VIVA MEDICARE Plus Earns Highest Quality Rating Score in Alabama for Second Year in a Row : e Yugoslavia

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CMS established the star rating system to give Medicare patients a single summary score for each health plan to make it easier to compare different plans based on quality and overall performance. Plans are ranked on a scale of one to five stars. The overall score is based on more than 50 separate measures that rank member satisfaction, access to appropriate care, and managing chronic conditions.
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VIVA MEDICARE Plus Earns Highest Quality Rating Score in Alabama for Second Year in a Row : e Yugoslavia

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

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Obama’s Medicare Fear Mongering Will Drown in the Facts

Democrats appear jubilant about the Ryan pick, believing his close association with entitlement reform provides an opening for them to scare seniors into thinking they’ll lose Medicare and Social Security benefits. But what they haven’t factored in, or are pretending to deny, is that Ryan’s presence on the ticket ensures that Romney and Ryan will tackle the entitlements issue head on and that Democrats will not have the luxury of merely fear mongering. They’ll have to deal with the substance of these issues, and this is a battle they cannot win, because the facts are their foe. Let’s examine these facts briefly.
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Managing Marriage, Money Issues Among Couples 50

Bickering about money is the top source of friction among couples in the United States, trumping disagreements over kids, work, chores — even sex. While money battles are common in all relationships, they often peak when couples hit their 50 and 60s, according to a new survey conducted for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants by Harris Interactive.
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Coventry Health Care Prescription Drug Plans

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HHS-DSC_0104 by USDAgovWith sincere appreciation! Wish our selected articles of advices and recommendations on health, life, travel and other insurance have helped you out when it comes to shopping for a right policy. And you will also find glossaries and other frequently asked questions about insurance, which are definitely worth your time. Bookmark us and keep updated!
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My Journey to Better Health: Part 1

So where does that leave me today? Well things are going much better. After doing a 5 day juice fast/cleanse/detox, I discovered I may have some food sensitivities which are giving me some problems. I’m doing an elimination diet experiment on myself just to make sure I am in fact sensitive to these foods. Also I’ve been exercising each day. At first I was walking just 10 minutes a day for a couple weeks just to get my metabolism going. Then I increased it to 20 minutes. The last couple weeks I’ve been walking on average 30-45 minutes a day. As a result, I finally lost a considerable amount of weight that I had packed on this last year. I’m finally back in my clothes from last summer, including my favorite pair of jeans which are surprisingly a little loose on me. I should mention my husband and I have lost a collective 40 lbs. Crazy.
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First Health Part D Medicare Beneficiaries

The only way to hit a pitch shot is to make sure that the backswing is broken down into three parts. And this is what I mean. This is a small pitch shot. I take the golf club back where the shaft is parallel to the ground, but I have a nice followthrough that continues on after I make impact.
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First Edition: August 17, 2012

The New York Times: Romney Says He Paid At Least 13% In Income Taxes Now, after Mr. Romney’s decision to name Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice-presidential choice, the campaign is instead waging an aggressive battle on Medicare, welfare and Mr. Obama’s character. That change in focus can be seen in the campaign’s ads and in Mr. Romney’s speeches. And it stands in contrast to the approaches of some Republican Congressional candidates, who said Thursday that they intended to wage their own campaigns strictly on economic issues. “We are staying on our message,” said Chris Collins, the Republican candidate in New York’s 27th District, near Buffalo. Mr. Collins said that Republicans should welcome the Medicare debate, but that in his own campaign, “every time anything comes up, I bring it back to the economy, the economy, Obamacare” (Shear, 8/16).
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The Affordable Care Act’s Repeal Would Leave the Doughnut Hole Open

We determined the savings enrollees will realize with the brand-name and generic discounts by first estimating total prescription drug spending for these groups of enrollees in 2011. We assumed that the relationship between total drug spending and the upper limit of the coverage gap would remain constant, using the 2011 thresholds for the Part D program. We then subtracted the initial deductible and beneficiary cost-sharing to calculate the amount of total spending that would occur in the coverage gap. Finally, we applied the 50 percent and 7 percent brand-name and generic discounts to this estimate of spending in the gap, using recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data to allocate total spending across brand-name and generic medications.
Source: americanprogress.org

Low Cost Health Insurance Plans and Companies: Medicare Part D Newsletter from Q1Medicare.com

The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) has issued a reminder that Medicare now provides more preventive services such as a free Medical “Wellness” Exam (if you have had Medicare Part B for longer than 12 months), specific cancer screening, and counseling to stop tobacco use (Tobacco Cessation) for all Medicare beneficiaries.
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medicare supplement insurance companies: do you want a first health part d secure

Everyday ,the hosptial is busy ,cause many people go to there. Like others ,uncertain things make uncertain results,so does the medical charge. It is not a dream now. Now ,the poor people also can go to better hosptial by the medical treatment insurance. Look ,the medical has no shortage, only is good for all the people.. do some basic things in your life, medical insurance is the most basic thing you should focus on. if you have a medical insurance policy and you get sick then you can apply to that insurance company or the community agency to give you some or all of the money which you have paid for the cure of your health . When accidents happen, such as car accidents, unexpected injuries and serious dieases,mediacl insurance will account for most of medical expenses or even all the expense ,so it very important. it is very significant for the old people who don’t have the children and they could have free treatment. In many undeveloped countries, the medical insurance is charged with by individuals and businesses. The commercial health insurance companies are the second choice if you want to get advanced serices. There are many notes we should follow. Weather the company receive the official recognition of Insurance Regulatory Commission or not. The company has strong financial strength, this is a very important point. Does the company has a high integrity? Moreover, we should also think about the company’s influence and the number of customers. 95% of Americans benefited from the medical insurance which the U.S. government passed in 2010. The introduction of the new medical insurance program greatly enhanced Americans’national cohesion. Germany also adopted a new medical insurance reform plan. The good medical insurance system in the country is an important guarantee for people’s stability lives.
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The Payors Guide to Pharmacy Benefit Managers: Medicare Part D Deadline: October 15

