Blue Hampshire: Politics ::: NH GOP Chair repeats $500 billion Medicare lie

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We should probably retire that moniker.  The ACA is about how we pay for medical care. If Republicans don’t like the ACA, then we should expand Medicare to serve all. As it is, it is my considered opinion that the age exclusions are un-Constitutional.  After all, illness and injury do not discriminate by the age of their victims. Exclusive programs for elderly persons are merely a stratagem for keeping the segregationist impulse satisfied. The perennial threat to end Medicare affects different populations differently. Both Medicare and Medicaid give official recognition to the fact that health is a matter of social security. The exclusion of some people affirms the belief that society is a hierarchy in which some people are more important than others. Segregationists don’t care as much about who’s more important as that somebody is. I suspect that segregation is attractive, or perhaps even necessary, to people who need a contrast/antagonist in order to define themselves. Adherents of the Party of No are people who define themselves by what they are not (not a woman, not a pansy, not a black, not a thespian, not a liberal, not a crook). That every ‘not’ has a positive opposite makes it easy define what they are.
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Video: 2011 08 10 Manchester NH Frank Guinta Debt Ceiling, Budget, Medicare, Social Security, Tax Fairness Part 1

Social Security, Medicare Preservation Group Endorses Kuster [VIDEO]

Exactly Reggie, HHS Secretary Sebelius testified before Congress in May 2011. The administration is trying to "double count" the 500 Billion. Critics of the new health-care law are ridiculing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for essentially admitting a key GOP contention: that the administration has been "double counting" Medicare savings by saying the same $500 billion would be used both for extending the life of the current program and for funding its new mandates.
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Kuster Marks Medicare Milestone with Local Seniors

Kuster has spent years speaking with New Hampshire seniors about issues like aging and healthcare. In 2004, Kuster and her mother, Susan McLane, co-authored “The Last Dance: Facing Alzheimer’s With Love & Laughter,” which chronicles her family’s experience coping with her mother’s diagnosis.
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CMS Raises Questions About N.H. Medicaid Reimbursement; Other Medicaid News

California Healthline: State Health Officials Intrigued By New Medi-Cal Data Last week, the California HealthCare Foundation, which publishes California Healthline, released a survey of the attitudes and concerns of Medi-Cal beneficiaries. It has been a relatively long time since a similar survey was completed in 2000, so state health care officials were extremely pleased to get updated information, (Len Finocchio, director of the Department of Health Care Services) said. … One of the main general findings in the current survey is that beneficiaries are pretty happy with Medi-Cal. According to survey results, about 90 percent of the Medi-Cal insured have a positive view of the program and 78 percent said the program covers the care people need (Gorn, 6/5).
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

Romney Picks Paul Ryan as Running Mate

The Ryan plan will privatize medicare just like when they privatized health care. Ryan plan would require future Medicare recipients to use a premium support provided by the federal gov (voucher) to buy a private insurance policy instead of receiving current benefits directly funded by the federal gov. The Path to Prosperity” doesn’t contain a specific proposal to privatize Social Security;however, Ryan set out some specifics proposing to privatize a portion of Social Sec. by creating individual accounts for beneficiaries and telling the beneficiaries to invest a part of the money.Beneficiary would pay 68 PERCENT of the cost of currently covered services and the premium support payment would pay 32 percent of the currently covered services. In part, this would be because both administrative costs and profits would be HIGHER in a private plan,and payment rates to providers are higher for private plans than for Medicare. Ryan Plan and Mitt Romney are picking on the seniors who have fixed income to make a buck on health care! Lobby checks r coming the insurance companies looking to make more profits; Can one imagine Blue Cross Blue Shield making more than the 13 billion they already made in the last year on sick people by over charging them? Makes me feel ill. Obama 2012, let’s get the word out!
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Daily Kos: The Committee to End Medicare: Mitt Romney picks Paul Ryan #3

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The lies, the distortions and the rest were at once hilarious and horrifying — listening to the platitudes they piled on one another, you might think, “wow, they are paragons of virtue,” until you actually apply the words to the men they supposedly describe.  For instance, how rich was it that Serial Liar Mitt Romney talked about education, when he wants to gut all help to schools, increase class size, etc.? How curious was it that Liar Paul Ryan bemoaned the fate of the poor, when he wants to cut food stamps, Medicare and other protections that are needed especially now, since he (a) voted for all the wild spending of the Bush years and (b) obstructed all of President Obama’s proposals over the last two years.  (He also lied about President Obama having “Democratic majorities,” another of the typical, untruthful talking points, but that’s a minor quibble relative to all the rest.
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Tennessee Guerilla Women: Ronney’s VP Pick: Enemy of Medicare

