Another study has raised questions about the quality of care received by minorities in MA plans.[23] The Government Accountability Office reported that in 2006, the plans earned profits of 6.6 percent, had overhead (sales, etc.) of 10.1 percent, and provided 83.3 percent of the revenue dollar in medical benefits. These administrative costs are far higher than traditional fee-for-service Medicare.[24] [edit] Part D: Prescription Drug plans Main articles: Medicare Part D and Medicare Part D coverage gap Medicare Part D went into effect on January 1, 2006. Anyone with Part A or B is eligible for Part D. It was made possible by the passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act. In order to receive this benefit, a person with Medicare must enroll in a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) or Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage (MA-PD). These plans are approved and regulated by the Medicare program, but are actually designed and administered by private health insurance companies. Unlike Original Medicare (Part A and B), Part D coverage is not standardized. Plans choose which drugs (or even classes of drugs) they wish to cover, at what level (or tier) they wish to cover it, and are free to choose not to cover some drugs at all. The exception to this is drugs that Medicare specifically excludes from coverage, including but not limited to benzodiazepines, cough suppressant and barbiturates. Plans that cover excluded drugs are not allowed to pass those costs on to Medicare, and plans are required to repay CMS if they are found to have billed Medicare in these cases. It should be noted again for beneficiaries who are dual-eligible (Medicare and Medicaid eligible) Medicaid may pay for drugs not covered by part D of Medicare, such as benzodiazepines, and other restricted controlled substances.
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Besides hospital services, you might as well want to consider getting covered for other medical services like outpatient care, laboratory services, home care and preventive health care services. Actually, part B is elective, but because of the services it covers, most would apply for this along with medicare part An and a medical supplemental insurance. Now, there are also some policies that are approved by medicare, that are offered by private companies. The Medicare part C or the Medicare Advantage Plan, as it is commonly called, provides all of the part A hospital insurance coverage as well as part B medical insurance coverage, so you are always covered in case of emergency, urgent care o preventive health check. The combined benefits do sound pleasing, but noted that part C is not all the time accepted by most doctors and hospitals like most medicare supplement insurances, not so many would opt for this plan as it does not allow you to get a medicare supplement s well.
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Medicare health insurance Supplemental Insurance coverage

The options are most lettered A with L comfortably. Whenever any variations appear, the objective is to eradicate 4 of your Medicare Supplemental Insurance plan ideas: I, H, THAT I, and N, for the point medicare supplement plans also the same to some other programs and induce bafflement. In addition, Prepare G shall be revised to make sure that extra bills are a single hundred% lined. The Family home Care advantage is furthermore staying removed from this particular prepare. Even a lot more variations will include a hospice bonus appearing constructed directly into practically many of the most up-to-date projects, Program MIRIELLE and D staying produced with co-pays along with lower costs, and any kind of supplier of which delivers Prepare A shall be important to present Programs D and FARRENHEIT. At as soon as, insurance insurance businesses that individual Medicare Added Insurance only today have that provides Strategy THE, but this tends to alter fairly quickly, sincere author of a book on the subject, Alicia Skinner insisted.
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Medicare insurance Supplements : Finding Special Help designed for Medicare Insurance protection

In earlier years, one there are lots of issues of which those regarding Medicare confronted was typically the continued demand by free medigap quote to order supplemental insurance policies. Many providers offer insurance policy coverage for $0/month. Unfortunately, many times prior to now, people are sold plans which not good to these or in which caused them problems with their Medicare insurance coverage. In hard work to prevent these matters, Congress transferred laws that could regulate your issuance together with sales of these sorts of insurance products.
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When Are Medicare Advantage Plans Available?

