Democratic Texas Senators Question Medicaid Cuts

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Republicans nation-wide legislative WAR ON WOMEN at the State level - Count Texas in! by EN2008Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, focused Tuesday on a 14 percent cut in the Early Childhood Intervention program, which provides assistance to infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities. Officials testified that after the Legislature cut funding, the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services changed the criteria and cut 10,000 children a year from the program.
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Video: Paul Vanchiere speaks up for Texas Medicaid

DOJ Probes Fraud At Parkland Hospital; Texas Group Calls Medicaid ‘Indispensable’

The Dallas Morning News: Parkland Hit With New Medicare-Medicaid Fraud Allegations The U.S. Justice Department has been investigating new allegations that Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Southwestern Medical Center doctors defrauded the federal government’s health insurance programs for the poor and elderly. The investigation came to light Tuesday after a federal judge unsealed a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by Dr. Lien Kyri .. [who] alleges that “hundreds of thousands” of Medicare or Medicaid billing claims were falsely submitted for rehabilitation consultations (Moffeit and Egerton, 5/8).
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New group touts Medicaid as ‘indispensable’

Last session, lawmakers not only cut some $2 billion out of the health insurance program for poor children, low-income pregnant women, disabled adults and impoverished old people. They also underfunded it by some $4.3 billion in state tax dollars. And they passed laws requiring the state to seek a block-grant-style cap on federal funding, in return for exempt from federal minimum standards for the program; and to ask Congress and the president for permission to opt out of all the major federal health care programs, by joining an interstate compact, under which they’d get a single block grant based on 2010 funding levels and freedom from federal rules setting minimums for who’s eligible and what services are covered.
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Texas Medicaid Dental Claims Under Scrutiny

Although the practice of using a statistically relevant sample to estimate the number of times something may be present in the universe of items has been around since the advent of higher mathematics, the application of this methodology to estimate the number of improper claims paid over a specific period of time is relatively new.  The application of statistical sampling to health care claims for this purpose dates back about twenty years to a decision by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to authorize the use of statistical sampling in lieu of engaging in onerous claim-by-claim reviews. In Chaves County Home Health Services v. Sullivan, 931 F.2d 914 (D.C. Cir. 1991), the Federal District Court upheld extrapolation as being within the Secretary’s discretion.  The use of statistical sampling has spread over the years.  Federal agencies (such as HHS-OIG, CMS-contracted auditors, etc.), State agencies (such as HHSC-OIG) and even private insurance payors now capitalize on the use of this damages-estimating tool, usually to the detriment of the targeted health care provider.  To be clear, everyone recognizes that an “extrapolation” is merely a substitute for conducting a claim-by-claim review of every claim submitted by thee provider and paid by a payor during the period in question.  Nevertheless, the methodology is here to stay, regardless of the adverse impact it can have on a provider’s ability to remain in business.
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Texas, States Reach Settlement with Abbott Laboratories

In an enforcement action filed along with the consumer fraud settlement, the attorneys general assert that Abbott Laboratories went far beyond urging physicians to prescribe Depakote for seizure disorders such as epilepsy, which is an approved use. The company promoted the “off-label” use of Depakote in treating schizophrenia, agitated dementia and autism, uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In the separate Medicaid fraud case, the company also unlawfully exploited the state’s Medicaid program in marketing Depakote from 1998 until 2008.
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Texas Faces Growing Medicaid Burden

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Texas Medicaid Funding Cut Over State’s Planned Parenthood Exclusion

Yes, I have 2 degrees in the medical field, one takes 8 years and the other 4 years. I have worked in the OB/GYN field and have worked in labor and delivery. The fetus gives off a hormone called HCG that causes a pregnancy test to be positive. The test will show positive whether it is implanted in the fallopian tube or if it is implanted in the uterus, where it should be. If you have an abortion, it obviously will not remove a fetus implanted in the fallopian tube, and the fetus will continue to grow until the tube ruptures, which can be fatal to the woman. Funny that all these suppposedly pro-women groups don’t REALLY care about the woman, or they would be concerned about the chance of it being an ectopic pregnancy. And doctors, nurses, and pharmacists should never be forced to perform these procedures, or dispense abortifacients that are against their faith. The Catholics, Lutherans (Missouri and Wisconsin Synods), Jews, and Southern Baptists are all taking stands that they will not perform these procedures or dispense the abortifacient that will cause an abortion, which obamacare and his regime are trying to force them to do.
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Texas: Security Jobs In Dallas Texas

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Study: Seniors In Medicare Doughnut Hole More Likely To Stop Taking Heart Meds http://t.co/USnTcRPk [ThinkProgress]

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Video: Medicare Part D Donut Hole

Understanding The Doughnut Hole Before You Reach It

If this is your first year on Medicare, or if this is your first year with a Prescription Drug Plan (PDP), you may be wondering what the “doughnut hole” is and how it will affect you. Many beneficiaries choose to add prescription drug coverage to help cover the costs of prescription drugs they need to treat or prevent an illness. Whether you receive this coverage through a stand-alone PDP or through a Medicare Advantage Plan, you may not be fully aware of the coverage gap (often referred to as the “doughnut hole”) that exists under Medicare Part D, or when it will affect your coverage. Medicare Part D, or prescription drug coverage, can help protect you from the potentially high cost of medications you require, but you should know what to expect as your year progresses. (Just a note: If you receive Extra Help due to low-income and resources, you do not have a coverage gap.)
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Remember The Doughnut Hole

If ACA is overturned by the Supreme Court, or is killed by a future Republican-controlled Congress, this very tangible benefit will go away, too. That’s worth remembering, particularly if you are talking to a senior who’s been besieged with “death panel” propaganda about the supposed threat ACA poses to Medicare benefits.
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Medicare doughnut hole not as wide as before

A. Not entirely. Beginning in 2011, participants in the Medicare Part D drug plan program fall into the “doughnut hole” once they’ve spent $2,840 for covered drugs. Previously, you were required to pay the full cost of prescription drugs while you’re in the doughnut hole. Now you’re entitled to a 50% discount on covered brand-name prescription medications. And the cost of generic drugs in the doughnut hole is discounted 7%. The doughnut hole continues until the out-of-pocket cost reaches $4,550.
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The Medicare Part D Prescription Plan “Donut Hole” Simplified

It’s for this reason we strongly advise all our customers to review their Part D plan annually, even if you’re happy with your current coverage. The Affordable Health Care Act will bring incremental changes over the next several years and this could mean big savings for you. However, the Medicare insurance providers will also continue to adjust their plans and you could be in for a surprising rate increase when it comes time to renew your plan.
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Medicare “Doughnut Hole” Shrinking