Medicare Part D is the prescription drug program that has been in effect since the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act became law in 2003. Annually, employers offering any type of prescription drug benefit must notify Medicare eligible participants whether their coverage is creditable or not. Additionally, employers must make certain disclosures to the CMS within 60 days of the start of the plan year.
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Coventry Announces First Health Value Plus Medicare Part D Plan

who is selling only a PDP to someone 80 years old. Think about it by the time they are 80 they have 4 kids 10 grand kids and 18 greats, they also have 30 neighbors and 40 people at church and 400 people in their circle of influence. Now you have 400 leads that all need medical, dental, life and disability insurance along with home auto and business coverage. What happened to the $30 comission that you complained about? I think many Agents just need to get out of the business anyway because they are smart enough to know what their doing in the first place.
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ILLINOIS CARES RX PROGRAM TO END 6/30/2012

 The loss of this program will allow those affected to make a mid-year change to their plan so a review of your current plan costs without Illinois Cares RX is critical.  In looking at your plan options, you need to consider all the costs of the plan including the monthly co-pays for each prescription, the monthly premium and the coverage gap (will you hit it and what will the costs be.)  You will need the letter proving your loss of coverage in order to make a plan change, so do not throw it out until you have completed your review and determined if you need to make a change.
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The ‘Dual Eligible’ Opportunity

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OBAMACARE WATCH: MORE DARKNESS THAN LIGHT AND OF COURSE TAXES AND PENALTYS by SS&SSThese opportunities must be pursued, however, only under circumstances that lead to better health outcomes for this group of particularly sick and poor individuals. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, which manages the two public health insurance programs at the Department of Health and Human Services, has two new avenues for improving care for dual eligibles. One is the new Federal Coordinated Health Care Office, which is charged with improving integration between the two programs, eliminating cost-shifting between Medicare and Medicaid, and improving quality of care. And the other is the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, which is charged with identifying a range of pilot projects related to the reform of health care payment and delivery systems, with particular emphasis on improving the coordination, quality and efficiency of care—steps that can benefit dual eligibles in particular.
Source: americanprogress.org

Video: Turning 65 Becoming Eligible for Medicare – 2011

Latest House Republican Budget Threatens Medicare and Shreds the Safety Net

What’s more, private plans could “cherry pick” healthier seniors, driving up premiums for those who remain in traditional Medicare. And private plans would be able to undercut traditional Medicare in other ways, such as by offering free gym memberships or other perks. As a result more and more seniors would gradually shift to private plans over time. This gradual privatization of Medicare does not make sense because traditional Medicare costs less than comparable private coverage. But with fewer beneficiaries Medicare would have less leverage to contain the growth in health care costs.
Source: americanprogress.org

The Truth About Gov. Romney’s Medicare and Medicaid ‘Reforms’

The House Republican premium support plan would adjust the voucher for health status—redistributing payments from plans with healthier enrollees to plans with less healthy enrollees. This “risk adjustment” mechanism would certainly help, but current risk-adjustment methods are still far from perfect. Current methods tend to overpay plans with healthier enrollees and underpay plans with less healthy enrollees. As a result, premiums for traditional Medicare would likely rise and enrollment would likely decline over time. This outcome is even more likely because the House Republican premium support plan would not require private plans to provide a standard set of benefits—allowing them to design benefits that attract healthier beneficiaries.
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Who is eligible for Medicare? Who is eligible for Medicaid?

Medicare is for those who are 65+ but there are exceptions for people with disabilities. Medicaid covers a broader range of people (children, low-income families, pregnant women and etc.) for more information on the two, take a look at the links below:
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Weekly update from Ron Mastrogiovanni

Here are our couple’s health insurance choices at age 65. They may purchase traditional Medicare services including Medicare A (hospital insurance), Medicare B (insurance covering doctor visits and tests), Medicare D (prescription drug insurance), and Medigap insurance (fees for services not covered by Medicare A and B). The second alternative is to purchase a Medicare Advantage Plan. A Medicare Advantage plan is a health insurance plan offered by private companies and funded by Medicare. At a minimum, they are the equivalent of Medicare A and B, and many plans offer the same level of coverage as Medicare A
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Ask The Experts: Retirement

A: As you’ve concluded, there aren’t any easy answers. Such decisions are personal. However, a few generalizations can be made. First, each of you will be first eligible for Medicare parts A and B at age 65. Second, if you choose to be covered by Tricare, you must be enrolled in parts A and B. Third, if your choose Tricare, you can suspend FEHB coverage and, if things with Tricare don’t work out, reactivate that enrollment. Finally, any decision you make needs to balance cost with current and expected need. If you can’t project your needs far enough, think about the worst things that could happen to you and see which combination of benefits would give you the best protection at the lowest cost.
Source: federaltimes.com