Actually, this is only time that you can try out one of the Medicare Advantage (MA) plans after the initial sign up period when you first became eligible for Medicare. This is a once a year event where you can assess the type of MA plan you got out of the dozen choices laid out in front of you by different insurers and insurance companies. If you let this chance slip by, you might end up paying more and getting less coverage than what you bargained for.
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The original Medicare program has two parts: Part A (Hospital Insurance), and Part B (Medical Insurance). Only a few special cases exist where prescription drugs are covered by original Medicare, but as of January 2006, Medicare Part D provides more comprehensive drug coverage. Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Medicare Part C, are another way for beneficiaries to receive their Part A, B and D benefits. All Medicare benefits are subject to medical necessity. Part A: Hospital Insurance Part A covers inpatient hospital stays (at least overnight), including semiprivate room, food, tests, and doctor’s fees. Part A covers brief stays for convalescence in a skilled nursing facility if certain criteria are met: 1. A preceding hospital stay must be at least three days, three midnights, not counting the discharge date. 2. The nursing home stay must be for something diagnosed during the hospital stay or for the main cause of hospital stay. 3. If the patient is not receiving rehabilitation but has some other ailment that requires skilled nursing supervision then the nursing home stay would be covered. 4. The care being rendered by the nursing home must be skilled. Medicare part A does not pay for custodial, non-skilled, or long-term care activities, including activities of daily living (ADL) such as personal hygiene, cooking, cleaning, etc. The maximum length of stay that Medicare Part A will cover in a skilled nursing facility per ailment is 100 days. The first 20 days would be paid for in full by Medicare with the remaining 80 days requiring a co-payment (as of 2009, $133.50 per day). Many insurance companies have a provision for skilled nursing care in the policies they sell. If a beneficiary uses some portion of their Part A benefit and then goes at least 60 days without receiving facility-based skilled services, the 100-day clock is reset and the person qualifies for a new 100-day benefit period. Part B: Medical Insurance Part B medical insurance helps pay for some services and products not covered by Part A, generally on an outpatient basis. Part B is optional and may be deferred if the beneficiary or their spouse is still actively working. There is a lifetime penalty (10% per year) imposed for not enrolling in Part B unless actively working. Part B coverage includes physician and nursing services, x-rays, laboratory and diagnostic tests, influenza and pneumonia vaccinations, blood transfusions, renal dialysis, outpatient hospital procedures, limited ambulance transportation, immunosuppressive drugs for organ transplant recipients, chemotherapy, hormonal treatments such as Lupron, and other outpatient medical treatments administered in a doctor’s office. Medication administration is covered under Part B only if it is administered by the physician during an office visit. Part B also helps with durable medical equipment (DME), including canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and mobility scooters for those with mobility impairments. Prosthetic devices such as artificial limbs and breast prosthesis following mastectomy, as well as one pair of eyeglasses following cataract surgery, and oxygen for home use is also covered. Complex rules are used to manage the benefit, and advisories are periodically issued which describe coverage criteria. On the national level these advisories are issued by CMS, and are known as National Coverage Determinations (NCD). Local Coverage Determinations (LCD) only apply within the multi-state area managed by a specific regional Medicare Part B contractor, and Local Medical Review Policies (LMRP) were superseded by LCDs in 2003. Coverage information is also located in the CMS Internet-Only Manuals (IOM), the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), the Social Security Act, and the Federal Register. Part C: Medicare Advantage plans With the passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Medicare beneficiaries were given the option to receive their Medicare benefits through private health insurance plans, instead of through the original Medicare plan (Parts A and B). These programs were known as “Medicare+Choice” or “Part C” plans. Pursuant to the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, “Medicare+Choice” plans were made more attractive to Medicare beneficiaries by the addition of prescription drug coverage and became known as “Medicare Advantage” (MA) plans. Traditional or “fee-for-service” Medicare has a standard benefit package that covers medically necessary care members can receive from nearly any hospital or doctor in the country. For people who choose to enroll in a Medicare Advantage health plan, Medicare pays the private health plan a capitated rate, or a set amount, every month for each member. Members typically also pay a monthly premium in addition to the Medicare Part B premium to cover items not covered by traditional Medicare (Parts A & B), such as prescription drugs, dental care, vision care and gym or health club memberships. In exchange for these extra benefits, enrollees may be limited in the providers they can receive services from without paying extra. Typically, the plans have a “network” of providers that patients can use. Going outside that network may require permission or extra fees. Medicare Advantage plans are required to offer coverage that meets or exceeds the standards set by the original Medicare program, but they do not have to cover every benefit in the same way. If a plan chooses to pay less than Medicare for some benefits, like skilled nursing facility care, the savings may be passed along to consumers by offering lower copayments for doctor visits. Medicare Advantage plans use a portion of the payments they receive from the government for each enrollee to offer supplemental benefits. Some plans limit their members’ annual out-of-pocket spending on medical care, providing insurance against catastrophic costs over $5,000, for example. Many plans offer dental coverage, vision coverage and other services not covered by Medicare Parts A or B, which makes them a good value for the health care dollar, if you want to use the provider included in the plan’s network or “panel” of providers. Because the 2003 payment formulas overpay plans by 12 percent or more compared to traditional Medicare,[11] in 2006 enrollees in Medicare Advantage Private Fee-for-Service plans were offered a net extra benefit value (the value of the additional benefits minus any additional premium) of $55.92 a month more than the traditional Medicare benefit package; enrollees in other Medicare Advantage plans were offered a net extra benefit value of $71.22 a month more.[12] However, Medicare Advantage members receive additional coverage and medical benefits not enjoyed by traditional Medicare members, and savings generated by Medicare Advantage plans may be passed on to beneficiaries to lower their overall health care costs.[10] Other important distinctions between Medicare Advantage and traditional Medicare are that Medicare Advantage health plans encourage preventive care and wellness and closely coordinate patient care.[13] Medicare Advantage Plans that also include Part D prescription drug benefits are known as a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan or a MA-PD. Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans grew from 5.4 million in 2005 to 8.2 million in 2007. Enrollment grew by an additional 800,000 during the first four months of 2008. This represents 19% of Medicare beneficiaries. A third of beneficiaries with Part D coverage are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare Advantage enrollment is higher in urban areas; the enrollment rate in urban counties is twice that in rural counties (22% vs. 10%). Almost all Medicare beneficiaries have access to at least two Medicare Advantage plans; most have access to three or more. Because of the 2003 law’s overpayments, the number of organizations offering Fee-for-Service plans has increased dramatically, from 11 in 2006 to almost 50 in 2008. Eight out of ten beneficiaries (82%) now have access to six or more Private Fee-for-Service plans.[14] Each year many individuals disenroll from MA plans. A recent study noted that about 20 percent of enrollees report that “their most important reason for leaving was due to problems getting care.”[15] There is some evidence that disabled beneficiaries “are more likely to experience multiple problems in managed care.”[16] Some studies have reported that the older, poorer, and sicker persons have been less satisfied with the care they have received in MA plans.[17] On the other hand, an analysis of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality data published by America’s Health Insurance Plans found that Medicare Advantage enrollees spent fewer days in the hospital than Fee-for-Service enrollees, were less likely to have “potentially avoidable” admissions, and had fewer re-admissions. These comparisons adjusted for age, sex and health status using the risk score used in the Medicare Advantage risk adjustment mechanism.[18][19] In December 2009 the Kaiser Family Foundation published a report that rated Medicare Advantage organizations on a five star scale. The ratings were based on data from CMS, the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS), Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) data, and the Health Outcomes Survey (HOS). New plans did not receive ratings, because data were not available. Almost six out of ten (59%) of MA plans did receive ratings, and these plans represented 85% of the enrollment for 2009. The average rating was 3.29 stars. Twenty-three percent of enrollees were in a plan with four or more stars; 20% were in a plan with fewer than three stars.[20] Twenty percent of African-American and 32 percent of Hispanic Medicare Beneficiaries were enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2006. Almost half (48%) of Medicare Advantage enrollees had incomes below $20,000, including 71% of minority enrollees.[21] Others have reported that minority enrollment is not particularly above average.[22] Another study has raised questions about the quality of care received by minorities in MA plans.[23] The Government Accountability Office reported that in 2006, the plans earned profits of 6.6 percent, had overhead (sales, etc.) of 10.1 percent, and provided 83.3 percent of the revenue dollar in medical benefits. These administrative costs are far higher than traditional fee-for-service Medicare.[24] [edit] Part D: Prescription Drug plans Main articles: Medicare Part D and Medicare Part D coverage gap Medicare Part D went into effect on January 1, 2006. Anyone with Part A or B is eligible for Part D. It was made possible by the passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act. In order to receive this benefit, a person with Medicare must enroll in a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) or Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage (MA-PD). These plans are approved and regulated by the Medicare program, but are actually designed and administered by private health insurance companies. Unlike Original Medicare (Part A and B), Part D coverage is not standardized. Plans choose which drugs (or even classes of drugs) they wish to cover, at what level (or tier) they wish to cover it, and are free to choose not to cover some drugs at all. The exception to this is drugs that Medicare specifically excludes from coverage, including but not limited to benzodiazepines, cough suppressant and barbiturates. Plans that cover excluded drugs are not allowed to pass those costs on to Medicare, and plans are required to repay CMS if they are found to have billed Medicare in these cases. It should be noted again for beneficiaries who are dual-eligible (Medicare and Medicaid eligible) Medicaid may pay for drugs not covered by part D of Medicare, such as benzodiazepines, and other restricted controlled substances.
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Does Medicare Cover Dental Services?

