Asked what Medicare should look like in the future, just 26 percent said it “should be changed to a system where the government provides seniors with a fixed sum of money they could use either to purchase private health insurance or to pay the cost of remaining in the current Medicare program.” Fully 64 percent said “Medicare should continue as it is today, with the government … paying doctors and hospitals directly for the services they provide to seniors.” Here’s the kicker: “Even a solid 56 percent to 30 percent majority of Republicans preferred the current system.”
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How to choose a Medicare Advantage plan
• Total costs: Look at the plan’s entire pricing package, not just the premiums and deductibles. Compare the out-of-pocket maximums plus the copays and coinsurance charged for doctor office visits, hospital stays, diagnostic tests, visits to specialists, prescription drugs and other medical services. This is very important because if you choose an Advantage plan, you’re not allowed to purchase a Medigap supplement policy, which means you’ll be responsible for paying these expenses out of your own pocket.
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(This is the third article to run as part of American Mosaic, a yearlong Reuters/Ipsos polling and reporting project that focuses on the diverse groups and competing views at play in the 2012 presidential race. The data is drawn primarily from online surveys using sampling methods developed in consultation with outside experts. By Election Day the survey will have reached 150,000 people, mixing respondents recruited from the Internet with individuals screened by Ipsos. Their responses are weighted based on demographic information and refined using a monthly telephone poll. With this method, accuracy is measured using a statistical calculation called a credibility interval. To see all the data from this survey and other polls in the series, go to www.reuters.com/politics/american-mosaic.)
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Few patients switching plans. Another critique of competition is that a general reluctance to switch plans “reflects the large number of plan choices available combined with the costs in terms of time and energy of doing research and of actually making a switch.” This claim, taken from behavioral economics, does not negate a person’s price sensitivity. Experience with the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP) shows that about 5 percent of patients switch plans each year. This reluctance to switch reflects well-documented satisfaction with plan choices. This only proves that people make decisions based on many factors, including how much they like their plans.
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Fox News: White House Pushes ObamaCare-Themed E-Cards For Mother’s Day Not even Mother’s Day could be shielded from election-year politics. The White House on Sunday released specially tailored e-cards touting the benefits for moms of the federal health care overhaul, urging people to send the card around to “show some appreciation for the mom in your life.” The e-card, posted on the White House website for any and all to download and share, is titled: “Happy Mother’s Day From The Affordable Care Act.” It goes on to say, “Being a mom isn’t a pre-existing condition.”…The card says that while insurers before the overhaul could “deny coverage for women with pre-existing conditions like breast cancer or pregnancy,” they will be prohibited from denying coverage over any pre-existing condition starting in 2014 (5/13).
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During the debate on health care reform, the Congressional Budget Office estimated those overpayments would total $157 billion over the coming decade. As a consequence of these overpayments, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), premiums for all Medicare beneficiaries, including those enrolled in traditional Medicare, are higher than they otherwise would be. Not only that, the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will become insolvent 18 months earlier than it would otherwise because of those overpayments, according to Congressional testimony by CMS’ chief actuary. That’s why, despite intense lobbying by the insurance industry, Congress inserted a provision in the Affordable Care Act to eventually phase out those overpayments. As you can imagine, the industry is lobbying Congress hard to strip that provision out of the law.
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Job Creation and Economic Development includes: Encouraging Public/Private Partnerships; Incentivizing Private Job Creation; Public Re-investment for Local Projects; Creating Incubator Program to Put Local Residents to Work; and Establishing Retraining Programs for Unemployed & Underemployed Residents to Prepare the Workforce for New Businesses & Industries.
Medicare supplement plan and its functions
Medicare supplement program is utilized to fill the gap between the Medicare parts and B. it is also known by the Medigap plan which is provided by the private insurance companies. The main focus of this plan is covering all health areas which are neglected in part and part B. This Medicare supplement plan is just according the specific rule and regulations of the Medicare. Different insurers provide almost same facilities under the same plan but they can charge different cost.
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While Ryan’s plan does put a limit on the number and variety of plans that insurance companies could offer, it’s important to consider a few things. A full 25 percent of beneficiaries are already enrolled in private plans through Medicare Advantage. In 2012, however, Medicare will still spend 7 percent more for beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans than if those beneficiaries were in traditional Medicare. And as Center for American Progress Managing Director of Health Policy Topher Spiro has argued, “There is no evidence that private plans provide better quality than traditional Medicare, and the quality of private plans is highly uneven.” The example of Medicare Advantage demonstrates that premium support plans would likely cost more without guaranteeing increased quality of care.