Aetna to buy Coventry in $5.7 billion deal

The Hartford, Conn., company said Monday that it would pay $42.08 for each share of Coventry stock. That includes $27.30 in cash and a portion of its stock. The price represents a 20 percent premium on Coventry’s Friday closing price of $34.94. The deal is valued at $7.3 billion, including debt from Coventry Health Care Inc., which is based in Bethesda, Md.
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Paul Ryan Throws His Own Mom Under The Bus

And for those soon to be eligible for Medicare: They will get a voucher, instead, which will pay only part of their health care. According to the Congressional Budget Office, seniors will have to come up with an extra $6,500 a year out of their own pocket – which most seniors don’t have.
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Health insurance options for pre

Buy an individual policy: This is health insurance you buy on your own, but it too can be expensive depending on your wife’s health history. Any pre-existing condition such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc., can drastically increase her premiums or can nix her chances of being accepted at all. To search for policy options and costs go to healthcare.gov. If you need help, contact a licensed independent insurance agent. See www.nahu.org/consumer/findagent.cfm to locate one near you.
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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.
Source: gohealthinsurance.com

How Does Medicare Part A Differ From Part B?

Medicare Part A provides hospital coverage for those who have participated in the Social Security system, which is virtually everyone. As a rule, you are eligible for Medicare Part A coverage if you are 65 or better and have contributed to Social Security for at least ten quarters. In addition to hospital stays, Medicare Part A covers skilled nursing facilities, hospice care, and some home care. You are automatically eligible for Medicare Part A if you are already drawing Social Security benefits and may be eligible under other, special circumstances.
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Temp residents can get refund on Medicare levy 

This certificate must show they were not entitled to Medicare benefits because they were a temporary resident for Medicare purposes, and either they did not have any dependants for that period, or all their dependants were in an exemption category for that period.
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Dave Fluker’s California Health Insurance Blog: California Medicare Supplement MLR (Medical Loss Ratio) Requirement (Current)

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MORE DIRTY TRICKS FROM YOUR SOCIALIST/MARXIST   PRESIDENT AND HIS NASTY LITTLE ADMINISTRATION HACKS by SS&SSUnder the PPACA (Obamacare), individual & family health plans (IFP) as well as small group health plans (2-50 employees) in California must meet a Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) of 80% or above. This means that 80% of each dollar earned in premium must be spent on direct medical care and cannot be used for sales, marketing or administrative expenses. Large group health plans in California (51+ employees) must meet a slightly higher MLR under PPACA of 85%. PPACA did not impact the Medicare Supplement market and, as such, Medicare Supplement health plans for seniors and those under age 65 on Medicare are not subject to PPACA-mandated Medical Loss Ratios. However, California Health & Safety Code Section 1358.14 does specify the Medical Loss Ratios (MLR) for California Medicare Supplement Plans. Individual Medicare Supplement Plans must meet an MLR of at least 65% and group (employer-sponsored) Medicare Supplement Plans must meet an MLR of at least 75%. When a carrier falls below the current California mandated MLR on Medicare Supplements, they must issue a rebate to members effected by the overcharge. See my earlier Blog regarding Anthem Blue Cross: Anthem Blue Cross Issues MLR Refunds Currently there is no provision in California to raise the MLR on Medicare Supplement Plans. I have heard rumors, but nothing of substance. Should any potential changes in the MLR requirements for California Medicare Supplements become available, I will post a blog on it.
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Meeting Your Health Care Needs With Medicare Supplemental Insurance

The question remains though of how do you find out which Medicare supplemental policy will meet your needs while being cost effective on covering the extra expenses. Finding the information you need to help you make a decision about the policy and coverage best suited for you is very important. If you end up making the wrong decision about the coverage you choose you might find that you are not covered when you really need it. Thankfully there are companies available online that help you compare rates, view policy information and insurance companies without providing personal information.
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Supplemental Medicare: You may Need This Coverage!

However, not everyone needs supplemental Medicare such as government and military retirees. Also, Medicaid and Qualified Medicare Beneficiary plans, pay for premiums and other additional costs. Medicare supplemental insurance also will help pay for private care, homemaker services and stays in a hospital. In addition, Medicare supplemental insurance takes the worry and stress away over out of pocket fees that can sometimes be a burden to handle such as a long stay in a hospital, medical supplies and a temporary stay in a nursing home. Other expenses that this Supplemental Medicare pays for are dentures, hearing aids and eyeglasses.
Source: seniorcorps.org

Which Health Insurance Customers Will See a Reduction in Rates

The legislation continues the progress that has already been made, with average base rates falling dramatically in the past three years.  In April 2010, Governor Patrick directed DOI to use existing authority to review small-group health insurance rates and use statutory powers to disapprove rates that were unreasonable or excessive. The Division disapproved 235 of 274 rates at that point, and later negotiated lower rate increases with carriers. In May 2012, DOI announced that small group health insurance base rates increases dropped to 0.7 percent in the third quarter.
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Medicare Supplement Health Insurance Tips For Seniors

Researching health insurance for you or a loved one can prove to be quite difficult.  This is true with Medicare and supplemental plans as well.  The hard part of choosing coverage is deciphering what each policy actually covers or doesn’t.  The one thing we do know is that having health insurance, no matter the age is important.  Without it you could be leading a path into financial ruin.  This applies to seniors as well.  We don’t financially plan for a disaster to occur when thinking about retirement.  Making sure you have the right medical coverage, including Medicare supplemental insurance is essential.
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United Health Care “?” Largest health insurance