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What is Supplemental Medicare and Who offers it in California?

To be eligible for supplemental Medicare policy, it is required for you to enroll in part A and B of original health insurance policy. Either you can opt for these plans during open enrolling period or you can undergo medical screening and buy the policy individually. The supplemental Medicare plans in California are sold by private insurance companies which are allowed to offer 12 such standard plans. Each plan comes with different benefits though all the benefits cover under part A and B are also found in all these insurance plans (because they are part of basic health insurance plan). Those planning to enroll for supplemental Medicare policies in California should be aware there are some terms and conditions to participate in the same. If you have enrolled in Standalone Part D, you cannot continue to avail drug coverage. Whichever company in California you buy the supplemental Medicare plan from; the plans offer the same benefits though the premium may vary.
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Dental Coverage under Medicare

Should you choose to get your health insurance through Original Medicare, you can still get coverage for your teeth. You can supplement your coverage with a private dental insurance policy. Before purchasing one of these policies you should be sure that you understand the limits of the coverage.
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Seniors, Learn The Features About Medicare Supplemental Insurance

All within the years you have already been working, you (or your business interest) have were required to pay immense variety of money for yourself insurance coverage. These comprise of charges such mainly because deductibles, copayments and coinsurance. Referred to as A through M, there are different examples of coverage and premium costs according to level of insurance desired. Therefore when you are already a beneficiary of this Original Medicare plan you should get a Medicare health insurance Supplement Plan in conjunction with it to meet any medical costs. If you are required to expend an extended period in a infirmary or requires long-term attention, Medicare will leave them having a huge health consideration bill.
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When Are Medicare Advantage Plans Available?

Actually, this is only time that you can try out one of the Medicare Advantage (MA) plans after the initial sign up period when you first became eligible for Medicare. This is a once a year event where you can assess the type of MA plan you got out of the dozen choices laid out in front of you by different insurers and insurance companies. If you let this chance slip by, you might end up paying more and getting less coverage than what you bargained for.
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Bittersweet Transitions at the Center for Medicare Advocacy 

Sally has represented Medicare beneficiaries in numerous class action lawsuits that expanded their rights to health services and procedural protections.  Among her many accomplishments, she was lead counsel in Grijalva v. Shalala, the case that established appeal protections for beneficiaries in private Medicare plans throughout the country.  In one of her more recent cases, Ball v. Biedess, the court ordered Arizona to assure that home care workers are paid enough to assure that care is provided without gaps in services.  Sally has also successfully fought for Medicare dental coverage, equitable personal injury distributions when people with Medicare are injured, and comprehensible written notices for Medicare patients in all care settings.
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The southwest Seniors Not to mention Florida Medicare insurance Supplement Projects

Part B is a other an important part of Medicare element A together with B, and addresses other areas of Medicare. Part T is supplied by government entities to those people who are eligible due to the benefits. It provides things which can be not included in part A FABULOUS like a number of home heath care treatment services, work and real bodily therapies, together with outpatient attention. However, there are many things you can aquire with the Medigap policy if you ever choose the provider which understands your certain needs additionally your specific finances. Another recommendation can be to eliminate your the deduction for that interest costed within home loan repayments. Even for people with pre-existing health risks, you are able to qualify on a Medicare Aid.
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WTS (World Trade Site): Additional Healthcare Coverage Needs For An Aging Population

However, Medicare doesn’t cover all medical costs and, in some cases, doesn’t provide any coverage at all for certain expenses. As the population, on average, lives longer and longer, the number of post-retirement years that require healthcare coverage increase, making it more important than ever to ensure you have the right healthcare coverage. Here’s a rundown on what you need to consider when transitioning into retirement. 1. What Medicare Doesn’t Cover Medicare coverage is not meant to cover all healthcare expenses for everyone. It has limitations on specific coverages and there are expenses that are not covered at all, such as custodial care, dental and vision care, routing immunizations and experimental procedures. To receive some coverage, such as prescription drugs, seniors must enroll in separate Medicare coverage and pay a monthly premium. 2. Long-Term Care Coverage While Medicare does cover some costs of medically-necessary home healthcare in certain circumstances, it by-and-large denies coverage of the cost of assistance with day-to-day activities. So, for example, if you require help with meals, personal hygiene or other daily tasks, only a private long-term care policy will cover that. As with most other types of insurance, the policy must be in place prior to the disability occurring. The younger you are when you take out the policy, the less expensive the premiums will be. Some group long-term care policies offered by employers can be rolled over into individual plans on retirement, and these are often less expensive than starting afresh. 3. Catastrophic Coverage Even with Medicare, it’s possible to be buried in medical bills if you have a serious illness or accident. Medicare limits coverage for many procedures and hospital stays, so having additional private coverage makes sense in most cases. Catastrophic healthcare coverage provides payouts when you hit a minimum out-of-pocket amount annually. These plans do not cover routine medical expenses, such as doctor’s visits or prescriptions, but they are there to protect you in a major medical event. Premiums for these plans are lower than traditional private healthcare, as they cover fewer events. A secondary benefit is that, with a catastrophic plan, you can sign up for a Health Savings Account, which allows you to fund the plan with a maximum amount ($3,100 in 2012; $4,100 for those 55 and older). The amount funded is tax-deductible and the account can be used to pay for most medical expenses. The account balance can be withdrawn for non-medical purposes at age 65 without penalty, which allows the plan to operate similarly to a traditional IRA. 4. Private Medigap Insurance Medigap, also called Medicare Supplement Insurance, is a plan offered by private insurers but federally regulated to fill in where Medicare does not provide coverage. Medigap plans can cover co-payments, deductibles and other non-covered healthcare costs. Each state has different requirements for the plans that are offered, but all insurers who sell medigap coverage must provide standard levels of benefits. In general, medigap insurance does not cover long-term care, private nursing care, or dental, vision and aural services. 5. The Bottom Line As our population ages and healthcare costs increase, making sure that there are no gaping holes in medical care coverage is critical to protecting your retirement assets. Medicare does not cover all healthcare needs and private policies can be instrumental in shoring it up.
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California Broker’s Insurance Insider News January 10

