Medicare Politics By The Numbers?

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HELP ME HELP MYSELF! by eyewashdesign: A. GoldenNational Journal: Obama And Romney On Medicare: The Basics Here’s a breakdown of the major features of the two candidates’ plans for the program, laying out how each would change life for current and future beneficiaries, and where future budget savings are achieved. OBAMA/BIDEN: President Obama has already spelled out his vision for Medicare reform in his 2010 health reform law. The law pares back about $700 billion in Medicare growth over the next 10 years through several mechanisms and launches some payment reforms designed to reduce wasteful use of health care by beneficiaries. … ROMNEY/RYAN: There are some small differences between Romney and Ryan’s proposals on Medicare, but they share a basic core — the assertion that competition and choice can drive down costs more effectively than a government monolith (Sanger-Katz, 8/14).
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TrendSource Needs Your Help Protecting Senior Citizens from Unethical Medicare Insurance Sales Tactics

In 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued severe fines to insurance companies for violating regulated marketing and sales guidelines. These regulations are in place to prevent deceptive and high-pressure marketing tactics during the annual enrollment period (AEP), which occurs from October to December. One of the tools that CMS uses to regulate insurers is surveillance programs where CMS personnel or third party contractors anonymously attend sales and marketing events. In the case of an infraction, CMS may issue a fine or for the worst offenders, they can revoke the ability of the insurer to sell Medicare & Medicaid services.
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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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Need Help with Medicare Premiums? Enroll in MMAP

Medicare Premium Help is an outreach campaign that works to spread awareness and assist Michigan seniors with their health care premiums. The campaign is part of the nonprofit Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) and works through Michigan Area Agencies on Aging. MMAP has already helped thousands of senior citizens since its inception in 1984, and has saved seniors millions of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses. The organization is looking to reach even more seniors this year with the Medicare Premium Help campaign.
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Daily Kos: Mitt’s Medicare madness

Mr. Romney subscribes to a set of fantasies out of the Chamber of Commerce playbook that all the familiar activities of status quo wealth generation could easily continue via the marvelous invisible hands of unfettered corporatism, if only the deadweight of government restrictions and the squandering of borrowed public “money” were swept away. His choice of running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, is meant to embody all those notions — but more than that appeal to the inchoate mob of Tea Partiers who want to get the gubment’s hands off their goshdarn medicare. Anyway, the net effect of Mr. Romney’s business fantasies are so inadequate to the contractive forces underway that they would amount to pissing up the massive rope of history in a hurricane of events. Anyway, bear in mind that, whatever else is going on out there right now in the three-ring circus of presidential politics, events are in the driver’s seat, not personalities, and the seeming quiescence of things on the late summer scene is an illusion that will soon dissipate.
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Medicare meeting helps break down program for locals

BROWNSVILLE — People from around the Rio Grande Valley gathered Friday to learn about Medicare — what it will do for them and maybe what it won’t. “I learned Medicare doesn’t cover everything, but other things we’ve learned about here can help cover those costs,” Lupita Medina of San Benito said. “It’s important to know about everything available to us, what we can or can’t do and about new things too.” The meeting, held at Sunset Haven Apartments in Brownsville, was designed as an outreach and educational service for new Medicare beneficiaries. “Residents were taught in groups in English and Spanish. That way they can feel more comfortable and are open to asking questions,” said Rachanna Rodriguez, director of senior programs at Senior Community Outreach Services. “A lot of people qualify for these services. There’s something for everyone, even for those of low income. This lets them know what their options are.” Another key objective of the meeting was explaining how to prevent and identify Medicare fraud. In 2011 in Texas, 170 people were charged with Medicare fraud and 118 were convicted, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Last fiscal year, Texas recovered nearly $191 million from Medicare fraud cases. “We teach them how to report fraud and what steps they need to take next because Medicare fraud affects everyone,” Rodriguez said. About 100 people attended Friday’s meeting, including about 15 staff members from six organizations who were there to provide information. Those organizations were Senior Community Outreach Services, the National Hispanic Senior Medicare Patrol, Pre-Plan Insurance, the Texas Department of Insurance, the Social Security Administration and Texas Health and Human Services. Similar meetings about Medicare services, benefits and fraud prevention are held at different locations every month, Rodriguez said. There is no cost to attend the gatherings, which are open to anybody wanting to learn more about Medicare. Attendees are not required to bring any paperwork. Residents are encouraged to bring a friend or family member to help them during the sessions, Rodriguez said. For more information on the monthly meetings, call Senior Community Outreach Services at (956) 787-9524 or toll free at 1-866-943-7289.
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Does Romney Support Ryan’s Medicare Plan? What day is this? : Take Action News

Previously, Shuster hosted shows on MSNBC and anchored that network’s prime time coverage of breaking news stories including the historic Congressional votes for healthcare reform, the earthquake in Haiti, and the death of Michael Jackson. Shuster also worked for NBC News, where he covered Operation Iraqi Freedom in Doha,Qatar; the first elections in Baghdad, Iraq; the selection of Pope Benedict in Vatican City; and Hurricane Katrina as the storm made landfall in Biloxi, Mississippi. On MSNBC’s Hardball, Shuster led the show’s coverage of the 2004 and 2008 Presidential campaigns. He headed up MSNBC’s “ad watch team,” fact checking and analyzing hundreds of campaign commercials. He also covered the national political conventions and the presidential campaign primaries. In the fall of 2003, Shuster spent two months in California leading Hardball’s coverage of the recall of Governor Gray Davis and the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger. From 1996-2002, Shuster was a Washington, D.C. based correspondent for the Fox News Channel. He was at the Pentagon on 9/11 and led Fox’s coverage in Washington,D.C.of U.S.military operations in Afghanistan. During the Clinton administration, Shuster led Fox’s coverage of the Clinton investigations including “Whitewater,” the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the Starr report, and the Senate impeachment trial. From 1994–1996, Shuster was the lead investigative and political reporter for KATV (ABC) in Little Rock,Arkansas. He led the station’s coverage of the Whitewater investigation, including the indictment, trial, conviction, and resignation of Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker. Shuster’s series on corruption at the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Commission prompted changes in state law and earned Shuster an Emmy Award for Investigative Reporting. From 1990–1994, Shuster was a field producer and assignment editor for CNN in their Washington, D.C.bureau. In 2006, Shuster was the recipient of the prestigious “Bugle Award” given by the 1.3 million member organization “Disabled American Veterans.” The annual honor recognizes journalists who bring attention to disabled veterans. Shuster won for his extensive coverage of the 2005 National Disabled American Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Aspen,Colorado. Shuster is a graduate of the Universityof Michigan. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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Daily Kos: New Obama (Web) Ad Strikes Back Hard on Medicare