The largest health insurance is United Health Care, which offers all types of health insurance system. If you are planning to have a unified health care plans, there are several choices are available to purchase, you can use the best suited insurance. Some of their plans include copay, short term medical, student offer coverage, health savings accounts and they also dental insurance for those who have coverage through their employer dont get. individuals and families, a United Healthcare Insurance looking for, with many of the same advantages as the Employers should provide select copay. You must pay a fixed fee for preventive care and doctor visits, but after the payment, 100% testing of the costs are covered. Health care reform is a new feature in the practice came after Obama won the political battle. This is a very new service available to all Americans, but few have the knowledge of health care reform, this article focuses entirely on fact, inform the American people about health reform and the benefits they are going to get through approval of this plan. In this article I have all the advantages you will shape health care reform will be listed below. United Health Care is a popular choice and based on the company, registering one of five Medicare beneficiaries in their health plans. They also offer coverage through Secure Horizons, Evercare Choice and America. United Healthcare Medicare plans in a number of options that HMO plans, supplement insurance plans, special needs plans, and Medicare Part D offers prescription drug plans include. These plans offer different types of coverage and the best time for you to meet your individual health condition. United Healthcare also plans to Medicare Supplement Insurance. This insurance can help in the costs incurred by Medicare Part A and Part B. The special needs programs are only for people with certain medical conditions and life situations and are not open for general registration. United Healthcare is also widely accepted is a great advantage for students who attend a school may be far from home. However, your school will provide to United Healthcare for the benefit of their particular student insurance increase. Hope this article was necessary in providing important information about United Health Care, if you want more about United Healthcare Report They know how healthvote.com
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Low cognitive ability impairs enrollment in Medicare supplemental plans

Because traditional Medicare leaves substantial gaps in coverage, many people obtain supplemental coverage to limit their exposure to out-of-pocket costs. However, some Medicare beneficiaries may not be well equipped to navigate the complex supplemental coverage landscape successfully because of their lower cognitive ability or numeracy—that is, the ability to work with numbers. We found that people in the lower third of the cognitive ability and numeracy distributions were at least eleven percentage points less likely than those in the upper third to enroll in a supplemental Medicare insurance plan. This result means that many Medicare beneficiaries do not have the financial protections and other benefits that would be available to them if they were enrolled in a supplemental insurance plan. Our findings suggest that policy makers may want to consider alternatives tailored to these high-need groups, such as enhanced education and enrollment programs, simpler sets of plan choices, or even some type of automatic enrollment with an option to decline coverage.
Source: pnhp.org

Competing Medicare Positions: The Debate Behind The Rhetoric

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Dr. Donald Berwick by Talk Radio News ServiceFox News: Middle Class, Medicare Issues Add More Fuel To Obama, Romney Debate Talk The campaigns of President Obama and Mitt Romney, after attacking each other for months in TV ads, on the campaign trail and through surrogates, upped the ante this weekend – challenging each other to face-to-face talks on such key issues as helping the middle class and saving Medicare. GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan was the first this weekend to say he’s ready for both sides to get in the same room, and the Obama campaign appeared to respond to the challenge Sunday. “Now, you’ve heard the president has been talking about Medicare a bit lately,” Ryan, R-Wis., said Saturday at a central Florida retirement community. “We want this debate. We need this debate. And we are going to win this debate” (8/20).
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

Video: Paul Ryan — Insider Trading and Attack on Medicare

Romney slams Obama over Medicare, pledges more help for ‘poor’ and ‘sick’

(Solution)(of great Historical significance) 6). How President FDR’s Universal Health Care was done (regardless of the opposition of the US Politicians bought (later convicted) by the owners, “Italian Organized Crime”, of the Insurance Corporations: a). President FDR made the Office of the US Surgeon General (a US Military Officer, already has a Sworn Oath of Office to the Citizens of the US) Responsibile and Accountable for Implementation, Management., b). The US Surgeon General then created programs to create programs for the training of more Doctors, Nurses, Medical Professionals and Standardization of those Training Programs., c ). These Doctors, Nurses, Medical Professionals trained under these Programs as US Military Reserve Officers., d). The start of Medical Facilities first funded by the Federal Government until self sustaining within Communities as “Co Ops”, US Citizens no longer had to decide between Food, Rent, or Medical Treatments., e). A surplus of Doctors, Nurses, Medical Professionals released after Training to Private Practice, more competition within the Medical Profession, with the resulting better Medical Care and “House Calls” (better Service)., f). This later surplus of Doctors, Nurses, Medical Professionals as Reserve US Military Officers was crucial for WWII and the later Korean Conflict (Korean War, as depicted by the Movie, M*A*S*H*, US Military Reserve Doctors called to Active Duty)., g). The Full Implementation of the US Military Medical Service(s) Corps that managed the US Medical Training Standards, US Military Medical Facilities, US Military Reserve Doctors, Nurses, Medical Professionals, etc.. Later ties to the CDC, and rapid advances in Medical Research (Fully Funded instead of begging for grants, civilian (corporations) sponsors (with ulterior motives)), etc..
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OPINION: Guess who would benefit from privatizing Medicare?