Let the campaign begin. Romney is announcing Paul Ryan as his VP choice, as I write. In other words, the all male, all white Romney team hopes to slash Medicare and all social safety net programs that are not designed for Romney’s fat-rat buddies. Are you paying attention Florida?
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Mitt Romney Selects Paul Ryan, The Guy Who Wants To Destroy Medicare, As VP

The choice of Congressman Ryan as the Republican vice presidential running mate seems likely to alienate the libertarian wing of the Republican Party as well. Ryan has repeatedly voted in favor of extending the Patriot Act without any reforms, and also voted to approve language in the National Defense Authorization Act last year that gives the President of the United States the power to grab American citizens and hold them prisoner for an unlimited length of time without criminal charge. Paul Ryan is no friend of constitutional freedoms.
Source: irregulartimes.com

Medicaid and Medicare Assistance Specialist

Summary… Primary purpose of this position is to assist facilities with insurance follow up and research as well as other special projects regarding… From Community Health Systems – 12 Jun 2012 12:32:17 GMT – View all Franklin jobs
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Why Paul Ryan is a BAD Choice…

- It led to 10 more years of deficit spending – It added between $5-11 TRILLION dollars to the national debt – It spent a total of $40 TRILLION over the next 10 years – His plan REQUIRED the debt ceiling to be raised – It was an obviously unbalanced budget (in fact it doesn’t fully balance until the year 2040) – It increased spending over the next few years (it merely slows the rate of spending, not actually cutting spending anytime soon) – It was was bigger than what we had under Bill Clinton
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Forward Motion: The Affordable Care Act’s Big Changes to Medicare

The Part D low-income subsidy provides vital help with out-of-pocket prescription drug costs to Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes, including full coverage of their Part D premium. However, there are several problems with the program. The plans that are available, and what they charge in premiums, vary from year to year, which makes it difficult for beneficiaries to maintain stable coverage. The changes in plans can be drastic, and new plans often have different coverage rules than the old ones. The frequent changes in coverage disrupt the continuity of care for these beneficiaries, and often those who stay in plans that no longer qualify for a full premium subsidy may incur out-of-pocket premium costs they cannot afford [6].
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Increase in pain since dental appointment

This community is part of the Ben’s Friends network of patient communities. Learn more at bensfriends.org. Patient Communities Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) ADHD/ADD Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) Amyloidosis Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Ataxia (International) Ataxia (U.S.A.) Atrial Septal Defect Brain Aneurysms Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) Chiari Malformation Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) Crohn’s Disease Disabilities Eagle Syndrome Erythromelalgia Fabry Fibromyalgia Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia(GPN) Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) Lupus Multiple Myeloma Myositis Narcolepsy Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) Synovial Sarcoma Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) Von Willebrand’s Disease (VWD) Other Rare Diseases
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Mitt Romney: I’m Running With Paul Ryan, But Not On The Ryan Budget

Romney has strongly endorsed the Romney-Ryan Budget throughout his campaign – turning time and time again to the same tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans on the backs of middle-class families as Paul Ryan has championed in Congress. The Romney-Ryan Budget would turn Medicare into a voucher program, make severe cuts to programs like education that would hamper job creation, and repeal health care reform and key protections in Wall Street reform – all to pay for massive tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
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Compare Medicare Supplement Plans Side By Side

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MORE DIRTY TRICKS FROM YOUR SOCIALIST/MARXIST   PRESIDENT AND HIS NASTY LITTLE ADMINISTRATION HACKS by SS&SSAs you can see, comparing plan benefits from one company to the next is mostly a non-issue. Although some companies such as United Healthcare seem to offer small benefits such as vision and prescription drug discounts, this is actually a benefit of being an AARP member.
Source: alabamamedicaresupplement.com

Video: Compare Medicare Supplements-Medicare Supplements Compared

Must a health care provider who accepts Medicare also accept all Medicare supplemental and Advantage plans?