This year, the law provides a 50 percent discount on brand name drugs and 7 percent break on generics. Next year the discount on generics rises to 14 percent. When the changes are fully phased in, beneficiaries will still be responsible for their annual deductible and 25 percent of the cost of their medications until they reach catastrophic coverage.
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Study unveils drop in adherence to cardiovascular meds during 'doughnut hole' gap

"Consistent with other research on the impact of the Medicare Part D coverage gap on medication adherence, we found that exposure to 100% of drug costs in the gap led to abrupt discontinuation of essential cardiovascular medications, even among those with cardiovascular conditions who might experience more immediate consequences as a result of drug discontinuation," said Jennifer Polinski, of the division of pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and lead author of the study. "While the results did not demonstrate any short-term health issues as a result of this dramatic drop-off in medication adherence, it is not clear whether coverage gap-related lapses in financial assistance for drugs affects patient health outcomes for this high risk population over the long term."
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Jennifer Polinski on the Part D Donut Hole’s Impact on Adherence

Jennifer Polinski, ScD, MPH, MS, and colleagues published a paper on the impact of the Medicare Part D Donut Hole on adherence to cardiovascular therapies. Her paper, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, is discussed by NPR and US News & World Report, among other media outlets.
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“We’ve Closed the Doughnut Hole” (And Other ObamaCare Lies)

Early this year, I was called by a pharmacy and told that my uncle, whose insurance matters I handle, had fallen into the Medicare doughnut hole.  The pharmacist explained that instead of my uncle’s normal co-payment, the price for one of his prescriptions would now be $1,095 per month.  I immediately called my uncle’s insurance company, AARP Medicare Complete/SecuredHorizons, Oxford Health Plans.  An hour or so into the phone call — after speaking to a representative, getting transferred to a supervisor, being disconnected, calling back, and finally transferred again — a manager told me that the $1,095 price actually represented a $300 dollar savings due to ObamaCare.  It was clear that no one had the vaguest idea of what the fix fixed.  The hole appeared to still be wide open.
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Medicare slush fund shows Obama's abuse of power

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TWO YEARS OF RUIN by SS&SSPresident Obama regularly misuses executive power, often nakedly in the service of his political interests. Last week, two examples of his imperial ways drew public attention. First, a Government Accountability Office study knocked the Department of Health and Human Services for inappropriately spending Obamacare money to delay the law’s politically dangerous Medicare cuts — until after the election. Meanwhile, congressional Republicans complained on the House floor about IRS harassment of Tea Party groups. Here’s the Medicare slush fund story: In 2010, Democrats were crowing that Obamacare would reduce the deficit. Under official budget scoring, the bill’s $940 billion in new spending over a decade was more than paid for by a trillion dollars in new taxes and spending cuts. Obamacare got some of its alleged savings by cutting Medicare spending by $500 billion. Republicans — hypocritically, given their constant attacks on “government-run health care” — made political hay over the Medicare cuts. Republicans know that seniors vote, and they like their Medicare. Specifically, 12 million seniors use a program called Medicare Advantage, under which the government pays private insurers to cover seniors. Medicare Advantage customers typically have more options, and at times more coverage, than standard Medicare customers. But the Obama administration said Medicare was overpaying the private insurers, and so the architects of Obamacare slashed $136 billion from Medicare Advantage to offset the cost of Obamacare. The Medicare Advantage cuts were to begin in 2013, which would cause many insurers to pull out of the program, thus driving seniors into regular Medicare. So much for “if you like your plan, you can keep it.” The New York Post’s Benjamin Sasse and Charlie Hurt explained the awkward details of timing: “Open enrollment [for 2013 Medicare Advantage] begins Oct. 15, less than three weeks before voters go to the polls.” So Obamacare would kick seniors out of their Medicare program three weeks before Obama’s re-election. …
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Is Obama propping up Medicare Advantage until after the election?

[…] […] The cuts to Medicare Advantage begin right away, with payment rates frozen in 2011 at their 2010 levels.  The reimbursement rates for doctors continue to decline; between 2012 and 2017, the law phases in a new formula for setting maximum MA payments by region. This new formula will dramatically lower MA payments in every region of the country. The new law also makes large cuts to the payment rates for hospitals and other medical providers in the government-managed fee-forservice Medicare program, and a portion of these cuts automatically gets passed through to MA plans as well in the form of even lower maximum rates.Source: sentryjournal.com […]Source: sentryjournal.com […]
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$8 Billion Slush Fund to Shield Medicare Advantage from Obamacare Cuts

One of the few aspects of Medicare that contains some element of the free-market is Medicare Advantage.  Yet, that is the part of Medicare that Obamacare will cut.  In order to forestall those cuts in the popular program fro seniors until after the elections, Obama has created his own personal slush fund to fill in the gaps, according to the New York Post.
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Medicare Advantage Premiums To Fall 4% Next Year

The plans were targeted by Democrats who complained that the government pays more per capita for beneficiaries in the private plans than it spends on those in traditional Medicare. The billions of dollars cut from the plans were used to help the Obama administration pay for the cost of expanding coverage to 32 million Americans through expanded Medicaid eligibility and subsidies for people buying coverage in new insurance exchanges starting in 2014.
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Medicare slush fund shows Obama's abuse of power