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ARRA News Service: Bill Introduced To Help Lower Medicare Costs By Keeping Seniors Healthy

Washington, D.C. – Recognizing the need for innovative and cost-effective solutions to deal with the growing cost of Medicare, U.S. Representatives Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Ron Kind (D-WI), Tim Griffin (R-AR), and Marcia Fudge (D-OH), today introduced legislation that experts say could save Medicare billions by helping American seniors get and stay healthy. In an effort to bring down health care costs, U.S. employers are increasingly turning to workplace wellness programs that reward employees who engage in healthy behaviors. The Medicare “Better Health Rewards” program would give Medicare beneficiaries a chance to participate in a similar and 100% voluntary wellness program. Using such health indicators as diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and smoking status, participating providers and doctors would use information gathered during annual wellness visits to provide patients with achievable health goals, a roadmap to reach those goals, and incentives to stay motivated. Funding for the “Better Health Rewards” Program is generated as participating seniors get healthy and use less healthcare services. Beneficiaries who meet certain benchmarks for improving their health indicators will be eligible for a “Better Health Reward” of up to $200 after the second year and $400 after the third year. “We all understand the unsustainable path Medicare is currently on, and the urgent need for innovative new ways to strengthen and fortify this essential program,” said Rep. Paulsen. “The Better Health Rewards Program is a cost-effective plan to reduce Medicare costs by rewarding participants who work to improve their health. By focusing on leading health indicators such as blood pressure and cholesterol, and providing patients with the tools they need to get and stay healthy, we can help American seniors live longer healthier lives and strengthen Medicare.” “Health care spending is the fastest growing area of the federal budget,” said Rep. Kind. “This is a commonsense bill that focuses not only on an innovative way to get these costs under control and strengthen Medicare in the long-run but also gives our seniors an incentive to pursue a healthier lifestyle. It’s a win-win in my book.” “Medicare spending is unsustainable and failure to reform and save this critical program threatens the health and retirement security of our seniors,” said Rep. Griffin. “The Better Health Rewards program rewards seniors for choosing healthier lifestyles in order to avoid the type of preventable, chronic conditions that contribute to three quarters of our nation’s health care spending. I’m proud to be an original cosponsor of this innovative, patient-centered and bipartisan legislation.” “The Better Health Rewards Program has the potential to be a tremendous success for Medicare and the American people, providing seniors and others with health care security,” said Rep. Fudge. “Its Incentive program will help citizens become invested in their own health and cultivate healthy habits. In terms of our economy these programs cut costs, and yield actual services, not high premiums. I am proud to co-sponsor legislation that will ensure older Americans reap the rewards of better health at a lower cost.”
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Daily Kos: Romney rips Obama for Medicare cuts in Ryan budget

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Senate Dems Protest Medicare Cuts by Talk Radio News ServiceMitt Romney has just one answer to the big elephant in the room that’s keeping Paul Ryan out of Florida. Ending Medicare as we know it? Yeah, well, Obamacare!!!! The least subtle attack came from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. “This president stole — he didn’t cut Medicare — he stole $700 billion from Medicare to fund Obamacare, […] If any person in this entire debate has blood on their hands in regard to Medicare, it’s Barack Obama. He’s the one that’s destroying Medicare.” And here’s Romney himself, Ryan-less, in Florida. “The president’s idea for instance for Medicare was to cut it by 700 billion dollars,” Romney continued. “That’s not the right answer. We want to make sure we preserve and protect Medicare.” It’s not new. He’s been telling this lie for months. It’s always been a lie. There aren’t Medicare benefits cuts in the Affordable Care Act. No senior has been bloodied by any of those cuts, and no senior will be.
Source: dailykos.com

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Marathon Pundit: (Video) Romney says he will restore Obama’s Medicare cuts

This morning on CBS Mitt Romney said he would restore President Obama’s $716 billion in Medicare cuts. And my campaign has made it very clear, the president’s cuts of $716 billion to Medicare, those cuts are going to be restored if I become president and Paul Ryan becomes vice president. The president, when he was campaigning in Denver, Colorado, four years ago, said that Medicare was on a pathway to become bankrupt. And yet, he’s taking $716 billion from the Medicare trust fund to finance Obamacare, a new risky federal takeover of healthcare. My commitment is, if I become president, I’m going to restore that $716 billion to the Medicare trust fund, so that current seniors can know that trust fund is not being raided and we’re going to make sure and get Medicare on track to be solvent long-term on a permanent basis.
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Flashback: Obama Admits He Cut Medicare

Obama admitted to our old buddy Jacob Tapper at ABC News that he was cutting $700 billion out of Medicare, and he swore to keep it in there. By the way, do you notice that Obamacare is no longer “deficit neutral”? It’s going to blow a trillion dollar hole in the budget next year. (long sigh) I wonder if Debbie “Blabbermouth” Schultz likes her health care plan, because it’s Paul Ryan’s plan. We have since learned that the option you get if you opt out of Medicare under Ryan’s plan is the same plan that Debbie “Blabbermouth” Schultz has.
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Yes, ObamaCare Cuts Medicare More Than Romney

You wouldn’t know it from listening to the Obama campaign, but there’s only one Presidential candidate in 2012 who has cut Medicare: Barack Obama, whose Affordable Care Act cuts Medicare by $716 billion from 2013-2022. Today, the Romney campaign reiterated its pledge to repeal Obamacare, and promised to “restore the funding to Medicare [and] ensure that no changes are made to the program for those 55 and older.”
Source: realclearpolitics.com