It goes on to explain that a feasibility study must be supported by an actuarial analysis and is concerned with the likelihood of success. It must describe the target market, products to be offered, regulatory schemes, market impact, financial solvency, economic viability, State solvency requirements and other regulations and other key factors. It should also include pro forma financial statements with sensitivity testing for alternative enrollment scenarios. The business plan should describe the management team, target market, competing plans, targeted potential subscribers, the process used for pricing products, contracting strategy, proposed methods for provider payment, and plans for use of integrated care models. Budgetary matters, strategies for getting enrollment and plans for becoming operational (financial management system, information technology, staffing plans) must also be included. All of this, just to apply for funding. Wow!
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Medicare Enrollment – Supplementation Enrollment Period

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In most situations people start to think about Medicare enrollment at the end of the year. This is a really good time to think about Medigap coverage and that is when you have to make changes. We are faced with a plan coverage that will always be the same but rates are going to change annually. Different companies will change the rates on a fixed date of the year while others will do so when the policy anniversary date is due. No matter when it happens, when the rate changes there is a really strong chance that you can choose to another plan that is equal in coverage but is cheaper and offered by another company. This is done in order to save money.
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Annual Enrollment Period Ends… What If You Missed It? 

[1]For a more detailed discussion of these enrollment periods, see, e.g., previous Weekly Alerts, including: “Annual Enrollment Starts October 15 and Ends December 7 for Medicare Part D and Part D Plans” (September 22, 2011) available at: http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/2011/09/annual-enrollment-starts-october-15-and-ends-december-7-for-medicare-part-c-part-d-plans/; “Medicare Advantage and Part D Enrollment Updates”(October 6, 2011) available at: http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/2011/10/medicare-advantage-and-part-d-changes-and-enrollment-updates/; “45 Day Disenrollment Period for Medicare Advantage Members”(January 6, 2011), available at: http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/2011/01/45-day-disenrollment-period-for-medicare-advantage-members/; “When a Medicare Advantage Plan Does Not Renew Its Contract” (November 4, 2010 ), available at: http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/InfoByTopic/MedicareAdvantageAndHMOs /10_11.04.NonRenewal.htm. Also see, e.g., the Center’s website at: http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/medicare-info/medicare-part-d/#enrollment. [2] Chapter 2 of the Medicare Managed Care Manual (CMS Pub. 100-16, updated August 19, 2011, revised November 16, 2011):https://www.cms.gov/MedicareMangCareEligEnrol/Downloads/FINALMAEnrollmentandDisenrollmentGuidanceUpdateforCY2012-REV11.16.2011.pdf Chapter 3 of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Manual (CMS Pub. 100-18, updated August 19, 2011, revised November 16, 2011):https://www.cms.gov/MedicarePresDrugEligEnrol/Downloads/FINALPDPEnrollmentandDisenrollmentGuidanceUpdateforCY2012-REV11.16.2011.pdf
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Medicare Disenrollment Period For 2012

[…] […] If you are enrolled into a Medicare Advantage Plan, you are allowed to drop your Medicare Advantage Plan and go back to original Medicare.  If you do this, you will also want to enroll into a Medicare Part D Prescription drug plan.  Original Medicare is the Part A and Part B that is on your paper Medicare card that you received when you first joined Medicare.  It does not include drug coverage which is why you would want to enroll into a Part D drug plan.  You have until February 14th to enroll into a Part D drug plan.  The coverage starts the first day of the month after you enroll.  For example, if you enroll into the drug plan on January 20th, your coverage would start on February 1st.  If you wait until February 14th to enroll, then your coverage starts on March 1st.Source: medicare-plans.net […]Source: medicare-plans.net […]
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Medicare Special Enrollment Period Means Good News for Seniors

About Kaiser Permanente Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We serve approximately 8.9 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.
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Earlier Medicare Enrollment Period Brings New Round Of Ads

Politico Pro: Medicare Ads Sell Health Reform Benefits This year’s Medicare open enrollment television ads include mentions of the benefits of the health reform law — a point that’s likely to raise the ire of opponents of health reform. The ads are running to remind seniors about Medicare’ open enrollment period, which runs through Dec. 7. Last year, Republicans and opponents of the health reform law accused the Obama administration of using Medicare commercials with actor Andy Griffith to advertise the benefits of the law. This year’ ads feature three male seniors discussing the open enrollment period. When one man asks another if he can stick with his old Medicare plan, the other says, “Sure, or find a new plan with better coverage, less cost or both” (Haberkorn, 10/21).
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Baby Boomers U. S. (The Blog)