President Obama regularly misuses executive power, often nakedly in the service of his political interests. Last week, two examples of his imperial ways drew public attention. First, a Government Accountability Office study knocked the Department of Health and Human Services for inappropriately spending Obamacare money to delay the law’s politically dangerous Medicare cuts — until after the election. Meanwhile, congressional Republicans complained on the House floor about IRS harassment of Tea Party groups. Here’s the Medicare slush fund story: In 2010, Democrats were crowing that Obamacare would reduce the deficit. Under official budget scoring, the bill’s $940 billion in new spending over a decade was more than paid for by a trillion dollars in new taxes and spending cuts. Obamacare got some of its alleged savings by cutting Medicare spending by $500 billion. Republicans — hypocritically, given their constant attacks on “government-run health care” — made political hay over the Medicare cuts. Republicans know that seniors vote, and they like their Medicare. Specifically, 12 million seniors use a program called Medicare Advantage, under which the government pays private insurers to cover seniors. Medicare Advantage customers typically have more options, and at times more coverage, than standard Medicare customers. But the Obama administration said Medicare was overpaying the private insurers, and so the architects of Obamacare slashed $136 billion from Medicare Advantage to offset the cost of Obamacare. The Medicare Advantage cuts were to begin in 2013, which would cause many insurers to pull out of the program, thus driving seniors into regular Medicare. So much for “if you like your plan, you can keep it.” The New York Post’s Benjamin Sasse and Charlie Hurt explained the awkward details of timing: “Open enrollment [for 2013 Medicare Advantage] begins Oct. 15, less than three weeks before voters go to the polls.” So Obamacare would kick seniors out of their Medicare program three weeks before Obama’s re-election. That, of course, would be politically damaging. So Obama simply took $8.35 billion from a Obamacare fund for “demonstration projects” and used it to delay the brunt of the Medicare Advantage cuts until after the election. The GAO last week pointed out the extraordinary nature of this “demonstration.” The program “dwarfs all other Medicare demonstrations — both mandatory and discretionary — conducted since 1995,” the GAO stated. And the GAO made it pretty clear that this slush fund trick looks little like a “demonstration” of anything. “The design of the demonstration precludes a credible evaluation of its effectiveness,” the GAO report stated, concluding it is “unlikely that the demonstration will produce meaningful results.” But the Obama administration is looking for a different sort of “meaningful results” — more votes on Election Day. So the Department of Health and Human Services stood firm when the GAO recommended scrapping this spurious demonstration. The administration’s sleight of hand on Medicare Advantage fits a pattern of Obamacare provisions that were abandoned when they were shown to be unworkable. What makes the Medicare gambit more distressing is that Obama is using taxpayer money for political purposes. Here’s the Tea Party-IRS story: More than 60 Republican congressmen last week sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service charging that Tea Party groups across the country were being “harassed” and “stonewalled” by the agency. Rep. Tom McClintock described a group in his Northern California district that easily obtained nonprofit status from the state government but got nowhere with the feds. The list of demands, as described by McClintock on the House floor, sounds like political bullying: “The IRS demanded the names of every participant at every meeting held over the last two years, transcripts of every speech given at those meetings, what positions they had taken on issues, the names of their volunteers and donors, and copies of communications they had with elected officials, and on and on.” In the light of these reported IRS attacks, all of Obama’s political enemies have reason to worry. For instance, when Obama calls out by name Republican donors, and when his campaign posts online dossiers of these private individuals, what are they up to? Obama pretends he’s battling special interests. Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel, though, aptly called this government “intimidation.” Is a visit from the IRS next? Obama at his inauguration promised to tap the “better angels of our nature.” But also on the campaign trail in 2008, he warned, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” It turns out that his “gun” is the U.S. government. Timothy P. Carney, The Examiner’s senior political columnist, can be contacted at tcarney@washingtonexaminer.com. His column appears Monday and Thursday, and his stories and blog posts appear on washingtonexaminer.com.
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The American Spectator : Obama's Latest Plan to Snooker Seniors

Except, genius, among the reasons you have a banana lodged where it must be strangling the oxygen to your brain, you are equating constitutional providing for the common defence, with unconstitutional domestic spending, unless you friggin try the liberal gambit that social security is constitutionally promoting the general welfare, in which case, how, exactly, is the general welfare promoted, exactly, by a general welfare promotion that is already actually unfunded in ponzi scheme actuality by more than $100 trillion, which means is actually unfunded in ponzi scheme actuality by more than $1 million for each and every single taxpayer already, actually, which actually unconstitutionally unsecures not only the blessings of liberty to ourselves, but unsecures the blessings of liberty to our posterity created equal that is actually endowed with actual birth, not to mention the unsecured blessings of liberty to our posterity created equal that is not actually endowed with actual birth, insanely, much less unconstitutionally forming a less perfect union, unconstitutionally unestablishing justice, and unconstitutionally uninsuring domestic tranquility, in exactly insane liberal progressive socialist tyrannical insane order, insanely.
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Medicare, “Medigap” and Medicare Advantage Plans

Yes. Another example: Citing language in the ACA, the Department of Health and Human Services has exempted Medicare Supplement carriers from so-called “rate review rules.” This means that Supplement carriers will be free to increase the rates and premiums they charge for the coverage without HHS oversight. This exemption will become important in a few years, when the ACA’s “guaranteed issue” standards are fully implemented. At that point, people will probably be paying more for Medicare Supplement coverage, even though the plans will likely cover less.
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What does President Obama do in an election year…try to fool seniors

The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.
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Shelia: VIVA MEDICARE Plus Earns Highest Quality Rating Score in Alabama for Second Year in a Row

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CMS established the star rating system to give Medicare patients a single summary score for each health plan to make it easier to compare different plans based on quality and overall performance. Plans are ranked on a scale of one to five stars. The overall score is based on more than 50 separate measures that rank member satisfaction, access to appropriate care, and managing chronic conditions. Summary scores for all Medicare Advantage plans can be found at http://www.medicare.gov by searching health plans by zip code. VIVA MEDICARE Plus? score of 3.5 stars is the highest in Alabama two years running.
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VIVA MEDICARE Plus Earns Highest Quality Rating Score in Alabama for Second Year in a Row : e Yugoslavia

[…] • Visiting medicare.gov, where they can get a personalized comparison of costs and coverage of the plans available in their area. The popular Medicare Plan Finder tool has been enhanced for an efficient review of plan choices. Spanish Open Enrollment information is available. • Calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) for around-the-clock assistance to find out more about coverage options. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. Multilingual counseling is available. • Reviewing the 2012 Medicare and You handbook. It is also accessible online at: medicare.gov/publications/pubs/pdf/10050.pdf —  and it has been mailed to the homes of people with Medicare. • Getting one-on-one counseling assistance from the local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Local SHIP contact information can be found at medicare.gov/contacts/organization-search-criteria.aspx, on the back of the 2011 Medicare and You handbook, by calling Medicare or through a listing of national stand-alone prescription drug plans and state specific fact sheets that can be found at cms.hhs.gov/center/openenrollment.asp.Source: mtdemocrat.com […] Source: mtdemocrat.com Source: medicaresupplementalco.com
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Higher copays seen for Medicare brand

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VivaMedicareMember.com Viva Medicare Plus