Romney Pivots from Welfare to Lie about Medicare

The truth of the matter is that Obama achieved the bulk of his cuts by reducing costs in Medicare Advantage, a program within Medicare that subsidizes private health insurance plans. Advantage allows seniors to purchase private health insurance plans, with most of the cost covered by Medicare. The program had been overpaying for coverage, and ACA reduces those payments to generate savings. Billions more are saved by reducing reimbursement rates to providers and using Medicare’s heft to lower payments to drug companies. These savings were then used to extend the life of Medicare—by eight years, according to the Congressional Budget Office—pay for greater preventative care, and further fund prescription drug coverage. Far from harming seniors, the Medicare cuts in the Affordable Care Act improves Medicare for its beneficiaries.
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Maryland Firefighters Drop Opposition To Ambulance Fee

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Why It’s Hard for Republicans to Campaign on Medicare

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maryland nathalie: Ryan's Medicare plan would be tricky to pull off

The political sensitivities are clear. Polls find that Americans lean heavily on Medicare to help keep them secure after retirement and are suspicious of proposed alternatives, such as Ryan’s. Surveys also give Democrats an edge over Republicans when people are asked which party people most trust to handle Medicare. Democrats held a 48 percent-39 percent advantage on that issue in a June 2011 AP-GfK poll.
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Md. Firefighters Drop Opposition To Ambulance Fee

The firefighters announced Monday that they have struck a deal with county that would give them 15 percent of the revenue generated by the fee. They had opposed the fee, which would range from $300 to $800, because they feared it would deter some residents from calling 911.
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DCCC Seizes On Paul Ryan Pick

In California: Reps. Dan Lungren, Jeff Denham, Mary Bono Mack and Brian Bilbray. In Colorado: Reps. Scott Tipton and Mike Coffman. In Florida: Reps. Steve Southerland, Dan Webster, Bill Young, Vern Buchanan and Allen West and candidate Adam Hasner. In Iowa: Candidate John Archer and Reps. Tom Latham and Steve King. In Illinois: Reps. Joe Walsh, Robert Dold, Bobby Schilling and Judy Biggert and candidates Jason Plummer and Rodney Davis. In Massachusetts: candidate Richard Tisei. In Maryland: Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. In Michigan: Reps. Dan Benishek and Justin Amash. In Montana: Candidate Steve Daines. In North Carolina: Candidates David Rouzer, Richard Hudson and Mark Meadows. In New Hampshire: Reps. Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass. In New Jersey: Rep. Jon Runyan. In New York: Candidates Randy Altschuler and Matt Doheny, and Reps. Nan Hayworth, Chris Gibson and Ann Marie Buerkle. In Ohio: Reps. Bill Johnson, Bob Gibbs, Michael Turner and Jim Renacci. In Pennsylvania: Reps. Jim Gerlach, Pat Meehan, Michael Fitzpatrick and Tim Murphy, and candidate Keith Rothfus. In Texas: Rep. Francisco Canseco. In Virginia: Rep. Scott Rigell. In Wisconsin: Reps. Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble.
Source: nationaljournal.com

Medicare Supplement Leads Pay Off, Whether It’s Now or Later

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MORE DIRTY TRICKS FROM YOUR SOCIALIST/MARXIST   PRESIDENT AND HIS NASTY LITTLE ADMINISTRATION HACKS by SS&SSEven though Medicare supplement leads are often viewed as a slam dunk, there may be individuals on your list who take weeks or months to purchase a plan. It’s important to keep working all your leads as each person has their own timeline for buying health insurance. This doesn’t mean being pushy and over the top, but it does mean regular contact just to let them know you haven’t forgotten about them and are there to answer any questions they may have.
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Learn to get Medicare Supplement Prices

Normally when you’re getting a quotation, the brokerage are listed the most notable 15 providers together with “A” comparisons in your case, and they’ll perform the purchasing an individual which means you need not. They’re going to checklist the lenders hand and hand, and provide you prices for each and every, and provide you experience for just about every insurance company. Several of the providers detailed will most likely contain; Common associated with Omaha hold’em, Pink Crossstitching Pink Face shield, Aetna, Gerber, Usa associated with Omaha hold’em, Sentinel Existence, Usa Health-related, along with Woodmen of the universe. All of these providers include “A” comparisons, which means you ought to keep this at heart to see if your brokerage you will be handling gives you rates because of these providers. Usa associated with Omaha hold’em normally is usually the most affordable, according to your state of health.
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Indiana Farm Bureau Offers New Medicare Supplement Plans Benefit

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Medicare Supplement Versus Advantage Plans

It used to be pretty simple in the world of Medicare. You had traditional Medicare and supplements. Medicare HMO’s cane on the scene in the 80s and for a while, they did a good job of containing health care costs albeit with restrictions in terms of which doctors you could see and how your care was managed. The lower rates provided an offset to this more restrictive type of coverage and we now had two options to address the inherent holes in traditional Medicare. Medical costs continued to rise at a faster and faster clip and the HMO’s found it difficult to keep pace at a low or no cost means of health insurance. We then had the newest entry in the Medicare supplement insurance ring..Advantage Plans. Advantage plans are the resurrected HMO model plans but with a renewed lifeline and better financial underpinning. Let’s first break down how traditional Medicare supplement and Advantage plans work with Medicare and then we can compare them against each other in regards the beneficiary. We know what Medicare covers and more importantly what it doesn’t cover. Traditional Medicare supplement plans aim to fill in the holes of Traditional Medicare including the deductibles (depending on plan chosen), co-insurance, and various other holes. Keep in mind that Medicare ultimately determines if something is covered and the supplement follows suit. For example, if a certain medical benefit is not covered by Medicare, the supplement will not pay for it either. So, Medicare supplements work as wrap-around plans to Traditional Medicare and you keep the same flexibility in terms of . What about Advantage plans? Advantage plans are all together different. First, they are no or low cost insurance plans. That’s the main reason most people go the Advantage route. They are also going to be more restrictive in terms of access to care as expected with the HMO type model that they generally follow. You generally have primary care doctors or medical groups through which, care is managed. Some Advantage plans may offer more flexibility in terms of referring yourself out but offer a more limited (loosely translated as less expensive) network to operate within when compared with Medicare supplemental insurance plans. Advantage plans may offer more benefits than just core Medicare benefits as well. So how are Advantage plans able to this and more importantly, what’s the best choice for people shopping the market? An interesting question is why the new Advantage plans are able to flourish where the old HMO’s failed? Two reason. First, there is more Federal funding of the Advantage plans on a per capita basis. Secondly, there’s more back-end exposure to the beneficiary (you) and this is critical to really making a good decision. You can’t just look at the premium. For example. An F plan Medigap policy might run a 65 year old $125/monthly. An Advantage plan might be $25monthly. Looking at that, the Advantage plan looks…advantageous but you have to look at the back end. If you have large health bills in a calendar year, the F plan will likely result in very little if no expense out of your pocket. The Advantage plan may have a deductible or out of pocket maximum in the 1000’s of dollars range. The question is this…is it a good wager or bet to assume more risk for larger medical bills in your 60’s, 70’s and beyond? We’re hoping that question answers itself but just in case… a person’s health care costs double with every decades of a person’s life and 90% of a person’s health care costs are generally incurred in the last 12 months of life. The odds of Advantage plans working out for you over the long haul (and we are making a decision for multiple years into the future) are not in your favor. They’re in the carrier’s favor but many people just see the cheap premium at age 65 and jump not seeing the large financial drop just over the edge.
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Compare Quotes on Medicare Supplement Insurance