Doctors can accept any form of payment they wish. Usually if a Doctor accepts Medicare they will absolutely accept Medicare supplement plans since it is to their advantage. Medicare Advantage is a different story. If it is a Medicare advantage HMO the Doctor must be in the network to accept. Usually most Doctors who accept Medicare will accept a PPO type plan unless they do not accept any insurance at all. If a doctor will not bill your ppo you can also send a paper claim to your insurance company and they will pay their portion.
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The Importance of Comparing Medicare Supplemental Insurance Plans

Many Medigap customers think that comparing Medicare supplement insurance is a highly complicated process and that only insurance agents will know how to compare these supplement to Medicare policies. If you too are holding the same view about Medicare supplemental insurance, then you will be surprised to learn that comparing your Medigap plan options need not be a complicated or tedious process anymore. Today, the internet has empowered the customers so much that they can accomplish a lot of time consuming tasks in a matter of just few clicks. This applies to Medicare supplemental insurance price comparison too. You will be able to compare your Medicare supplement plans easily online. You will not have to visit several websites or spend several hours anymore to compare the various policies. You just need to find a reliable Medicare supplemental insurance website such as Lowcostmedigap.com that will allow you to compare Medigap plans online. Using such online services you will be able to make well-informed choices on your Medicare supplement. You will be able to save not only a lot of money but also a lot of time by comparing your Medicare supplement plans online.
Source: medicarequotefinderblog.com

SHIIP provides Medicare assistance

Of course there are other things to consider when determining Medicare options. SHIIP has created a handout meant to help navigate the Medicare system and initial enrollment process. The handout, “The Road to Medicare,” outlines the decisions people will need to make and what options are available through the Medicare system. To obtain a free copy of “The Road to Medicare,” call SHIIP at 1-800-443-9354 or visit SHIIP’s website at www.ncshiip. com.
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Medicare Supplement Plans M And N Have Lower Premiums

Either Plan M or N are good options if you would like to purchase a supplement but are on a budget. If you have disposable income in reserve and you feel because of your good health that a inpatient stay is less likely, you may be able to save some money with Plan M.
Source: affordablemedicareplan.com

Xtreme Art and Entertaiment: View and Compare Medicare Supplement Insurance Online

Online Medicare Supplement Insurance help is never farther than a click or phone call away. Thankfully it is easier than ever to maneuver through the maze of Medicare Part A and Part B as well as the many Medigap plans used to fill in the holes. The first step when taking the leap into the world of Medicare is to find out as much as you can about what is covered and what is not by Medicare Part A and Part B. When it comes to taking the leap into gap insurance online advisors will guide you through what is available and help shop the Medigap market to find the best premiums that you qualify for. As rates change each year you will want to contact your online Medicare Supplement Insurance provider to get updates on lower rates from other Medigap Insurance providers. An online advisor is helpful in helping determine exactly what gap insurance program you should enroll in according to prior history and current lifestyle. An over view to Medicare Supplement Insurance plans will give clients the most basic look into the different plans available. A sample of the Supplement Insurance Plans Medicare has to offer is listed below. You can see just from glancing below how vary different the coverage is and why it is important to determine which plan is best on an individual basis. Medicare Supplement Plan F Medigap Plan F is the most comprehensive supplement plan available for 2012. 100% of the gaps left by Medicare Part A and Part B are covered under Plan F. Individuals are free to see any doctor or specialist, who accepts Medicare, without needing a referral. This plan allows individuals to pay nothing out of pocket for any Medicare approved expense. Plan F is the most widely used plan for Medicare participants. Medicare Supplement Plan G Medigap Plan G is often compared directly to Plan F; the main difference being that individuals pay the Medicare Part B deductible out of pocket as it is not covered by Plan G. Another popular option in Medicare Supplement Insurance plans to enroll in. Once the Medicare Part B deductible is covered, 100% of the Medicare Part A and Part B gaps are covered with Medigap Plan G. Lower premiums than Plan F. Medicare Supplement Plan N Similar to the above plans, Medicare Supplement Plan N offers the convenience of being able to be seen by any doctor that accepts Medicare without being part of a network. Lower monthly premiums than Supplement Plan F and Plan G. Cost-sharing option for emergency room visit co-pays, doctor visits co-pays up to $20 each visit after the Medicare Part B deductible has been met. When entering into the Medicare Supplement maze it is best to find a source for information that is reliable and up to date. Online Medicare Supplement Insurance advisors will help individuals find the best plan for your needs while offering the ability to compare rates from the hundreds of private insurance companies offering Medicare Supplement Insurance for sale. —————————————————- Senior Heath Direct offers individuals a chance to view and compare Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans Online. Visit http://www.seniorhealthdirect.com today to determine which Medigap plan best suits your lifestyle and explore rates from several Medicare Supplement Insurance providers. EasyPublish this article: http://submityourarticle.com/articles/easypublish.php?art_id=272415
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Ask The Experts: Retirement