Ask about Medicare Supplement (MediGap) open enrollment periods: If your MediGap plans I isn’t working for you any longer, and you can’t enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan outside of AEP, you may be able to change your MediGap plan during select MediGap open enrollment periods. MediGap plans are usually medically underwritten, which means the insurance companies don’t have to accept your application if you’ve been on Medicare Part B for more than three months. AEP is the best time to drop a MediGap plan and switch to a Medicare Advantage plan. But, some states and insurance companies have created open enrollment periods for MediGap plans as well. These open enrollments allow you to update or change your MediGap health coverage without medical underwriting. But the rules change from state to state, so, if you want or need to make a change outside of AEP, investigate the MediGap open enrollment rules in your state by contacting a licensed agent.
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what you should do if you miss medicare’s 2012 annual enrollment period / eHealth

eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) is the parent company of eHealthInsurance, one of the nation’s leading online source of health insurance for individuals, families and small businesses. Through the company’s website,www.eHealthInsurance.com, consumers can get quotes from leading health insurance carriers, compare plans side by side, and apply for and purchase health insurance. eHealthInsurance offers thousands of individual, family and small business health plans underwritten by more than 180 of the nation’s leading health insurance companies. eHealthInsurance is licensed to sell health insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, making it the ideal model of a successful, high-functioning health insurance exchange. Through eHealth’s technology solutions (www.eHealthTechnology.com), is also a leading provider of health insurance exchange technology. eHealth provides a suite of hosted e-commerce solutions that enable health plan providers, resellers and government entities to market and distribute products online. eHealth, Inc. also provides online tools to help beneficiaries navigate Medicare health insurance options through PlanPrescriber.com (www.planprescriber.com) and eHealthMedicare (www.eHealthMedicare.com).
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Medicare Supplemental Insurance: What It is and Why You May Need It

In order to acquire Medicare Supplemental Plans advantages, you have to be enrolled in Portion A or Portion B of Medicare currently. For the duration of the open enrollment period, a person can acquire a Medigap strategy on a assured concern basis, in which no medical screening is needed. This open enrollment period starts inside of 6 months of turning 65 or enrolling in Medicare Portion B at 65 or older. Outside of the open enrollment period, the insurance coverage organization that is issuing the Medigap Insurance might demand that you acquire an attending physician’s statement or a medical screening in order to get a strategy. If you are underneath the age of 65 but are still getting Medicare, it may well be a tiny a lot more difficult to get North Carolina Medicare Supplements. A slight majority of states demand that insurers offer at least one particular type of Medigap insurance coverage to every person, and 25 of them demand that Medigap policies be supplied to all Medicare recipients, even though, so it is crucial to look into the rules for your state if you fall into this category.
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Iowa Medicare Part D Plans

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The above list is relevant if you choose to receive your health coverage from original Medicare or if you have purchased a Medigap policy. But you may choose to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. Many Medicare Advantage plans include Part D coverage. If you have decided to enroll in an Advantage plan be sure to review the Part D formulary for that plan as it may vary from a stand-alone plan offered by the same company.
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Understanding Above The Line Tax Reductions for your return in 2010

You can obtain many of these above-the-line tax deductions by using the long form, 1040. If you would rather use the short from, 1040A, you may still utilize some of these deductions. Early account withdrawal penalties, IRA contributions, student loan interest and jury pay are the above-the-line-tax deductions that are allowed on the 1040A tax return. Consult with your personal tax consultant for more details or check out this Review of Domain Tax Guides.
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Typically the Hidden Benefit for Medicare Dietary supplement Insurance Possibly Not Get to Live Lacking

Many gurus recommend finding a financial advisor or several other qualified professional to guide you choose a good quality Part DEB plan. You might like to talk Medicare Part B coverage health health care providers you will be currently employing. If you may have Medicare medigap insurance, the business that purchased you which usually plan often have a A part D plan intended to coordinate utilizing your current protection.
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Healthcare Bulletin: Medicare Premium, Coinsurance, and Deductible Update for 2012

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Changes to the 2011 Form 1040

Reduced self-employment tax – For 2011 self employment tax relating to Social Security dropped from 12.4 percent to 10.4 percent. The ceiling on Social Security self-employment tax is $106,800 of self-employment income for 2011. The Medicare component remains at 2.9 percent with no ceiling. There is a corresponding effect to this change. Typically, self employed folks deduct half of their self-employment tax on page 1 of the 1040. The 2011 calculation will multiply your SE tax by 57.51 percent (up to a certain threshold). The effect of the calculation is such that your self-employment deduction should be the same deduction that you would received without the tax cut.
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Discovering Above The Line Tax Reductions for your business in 2010

You can get many of these above-the-line tax deductions by using the long form, 1040. If you prefer to use the short from, 1040A, you can still take some of these deductions. Early account withdrawal penalties, IRA contributions, student loan interest and jury pay are the above-the-line-tax deductions that may be claimed on the 1040A tax return. Consult with your personal tax consultant for more details or check out this Internet Domain Tax Guide Reviews.
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AH Insurance Services: 2012 Medicare Premiums, Deductibles and Coinsurance Amounts

Part B: (Medical Insurance) Premium The standard Medicare Part B monthly premium in 2012 will be $99.90, which represents a $15.50 decrease from the 2011 premium level of $115.40 applicable to newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries.  For existing Medicare beneficiaries who were exempted from Medicare Part B premium increases in 2010 and 2011, the new 2012 premium level represents a $3.50 increase over the $96.40 monthly amount currently paid. In 2012, Social Security monthly payments to enrollees will increase by 3.6%.  The dollar increase in benefits checks is expected to be sufficient on average to coverage the $3.50 increase in the Medicare Part B premium that most beneficiaries will experience.  For Medicare beneficiaries who were new to Medicare in 2010 or 2011 and were paying a standard monthly premium in excess of $96.40, their benefit checks will increase in 2012. In most years, Social Security benefits are increased with a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) and the Medicare Part B premium is raised at the same time.  In the two year period 2010-2011, however, with no COLA increases applying to Social Security benefits, the increase in the Part B premium applicable to new Medicare beneficiaries would have resulted in most people seeing a decrease in their net benefits (i.e., their monthly Social Security benefit less deduction of the Medicare Part B premium).  Since the Social Security Act protects against such a net decrease (except for those subjected to an income related increase in the Part B premium), the 2009 Part B premium level of $96.40 has continued to apply for most people who were on Medicare prior to January 1, 2010.  Now, their premium will be increasing to $99.90 on January 1, 2012. As required in the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, beginning in 2007 the Part B premium paid by a Medicare beneficiary each month is based on his or her annual income.  If a beneficiary’s “modified adjusted gross income” is greater than the legislated threshold amounts, then the beneficiary is responsible for a larger portion of the estimated total cost of Part B benefit coverage.  The income-related amounts were phased in over three years, beginning in 2007; and currently about 4% of Part B enrollees are subject to these higher Medicare Part B premium levels. For complete details on Medicare Part B premiums for people with higher income levels, please refer to Medicare’s FAQ titled: “2012 Part B Premium Amounts for Persons with Higher Income Levels” Medicare Deductible and Coinsurance Amounts for 2012 Part A (pays for inpatient hospital, skilled nursing facility, and some home health care).  For each benefit period Medicare pays all covered costs except the Medicare Part A deductible (2012 = $1,156) during the first 60 days and coinsurance amounts for hospital stays that last beyond 60 days and no more than 150 days. For each benefit period the Medicare beneficiary pays:
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A decline in the Medicare Part B deductible is a poor long