Each plan, A through L, has a different set of benefits. Each insurance company decides for itself which of the A through L policies it wants to sell. An insurance company must, however, sell plan A if it sells any other Medicare supplement insurance plan. The benefits in plans A through L vary, but they are the same for any insurance company. That is, plan A has a different set of benefits from plan B, but plan A has the same benefits no matter who sells it. However, different insurance companies can charge different premiums. So, while plan A has the same benefits no matter who sells it, different insurance companies can charge different premiums for a plan A policy.
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Anthem issues MLR refunds to qualifying Medicare Supplement members in several states

As you may be aware, Medicare Supplement premium changes are based on anticipated health care costs and claims trends. To support these changes, Anthem reviews Medicare Supplement premiums annually to ensure their cost estimates meet state regulated Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) requirements.MLR is the percentage of premiums that an insurer must spend on medical care.
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Compare Quotes on Medicare Supplement Insurance

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Each plan, A through L, has a different set of benefits. Each insurance company decides for itself which of the A through L policies it wants to sell. An insurance company must, however, sell plan A if it sells any other Medicare supplement insurance plan. The benefits in plans A through L vary, but they are the same for any insurance company. That is, plan A has a different set of benefits from plan B, but plan A has the same benefits no matter who sells it. However, different insurance companies can charge different premiums. So, while plan A has the same benefits no matter who sells it, different insurance companies can charge different premiums for a plan A policy.
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Learn to get Medicare Supplement Prices

Normally when you’re getting a quotation, the brokerage are listed the most notable 15 providers together with “A” comparisons in your case, and they’ll perform the purchasing an individual which means you need not. They’re going to checklist the lenders hand and hand, and provide you prices for each and every, and provide you experience for just about every insurance company. Several of the providers detailed will most likely contain; Common associated with Omaha hold’em, Pink Crossstitching Pink Face shield, Aetna, Gerber, Usa associated with Omaha hold’em, Sentinel Existence, Usa Health-related, along with Woodmen of the universe. All of these providers include “A” comparisons, which means you ought to keep this at heart to see if your brokerage you will be handling gives you rates because of these providers. Usa associated with Omaha hold’em normally is usually the most affordable, according to your state of health.
Source: blogspot.com

United American Medicare Supplement Insurance Quotes

Fortunately, United American is one of those companies.  At present, they offer some of the lowest priced High Deductible F Plans across the state.  That is great for seniors who want a low priced Medicare insurance plan with a reasonable deductible.  (As of 2012, the HD Plan F deductible is $2,070 yearly.)
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Medicare Supplement Quotes, When Should You Get Them?

If you think you are healthy enough to not require more coverage than Medicare Part A, you should know that not gettting your Medicare Supplement Quotes now will mean paying a penalty later. For instance, lets say you choose to not but any Medicare Supplement Plan until you are 70. Then when you do get your Medicare Supplement Quotes, you will need to pay 50% more premium (10% per year since you turned 65) than your peers. 
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Are You Looking For Free Medicare Supplement Quotes?

You must keep in mind that there is no enrollment period for Supplemental plans. You can buy these insurance plans at anytime of the year. We would suggest you to buy these plans during open enrollment period. Get in touch with a Medicare expert to know more about this time-period. Advantage plans and Part D prescription drug coverage plan have a fixed duration in which the policy is to be purchased.
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How To Get Medicare Supplement Quotations

Should you be perusing this article, this would mean you’re either a elderly get older 65+ seeking to complete the particular interruptions in the latest Medicare insurance insurance, or maybe are an individual exploring for anyone that’s. In any case, you will see some means here in the next few paragraphs to provide you the most affordable Medicare supplemental insurance Estimates, and do a comparison with some other providers. Essentially the most easiest method to secure a line will be deciding upon a coverage business or maybe brokerage firm you really feel at ease with, and asking these individuals for a line. When after you be handed a line, you are not delighted by the particular quality amount of money, you possibly can begin mastering yet another corporation within your deciding upon and asking these individuals for an additional line. Having said that, if you think the particular quality you actually received is affordable, you may get insurance right then and there based on your overall health standing. inspirational quotes Usually when you’re getting an insurance quote, your brokerage firm will list the highest Twelve providers with “A” comparisons to suit your needs, and they’ll do the looking for you actually therefore you need not. They will collection adidas and puma alongside each other, and provide you payments for each, and provide you a background upon each and every insurance broker. Several of the providers outlined may contain; Shared involving Omaha, Blue Crossstitching Blue Face shield, Aetna, Gerber, U . s . involving Omaha, Sentinel Living, U . s . Medical care, and Woodmen of the World. All of these providers include “A” comparisons, therefore you should keep that will under consideration to see if the particular brokerage firm you will be working together with provides rates because of providers. U . s . involving Omaha ordinarily is definitely the most affordable, based on your quality of life. Allowing your Medicare supplemental insurance Insurance cover brokerage firm that may help you after you know for the lowest priced rates doesn’t only help save time frame, yet help save from complications and complications likewise. This is actually the very best tactic to take, plus the completed help save as much as possible. If you are uncertain regarding which brokerage firm so that you can call or maybe make contact with that may help you, you can just search on Google for a community one, and then determine whether they can advise you regarding having Medicare supplemental insurance Estimates. At this time, there are specific problems that may well enhance your first quality. The particular financing that will Medicare insurance will get, one example is, may affect exclusive complement plans, and Medicare insurance development (that may reduce and sometimes improve payments). Although the brokerage firm you end up picking will go over all that on hand when you finally sit down and talk to these individuals.
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Strategies to Uncover Greatest Medicare Supplement Quote