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Q. I will retire after age 65. My husband is already older than 65, and we are both covered by my Blue Cross Blue Shield FEHB. I realize I don’t have to make a decision for either of us concerning taking Medicare Part B as long as I’m employed by the federal government. After I retire, I realize BCBS will be constrained by law to pay no more than the Medicare fee schedule amount for services rendered for either of us should I chose not to take Medicare Part B for either of us. Can my doctor require me to pay the difference between the Medicare allowed part my insurance pays and what my doctor wants to charge? Or is my doctor mandated by law to keep fees for services at the Medicare Part B limit regardless of whether my doctor accepts Medicare Part B or not?
Source: federaltimes.com

Video: Excellus BCBS Medicare plan travels with you

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Medicare Supplement Plan

Medicare Supplement Insurance in Texas, like all other traditional forms of coverage does have rate increases and I dislike them as much as you do. BCBS seems to have some of the most stable rates in the industry, where some carriers have pounded the rates some 10 and 12% these guys have not exhibited that type of behavior. They actually experienced a rate decrease this last October which was a pleasant surprise to most seniors. Of course there is no way of knowing what may or may not happen from one year to the next so yes, they could raise rates soon, but so far so good.
Source: medicareinsurancetexas.com

Free Health Insurance U.S.

Free Health Insurance is owned and operated by Barry White, a former Health Insurance Specialist with 16 years experience in the health insurance industry. Mr. White now dedicates his time to helping families find affordable insurance in a quickly changing marketplace. He provides this quoting service free of charge to consumers, and makes no commissions from any insurance company or agent.
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Daily Kos: The Committee to End Medicare: Mitt Romney picks Paul Ryan #6

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OBAMAS DEATH PANEL------ GUESS WHAT FOLKS IT'S ALIVE AND WELL---"CRAZY PALIN" NOT SO CRAZY NOW by SS&SSThe Romney team understands that they are losing this race. Selecting Paul Ryan as Mitt’s running mate literally blows up the entirety of what he had previously based his candidacy on. As Mitt no longer finds it tenable to run on his business record and financial prowess since he refuses to disclose any meaningful information on anything related to them, he had to make this race a battle of ideology and ideas, rather than counting on the status quo to defeat Obama. Romney has just endorsed the most extreme, partisan and openly anti-American budget in the modern history of our nation by picking Paul Ryan. Mitt has conceded the election to Barack Obama. This is his Sarah Palin moment. Game over.   –  Principled Progressive
Source: dailykos.com

Video: Medicine Dish: Medicaid and Medicare Data for American Indians and Alaska Natives

CMS Posts Final Rules for SNF and IRFs

I wish to thank Ms. Franko for her assistance in teaching me about billing for physical therapy. I have recently been assisted in the appropriate coding for speech. There are so many nuances that are not covered in the Medicare material. Ms. Franko is a genius in letting us know how to maximize the appropriate coding and billing techniques. I not only appreciate her knowledge, I appreciate her ability to break it down for the small clinics and persons like me who have minor knowledge of billing.
Source: encompassmedicare.com

Mitt Romney Selects Paul Ryan, The Guy Who Wants To Destroy Medicare, As VP

The choice of Congressman Ryan as the Republican vice presidential running mate seems likely to alienate the libertarian wing of the Republican Party as well. Ryan has repeatedly voted in favor of extending the Patriot Act without any reforms, and also voted to approve language in the National Defense Authorization Act last year that gives the President of the United States the power to grab American citizens and hold them prisoner for an unlimited length of time without criminal charge. Paul Ryan is no friend of constitutional freedoms.
Source: irregulartimes.com

That was quick: OFA already out with Romney

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Medicare Insurance Alaska

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Massachusetts Liberal: Rolling the dice