Medicare Part B covers a portion of the cost of physicians’ services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and other items. By law, the standard premium is set to cover one-fourth of the average cost of Part B services incurred by beneficiaries aged 65 and over, plus a contingency margin. The contingency margin is an amount to ensure that Part B has sufficient assets and income to (i) cover Part B expenditures during the year, (ii) cover incurred-but-unpaid claims costs at the end of the year, (iii) provide for possible variation between actual and projected costs, and (iv) amortize any surplus assets.  Most of the remaining Part B costs are financed by Federal general revenues.  (In 2012, about $2.9 billion in Part B expenditures will be financed by the fees on manufacturers and importers of brand-name prescription drugs under the Affordable Care Act.)
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Does Medicare Cover Dental Services?

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Dental Coverage under Medicare

Should you choose to get your health insurance through Original Medicare, you can still get coverage for your teeth. You can supplement your coverage with a private dental insurance policy. Before purchasing one of these policies you should be sure that you understand the limits of the coverage.
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Does Medicare Cover Dental? : the Answer

Medicare is an insurance program which is given by a government to those people who are considered as senior citizens. People who have special diseases could also avail the insurance. Any person could apply for those privileges. The only thing that he has to make sure is that his condition is very serious. This is so that his petition would be granted automatically. People with different problems could get assistance. That could also mean that people with dental problems could apply for insurance as well. If people want to know if Medicare covers dental expenses, the answer is yes.
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Can You FInd Medicare Dental and Vision Plans

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Does Medicare Covers All Dental Care?

Anyone will feel secure to have a medicare insurance that covers almost health related concerns. To be more secure, it is normal to ask: Does Medicare cover dental? Medicare will pay for any dental services but will not cover any dental care follow-up. One example of which is that, it will shoulder the extraction of your tooth but not to cover the future checkup because your tooth was already removed. On one part, hospitalization will be shouldered if infection persists after the process of extraction or after dental procedure; you are being under observation of a health threatening condition.
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Does Medicare Cover Dental for Senior Citizens?

People who are considered as senior citizens have privileges to get Medicare. By availing the insurance, they would have access to a lot of benefits that are very useful so that they would be healthy. Usually, these benefits are referring to privileges that are associated with proper health care. The elderly would be assisted. They would be given proper care and they would also be supplemented with vitamins. However, a lot of old people still ask the question that follows. Does Medicare Cover Dental? It is very understandable that those people would want an answer to that question.
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What is Supplemental Medicare and Who offers it in California?

To be eligible for supplemental Medicare policy, it is required for you to enroll in part A and B of original health insurance policy. Either you can opt for these plans during open enrolling period or you can undergo medical screening and buy the policy individually. The supplemental Medicare plans in California are sold by private insurance companies which are allowed to offer 12 such standard plans. Each plan comes with different benefits though all the benefits cover under part A and B are also found in all these insurance plans (because they are part of basic health insurance plan). Those planning to enroll for supplemental Medicare policies in California should be aware there are some terms and conditions to participate in the same. If you have enrolled in Standalone Part D, you cannot continue to avail drug coverage. Whichever company in California you buy the supplemental Medicare plan from; the plans offer the same benefits though the premium may vary.
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Does Medicare Cover Dental? : the Good News

The good news is that Medicare covers dental expenses. People who are suffering from teeth problems would be able to avail some financial aid so that they would not pay that much money in the hospital. They would also get assistance when it comes to minor services which are offered to make the teeth better. The good news does not end there. If the dental problems of people are so serious and they are very fatal, Medicare would cover other hospital bills. The people who have very fatal dental problems would not be required to pay anything at all.
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medicare dental coverage 2010

When private insurance policy falls short and public techniques fail, low cost dental programs can be a light at the conclude of the tunnel for lower-salary Us residents. For a low regular payment, individuals can attain entry to a network of dentists and experts who supply preventative, servicing, and emergency oral care to all members of the family members at personal savings of wherever from 20 to sixty % of the complete price tag. Remedy can get started immediately soon after patients signal up, with no waiting periods, yearly maximums, deductibles, or claim varieties to file. Though low cost strategies are not thought medicare dental coverage 2010 to be to be dental insurance policies in the traditional sense, they are proving to be a crucial hyperlink in the economical dental care safety net. We can only desire that they, in mix with other sources, will one particular day assure affordable and obtainable oral healthcare for each and every and each and every American.
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California Broker’s Insurance Insider News January 10

It goes on to explain that a feasibility study must be supported by an actuarial analysis and is concerned with the likelihood of success. It must describe the target market, products to be offered, regulatory schemes, market impact, financial solvency, economic viability, State solvency requirements and other regulations and other key factors. It should also include pro forma financial statements with sensitivity testing for alternative enrollment scenarios. The business plan should describe the management team, target market, competing plans, targeted potential subscribers, the process used for pricing products, contracting strategy, proposed methods for provider payment, and plans for use of integrated care models. Budgetary matters, strategies for getting enrollment and plans for becoming operational (financial management system, information technology, staffing plans) must also be included. All of this, just to apply for funding. Wow!
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Medicare Fraud on the Rise: 3 New Scams to Watch