Every and every single variety of Medicare Supplement quote presents precisely the same standard benefits. Generally, you could notice that Medicare enhancement policies also comply with Federal and state laws. These laws always guard you. At present, all these plans and quotes have standardized by the federal, which makes less difficult to obtain the best supplement quote. Whenever you search best Medicare supplemental quotes from distinctive organizations then it certainly offers you distinct policies. Medicare features a Part A plus a Portion B. Commonly, the assured individual pays the monthly premiums on Medicare Portion B and the premiums on top of that. You are able to locate that married couples cannot acquire a single policy, nevertheless it usually covers separately. Currently, people compare policies and they also look for finest Medicare supplemental health quotes for the future also. Though finding greatest Medicare quotes, you require not hesitate to ask some an abundance of questions. Occasionally, Medicare wellness quotes can complicated to discover and most agents do not have the resources accessible to present you costs from every organization. So, obtaining quotes from a well-informed and knowledgeable agent saves your dollars and time as well. Receiving Ideal quotes of supplement from all corporations is very advantageous for individuals who are intelligent shoppers simply because every company gives exactly the same plans with distinctive prices.
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[WATCH]: Medicare Supplement Plan Quotes

www.seniorsavingsnetwork.org Senior Savings Network provides unbiased Medicare Supplement Quotes. Medicare Supplement insurance benefits are the same from one company to another. There is a big different in price, though, between one Medigap company to another. It pays huge dividends to have an independent advisor to shop the entire market for you and provide unbiased advice on the best value for your Medicare Supplement premium
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Insured Life of Georgia Is Hiring Near You

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Good leads are the energy that fuels success. We service an ever growing senior market selling products they need, such as Life Insurance, Medicare Products, Long Term Care, Annuities and even Dental &Indemnity plans. There are 10,000 seniors turning 65 every day. Our business is recession proof with unlimited income potential. Do you enjoy working with seniors? Do you possess strong integrity, excellent work ethic, and a desire to make a difference in your community? Insured Life of Georgia is in search of Licensed and Certified Agents statewide to support with FREE pre-set appointments.
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What is the Medicare Advantage maximum out pocket?

The insurers who offer Medicare Advantage benefits must follow rules set by Medicare. However, each Medicare Advantage plan can charge different out-of-pocket costs and have different rules for how care is provided. For example, they can determine whether or not you need a referral to see a specialist or if you have access to a specific network of doctors and hospitals. These rules can change from year to year.
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Flashback Video: Ryan, Obama, Medicare and ObamaCare

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Ryan’s Medicare plan would be tricky to pull off

The political sensitivities are clear. Polls find that Americans lean heavily on Medicare to help keep them secure after retirement and are suspicious of proposed alternatives, such as Ryan’s. Surveys also give Democrats an edge over Republicans when people are asked which party people most trust to handle Medicare. Democrats held a 48 percent-39 percent advantage on that issue in a June 2011 AP-GfK poll.
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Clearing Out Medicare Advantage Plans Confusion

Medicare Advantage plans are available when you first sign up for Medicare, but after that, you can only join most of the plans from October 15 through December 7. There are a few five-star Advantage plans that have exceptional grades for high quality and these plans can sign up new members all through the year. To see what advantages these plans can give you, read more about the coverage here on our site. You can also listen to or call in and ask questions from leading experts during our free teleseminar.
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Supplementing Your Medicare Coverage With Dental Insurance – PlanPrescriber Provides Seven Recommendations for 2012 / eHealth

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

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Benefit Security Card .. HALF of the U.S live in households that receive government benefits (26 May 2012) ...item 2..Brevard man gets 4 years in Social Security fraud case (Jun 1, 2012 ) ... by marsmet4812. Myth: Expanding private plans in Medicare will reduce Medicare’s costs.  Fact:  Private Medicare Advantage plans have raised Medicare costs.  Private insurers profit by selectively enrolling the healthy and shunning the sick, as documented in a New England Journal of Medicine article subtitled “The healthy go in and the sick go out.” Hence, they collect premiums paid by the Medicare program, and provide little care. As a result, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that Medicare Advantage plans cost Medicare 12 percent more per enrollee than the traditional program. New research from the National Bureau of Economic Research indicates that the true cost of private plans to Medicare may be much higher than the CBO estimate. Since Medicare launched a new risk adjustment scheme based on 70 diagnostic codes in 2004, overpayments to private plans have increased dramatically and accounted for $30 billion in excess spending, or 8 percent of total  Medicare spending, in 2006 alone. Since then the overpayments have likely risen as the proportion of Medicare recipients in private plans has jumped from 16 percent to 24 percent.
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FAQ: How Paul Ryan Proposes To Change Medicare

The Democrats’ health law tackles Medicare spending growth, in part, by creating an expert panel, called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which would be responsible for finding ways to reduce spending if Medicare grows at a higher rate than the target. But the board is not allowed to recommend anything that would ration care or that would change benefits, eligibility or cost sharing for Part A (hospital services) or Part B (physician services). It also couldn’t do anything to change the percentage of premium that seniors pay for prescription drug coverage, or the subsidies that low-income individuals get. The expectation is that reductions would come from medical providers, although hospitals are protected at first.
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Stage 1 Meaningful Use: Registration for eligible professionals

Less than two months remain for eligible professionals (EPs) under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for Medicare to begin their reporting period for Stage 1 Meaningful Use. Eligibility for EPs under the Medicare program is limited to:
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Campaign battle focuses on Ryan’s Medicare redesign