Get Medicare Supplement Quotes in for these Alabama cities and more. Birmingham Montgomery Mobile Huntsville Tuscaloosa Dothan Decatur Auburn Gadsden Russellville Lanett Clanton Atmore Hamilton Roanoke Brewton Selma Demopolis Monroeville Jasper Troy Sylacauga Enterprise Athens Scottsboro Cullman Anniston Talladega Tuskegee Jackson Greenville Gulf Shores Foley Andalusia Eufaula Bay Minette Albertville Pell City Childersburg Oneonta Elba Haleyville Fayette Marion Thomasville Evergreen Daphne Chickasaw Opp Madison Prattville Valley Opelika Arab Guntersville Prichard Bessemer Florence Hoover Ozark Alexander City Fort Payne Homewood and Fairfield Al.
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AARP Statement on 2012 Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ Reports

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with nearly 35 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, our bilingual multimedia platform for Hispanic members; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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60 Plus Ad Is Chock Full Of Misinformation

Government-Administered Medicare Is Actually More Efficient Than Private Insurance. The Council for Affordable Health Insurance, “a research and advocacy association of insurance carriers,” published a report stating: “Administrative costs are lower under Medicare than for private health insurance.” The report added, “our best estimates indicate Medicare at slightly above 5% of total Medicare cost in 2003, whereas the government currently reports about 2%… The private market administrative costs are expected to remain at about 9% of total private insurance cost, excluding premium taxes, commissions, and profit. With such items, private costs would be slightly under 17%.” [CAHI, Medicare versus Private Health Insurace: The Cost of Administration, 1/6/06]
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Research Roundup: Health Providers’ Clout; The Bargain In Part D Costs

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Horace D. Grant by jajacks62Kaiser Family Foundation: Prescription Drug Procurement And The Federal Budget — Prescription drugs are an area for potentially significant cost savings, but this brief argues that “competition is quite limited” in several key areas for driving down prices for the federal government. Those areas include drugs provided in Part D plans to beneficiaries with low-income subsidies and specialty drugs. The author describes three strategies for better managing the market: using Medicaid prices for low-income beneficiaries of Medicare Part D, shortening the time before generic biologics can enter the market, and allowing the government to determine the price of unique drugs in certain cases. Together, “these ideas offer the potential for well over $100 billion in savings over 10 years and continued growth in savings thereafter” (Frank, 5/8).
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Coventry’s "Referral Fee"

Thanks to your support, First Health Part D had the highest net gain in the nation during the 2012 Annual Enrollment! This month, Coventry begins routine processing and the release of Value Plus Part D one-time referral fees*. Brokers and agents eligible to receive referral fee payments for January 2012 effective enrollments can expect electronic deposits to their bank accounts in the middle of April. February effective Value Plus membership will process in early May and payout will occur mid-month; March effectives will process in early June and payout will occur mid-June, etc.
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Coventry First Health Part D Plan Preview

Coventry First Health Part D has released to us a preview of their 2012 PDP  products.  These product plans will offer broad formularies, a large national pharmacy network, and strong benefits all at a competitive price that leaves additional money for other product sales.   Coventry First Health PDP product plans are widely available – Premier (PDP) and Premier Plus (PDP) are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia as well as Value Plus (PDP) is available in 48 states and the District of Columbia, not in Hawaii or Alaska.  New for 2012:
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Medicare Prescription Drug Plans Will Drop In Price By 4 Percent

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Attention MedSup Salesmen

IMHO if an agent is using his or her perceived expert advice on all the parts of Medicare including part D , even he or she is not contracted with any part D carriers, as leverage to get an appointment in Medicare household to sell Medicare supplement then that agent is indirectly being compensated from from the part D program. Let me put this in a different perspective.How many appointments would a pure play Med Supp agent miss out on if they flat out told prospects when cold calling to set appointments that I they there will not be any discussion about specific part D plan benefits during the meeting.I guesstimate that 30-40% of the seniors I talk to want to talk about part D more than they want to talk about the medical benefits. I wish like hell I didn’t ever have to talk about part D again but I can’t see were I can be the " Medicare insurance guy " that is coming to their home to explain all the " parts " of medicare and not actually being certified to to take applications for all plans.
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Coventry Announces First Health Value Plus Medicare Part D Plan

who is selling only a PDP to someone 80 years old. Think about it by the time they are 80 they have 4 kids 10 grand kids and 18 greats, they also have 30 neighbors and 40 people at church and 400 people in their circle of influence. Now you have 400 leads that all need medical, dental, life and disability insurance along with home auto and business coverage. What happened to the $30 comission that you complained about? I think many Agents just need to get out of the business anyway because they are smart enough to know what their doing in the first place.
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Does Colonial Penn Offer The Best Medicare Supplemental Insurance?

Medicare Supplemental Insurance will cover costs which are not covered by medicare, these include by are not limited to ambulance transportation, extended hospital visits, and co-pays. The most important aspect of your health and well being is excellent medical care. Making decisions on what medical care to receive should not be determined by an apprehension of the overall costs. With Medicare Supplemental Insurance, you will be able to get the care you deserve without worrying about the costs.
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Health For All: Online Pharmacy Accepts Medicare Part D Plans

Drugstore.com is a top web-based drug store, health, and beauty store. This reliable online pharmacy is always open and you could contact a pharmacist or their customer support at any time. Drugstore.com is partnered with BioScrip Pharmacy Services, Inc. and can dispense and deliver prescription medications throughout the USA. BioScrip Pharmacy Services, Inc. has VIPPS accreditation, the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site program implemented by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. There are special advantages to using Drugstore.com, the reliable online drug store, that are as follow: will accept Medicare Part D, accepts many insurance plans, will accept pharmaceutical co-pay assistance plans, will accept discount cards, new prescription promos like gift certificates and free delivery, saving cards for certain pharmaceutical items, automatic re-fills and e-mail alerts, fills out Rx prescription medications as well as sells non-prescription medications, fills out veterinary prescription medications, home delivery, can send products locally, could send products overseas to over 50 nations, free items to be given with purchase of certain products, earning 5% credit for purchase of specific products as well as special offers that can give you nearly 50% discount
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Medicare Prescription Drug Plans Will Drop In Price By 4 Percent

“We believe our pricing in 2012 for Medicare Part D plans will provide beneficiaries with affordable options that will enable them to access many of the prescription drugs they need,” Aetna spokeswoman Susan Millerick said, “and will also make us more competitive in the Part D market. In 2012, Aetna will offer Part D plans with premiums lower than the Low-Income-Subsidy Benchmark in 40 states and the District of Columbia. This is historically an indicator of a Part D product that is well positioned to meet the needs of Medicare beneficiaries.”
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Tricare Help – Do Tricare benefits kick in at age 60 or 65?