During the debate on health care reform, the Congressional Budget Office estimated those overpayments would total $157 billion over the coming decade. As a consequence of these overpayments, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), premiums for all Medicare beneficiaries, including those enrolled in traditional Medicare, are higher than they otherwise would be. Not only that, the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will become insolvent 18 months earlier than it would otherwise because of those overpayments, according to Congressional testimony by CMS’ chief actuary. That’s why, despite intense lobbying by the insurance industry, Congress inserted a provision in the Affordable Care Act to eventually phase out those overpayments. As you can imagine, the industry is lobbying Congress hard to strip that provision out of the law.
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As a Result of the Affordable Care Act People with Medicare Save More Than $4.1 Billion on Prescription Drugs

The health care law also makes it easier for people with Medicare to stay healthy. Prior to 2011, people with Medicare had to pay extra for many preventive health services. These costs made it difficult for people to get the health care they needed. For example, before the health care law passed, a person with Medicare could pay as much as $160 for a colorectal cancer screening.  Now, many preventive services are offered free of charge to beneficiaries, with no deductible or co-pay, so that cost is no longer a barrier for seniors who want to stay healthy and treat problems early.
Source: enewspf.com

The Affordable Care Act’s Repeal Would Leave the Doughnut Hole Open

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DC Voting Rights by dbkingWe determined the savings enrollees will realize with the brand-name and generic discounts by first estimating total prescription drug spending for these groups of enrollees in 2011. We assumed that the relationship between total drug spending and the upper limit of the coverage gap would remain constant, using the 2011 thresholds for the Part D program. We then subtracted the initial deductible and beneficiary cost-sharing to calculate the amount of total spending that would occur in the coverage gap. Finally, we applied the 50 percent and 7 percent brand-name and generic discounts to this estimate of spending in the gap, using recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data to allocate total spending across brand-name and generic medications.
Source: americanprogress.org

Video: 2012 Medicare Part D Drug Coverage Updates

Freedom Home Health and Hospice: What is the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?

Rehabilitation Care can occur in a Hospital or Skilled Nursing Facility, also known as a Nursing Home.  Medicare offers 100 days of rehabilitation by paying 100% for days 1-20 and 80% for days 21-100.  This can get a little complicated for patients who get discharged from care before they have utilized their 100 days.  Medicare will continue to pay for Rehabilitation Care as long as the patient is participating AND making progress in therapy.  Once the patient has peaked on improvements, Medicare will have the facility give you a three day notice of
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Daily Kos: The neverending Republican war on Medicare

by cracking down on fraud, reduce the deficit & save the program but keeps age at 65. When I buy a house listed for 500K and negotiate the price down to 300K because of repairs I argue it needs or because I promise to buy all my houses in the future  through this guy. It’s not  a cut to the house? The house is still the same house I just saved myself 200K on the purchase so that’s what BO did, add 716 billion $ in savings to medicare by cracking down on waste and fraudulent claims, while not just keeping benefits but enhancing the same medicare benefits, then  adding years to Medicare. So Dems added those savings back into medicare to save seniors money on preventative care & free prescription drugs (Closing the donut hole as they call it), so seniors now get their prescription drugs without out of pocket costs. Of course Ryan Myth have to frame the 716 billion dollar savings from Obama as a cut because that’s what their plan actually does –which is cut medicare funds for seniors/benificiaries. Dems are crazy if they don’t get a clue & frame the argument themselves for what it is: Dems don’t cut medicare, they add savings to medicare whereas Ryan Myth do cut it so that’s why they have to frame the argument as a cut & pretend Dems are cutting too. Dems are not cutting, they’re saving $ so big difference. Dems better start setting the narrative instead of letting Rethugs set the narrative thereby arguing on their turf. Wise up, Dems, this is your program, we all know it so don’t let the wolf argue to the baby sheep that he’s their best protector for them over over their own mother. Dems are not Myth who would eat his young (He promised to repeal O’Romneycare & increase waste spening blowing up the deficit), Dems are proud of medicare, ss medicaid and welfare reform. Dems are the “socialists” who have always argued for medicare and so-called socialist programs or are rethugs embracing “socialism” now? Seriously this argument is so stupid from Rethugs to make, I’m surprised they’re not being laughed at by the few serious reporters around. This argument is so surreal from rethugs it doesn’t pass the giggle test, all it takes is one swift attack from Dems and they’re out of the water. Dems need to bring out those 2010 TV ads where Rethugs used their moms to reassure voters they would protect medicare and promised they would never vote against medicare…and what did they do as soon as they were elected? They made liar put of their own moms as 98% of rethugs voted to support Ryan’s budget which cuts medicare into a voucher coupon program that places cost burden on seniors, requiring seniors to come out of pocket for $6500 to cover medicare expenses. In addition, Ryan Myth re-opens the donut hole so seniors have to start coming out of pocket on prescription drugs again which are now covered for seniors due to the 716 billion $ savings BO added into medicare with health care, medicare reform. So BO, the “socialist” big spender adds savings to a program, lowering the gov’t spending and the deficit VS Ryan Myth who want to make gov’t bigger by adding waste, pork, fraud claims to favor the millionaire insurance company owners but Bo’s the “socialist” big spender & Ryan Myth are the fiscal hawks? Yea, right, tell us another funny story boys. Dems need to go hard with this, in lockstep. Rethugs are going to be forceful, bold since they’re desperately lying but Dems have truth on their side, so we need to be bolder & never let up on driving this truth home. Shame them with those TV ads where they pimped out their own sweet innocent moms & made liars out of their own moms, as soon as they were elected. Anybody who would make a liar out of their own moms would do anything, even sell out their own country to a group of oligarch billionaires who want to go to war with Iran.
Source: dailykos.com

Paying for Medicare Part D

*NOTE: This data is believed to be accurate as of 06/2012, but not guaranteed. For specific, up to date information, contact Medicare or your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), if applicable. This chart is just a “model” for Medicare Part D (PDP) coverage. Actual insurance plans can differ greatly so be sure to shop and compare closely and have any current prescriptions readily available.
Source: seniorliving.net