Do you know anything about healthcare in this country? I mean seriously, not sarcastically…are you educated or have any practical experience in healthcare or actively involved in anyway regarding Medicare regulations or reimbursements? The ACA DOES infact adress costs, but for the layman to read and understand how those cost come about, unfotunately, you must know how the Medicare system works. By increasing regulation, it decreases fraud in the DRG assingments for reimbursements for care. Therre is so much DRG fraud that drives up costs that regulation is the only way to control it. Right now the American Medical Association sets the DRG coding guidelines for reimbursements for hospitals for Medicare, The AMA run by physicians ofcourse protects a program by which those codes for reimbursements are very over used and not regulated. For example: A 65 yr old man goes into the ER complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath, he gets labs to rule out a variety of comorbid diagosis’ for the cause and his chest film shows a slight infiltrate (fluid). He gets admitted. He has a small fluid overload perhaps called CHF, received some diuretics, IV antibiotic profilactic care to prevent infection and respiratory treatments along with instructions on fluid restrictions. Now PLEASE REMEMBER I’m using this as an example for you. This patient should be discharged in 2-3 days tops with no other underlying complications. When the patient is discharged, a DRG Coder from the hospital picks though his chart and codes every single diagnosis this patient has ever had. This relatively borderline case of CHF (congestive heart failure) coded by itself should reimburse the hospital about $4900.00 from Medicare. But that is not what is done…..In this man’s history, he tells the Doctor he had hypertension, arthritis, a history of an enlarged prostate, pneumonia 5 yrs ago, occasional sinus headaches, and all of a sudden all of these diagnosis; get bundled (eventhough he was not treated for them on this admission, these comorbidities in his health jack up his Medicare reimbursement to over $11,000 now. And it is all sanctioned by the AMA who sets the rules.
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The Medicare Coach: A Breakthrough In Vision Correction

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Judy by Thomas HawkThe majority of Medicare patients opt for the Traditional standard procedure because Medicare and their supplement insurance pay for it. Below is a breakdown of costs for Traditional cataract surgery in the Midwest. I called the billing department of a large eye surgery center located in Kansas, and was told that patients can expect co-pays from $750-$1000 for Traditional surgery which are usually paid by their supplemental insurance. However, for lens implants, the patients will pay cash because Medicare considers these procedures as a luxury and not a medical necessity.
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Mitt Romney’s New Medicare Ad :: Political News and commentaries :: Hyscience

“Traditional” fee-for-service Medicare will be offered by the government as an insurance plan, meaning that seniors can purchase that form of coverage if they prefer it; however, if it costs the government more to provide that service than it costs private plans to offer their versions, then the premiums charged by the government will have to be higher and seniors will have to pay the difference to enroll in the traditional Medicare option
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Rich Lowry exposes Rachel Maddow’s hypocrisy over Obama’s $700 billion in Medicare cuts

I was on Meet the Press this morning and was astonished that my fellow panelist Rachel Maddow couldn’t say whether or not she supports the Obama Medicare cuts. You can read about and see part of the exchange here. You’ll notice me — I’m the one asking her insistently to answer the question. She even tried to say that she’s not running for anything so she couldn’t answer, even though she has an hour-long nightly TV program devoted to telling us what she thinks. On Twitter, some Maddow partisans are — of course — accusing me of sexism. Please. Rachel always comes to play and she’d be just as tough on someone dancing away from a very basic question. My guess is that she didn’t want to answer because she realized she would then be admitting that she supports more Medicare cuts on current seniors than does Mitt Romney — you know, the guy who supposedly just blew up his campaign over Medicare. Rachel tried to suggest that, in attacking the Obama Medicare cuts, Republicans are criticizing what they themselves want to do. But as Yuval points out here, the Obama Medicare cuts are the typical crude approach that never works. Republicans want to get savings in the program through competition. If we had had more time to get into it, I would have asked Rachel if she supports limiting the growth of Medicare to slightly above GDP growth plus inflation — the goal for savings of both President Obama and of the allegedly Medicare-hating Paul Ryan.
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Free Eye Exams & Glasses for Seniors with Low Income in Oregon

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How to Purchase Glasses with AMD: Low Vision Requires Specific Lenses for Macular Degeneration

For many people, using yellow, orange, and brown lenses is suggested by AMD.org to improve contrast vision and make it easier to see things like steps and curbs. The site, a macular degeneration partnership of the Discovery Eye network, recommends that people with specific types of color vision problems may benefit from wearing a green or blue lens as well. Eye care practitioners who specialize in low vision problems are excellent sources for finding the best style lenses for macular degeneration.
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20 Years in Prison for Rome Nursing Home Operator

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Failure to pay vendors: The Medicare and Medicaid programs require nursing homes to provide sufficient dietary, pharmaceutical, and environmental service to care for their residents’ needs. Houser failed to provide these services, in part by failing to pay food suppliers and vendors of pharmacy and clinical laboratory services, medical waste disposal, trash disposal, and nursing supplies, and in part by failing to repair washing machines and dryers, water heaters, air conditioners, and leaking roofs. The nursing homes suffered continual food shortages, and employees spent their own money to buy milk, bread, and other groceries, so that residents would not starve, but the employees were rarely reimbursed by Houser. Employees also bought nursing supplies for the residents and cleaning supplies for the homes, and they regularly had to wash the residents’ laundry in laundromats or their own homes. One nursing home resident testified that residents used to pass the time by making bets on which service or utility would be the next to be cut off for nonpayment.
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News Nearby: Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Operating Squalid Nursing Home & Defrauding Medicare

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Ryan's Medicare plan would be tricky to pull off

The political sensitivities are clear. Polls find that Americans lean heavily on Medicare to help keep them secure after retirement and are suspicious of proposed alternatives, such as Ryan’s. Surveys also give Democrats an edge over Republicans when people are asked which party people most trust to handle Medicare. Democrats held a 48 percent-39 percent advantage on that issue in a June 2011 AP-GfK poll.
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Flash Poll: Georgia Democrats say Paul Ryan Pick for VP can help Obama Win