OK, scratch the Etch a Sketch. Mitt Romney’s likely announcement of Paul Ryan as his running mate suggests the presumptive Republican presidential nominee still hasn’t closed the deal with the GOP’s conservative wing. And that makes Eric Fehrnstrom’s suggestion that Romney will tack back toward the middle, well, inoperative. The selection of Ryan, an untested 42-year-old who has called for a radical overhaul of entitlement programs, is a move designed to shake up a campaign that has had its fair share of bad news lately, pummeled by Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and a Super PAC over his income taxes and tenure at Bain Capital. And that doesn’t even begin to factor in Romney’s overseas stumbles. Even more significant than the horse race polls, which should not carry a lot of weight this early, are Romney’s rising negatives, now lapping the 50 percent unfavorable mark. All that apparently convinced Romney to “go bold” and tap the conservative heart throb who got a rousing endorsement from the Wall Street Journal editorial page even before the announcement. But is it boldness — or desperation? That Romney feels the need to shore up his base just weeks before the GOP convention is a sign of weakness. And in tapping Ryan he has opened up a whole new line of attack for Democrats and the Obama campaign, still smarting over the GOP’s use of Social Security and Medicare fears to win the House in 2010. Does anyone really think an Obama campaign that has not shied away from the negative is not going to feast on Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voluntary insurance program? Even the timing of the announcement hints at the desire to change the subject: hard up against the last day of the Olympics and closing ceremonies. Yes, it is slower on weekends and Romney will now have the top spot in just about every Sunday newspaper. But it won’t be as clear a headline sweep as if he had waited even one more week, when people had already stopped talking about the Games. The bright side of the pick? It cannot possibly be worse than John McCain’s selection of a then 44-year-old first term Alaska governor.
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Obama campaign well versed in matchup against ‘radical’ Ryan

“So, Florida, that is wrong,” Obama continued. “It’s wrong to ask you to pay for Medicare so that people who are doing well right now get even more. That’s no way to reduce the deficit. We shouldn’t be squeezing more money out of our seniors. My plan is to squeeze more money out of the health care system that is being wasted with waste and abuse and fraud.”
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Ask The Experts: Retirement

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Q. I will retire after age 65. My husband is already older than 65, and we are both covered by my Blue Cross Blue Shield FEHB. I realize I don’t have to make a decision for either of us concerning taking Medicare Part B as long as I’m employed by the federal government. After I retire, I realize BCBS will be constrained by law to pay no more than the Medicare fee schedule amount for services rendered for either of us should I chose not to take Medicare Part B for either of us. Can my doctor require me to pay the difference between the Medicare allowed part my insurance pays and what my doctor wants to charge? Or is my doctor mandated by law to keep fees for services at the Medicare Part B limit regardless of whether my doctor accepts Medicare Part B or not?
Source: federaltimes.com

Video: Excellus BCBS Medicare plan travels with you

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Medicare Supplement Plan

Medicare Supplement Insurance in Texas, like all other traditional forms of coverage does have rate increases and I dislike them as much as you do. BCBS seems to have some of the most stable rates in the industry, where some carriers have pounded the rates some 10 and 12% these guys have not exhibited that type of behavior. They actually experienced a rate decrease this last October which was a pleasant surprise to most seniors. Of course there is no way of knowing what may or may not happen from one year to the next so yes, they could raise rates soon, but so far so good.
Source: medicareinsurancetexas.com

Is the federal employees health program anti

The position papers from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and from the BlueCross BlueShield Association (BC/BS) cast serious doubt on whether private plan competition is providing us with the best value. OPM claims that the dominance of BC/BS is anti-competitive and results in higher than necessary insurance premiums. BC/BS claims that introducing more competition on a regional level will result in adverse selection, forcing national plans (i.e., BC/BS) to charge higher premiums to cover higher-cost regions.
Source: pnhp.org