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New Online Rx System Makes UM Student 'Top Entrepreneur' Finalist by University of Maryland Press ReleasesBoth statements are correct; you’re talking about two different things. When retirement-qualified reservists reach age 60, they become eligible for military health care benefits in the form of Tricare Prime or Tricare Standard. Tricare Prime charges an annual enrollment fee of $230 for an individual and $460 for a family for those enrolled before Oct. 1, 2011, and $260 for an individual and $520 for families for those enrolled after that date. Prime has no annual deductibles. Tricare Standard does not charge an annual enrollment fee, but retirees must pay annual deductibles of $150 for an individual and $300 for a family.
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What Exactly Is Medicare Part B And Precisely How Can You Obtain It

When you have Medicare Part B, it is important to realize that you do not receive this coverage free of cost. You have to pay a monthly fee and this is generally drawn out of your retirement benefits or the payment you receive from Social Security. Besides, you also have to pay a Medicare Part B deductible and it is only after you make this payment that you become eligible for the benefits. Anyone who qualifies for Medicare is also eligible for Medicare Part B. This plan is important because it covers the services that are not covered under Medicare Part A. Having this plan is therefore very important especially for those persons who do not require hospital care, but may need preventive services, or healthcare services at home or on an outpatient basis. Information about your Part B coverage will be available on your Medicare card and in the event you do not have it, it is easy to apply by paying the late enrolment penalty.
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Duel Eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid Leads to Confusion

What she and the other millions of dual eligible patients need is support to prevent hospital admissions, support to stay in their own homes, and integrated behavioral health interventions. A recent Avalere Health study shows that SCAN Health (California) plan’s integrated care model, which provides coordinated care for dual eligibles, results in fewer hospital stays or readmissions than a group of similar beneficiaries receiving care under traditional fee-for-service. According to the study, health care quality can be improved and considerable dollars saved by delivering coordinated, integrated care to “dual-eligible” individuals. Not only was the risk-adjusted 30-day all-cause readmission rate better, but SCAN outperformed traditional Medicare fee-for-service in nine  of the 12 individual prevention quality indicator (PQI) measures. SCAN performed 14 percent better than Medicare fee-for-service on the PQI overall composite.
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Foundation Resources on People Dually Eligible for Medicaid and Medicare

To Hospitalize or Not to Hospitalize? Medical Care for Long-Term Care Facility Residents Chronic Disease and Co-Morbidity Among Dual Eligibles: Implications for Patterns of Medicaid and Medicare Service Use and Spending Medicaid Financial Eligibility: Primary Pathways for the Elderly and People with Disabilities State-Specific Data Number of Dual Eligible Beneficiaries Medicaid Income Eligibility Requirements for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled Comprehensive Medicaid Managed Care Activity for Dual Eligibles Additional state-by-state data about dual eligible beneficiaries, spending trends and service use are available in the Medicare and Medicaid topic areas at statehealthfacts.org. Managed Care and Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries Medicare Advantage 2011 Data Spotlight: Special Needs Plans: Availability and Enrollment A Profile of Medicaid Managed Care Programs in 2010: Findings from a 50-State Survey Briefings and Webcasts June 3, 2011 Caring for People Covered by Both Medicare and Medicaid: A Primer on Dual Eligible Beneficiaries October 10, 2010 Improving Care and Reducing Costs for Medicare Beneficiaries in Nursing Homes
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Where Medicare Fails, Medicaid May Be The Answer

Obtaining Medicaid eligibility to pay for long-term care while hanging onto a significant percentage of your assets is possible, but it takes intelligent and informed advance planning. If you would like to explore this option, simply take a moment to arrange for a consultation with a good Long Island elder law attorney.
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Webinar on Social Security Benefits & Medicare Eligibility

“Learning about your Social Security and Medicare benefits may be the smartest investment you can make in your finances and health,” said Tai Venuti, Allsup’s manager of Strategic Alliances. “I guarantee you it will be 60 minutes well-spent, especially if you have a spinal cord injury or disorder such as multiple sclerosis.”
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Proposed Changes to Medicare Set

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on these problems in March of this year. According to the GAO, the average processing time for set-aside proposals went from 22 days in April 2010 up to 95 days in September 2011, which of course delayed case resolutions (CMS officials stated that they’d like to be able to wrap up reviews in 45 days). The report further stated that a backlog was created by a marked increase in submissions from 2008 to 2011, along with a change in the data system that slowed the process overall. It was noted that submissions that were ineligible altogether jumped in number significantly (by 148 percent) and this created a further backlog.
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Medicare Supplemental Insurance

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MORE DIRTY TRICKS FROM YOUR SOCIALIST/MARXIST   PRESIDENT AND HIS NASTY LITTLE ADMINISTRATION HACKS by SS&SSHealth care services and supplies are usually paid for by Medicare but not all of the costs incurred are covered by it. There are still some expenses that patients have to take care of that are not covered by the original Medicare. To take care of the ‘gaps’ that the original Medicare does not offer, acquiring a Medicare supplement insurance is necessary. A Medicare supplement policy, or commonly known as Medigap, is a health insurance that is regulated by Medicare and is sold by private health insurance providers. They provide their policy helps for out-of-pocket costs that Medicare does not cover such as co-payments and yearly deductibles. There is the age-attained premium wherein the age of the policy holder is considered. Basically, the monthly payments increase as the policy holder ages. In community, all the enrollees have the same monthly premium regardless of their age. It also does not increase as the enrollee ages.
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Video: What are Medicare Supplement Plans?

Medicare Supplemental Insurance California

Blanket Well being Insurance offers the most aggressive health insurance quotes, together with senior Medicare dietary supplements, group well being and dental plans from the finest providers. They know the inside workings of the most effective well being, dental, small group, and senior Medicare health insurance California and Medicare supplemental insurance coverage California plans, so we can locate an affordable plan that will make the most of your medical health insurance dollar, whereas defending your loved ones from runaway well being care costs. Visit BlanketHealthInsurance.com in case you are seeking to find a finest medical insurance Medicare California plan.
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Medicare Supplemental Health Insurance

The Medicare module provides illness coverage for about 44 million Americans, creation America a most critical illness caring module is saved by a supervision in authorised consumers can register s. However, even if it provides coverage for most illness problems, Medicare is customarily not cover a full price of illness caring for a participants. The participants, therefore, contingency be wakeful of what is as well as is not underneath their plan, in sold to safeguard which they indispensable to buy Medicare further word or shutting insurance, if needed.
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Why would you waste Money On Supplemental Medicare Insurance? Please Read On