Even Democrats know that medicaid and medicare is almost bancrupt and needs fixing. here is Ryan’s plan. He at least gives choices which is more than people are getng now. : 1. No one over the age of 55 would be affected in any way. 2. Traditional Medicare fee-for-service would remain available for all. “Premium support”—that is, government funding of private insurance plans chosen by individuals—is an option for those who choose it. No senior would be forced out of the traditional Medicare program against his will. 3. Overall funding for Medicare under the Ryan-Wyden plan is scheduled to grow at the same rate as under President Obama’s proposals. Is this “gutting Medicare” and “ending Medicare as we know it”? In reality, it’s the market giving seniors cheaper, higher quality choices they can take if they wish, with the traditional program remaining an option.
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Paul Ryan’s Plan For Medicare: Essential Reading

Ryan has had a long-standing interest in restructuring the health insurance program for the elderly and disabled. In 2010, Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives and chose Ryan to lead the Budget Commitee — a platform he has used to advance ideas that have won widespread support from Republicans and equally widespread denunciations from Democrats.
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DownWithTyranny!: Are Republicans Wrecking SeniorCare?

Blue America has endorsed 4 progressive doctors this cycle, Lee Rogers (CA-25), Syed Taj (MI-11), David Gill (IL-13) and Matt Heiz (D-AZ). The first 3 won their primaries and will face anti-health care Republicans in November. Matt still has a primary, August 28, against ConservaDem Ron Barber. All 4 doctors were motivated to run for Congress in no small part because of issues around health care. Lee Rogers explains: Medicare was started in 1965 because seniors were not able to obtain affordable coverage in the private market. Seniors, and the disabled who qualify for Medicare, are generally sicker and higher risk than the younger population who are able to obtain insurance coverage through employers. Insurance companies, which typically use risk to calculate premiums, had priced seniors out of the market. The Ryan budget proposal, which passed the House in April 2011, is not the answer to our budget problems. It would force our 50 million Medicare beneficiaries into the private insurance market again, at the mercy of big insurance companies. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that seniors will have to spend an additional $6,000 per year under this plan. This is simply not affordable because half of our seniors live on less than $18,000 per year. In my practice, 75% of my patients are on Medicare. I see their struggles every day. Irresponsible spending in Washington now threatens the viability of Medicare. We can’t let Medicare funding lose out to war spending, corporate tax breaks or subsidies for the wealthiest corporations. As a doctor, I help my patients navigate through our complex health system to get the best care possible. But in most cases, patients encounter difficulty from lack of understanding or find certain health products and services unavailable or uncovered. Our health care crisis cannot be separated from our fiscal crisis. We continue to spend more on healthcare and receive less. We need reforms that matter. Reforms that actually improve the quality of care and lead to lower costs. Chronic diseases, like diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease are costing us billions of dollars every year. Not only are these diseases expensive, but their complications are as well. For the most part, these are preventable diseases. If we change our health care practices to focus on education and prevention, rather than treating diseases once they develop, we can simultaneously improve our health and save money. Even before right-wing extremists forced Romney into naming Paul Ryan as his running-mate, and thereby embracing Ryan’s plan to kill off Medicare and privatize Social Security, we asked public health care expert Maricel Anderson to help us understand how conservative policies toward healthcare management have exacerbated the problems of today’s geriatric care. While this may lead to more jobs in healthcare management, it doesn’t bode well for America’s seniors. Maricel breaks down Democrats’ and Republicans’ approaches to healthcare and geriatric care. Conservative Healthcare Management Created a Gap in Geriatric Care -by Marciel Anderson How to best care for elders is a question that was as relevant to the ancient Egyptians and Romans as it is today. Rather than burial rites or succession lines, however, much of the modern debate centers on health care– or more specifically, who will pay for the healthcare needs of society’s most aged.   The United State’s answer in recent decades has been the Medicare and Social Security programs. These programs were designed in a very different era, however. Advances in medical science and general preventive health mean that Americans are commonly living until their 80s or 90s, drawing on resources for years longer than previously expected. Recent Republican health care changes and proposals have worsened what is already a geriatric healthcare crisis. Unless something changes soon, the future could be bleak– if not outright bankrupting– for our elders and their families. The Republican health care “solution” did not seem so problematic at the start. In 2010, when the party took control of the House, one of its main rallying cries was the protection of geriatric care. They lambasted the Obama administration for proposing a health care reform law, known colloquially as “Obamacare,” that would have, they claimed, cut $500 million from the Medicare program before 2020. On closer inspection, their solution was seen by many as an even further slide into dangerous waters, however. “Nearly every House Republican, led by Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, voted for a plan last year that built on the health care law’s $500 billion in spending reductions and went much further,” the advocacy organization Seniors Network reported in 2011. “The plan would have eventually abolished traditional fee-for-service Medicare for those currently 55 and younger, and replaced it with a premium support system that would limit federal spending.” The plan was not taken up by the Senate, and did not ultimately upset the Obama administration’s proposal. Still, the movement caused enough of a backlash to significantly stall things, and has only served to widen the gap between seniors and affordable, effective health care. Talk of premiums and privatization is still rampant within the Republican Congress, too. Part of the problem, of course, is that there are far more seniors today than the current system is designed to serve. Modern living expenses– the average U.S. nursing home, for instance, costs $72,000 per year by some estimates– and increasingly costly medical needs, like heart disease treatment and diabetes care, have meant that the health requirements of many elders far exceed the allotments they receive from Medicare. While it is not quite fair to assign complete blame for the crisis at the feet of Republican lawmakers, party leaders have made significant missteps that have made the problem far worse than it has to be. Cuts in prescription plan coverage for Medicare recipients, pension plan reductions, and health insurance reforms focused on the middle-aged, many of which were covertly passed during the Bush years, have slowly corroded the system from the inside out. A number of policy mismanagement issues have also come to light, particularly as relates to the processing of Medicare claims for those in the “Baby Boomer” generations. To make matters worse, some Republican members of Congress seem to think that cutting down on care for the elderly is not only justifiable economically, but is also morally defensible– and are not shy about saying so. “You want the government to take care of you, because your employer decided not to take care of you. My question is, ‘When do I decide I’m going to take care of me?,’” Georgia Representative Rob Woodhall famously quipped at a town hall he sponsored in a rural town in his constituency. “Folks, if you give people things for free, don’t blame them for taking them.” Democrats hold firmly to the alternative view. “‘Obamacare was called ‘socialist’ by the Republicans because uninsured individuals and small business would be allowed to purchase private insurance through an exchange regulated by the government,” Oregon representative Peter DeFazio explains on his website.  “Ironically, the Republican leaders’ privatization plan forces future seniors and disabled out of Medicare and requires them to purchase insurance plans approved by the government,” DeFazio said. The premiums on most of these plans are likely to be astronomical, DeFazio said, and for most, completely unaffordable. “Medicare is not the problem and privatizing it solves nothing. Our nation would be a lot healthier if ideologies were set aside and we focused on the real flaws in our health care system,” DeFazio said. The swelling debate over how to patch the holes in the Medicare system, remedy the problems introduced and continually proposed by Republicans in Congress, and provide robust healthcare for all is not likely to be settled anytime soon. Geriatric health coverage is likely to be a major point of contention in the coming 2012 presidential election, in fact. More seniors than ever before are on the voting rolls, and their families– many of whom are already providing significant care and financial support– are likely to take a renewed interest, as well. There are no easy solutions, but focusing, as DeFazio emphasized, on the main issues rather than shortsightedly taking the ax to ancillary costs is likely the best way forward.
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Free Eye Exams & Glasses for Seniors with Low Income in Oregon