Manifesto Joe’s Texas Blues: ‘Biggest Brown

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Kinky For Governor by Big Grey Mare ~ Go ahead. I'll catch up.By Manifesto Joe If this is Romney’s choice for a running mate, 99% of Americans under 55 should prepare to be thrown under the bus. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, 42, looks to be Slick Willard’s choice for a vice presidential running mate. It’s a pretty clear signal from Scumney to the Republican Party’s powerful far right wing — pssst, I’m really one of you guys! I just played like a moderate to get elected governor of Massachusetts. Ryan, who was literally voted “Biggest Brown-Noser” by his 1988 high school classmates, is a Young Republican poster boy. Here’s a link to his Wikipedia biography, by the way. My wife, who is not much better at brown-nosing than I am, keeps telling me that it pays off. In Ryan’s case, it certainly seems that way. If the Scumney-Ryan ticket wins in November, we will have a heartbeat away from the presidency a man who has very seriously proposed privatizing Social Security and replacing the current Medicare program with a voucher system. The concrete proposals have been for phase-ins (should I say phase-outs?) that wouldn’t apply to Americans over a certain age, generally given as 55. That makes all this more palatable for older people — retired Tea Party types can keep collecting their checks while throwing younger people under the bus with nary a thought. A sad thing about politics, in any country, is that there usually has to be a bloody, fatal wreck at the intersection, so to speak, before someone will put up a traffic light. Social Security, in effect since 1935, is largely taken for granted. There are no seniors around who can remember the time before we had Medicare, starting in 1965. So, as collective memories grow fuzzy, it is looking like tragic reality that people are going to have to see, with their own eyes, what American life will be like with no such entitlements. The Obama-Biden ticket would be well-advised to make Ryan’s record on these issues a centerpiece of their campaign. Of course, they’ll be accused of fear-mongering and “class warfare” and such — fine, let the other side talk that trash. The American Class War looks like it’s been effectively over for decades anyway (want to guess who won?), so it’s a guerrilla struggle from now on. One afterthought is wonderment about how someone like Paul Ryan could be elected to seven terms in the U.S. House from a seemingly progressive state like Wisconsin. This is a place that elected the La Follettes, Bill Proxmire and Russ Feingold. But, Scott Walker is governor there now, having survived a recall election. And Joe McCarthy was elected to the U.S. Senate there — twice. Oh, well. There’s plenty to be ashamed of in Texas. But at least we never sent Joe McCarthy to Washington. We had to settle for Martin Dies. Unfortunately, it looks alarmingly as though Paul Ryan will be going back there soon, and perhaps with a promotion. Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.
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Video: Medicare Supplements in Texas: What to Look For When Choosing a Plan

Medicare and Medicaid Cuts Raise Concerns for Texas Seniors

The Texas Health Care Association recently warned that cuts to Medicaid and Medicare could have a harmful impact on the healthcare facilities that deliver important services to Texas seniors. One consequence of these cuts could be the shuttering of nursing homes. This unfortunate possibility could lead to even more hospital emergency room visits by seniors because they have been separated from the consistent care which prevents them from needing ER visits. Shutting down nursing homes and thereby reducing daily care for some seniors may also put them at risk of situations requiring acute care.
Source: lawfirmnewswire.com

Daily Kos: Did Ryan provide tax returns to Mitt?

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Examples of Taxpayers Facing Medicare Tax Increase under Health Care Bill

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READ THE HEALTHCARE BILL NOW... by roberthuffstutterThe health care bill passed by the House of Represenatives on Sunday (Senate bill plus reconciliation) includes, among many other tax increases, two tax hikes on high-income taxpayers set to go into effect in 2013. One of the increases is a higher employee Medicare tax on wages earned above $250,000 (married; $200,000 for singles). The other tax hike is a 3.8 percent Medicare tax on investment income earned by couples earning more than $250,000 in modified adjusted gross income ($200,000 for singles). Investment income includes such sources as rental income, dividend income, interest income, income from trusts, and most capital gains.
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Video: 2011 HEAT Provider Compliance Training – Overview of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Janiva’s Blog Webinar Simplifying Medicare

Here at the BA we get hundreds of health care questions from individuals asking us about Medicare, Medicaid, insurance, Medigap, and on and on. It’s a subject that’s big on people’s minds. I wasn’t at all surprised that over 1,000 people signed up for the Christian Science Committee on Publication’s Town Hall Chat on the US Supreme Court’s Ruling on Health Care Reform a few weeks ago. (If you haven’t had the opportunity, I highly recommend you take the time to listen to the replay of the chat: Town Hall Meeting).
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Medicare Reform Using Part D Model Is Advocacy Priority For PhRMA – Castellani :: “The Pink Sheet” :: Elsevier Business Intelligence

For PhRMA, supporting a move toward privatizing Medicare is a tactic that may help avoid the establishment of new price controls in the system, like the often-discussed mandated drug rebates in Part D.
Source: elsevierbi.com