What should you know when purchasing a Medicare supplemental health insurance Policy? You have to have Medicare Part A and B before you purchare Supplemental Insurance. If you intent to leaving your Medicare Advantage Plan you could buy a Policy and the Medigap can not begin until the Medicare Advantage Policy ends. Your Monthly Medicare Part B payments are made to Medicare and the Medigap monthly payments are made to the insurance firm. The Supplemental Medicare Insurance can only be for just one person. The Medigap Policy can be purchased from any licensed insurance company where you live. If you wish to terminate the Medigap policy you will need to do so via your insurance company. Your agent can not cancel the insurance policy. The Standardized Medigap policies are guaranteed renewable even with medical issues. Price is usually the only big difference in policies.
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The Benefits Of Medicare Supplement Insurance

All an individual need to do is select a doctor who accepts Medicare to start with the treatment. For this he don’t have to fill up any forms. An individual can enjoy this benefits anywhere. If someone is moving their house to any other part of the state, the insurance coverage will follow them. There are certain plans which covers foreign travel in case of an emergency service. An individual should also make sure that he is aware about this fact. For the renewal of the plan there’s no need to waste time on paperwork, paying the premiums on time automatically renews the plan. Medicare supplement insurance policies also provide refund option. There is a trial period of one month and is the individual is not satisfied with the policy, then he can defiantly claim for a refund. Apart from Medicare supplement insurance there are several other services as well, which includes vision discounts, gym membership and pharmacy saving, hence it is very profitable to grab a Medicare supplement insurance at the earliest.
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The Medicare Supplemental Insurance Policy Provides Best Offers

By obtaining MedicaresupplementalQuotes, finding the best coverage becomes very easy. It can be done either by contacting the companies directly or by using a supplementalinsurance coverage comparison tool. The internet has made it more simple, all an individual needs to do is fill out a quote request form and receive several quotes in return. Another best way is comparing the coverage’s. This is a very important step as, it is not necessary that every policy holder needs every benefit offered. By this an individual can not only compare the insuranceplans but also can compare the premium costs. And once an insurancecompany is chosen. All an individual needs to do is complete the application process. This includes a number of medical questions. An individual can decide as to when he wants to start the insurancecoverage. And if the individual gets the approval for coverage, then in the next thirty days the individual will receive the Medicare supplemental insurance policy.
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Medicare Supplemental Health Insurance Resources Online

When looking into health insurance of any kind the rules, regulations and stipulations often make it so that every word on the policy seems foreign and a bit sketchy. The policy is never laid on it terms that one without industry knowledge would completely understand. Words such as co-payment, deductible, family allowance, preventative vs. routine care often times add confusion in really understanding what is being offered. Health Insurance in general is difficult to understand and often leads us to believe we are being manipulated let alone getting into the next generation of health insurance, Medicare. How is one to determine exactly what is being offered and to finally settle upon a policy that best fits the need with Medicare and Medigap supplemental insurance policies?
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Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Plan for every common individual

Medicare supplement insurance plans are extremely advantageous especially for those who want instant and quality medical facilities during emergency times. Medical expenses are increasing with every single day and so is the standard of healthcare facilities, thanks to the rising health technology. Often, most people overlook the advantages of Medicare cover, even the most educated ones but it is essential that one should keep it on priority list. Having a good health care indemnity plan gives valuable support to both family and patient. People with chronic disabilities must have a good Medicare protection so as to receive best medical facilities without facing difficult procedures. It is completely a misconception of people that only old aged people should go with Medicare insurance. It is always advised that one should pick up Medicare indemnity immediately after the 30 years of age. Difference between Medicare health insurance and supplement plans There is a lot of difference between Medicare health insurance and supplement plans. Medicare health cover does not provide several features which you can avail from supplement plans. Also, there are few companies available that offer Medicare health indemnity to the people over the age of 58 years. On the other hand, Medicare supplement insurance proffer a range of features to the people in this age category. It can be bit expensive but prove to be extremely beneficial during the emergency times. Plan for every common individual Due to the immense rise in medical expenses, having a Medicare Supplement Insurance is indispensable. It is a responsibility of service provider to demonstrate each and every feature of plan but you need to study it on your own in order to avoid further inconveniences. For some people, price of health cover plan is a paramount factor but after researching for different plans, one can easily get an affordable supplement insurance coverage. It is always advised to compare Medicare Supplement plans in order to achieve right coverage. There are numerous companies that provide Medicare supplement plans for common individuals and everyone should make the most from such offers. Comparison with government owned and private insurance plans Several government owned companies are available as well that provide cheap Medicare supplement plans. It is true that such companies are affordable but may not prove to be helpful during an unexpected medical situation. The fact is that most government owned companies have limited coverage. That is why, it is necessary to approach a company by considering the reviews and credentials. You can also decide by comparing the features and coverage of government and private Medical supplement insurance companies. It really helps in deciding a right coverage for you and your family. Choosing a Medicare insurance plan Often, most people overlook the features of an insurance plan but it is essential to figure out each and every aspect of it. One should compare Medicare supplement plans online in order to get a clear insight of features and terms. In this way, you can easily decide upon a right kind of coverage. So, choosing a desired supplement insurance plan online is not only easiest but one can instantly take a glance at the features and coverage.
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Finding ghd sale Texas Well being Insurance coverage is Less complicated than You might Assume