The WSJ editorial page and Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan : CJR

Thank you, Ryan. There’s no good evidence that competition between private health plans has controlled health care costs. That’s the fundamental assumption of the Ryan-Romney Medicare voucher proposal and it’s unfounded. Supporters say the Medicare Part D experience shows that competition between private Part D drug plans has kept costs lower than expected. But there are a number of problems with that argument. The lack of development of major new brand name drugs has slowed drug cost increases. And the government backstops the Part D plans to such an extent that it’s not a true competitive market. It’s not comparable to comprehensive health plans competing and taking full financial risk for the Medicare population. Of course the Affordable Care Act’s state health insurance exchanges also are premised partly on the idea of private plans competing and holding down costs, and that assumption is problematic too.
Source: cjr.org

No Medicare Drug Plan Cost Increases For Seniors In 2013

The Associated Press: Gov’t: Medicare Drug Plan Premiums Stable For 2013 It’s an economic indicator of sorts for seniors: The Obama administration says the average premium for basic Medicare drug coverage will stay the same next year, $30 a month. That’s the third year in a row of little or no change. In addition, Medicare recipients with high prescription costs are saving an average of $629 apiece thanks to a provision of the new health care law that gradually eliminates a coverage gap called the “doughnut hole.” There is a caveat on premiums. Because the number is an average, some beneficiaries may see their monthly cost go up, while others get a decrease (8/6).
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

Medicare Open Enrollment: So What Is Medicare Part D Anyway?

Medicare Part D has a standard Medicare Part D drug benefit, but in reality plans and premiums vary widely. Health insurers must offer the standard benefit set out by law or a benefit package that is at least as comprehensive as the standard package. Although there is no standard drug formulary, there are minimal requirements that major classes of drugs necessary to treat common diseases are covered. Plans vary greatly as to the specific drugs covered and the co-pays/coinsurance for individual drugs. For more information on Medicare Part D benefits and the Donut Hole, see our article “Medicare Part D-The Donut Hole and Me”.
Source: myhealthcafe.com

PhRMA Statement on Medicare Part D Premiums

“For example, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that improved access and adherence to medicines driven by Part D saves Medicare about $1,200 per beneficiary in hospital, skilled nursing facility and other costs for each senior who previously lacked comprehensive prescription drug coverage. A study by researchers at Harvard Medical School found that nearly 11 million seniors gained comprehensive prescription drug coverage as a result of Part D. Together, these findings show overall savings to Medicare equaled over $13 billion in 2007, the first full year of Part D. This represents more than one quarter of Part D’s total cost during that time.
Source: pittsburghhealthcarereport.com

RFP : Medicare Part D Preferred Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) Services in Maine, United States

The State has a requirement from Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) to support the Low Cost Drug Program for the Elderly and Disabled (DEL) State Pharmacy Assistance Program (SPAP) and the Medical Savings Program (MSP) in providing benefits to its Medicare Part D eligible members. Primary services include coordinating payment by OMS of member monthly premiums, enrollment and pharmacy data exchange, customer service for OMS and its contracted representatives and adherence to clinical requirements specific to OMS contracts. In accordance with State procurement practices, the Department is hereby announcing the publication of a Request for Proposals (RFP) # 201208366 for the purchase of the aforementioned services.
Source: rfpdb.com

Ohio Health Policy Review: Medicare Part D premiums to stay flat next year

HHS attributed the low premiums to the Affordable Care Act, which includes some measures to lower the cost of medications for seniors. Last year, HHS also attributed the low premiums to increased competition and greater use of cheaper generic drugs.
Source: healthpolicyreview.org

Medicare Part D Proves That Competition Lowers Health Care Spending

Few patients switching plans. Another critique of competition is that a general reluctance to switch plans “reflects the large number of plan choices available combined with the costs in terms of time and energy of doing research and of actually making a switch.” This claim, taken from behavioral economics, does not negate a person’s price sensitivity. Experience with the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP) shows that about 5 percent of patients switch plans each year. This reluctance to switch reflects well-documented satisfaction with plan choices. This only proves that people make decisions based on many factors, including how much they like their plans.
Source: heritage.org

Social Security Administration To Purchase 174 Thousand Rounds Of Hollow Point Bullets