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THE LITTLE MAN KILLED MEDICARE FOR EVERYBONE by SS&SS2. The “Healthcare Reform” Scam With the media spotlight on health care reform fading slightly, criminals are crawling out of the woodwork looking to take full financial advantage of the public’s under-awareness of health care reform. The federal government is advising seniors to watch out for scammers peddling “health care reform insurance policies” that have limited enrollment periods. To get “reform protection” seniors must hand over their Medicare numbers to the identity thieves. Some even ask for your bank account number to cover an “upfront” fee. Don’t fall for it. Nobody can sell health care reform insurance – it’s a bogus policy, and it’s to be avoided at all costs.
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TCOG holds Senior Medicare Patrol Training

SHERMAN, TEXAS — The eighth annual Grayson County Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. Monday, January 16, in Mabee Hall of the Robert J. and Mary Wright Campus Center at Austin College. (Full Story)
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Pastor Gets 15 Years for Massive Medicare Fraud

Evidence introduced at trial showed that as a result of this fraud scheme, Iruke, Ikpoh, Marroquin and their co-conspirators submitted more than $14.2 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare, and received approximately $6.7 million in reimbursement payments from Medicare. The evidence at trial showed that Iruke and Ikpoh diverted most of this money from the bank accounts of the supply companies to pay for the fraudulent prescriptions and documents which Iruke purchased to further the scheme, and to cover the leases on their Mercedes vehicles, home remodeling expenses and other personal expenses.
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Hospice Company Accused Of Medicare Fraud

California Watch/San Francisco Chronicle: AseraCare Hospice Accused Of Medicare Fraud A national for-profit hospice care company that is partially owned by a San Francisco private equity firm has allegedly bilked Medicare of millions of dollars, according to a legal complaint filed this week by the U.S. Department of Justice. In court documents, the U.S. government alleges that since at least 2007, AseraCare Hospice of Texas has fraudulently certified patients as terminally ill to illegally collect Medicare payments. “AseraCare, through its reckless business practices, admitted and retained individuals who were not eligible to receive Medicare hospice benefits, because it was financially lucrative — and did so even after AseraCare’s auditor alerted AseraCare to troubling problems,” court documents state (Yeung, 1/6).
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The Systemic Nature of Medicare Fraud

It isn’t just Medicare, but Medicaid and all insurance programs as well. The only system that works is direct pay, patient to doctor. Everything else is a scam. You think it really costs $38k to deliver a baby? There is no way in hell we received $38k worth of care when my son was born. An actual doctor was only there for 15 minutes. The quality of care is atrocious and the service is terrible and nearly every hospital. 9 out of 10 times you’ll get a foreign doctor that scored below 50 on the MCAT but made it through medical school anyway to fill a quota. Fraud isn’t just rampant it is on every bill. They bill you for items they never use, purposely let you sit for  hours before you’re discharged just to pad the bill, and send in multiple doctors just so they can bill for each one. The fucking hospitals don’t even have doctors working for them anymore, the doctors all work for outside firms that bill you thousands along with the hospital. Just a room costs $1500 an hour. FUCK EVERYONE IN THE MEDICAL PROFESSION!!! You all know that you are the problem because greed rules medicine over simply providing  care. I went to the ER in 1992 and was there for two hours for a broken bone, the bill was $180. Today the same bill is closer to $5000.  A trip to the hospital in 2002 for a kidney stone was $4400, I went again last year, $8600!!!!! Care to explain that doctors? You can’t justify that cost. To top it off my sister in law tells me her office bills insurance for the doctor even if the patient was only seen by a nurse. Why? well they only get $90 if a nurse sees a patient but $160 if they see the doctor. I told her the office is commiting insurance fraud and every one of them sould be arrested or at least have their licenses revoked. Her reply was, we need the extra money to pay employees. Well maybe she could make due with $60k instead of the $100k she’s paid.
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States maintained Medicaid coverage with online tools, fewer enrollment steps

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"Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state." ` Thomas Jefferson. by eyewashOklahoma is the only state that is fully automated, using an online, real-time eligibility determination system that is available 24 hours a day. Individuals can apply online and receive an immediate decision on their application after the system has queried various electronic data sources to verify eligibility. The state processes more than 1,000 applications daily, and 90 percent receive on-the-spot eligibility decisions.
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Washington State Insurance Update: Medicare drug and Advantage plan enrollment ends Dec. 7

Medicare’s open enrollment for prescription drug plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage plans ends Dec. 7. This year’s enrollment period was moved and expanded, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, giving people additional time to consider their choices. Still need to make a decision and need some help? Our Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors (SHIBA) program can answer questions and help you evaluate plans. Call our Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-562-6900 and ask to make an appointment with a SHIBA volunteer in your area. Before you make your decision, consider these tips:
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Ore. Governor Proposes ‘Coordinated Care’ For State’s Medicaid Program

The Oregonian: Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Gets Standing Ovation, But Not Everyone Is Happy With State Of The State Oregon’s health reforms have drawn attention from the Obama Administration as a possible model for national changes. Kitzhaber said he was in Washington D.C. earlier this week and asked officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to support Oregon changes by providing “several hundred million dollars over the next several years.” “The response was extraordinarily positive,” he said. … Kitzhaber also drew protest from in-home health care workers who passed out leaflets outside. … AARP Oregon also has radio spots and print ads decrying cuts to programs serving seniors and the physically disabled (Cole, 1/13). 
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Seven steps to restore a healthy America

The successful implementation of cost-cutting measures will make access to health care a problem that is manageable at the state level. A federal government that is not strapped with a massive deficit can effectively partner with and empower states to utilize block-grant programs that will create affordable assistance to low-income patients and high-risk pools that offer access to quality care for those who are too ill to work. Establishing the proper balance between federal and state government is essential to the restoration of a healthy America.
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Mississippi State University Libraries : Contradictions abound as feds, state confront regime change (Jan. 11, 2012)

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Denny Heck Named One of the Top Democratic Candidates in the Nation

The DCCC’s Red-to-Blue Program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. Candidates for the program are chosen based on proven success at meeting and surpassing fundraising, organizing, and infrastructure goals and skillfully demonstrating to voters that they are problem-solvers who will protect the middle class when elected to Congress.
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Washington State Bill Would Require Abortion Coverage