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Compare Quotes on Medicare Supplement Insurance

Each plan, A through L, has a different set of benefits. Each insurance company decides for itself which of the A through L policies it wants to sell. An insurance company must, however, sell plan A if it sells any other Medicare supplement insurance plan. The benefits in plans A through L vary, but they are the same for any insurance company. That is, plan A has a different set of benefits from plan B, but plan A has the same benefits no matter who sells it. However, different insurance companies can charge different premiums. So, while plan A has the same benefits no matter who sells it, different insurance companies can charge different premiums for a plan A policy.
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Cutting Medicaid to Balance State Budgets : South Carolina Nursing Home Blog

Kaiser Health News and USA Today collaborated on a story about thirteen states moving to cut Medicaid by reducing benefits, paying health providers less or tightening eligibility, even as the federal government prepares to expand the insurance program for the poor to as many as 17 million more people.  These cuts threaten to limit access to care for many of its 60 million recipients.
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Daily Kos: Mitt Romney: Let’s make it easier to commit Medicare fraud than to register to vote

who will point this out? We do it all the time here, because we are among tens-hundreds?-of thousands of careful, literate readers who want to know the truth. The mainstream media? Not so much. Politicians will not call each other out, apparently, given their use of the terms “misspoke” and “misrepresented” instead of “lied” when discussing even their opponents. The sheer number of them from Republicans makes it nearly impossible for us make any of them “stick” in the voters minds–and of course, most get hit with the “both sides do it anyway” stance by everyone–so there is little to no downside to lying when slandering one’s opponent, other than to one’s conscience. And this is where most Dems (well, most liberals, at any rate) get hurt; we have consciences, so we feel bad if we lie, we try to avoid it, and we apologize or atone for misdeeds when caught, at the very latest. Paradoxically, that makes us weaker in the eyes of the voting public, instead of more reliable and honest.
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Community Support Network of Nevada County

Sharyn Turner, Countywide Health Coordinator for Nevada County Schools says, “We  in the schools have contacts with each Lion’s Club in Nevada County where we can refer a student for vision services and glasses. If they qualify for Medi-Cal, we refer to Grass Valley Eye Care with Dr. Tanya Markis-Meyer (530) 273-6000) where they will take those with insurance as well as Healthy Families. If adults, I would start with Dr. Tanya, since she works very close to the Lion’s Club, so she can direct you to a specific person depending where the individual lives and determines which Lion’s Club to ask.”
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Medicare Benefits For Eyeglasses

Medicare Part A provides for inpatient medical center care, covering up 90 days per benefit period and 60 reserve days for your lifetime, as well as 100 days per benefit within a skilled breastfeeding facility for care. To qualify for the skilled breastfeeding facility care, however, you must have stayed in the hospital for three sequential days within 30 days prior to admission to the ability. Hospice care can also be furnished if you are confirmed to be terminally ill by your medical doctor. Home health care is covered in Medicare Part A for 100 nights, with the same stipulation which you have stayed in the medical center for three days, these kinds of being within two weeks prior to receiving care and being homebound. Medicare Part B deals with more of the outpatient doctor services. These include regular visits to the doctor as well as some preventative services, durable medical equipment, ambulance services for emergency travel, and x-rays and tests. It also includes outpatient physical, talk, and occupational therapy services as well as other home health services.
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Why Doesn’t Medicare Pay For Hearing Aids Or Eyeglasses?

Hearing aids are elective to, just like glasses. Patients are responsible for 100% of the bill. However Medicare, in certain circumstances, will cover the cost of a prosthetic device. Often though, the cost of prosthetics far outweigh the costs of a hearing aid. This elective also extends to routine hearing tests, which are also the responsibility of the Medicare patient. Regulations vary by the state however, so there may be some exceptions to the contrary. Though most states operate under the same mindset. One exception, though limited, is coverage based on an advantage plan; a secondary premium insurance add on.
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Tax Implications of the Health Care Act*

Small Business Health Care Tax Credit Small businesses and tax-exempt organization that employ 25 or fewer workers with average incomes of $50,000 or less, and that pay at least half of the premiums for employee health insurance coverage are eligible for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit. For tax years 2010 through 2013, the maximum credit is 35 percent for small business employers and 25 percent for small tax-exempt employers such as charities. An enhanced version of the credit will be effective beginning Jan. 1, 2014. In general, on Jan. 1, 2014, the rate will increase to 50 percent and 35 percent, respectively.
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Help With How to Get Eyeglasses for the Low

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Under certain circumstances, you may also be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to sign up for Medicare Part B outside of the usual enrollment periods. If you have coverage from your or your spouse’s current employer, you can sign up for Part B while you still have current employer coverage and up to eight months after you lose your health coverage, or you or your spouse stops working, whichever comes first. You must enroll in Part B during your SEP, or you may have to pay a late enrollment penalty.
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