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Economically - Challenged & illiterate .. CIA website forced offline (11th February 2012) ...item 2.. Anonymous turns its attention to the U.S. Senate over controversial bill -- upgrade your lifestyle (December 8, 2011) ... by marsmet526And the one question we need to ask ourselves is who would this war be directed against, if it comes to libertarians, militias, and constitutionalists, andfolks who are starving and fed up, it would be a war against the government. We have trillions of variety of guns and bullets, citizens own 50 cal.machine guns and 50 cal barret sniper rifles, acr rifles, shredder, flechette shots, grenade launchers, flame throwers for gods sakes, what would you do if you knew more than 100 million people want real change and are armed, don’t doubt for once the people wont get access to heavy equipment from a large faction of the military who’d tell the government to fuck themselves for asking them to fire upon civilians, seriously tell most men to shoot their families, the military would split for sure, you will see tank vs tank, ship vs ship, but i wonder where would all the support come from when many in the navy and army defy them. many will die but that the fact that these guys are arming themselves show that theyre losing this, its not Nazi Germany anymore, they don’t have money or the support like hitler did, HITLER had the support of His nation behind him, they loved him!, IT WILL GET MESSY QUICKLY, the only danger I fear is if it goes nuclear, the international community may step in to stop that, because they don’t want this to happen, it would spread, they want to trade, but if the cooler heads in other countries will see that the US government isn’t a benefit anymore to their economy, I don’t see how they can be for most, BRIC won’t support them, ( I can personally see Russia wishing to arm the citizens), so many there are waiting for our ppl to overthrow the US government, and NATO is not allowed to intervene their own grounds, What definitely will happen is the concept of the United States would cease to exist, there will be many many factions fighting one another, maybe not now though, amazingly I see the states aligning themselves against Washington more and more, even ppl who are sleeping would call upon arms once they see their families being bombed, and how would the dhs and these agencies keep paying and feeding their soldiers?, what do they expect to win a war against hunters, marksmen, ex specialist soldiers who know their country’s terrain?, the soldiers know their own military’s arsenal’s flaws, IEDs can take out even the most heavily armed tanks,. Look at the wars in Afganistan and Iraq and you tell me, Afgans have been kicking foreigners for a long time out of their nation for a while now
Source: dailypaul.com

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Scary: Social Security Administration Makes Huge Ammo Buy

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Social Security Administration orders thousands of rounds of hollow point bullets // Current TV

The mission statement of the US Social Security Administration is to deliver services that meet the changing needs of the public. They are doing that by placing an order for 174,000 rounds of hollow point bullets. The SSA has published a solicitation on the FedBizOpps website specifically asking for ammo manufactures to provide them with a quote for a massive order of hollow point bullets. The administration is on the lookout for the most affordable lot of 174,000 .357 Duty Carry Sig 125 grain bonded JHP hollow point bullet ammunition, according to a synopsis that accompanies their solicitation for quotes, although the mission statement of the federal agency offers no indication of why they are wanting any ammo, let alone tens of thousands of rounds. According to Chuck Hawks, who runs a guns and shooting website, these bullets are among the best available in terms of being a stop a person dead in their tracks. “[A]125 grain JHP from a .357 in the lungs will put the bad guy away pronto, and if you miss the lungs and hit the shoulder, the 125 grain JHP will dump up to 580 ft. lbs. of destructive energy into his body, instead of the maximum 236 ft. lbs. of the 200 grain .38 Spec. load,” Hawk writes on his website. He adds that the JHP rounds being requested by the Social Security Administration is accurate in stopping someone upwards of 97 percent of the time. Online retailer UnderwoodAmmo.com adds that the hollow point bullets are “Built to the tightest tolerances for peak performance rivaling and sometimes surpassing handloads in many guns” and that the ammunition was “designed to meet stringent law enforcement standards for dependability and performance” and makes for “a great personal defense bullet.” For an agency that specializes in servicing the needy, though, the requirement of such firepower is raising a lot of questions. It doesn’t make things less suspicious another federal agency, the US Department of Homeland Security, recently posted a solicitation on FedBizOpps as well for 750 million rounds of high-power ammo. Among the acknowledged capacities of the SSA are providing assistance to the retired and disabled through Medicare and other benefit programs. Full Story: http://rt.com/usa/news/administration-rounds-hollow-point-768/
Source: current.com

Federal Government Ammo Buildup: Social Security Administration to Purchase 174 Thousand Hollow Point Rounds :

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Social Security Administration Orders Thousands of Rounds of Hollow Point Bullets

The SSA has published a solicitation on the FedBizOpps website specifically asking for ammo manufactures to provide them with a quote for a massive order of hollow point bullets. The administration is on the lookout for the most affordable lot of 174,000 .357 Duty Carry Sig 125 grain bonded JHP hollow point bullet ammunition, according to a synopsis that accompanies their solicitation for quotes, although the mission statement of the federal agency offers no indication of why they are wanting any ammo, let alone tens of thousands of rounds.
Source: libertycrier.com

Older Americans Have Been Highly Resistant to Medicare Changes

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Medicare for All by juhansoninThe income gap among Republicans and Republican leaners is about as large as the difference between GOP supporters of the Tea Party and non-supporters. Among Republicans and Republican leaners who agree with the Tea Party, 57% view deficit reduction as more important than preserving Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are. Among Republicans and leaners who do not agree with the Tea Party, just 36% say that reducing the deficit is more important than maintaining benefits.
Source: people-press.org

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Local Seniors Tell Ryan Medicare Changes Hurt Them, Middle Class

If workers are having this much difficulty saving for retirement, where in the world, will they find the money to pay what Rep. Ryan would make them pay for Medicare coverage when they turn 65 I mean 67, which Ryan’s plan wants the age increased? Ryan’s "blueprint" is one that will take America back to the pre-1965 days when senior citizens were losing their homes and their farms to pay for medical care. They were becoming destitute — and dying much earlier than they are today — because insurers would not sell them coverage because they were too much of a risk to insure, and there was no safety net for them. And let’s not forget seniors were eating cat food because they had to make choices, we should never go back to those days! That’s exactly the same place future senior citizens would find themselves if Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare ever becomes public policy.
Source: patch.com