Healthcare Law Saves Oregonians $44.4 Million on Prescriptions

As a result of the Affordable Care Act, people with Medicare in Oregon have saved $44,372,738 on prescription drugs since the law was enacted. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also released data today showing that in the first half of 2012, 12,053 with Medicare in Oregon saved a total of $6,646,011 on prescription drugs in “donut hole” coverage gap for an average of $551 in savings this year. See Also: Health Care Law: What’s in Effect, What’s Still to Come Nationwide, over 5.2 million seniors and people with disabilities have saved over $3.9 billion on prescription drugs since the law was enacted. “Millions of people with Medicare have been paying less for prescription drugs thanks to the health reform law,” said CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “Seniors and people with disabilities have already saved close to $4 billion nationwide. In 2020, the donut hole will be closed thanks to the Affordable Care Act.” These savings are automatically applied to prescription drugs that people with Medicare purchase, after they hit the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap or “donut hole.” Since the law was enacted, seniors and people with disabilities have had several opportunities to save on prescription drugs:
Source: aarp.org

Only 35 Days Left to Avoid Medicare eRx Penalties in 2013

Physicians who are electronic prescribing need to make sure they are using the correct electronic prescribing G-code (G8553) on their Medicare Part B claims. By reporting G8553, the physician is indicating that at least one prescription created during the patient encounter was generated and transmitted electronically using a qualified electronic prescribing system. Additionally, G8553 needs to be submitted with a line-item charge of $0.00 (a nominal amount such as $0.01 can be substituted if the physician’s billing system requires a charge). 
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Medicare Reimbursements for SNFs: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .”

“After years of reimbursement volatility, today’s update to Medicare payments is welcome news to skilled nursing providers. AHCA appreciates CMS’ balanced approach to this year’s Medicare payment system after recognizing the many rounds of government reductions the profession has already endured. Stable Medicare funding will help ensure America’s seniors continue to have access to high quality, post-acute care.”
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Free seminar to probe Medicare changes in light of Supreme Court ruling, 10/2

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Cassandra Q. Butts by Center for American Progress“Our goal is to give journalists, who sometimes are thrown into the beat with limited resources and research budgets, an intensive Medicare basics course so they can hit the ground running when it comes to Medicare reporting,” EJ Mitchell, managing editor of The Medicare NewsGroup, said in a statement. “We hope the journalists who participate will feel more informed about the topic, and will become more comfortable writing articles and analyses on the program and the politics surrounding it.”
Source: sabew.org

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Why Paul Ryan could be a drag in Florida (which Marco Rubio helps Romney win)

At the heart of the controversy is Ryan’s proposal to turn Medicare in the future into a “premium support” system that would help seniors pay for private health insurance. It would essentially put more caps on future Medicare expenditures. Democrats prefer to use the “V” word to describe it: Voucher. And they point to independent studies showing that the voucher, a predetermined amount of money that escalates at a predetermined rate over time, won’t keep pace with the inflation of medical costs. Bottom line: Seniors would have to pay more out of pocket in the future than they’re paying now. Services could be cut. Right now, about 3.4 million are on Medicare in Florida, which receives about $25.2 billion from the program. Ryan and the plan’s defenders point out that nothing’s free. Someone’s always paying something out of pocket for Medicare or any other government program. On its current path, Medicare isn’t sustainable. And more and more seniors are buying supplemental insurance to cover Medicare expenses now, making the system appear more voucher-like over time. Ryan said he’s trying to save, not end, Medicare. Also, Ryan softened his plan, giving some future beneficiaries the choice of using the voucher or keeping a more traditional Medicare program. Ryan’s plan would restructure Medicare for those younger than 55. His Social Security plan would allow those younger than 55 to invest a part of their Social Security taxes in “personal retirement accounts” managed by the government, not private firms. President Obama has called this “privatization” of Social Security, which it isn’t. But it does put Social Security on that path, and the line of attack helped sandbag President George W. Bush in 2005, when Ryan pushed him to adopt conservative reforms to Social Security, which provides about $49 billion in Florida and serves 3.7 million residents.
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Health: The spending by 20% in the U.S. in 2016

Even if the recent changes in the growth of health spending has been modest, some of the most dramatic changes taking place are the changes in the distribution of payments in Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance industry that Medicare Part D is fully implemented, said a statement the company health Poisal new.
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More Adults Eligible For Medicare Than Ever Before

On January 1 of 2011, the oldest members of the Baby Boomers turned 65 years old. That was just the kick off of a 20 year, history-making turn of events. Every single day, until 2031, at least 10,000 baby boomers will celebrate their 65th birthday. Such a large number of older people have never existed in the United States (or the world, for that matter). This means that never before have so many Americans also been on the verge of becoming eligible for Medicare.
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Repost: Safety Net Hospitals Could Lose Money In Medicare Changes, Study Warns

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Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare Plan Website Recognized as a Benchmark for Excellence

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TWO YEARS OF RUIN by SS&SSAbout 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 currently serve more than 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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Which is better? Medicare or Medicare Advantage?