By: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, ghd flat iron Texas leads the nation within the quantity of people without health insurance. Even though just about one in five Americans is uninsured, it truly is believed that one in three Texans are uninsured. The Texas Medical Association reports, “More than 5.5 million Texans – such as 1.4 million young children – absence wellness insurance coverage.” Inside a report issued from the Texas Comptroller of Community Accounts, “The uninsured are a varied group that contains persons who can not afford to pay for private well being insurance; who operate in modest firms that do not offer you insurance coverage; who basically select not to buy wellness insurance coverage, although they’re able to pay for it; who are suitable – but not enrolled – in government-sponsored plans including Medicaid or even the Children’s Health Insurance coverage Program (CHIP); and latest immigrants.” The Comptroller also noted that Texans are much less likely than other Us residents to receive health ghd flat iron insurance rewards from their employers. By far the most notable omission from these reviews is that it’s generally hard for individuals to navigate the options concerned in obtaining Texas medical insurance coverage. You will find a myriad of possibilities and decisions to be made. Ought to I get person or household protection Really should I go using a wellness maintenance organization (HMO), preferred supplier firm (PPO), or a different kind of plan What sort of deductible should I pick The activity of finding Texas health insurance is a lot more daunting due to the fact, ghd sale as you go from one well being insurance coverage company to one more, you find that each and every presents a distinct group of options. As a result, it is difficult to evaluate the proverbial apples to apples. Most people don’t understand that a full-service Texas-based well being insurance coverage company can help everybody from people and households to small business enterprise proprietors and Medicare recipients recognize the choices which are offered to them to get insurance coverage. Even much better, such agencies offer their services and help free of charge. This really is because they are compensated from the insurance businesses rather than from the insured. Therefore, you may experience the benefits of their unbiased expertise at no charge. Greatest of all, some of these agencies have applied easy-to-use on-line systems that let you to get quotes, evaluate Texas wellness insurance ghd straighener programs, and also apply on the internet – all from the comfort of your own residence. In truth, you’ll be able to peruse wellness insurance coverage options, daily life insurance ideas, dental options, and Medicare supplemental insurance coverage schemes all in one location. In order to acquire estimates for well being insurance coverage, for example, you simply really need to enter your make contact with data into an internet type, and after that offer some basic info about you and almost every other loved ones members you wish to insure. The method will then create estimates from many different providers, which you’ll be able to examine side-by-side. You may type the results by many aspects, which includes the wellness insurance coverage firm, the strategy type, the deductible, the co-pay, and the approximated high quality. Once you determine which plan you prefer, ghd australia you are able to implement on the web. Each day, well being insurance coverage companies are providing an expanding number of people with affordable Texas medical insurance. Consequently, those who obtain health insurance rest a lot easier understanding which they and their households are guarded. Acknowledged cheap ghd Outlet introduces numerous inexpensive ghd hair straightener. Obtain ghd straighener immediately with Speedily Delivery service, Tighten Payment & Wonderful Customer Support. Article Courtesy of Articlez Plus
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Feds Pinpoint $5.6 Billion In ‘Suspect’ Medicare Billings From Pharmacies

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3.27.06 Los Angeles Times Shannon by Korean Resource Center 민족학교The Associated Press: Obama To Require Regular Reviews Of Federal Rules The Obama administration is changing or eliminating a handful of regulations — from uniform street sign requirements to outdated hospital reporting rules — that it says could have cost the economy $6 billion over five years, part of a regulatory overhaul that will require agencies to periodically scrub their rule books in search of unnecessary mandates. … Among the five finalized rule changes that are to be announced Thursday, some of the biggest saving come in changes that do away with unnecessary reporting requirements by hospitals that treat Medicare and Medicaid patients (Kuhnhenn, 5/10).
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Medicare Pays Out Billions in Fraudulent Claims

Medicare administrator Marilyn Tavenner said in a statement that the agency mostly agrees with the report’s call to action. But she suggested that requiring private insurers to monitor and report suspicious activity may flood government officials with cases that turn out to be harmless.
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Politics News: Medicare as a National Health Insurance

If you are living in the United States, you do not need to worry concerning your health for this country will provide you with Medicare from the government. Medicate is an insurance program that is administered by the US government which provides guarantees access to health insurance. These health insurances are given to those who are 65 years old or older and also young people with disabilities. It is a national social insurance that has different terms concerning the financial risk of illnesses. There are advantages in joining this national insurance program like the hospital care is handled under Part A and the outpatient medical services are handled under Part B.
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Medicare will cut Social Security’s “raise” in : asics news

High-income seniors actually were buffet among two ways: never only did they disburse higher premiums,merely also the rate increases were greater than they would have been lacking the ��hold harmless�� provision. Under the decree Medicare enrollees cover 25 percent of projected Part B agenda costs; among 2010 and 2011, that projected cost was borne along a much more narrow-minded base of beneficiaries �C and along Medicaid,Polo Pantalons, which also was stuck with chapter of the additional tab.
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Morning Read: New Medicare spending data compares hospital patient costs

A Kaiser Health News analysis of spending on Medicare patients at hospitals around the country once again shows the wide variance in hospital bills, even at facilities in the same city. The analysis found that even after the severity of illness and overall health were considered, Medicare paid 5 percent or more above the national median to care for patients from 657 hospitals. This chart shows average hospital spending per patient and this one shows spending by state.
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Sterling Heights doctor convicted of Medicare fraud

21 Sterling Heights Cops Investigated For ‘Timecard Misconduct’ STERLING HEIGHTS (WWJ) – In Sterling Heights 21 police officers are being investigated for alleged time-card fraud. Sterling Heights Police Chief Michael Reese said the officers involved did not accurately report leave time on their time cards over a three-month period. Reese said the incidents were…
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Couples retiring in 2012 will need $240,000 to pay medical expenses throughout retirement:

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The crumbling of America - Gutting our infrastructure by EN2008Howard has been active in financial and estate planning since 1991, Howard started his career with MetLife after college. Howard has become an authorized representative of Tarkenton Financial, LLC, a national marketing company, in order to make available to his clients numerous options in order to protect their financial future. Howard currently lives in the Clearwater, Fl area with his wife Laura and their 5 children. There family is active in the many water activities in the area and are big Tampa Bay Rays fans.
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Video: 2012 Medicare Part D Drug Coverage Updates

Seniors Not Taking Heart Medication in Part D Donut Hole

Medicare Part D Plan: Signing up for a Medicare Part D plan is important because enrollment in Medicare Part D will not only help you avoid a late enrollment fee, but it can also offer coverage for your prescription drugs. Every Medicare Part D plan has a different drug formulary and regulations around drug coverage. Given that each individual takes different amounts and combination of prescription drugs, it is important to select a Medicare Part D plan with the most drug coverage and lowest out-of-pocket costs for you and the unique combination of prescription drugs you take. You can compare Medicare Part D plans based on your individual medication needs by visiting the PlanPrescriber Medicare Part D plan comparison tool.
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How Medicare part D is financed?

It is roughly estimated that almost 75 percent is drug coverage is government financed while remaining 25 percent is financed by the beneficiaries of the insurance. Part D coverage is privatized and totally opposed to the conventional Medicare. In which government can’t directly pay to the service providers. All funds are handed over to the private insurers to supervise benefits.
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High cost of retiree health care

FIdelity calculates that the 65-year-old couple it is using as an illustration is likely to spend $10,476 per year initially on health care. In 20 years, inflation will drive the cost to about $25,000 a year. This isn’t a scalable cost — the less money you’re living on in retirement, the greater percentage of it this represents. If in 25 years your Social Security has risen to $41,200 a year, the amount a typical Fidelity customer will likely earn, health care will eat up more than 60 percent. Ouch.
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Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans – Health Care in a Rough Economy

For someone who is not actually too involved in politics, I can’t help but be curious on the Obamacare issues which are being challenged as unconstitutional. As an employed individual, it is very important to be properly informed of the developments that have a direct effect on our lives not to mention the essential health insurance coverage. What comes to my mind as of this moment is the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans.
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Tricare Help – How can I get information on Medicare Part C?