According to Smith, this presents a problem: Consumers might select against plans that offer abortion coverage, and if demand is low for the extra coverage, insurers could find it cost-prohibitive to continue offering coverage for abortion services.  All individual and small-group plans in the state currently cover abortion, said Stephanie Marquis, a spokeswoman for Washington’s insurance commissioner; information about larger, employer-based plans is unavailable. Smith added that all insurance carriers in the state offer at least one plan with abortion coverage. The bill, then, “is about maintaining access the way we have it now.”
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Understanding Medicare Wikipedia

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OBAMA: THE SOCIALIST/MARXIST/COMMUNIST -- UNMASKED FOR ALL TO SEE by SS&SSMedicare Wikipedia can save you thousands of dollars every year. If you are tight on money and need help then you should really look into it. They have made it so simple with being able to fill out the paperwork online. You can also even research and find out what doctors and hospitals accept Medicare ahead of time so that way you can go ahead and put everything together and know what doctor you can see. You will feel much better once you are enrolled and can start getting benefits from the medicare health program.
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Understanding What Medicare Supplemental Insurance Plan Gives

By: In terms of the services covered, there are two basic medicare that one should avail on top of any other medicare supplemental insurance plans. Medicare part An is for real emergency situations when one needs extra care in the hospital. Inpatient care in hospital or in some skilled nursing facility, hospice care as well as home health care services are among the most common services needed by seniors and are covered by the medicare part A. You will still need a good medicare supplement plan to help you with the deductibles, coinsurance, and co-payments from medicare part A. While Part A pays for inpatient care, you will also need medicare part B to take care of your out-patient services needs as well as other medical services like laboratory tests, use for durable medical equipment, home health care, and some preventive services. In such case, you will have to enroll in medicare part B as well along with part A, and a medical supplemental insurance. Instead of medicare parts An and B, some agents will offer plan C or the Medicare Advantage Plan. Because this policy seems to combine both medicare parts, the medicare advantage plan looks like a good option. The problem with this is that not so many doctors and hospitals accept plan C. In addition o that, you will still pay for the part B premiums and be ineligible to get a medicare supplement insurance plan since medicare supplement does not include filling the gaps of part C. What can be better that being covered up to prescription drugs as well in addition to hospitalization and medical services? This is possible with Part D or Prescription Drug Plan, which you can enroll by the time you become eligible to enroll for Medicare Part An and B. Availing of the Part D plan at some time later will charge you extra fees for penalty. Part D is not standardized in terms of coverage and pricing, unlike the case with medicare supplement insurance plans. As mentioned earlier, medicare supplemental insurance plans are standardized across all health insurance companies. They will vary somehow in the manner they do customer service or the price of the premiums. It would be wise to know first which particular medicare supplement contract plan is best for you before comparing that chosen medicare supplement insurance plan with another company. To go for the best you can go to GOMEDIGAP, the one trusted most by many over the years. Read more about medicare supplement companies Article Courtesy of ArticleContentPages.com
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Understanding What Medicare Supplemental Insurance Plan Gives

Besides hospital services, you might as well want to consider getting covered for other medical services like outpatient care, laboratory services, home care and preventive health care services. Actually, part B is elective, but because of the services it covers, most would apply for this along with medicare part An and a medical supplemental insurance. You may have heard of as well of the Part C Medicare Advantage Plan, sometimes known as Medicare Replacement Plan or Medicare Alternative Plan. Some agents might have presented you such plan to be quite attractive for the many benefits that it could offer compared to the original medicare. Note however that only a few doctors and hospitals accept this plan as this plan is a privatized Medicare introduced by for-profit insurance companies. With this plan, you will still be required to pay for the part B premiums, but you will not be able to buy for a medicare supplement insurance plan as medicare supplement is there to cover gaps of the original medicare, and not that of Part C.
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Understanding Medicare Supplemental Insurance

One comes across all sorts of insurance, Medicare supplement insurance features among these. It is always better to be well-informed when it comes to Medicare supplement insurance as there are constant changes to the insurance policy, often a change for the better but sometimes it is not. It is important to observe these changing trends whether you are already on the Medicare supplement insurance or desire to enroll for the same. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. There is a significant change to the plan; even as the plans are being revised the companies are beginning to quote their new rates. This is the first step of change since the year 1992. The two plans that feature in this change are the M and N plans; it is likely that the pair of these plans will have a better effect on the Medicare supplement insurance market. The idea behind these plans is that though they cost lower it will be all the more complicated to qualify medically in case a person desires to upgrade his plan. People tend to go in for an insurance that is lower than about what they fail to recognize or realize is that the benefits are less in this case. However, these modified plans are being offered as alternatives to the more expensive Medicare supplement insurance plans.
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Understanding Medicare Advantage Health Plans

[…] Some of our readers qualify for Medicare benefits. A lot more of them help take care of parents, or other family members, who rely upon this giant government health plan for their health services. Because Medicare Advantage plans have become popular alternatives, and because we hear a lot of confusion about how this program works, we thought it would be worthwhile to highlight the basics of these plans.Source: over50web.net […]
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Understanding Medicare and Medigap

Medigap insurance supplements are each unique and will want to be picked based upon the need of the individual. For instance, clients who need help with copayment and deductibles for basic benefits will want to choose Medigap plan A for those are the items that it helps cover. This plan is attractive for it is the least expensive plan available and is accepted by all doctors who accept Medicare. Drawbacks come with each and every plan available. The major drawback to plan A is that it covers basic necessities and not items such as long term care, skilled nursing, vision care amongst several other major areas of expense.
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Understanding Medicare Glossary and Managing your Health Information Online

[…] The way that Original Medicare measures your use of hospital and skilled nursing facility (SNF) services. A benefit period begins the day you are admitted as an inpatient in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. The benefit period ends when you have received any inpatient hospital care (or skilled care in a SNF) for 60 days in a row. If you go into a hospital or a skilled nursing facility after one benefit period has ended, a new benefit period begins. You must pay the inpatient hospital deductible for each benefit period. There is no limit to the number of benefit periods.Source: indoamerican-news.com […]
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