Whether you’re new to Medicare or have been on Medicare for several years, you no doubt have questions. After all, Medicare itself is confusing enough on its own. Once you understand the gaps in coverage that Medicare can create, you’re faced with a daunting proposition: finding a Medicare supplement that can plug those holes so you can have peace of mind. Forgoing Medicare supplement insurance means that you’ll have to pay more out of pocket, and that could be the path to financial ruin at a time in your life when you should be able to breathe a little easier.
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With two plans to choose from, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas makes it easy to find the right prescription drug coverage that fits your medical needs and your budget. If you’re looking for the most affordable rates, the Value plan offers a lower monthly premium in exchange for a small deductible. With the Value plan, you still get comprehensive coverage with a small copay and discounts on brand name drugs. If you’re looking to have no deductible, the Plus plan offers the same quality coverage for a little more monthly and a small copay for all generic drugs.
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Simply because plans are standardized does not mean different insurance companies will be the same. There are stark differences in cost, dependability and reliability that must be taken into consideration. You may be able to find a great plan for less, but be wise when choosing coverage and stay with household names you know and trust for delivering benefits on time and when you need them most. Companies like United of Omaha or Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas have worked hard to gain the trust of Texans by providing coverage they can depend on.
MONDAY NEWS LINKS: <p>Medicare Overpaid Bonuses to Doctors for Years
Documents show primary care physicians in Hidalgo County were overpaid $64 million from 2003 until last year. Doctors at 31 other Texas locations also received a still undetermined amount in bonuses for providing medical and mental health care in parts of Spring Branch, the Third Ward, Pasadena, Baytown and Texas City, as well as parts of San Antonio and North Central Bexar County, among others.
Golden Years Homecare Specialists II Celebrate New Location in Brenham
Working with skilled nurses (including RNs and LVNs), physical, speech, and occupational therapists, homecare aides, and other health specialists, Golden Years offers numerous day services for home-bound patients, including wound care, rehabilitation, health status monitoring, individualized healthcare education, fall injury prevention, home safety, home infusion nursing, 24-hour on-call nursing, and more. The company serves as additional care to doctor treatments or as an alternative to hospital and nursing homecare. Their compassionate staff offers peace of mind and improved health as they serve patients right within the comfort of their homes. Every staff member undergoes background checks and license verification in order to insure only the most acceptable and qualified employees. Golden Years is state licensed, Medicare certified, CHAP accredited, and currently in good standing with the Texas Association for Home Care. All services are Medicare provided for qualified patients and are extended to include Veterans Administration clients. More information and details can be found on their website.
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Houston Chronicle: Taxpayers Footed The Bill For Medicare Bonuses To Doctors The American public for years paid physicians millions of dollars in Medicare bonuses to treat the medically needy in parts of Texas and across the country — even though many doctors no longer qualified for the cash and federal officials knew it, a Houston Chronicle investigation has found. Documents show primary care physicians in Hidalgo County were overpaid $64 million from 2003 until last year. Doctors at 31 other Texas locations also received a still undetermined amount in bonuses for providing medical and mental health care in parts of Spring Branch, the Third Ward, Pasadena, Baytown and Texas City, as well as parts of San Antonio and North Central Bexar County, among others (Langford, 4/23).
Texas laboratory named in Medicare kickback case
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National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse: TX: Biggest Medicare Fraud in History Busted in February, Says Feds
Federal officials say they have taken down the largest Medicare fraud scheme investigators have ever discovered: a $375 million dollar home healthcare scam operating in the Dallas, Texas area. The alleged “mastermind” of the fraud, Dr. Jacques Roy, is charged with certifying hundreds of fraudulent claims for Medicare reimbursement, and pocketing millions in payments for services not needed, or never delivered. Prosecutors say the 54-year-old Dr. Roy, who was arrested today and could be sentenced to life in prison, operated a “boiler room” to churn out thousands of phony Medicare claims and recruited homeless people as fake patients “Today, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force is taking aim at the largest alleged home health fraud scheme ever committed,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer. “According to the indictment, Dr. Roy and his co-conspirators, for years, ran a well-oiled fraudulent enterprise in the Dallas area, making millions by recruiting thousands of patients for unnecessary services, and billing Medicare for those services.” Full Article and Source: Biggest Medicare Fraud in History Busted, Says Feds See Also: NASGA’s Open Letter to Congress: The Fleecing of Medicaid and the Taxpayer