In addition, prescription drug costs through TFL are less costly than under Medicare Part D. In fact, the Defense Department advises that the only people who may benefit from Part D coverage are those whose incomes are so low that they qualify for financial aid to pay their Medicare Part B premiums. Moreover, enrollment in Part D will preclude your use of the Tricare Mail Order Pharmacy program, under which you can get a 90-day supply of drugs for the same price that you would pay for a 30-day supply from a local retail pharmacy.
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Medicare Reform: Premium Support Is Bipartisan

Another classic example of premium support is the highly successful Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), which provides quality coverage and a variety of health options to approximately 8 million current and retired federal employees and their families. As Medicare reform proposals begin to replicate the best features of the popular FEHBP, Breaux, like many others in Congress who supported his premium support effort in 1999, emphasized that the dynamics of a competitive market would reproduce the level of quality and patient satisfaction that has been a hallmark of the FEHBP. That is why Breaux then and Senators Richard Burr (R–NC), Tom Coburn (R–OK), and Ron Wyden (D–OR) today often point to the success of the competitive experience of their own health coverage and see it is as a model for reform.
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Social Security Statements

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Social Security Owners Manual by London PermacultureWell, Social Security’s changed its system. Yes, it’ll still be taking money from each of your paychecks; but, in the majority of cases, it won’t be sending you statements through the mail any longer. Now, you can create a My Social Security Account to get access to your Social Security information online. My Social Security will give you access to all the information that you had been getting in your statements, and setting up an account is easy: just visit http://www.ssa.gov/mystatement/ and click on “Sign in or Create an Account.”
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Video: Social Security Actuary Confirms: Withholding Checks Would be a Political Decision – July 13, 2011

Social Security Websites Lead in Satisfaction, Treasury Trails

Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.
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No Internet Snooping for Claims, Says Social Security Office

According to the Washington Times, the decision rankled with some politicians, namely Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), who responded by penning a letter that implores the agency to permit claims reviewers access to public information that people share on the internet. From the letter, If an individual claims to be disabled, and then publicly posts a picture participating in a sport or physical activity on a social media website, such information should be used by [adjudicators] to determine if the claimant was truly disabled.
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Social Security goes digital

While you’re on the Social Security website looking at your income over the years, try plugging some of those numbers into an inflation calculator. I was surprised to see that I made the equivalent of almost $37,000 my first year out of college in 1973 — working in journalism, which has never been a high-paying occupation. I wasn’t a star — that’s just what the job paid. But I don’t think my children made that much on their first jobs. Making a living is tougher these days.
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Investigate Your Qualifications for SSI in the Chicago Area

The Social Security Administration defines disability as “the inability to engage in substantial gainful activity (work) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which has lasted or can be expected to last a continuous period of not less than 12 months or result in death.” If a medical or mental condition or impairment is preventing you from working and has lasted or may last for a year or more, you may be disabled and eligible for SSI in Illinois. Of course, in order to meet this definition, you must present the proper evidence to the Social Security Administration. Social Security Resources The best way to explore your eligibility for SSI in Chicago is to contact a social security representative. There are local district offices located all over the country, and you can find your nearest office by calling 1-800-772-1213 or visiting the Social Security Administration’s website http://www.socialsecurity.gov. Before you meet with the representative, gather all the pertinent information about your disability and other qualifications as possible. Some items that you should bring to your meeting include your social security card, your birth certificate or other evidence of your age, your current housing information, including a lease or mortgage, and anything related to work or finances. If you are applying based on disability, you should collect doctor’s bills, medication lists, and the names of any doctors, hospitals, and clinics that have treated you.  
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Financial steps millennials to baby boomers need to know to prepare for disability

* Cut costs and identify sources of assistance for living expenses. People need to cut discretionary spending and look at how they can reduce costs for necessary expenses, such as food, housing and health care. For example, many resources are available nationally and locally to help people, if they know where to look. This includes neighborhood food pantries, federal energy assistance, housing programs to help avoid foreclosure and provide rent assistance, and pharmaceutical assistance to cover all or part of medication costs. Nonprofit associations also offer support, such as the National Family Caregivers Association and condition-specific groups such as the National Stroke Association. Allsup provides links to local and national resources on its website.
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LGBT Baby Boomers Need Support for Social Security Equality Bill

Two years ago, on April 11, 2010, Lorri Jean, CEO of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center officially launched the Rock for Equality campaign in conjunction with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Aids Community Action Foundation. The campaign noted that LGBT workers pay into the Social Security system but are denied benefits when a partner dies, including retirement benefits, disability insurance, survivor benefits and burial expenses. Two years ago they estimated that since 2000, those benefits totaled more than $2 billion, depriving LGBT older taxpayers of more than $120 million in Social Security benefits every year. According to the calculating “Denied” clock on their website, as of 5:03pm Pacific time today, the total was $2,434,079 and counting.
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Summer job season brings out fake Internet job postings

Avoid Work-at-Home Offers. Most jobs that imply you can work from home or rake in cash are a ploy to trap you into giving away your credit card information, cashing fake checks, or paying for training that should be free. Job seekers should understand employees working from home generally go through the traditional in-person interviews and hiring process and often have experience in what they are doing, work for a salary, or have spent time and money developing the market for their work.
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Social Security Administration curtails mailing annual statements

Even in the age of so-called e-government, there are few instances when government information is truly personalized and even fewer when the government takes the initiative to make sure that information reaches individuals. In most cases, one has to know information might exist and go hunting for it. One notable exception to this is the annual statements that the Social Security Administration mails to Americans saying how much their monthly Social Security check will be when they retire. But now, according to a statement on its website, SSA will be sending Social Security Statements only to workers age 60 and older.
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Social Security Disability Increased by 5.4 Million Under Obama

The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that 45 million people in 2011 received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, a 70% increase from 2007. It said the number of people receiving the benefits, commonly known as food stamps, would continue growing until 2014. Spending for the program, not including administrative costs, rose to $72 billion in 2011, up from $30 billion four years earlier. The CBO projected that one in seven U.S. residents received food stamps last year.
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