6. What is the Medicare Advantage plan’s star rating? The 5-star rating system is used by Medicare to monitor Medicare Advantage plans and determine if they meet certain quality standards.  The ratings also make it easier for someone on Medicare to compare plans based on quality and customer service. The star rating system considers 53 quality measures, such as success in providing preventive services, managing chronic illness, and keeping consumer complaints to a minimum. The higher the plan’s rating, the better. It’s not a bad idea to target plans that have a rating of 3.5 or higher.
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Medicare Advantage bonus program illegal?

The Government Accountability Office this week took issue with the legality of the $8.3 billion Medicare Advantage Quality Bonus Payment Demonstration, The Washington Post reported. The GAO on Wednesday sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, questioning the demonstration project in which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provides incentives to promote quality. The GAO in April released a report, criticizing what it saw as an ineffective program and called for its cancellation. Article
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AHIP: Many Medicare Advantage Enrollees Have Low Incomes

Medicare Advantage plans give enrollees incentives to use in-network providers. To reward enrollees for accepting limits on provider access, the plans typically charge low or no premiums and may offer much lower out-of-pocket costs than traditional Medicare plans. The private plans also may offer extra features, such as free memberships in exercise programs or free hearing tests.
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GAO Questions Legality Of Medicare Advantage Bonuses

CQ HealthBeat: Congressional Watchdog Continues To Criticize Medicare Advantage Demonstration The General Accountability Office is continuing to hammer away at the Obama administration’s $8.35 billion Medicare Advantage demonstration program, this time in a 10-page letter Wednesday to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that questions her authority to create the pilot effort. Under the health care overhaul, the best-performing private Medicare health plans, called Medicare Advantage plans, were to receive bonuses. The idea was that these plans would have an incentive to get the highest performance rating: five stars. But administration officials decided that instead of relying on the health care law language, they would use their authority under Social Security to create a demonstration program that would give bonuses starting with average-performing plans that were rated at three stars (Bunis, 7/11).
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GAO Says Time to Call it Quits on Medicare Advantage Program

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Medicare Advantage Grows; But Not Without Government Help

The net result, encouraging more plans to compete in the Medicare market, is not actually in the best interest of seniors. In a study published last month in Health Affairs, researchers found that too many choices with too little guidance can be overwhelming for Medicare enrollees, especially the growing proportion that is experiencing cognitive difficulties. “Our study suggests that the Medicare Advantage program presents an overabundance of choices for many elderly beneficiaries,” the researchers write. “Medicare Advantage plans currently compete for enrollees through the benefits they offer and the premiums they charge, but elderly beneficiaries with low cognitive function were not responsive to changes in these features.” The implication, according to Health Affairs, is that these “unresponsive” seniors may buy into plans not well suited to their needs, allowing private insurers to profit “by offering less-generous coverage or reducing benefits while still attracting or retaining enrollees with limited cognitive abilities.”
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Federal Circuit Court Finds Part C Medicare Advantage :Gould & Lamb

The court also recognized that Congress’s goal in creating the Medicare Advantage program was to harness the power of private sector competition to stimulate experimentation and innovation that would ultimately create a more efficient and less expensive Medicare system. See, e.g., H.R. Rep. No. 105-217, at 585 (1997) (Conf. Rep.) (stating that MA program was intended to “enable the Medicare program to utilize innovations that have helped the private market contain costs and expand health care delivery options”). It was the belief of Congress that the MA program would “continue to grow and eventually eclipse original fee-for-service Medicare as the predominant form of enrollment under the Medicare program.” Id. at 638. The MA program was thus, like the MSP statute, “designed to curb skyrocketing health costs and preserve the fiscal integrity of the Medicare system.” Fanning v. United States, 346 F.3d 386, 388 (3d Cir. 2003).
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