Paul Ryan budget outlines drastic changes to Medicare, cuts to Medicaid

This week on the presidential campaign trail, candidates have sparred over different proposals for healthcare, taxes and federal spending. At the center of the debate is the budget plan presented by Congressmember and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan. The latest version of the plan is called  “The Path to Prosperity” and lays out sharp reductions to programs designed to assist low income Americans, such as Medicaid, Pell education grants, the food stamp program and job training. The plan would also reduce taxes for wealthy Americans and result in a net tax increase for the bottom fifth of households, according to the Tax Policy Center. Questions have also been raised about corporate tax cuts. According to Ryan’s 2011 financial disclosure report analyzed by The Daily Beast and Newsweek, Ryan and his wife owned stakes in four family companies that could benefit financially from some of the energy tax breaks and subsidies in the budget plan. But one of the areas most affected by the proposed budget is healthcare. For more, we’re joined by Ellen Shaffer, co-director of the Center for Policy Analysis.
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Daily Kos: Defending Medicare

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Does Medicare Require Pre

Garrett Ball is the owner of Medicare-Supplement.US, as well as several other Medicare-related web resources. As an independent broker, Garrett assists people going on, or already on, Medicare with comparing the various Medicare plan options in an unbiased way and in a centralized place. Garrett’s position as an independent agent and experience specializing in this field give him the unique ability to help others navigate the Medicare “maze”.
Source: medicare-supplement.us

Daily Kos: House Democrats spell out Medicare, Medicaid impact of Romney/Ryan plan

I have a relative who is 91 and has been in a nursing home for 3 years.  She is totally out of it – dementia – and  we’re just waiting for the end.  Her husband (no children) has a small home and some savings; she used up all of her Medicare benefits more than 2 years ago and now the $5,700 nursing home fee is paid from their savings each month, and is not going to last forever. Her doctor visits are still covered and a physician sees her three times a week.  This means a doctor – whose last name is 23 letters long and for the life of me I am unable to understand a word he says – first talks with the head nurse and checks the charts of each of the 20 (mostly dementia) patients in the wing of  his visitation route and then proceeds down the hall. While I was visiting her one morning, he came to the doorway – not to her bed – said hello to me and asked (I think) how she was doing.  I said simply “no change” he said goodbye and left.  And he bills Medicare $270 a week, for her, for these three visits. – Multiply that by by the 20 patients in the wing and you get his weekly payout at $5,400, monthly, $21,600.  There are 5 other wings in this facility and those fees bring doctor costs up to $500,000 a month.  This is just one nursing home in one county, in one state, so you can just imagine the numbers extended out  – some nursing homes less, some more, but THIS is a big part if what is wrong with the system as it is being utilized now. I don’t have the an solution, but it would be impossible and morally wrong to take away late-life health care for the elderly, or healthcare for anyone , for that matter.  Other countries, the UK, Skandinavia, for example have more efficient systems and they seem to be working much better than ours.  I think we just need to re-vamp the system to eliminate the “money-suckers” who get rich off of it.
Source: dailykos.com

Updated: Bowles once praised Paul Ryan, but called Medicare changes 'pretty radical'

The administration is condemning the Ryan plan saying it will “end Medicare as we know it.” The truth is “Medicare as we know it” is going broke, and when it does (not if, but when) it will take our entire economy down with it. If Obama doesn’t believe this, then let him look the American people in the eye and tell us that “Medicare as we know it” is doing fine. If not, he needs to tell us how exactly how he plans to avert this disaster, or why his option to do nothing. Either way, whether we adopt some kind of reform to transform Medicare as we know it into Medicare as we can sustain it, or whether we simply let the economy be driven off the cliff by unrestrained entitlement spending, Medicare as we know it will end.
Source: newsobserver.com

Democrats, Republicans Escalate Attacks Over Changes to Medicare

Does anyone really believe that Medicare can continue as it is? And does anyone believe that “making the rich pay their fair share” is going to even make a dent in the looming liabilities? (Not to mention that “the rich” have the mobility to simply choose to live elsewhere if taxes get really onerous!) This is really about robbing all the younger generations of Americans of their right to save, buy houses and afford decent lifestyles, in order to pander to seniors who feel they are “entitled” to benefits THEY SIMPLY DIDN’T PAY ENOUGH FOR. It is not my 21 year old son’s fault that politicians have not had the courage for decades to stand up and say, “We’ll all need to pay more for the benefits we’re promising.” But he and his sister will be the ones to pay for it. It sickens me to think of what we’re doing to our kids. Maybe our parents were “the Greatest Generation,” but we certainly qualify as the “Most Selfish!”
Source: californiahealthline.org

Australian Health Information Technology: Request For Feedback On NEHRS Changes. Medicare Integration Said To Be Complete.

Well informed sources are suggesting that integration with Medicare Data Bases with the NEHRS has now been delivered and that we will soon see our Medicare Data under the relevant tab. I checked earlier today – and while the screen has changed there is still no information in my record. There really should be some PBS records in mine if it was working I reckon. I would be keen to have NEHRS watchers check from time to time and see if anything has yet changed with their record. David.
Source: blogspot.com

Brad DeLong: Who’s on First? Medicare Edition

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NYT: Kofi Annan makes first visit to post-Hussein Iraq by @mjbMitt Romney: Paul Ryan Medicare Plan And Mine Are The Same, ‘If Not Identical': Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney said Wednesday his Medicare plan was “close to identical” to that of his vice-presidential choice, Rep. Paul Ryan…. “Actually, Paul Ryan and my plan for Medicare, I think, is the same, if not identical — it’s probably close to identical,” he told Green Bay station WBAY. Ryan, as a House member, in 2011 proposed shifting Medicare entirely to a voucher-like system, then tweaked the proposal in 2012 to offer traditional Medicare alongside private plans….
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Obama Releases First Medicare Ad

The Obama campaign put out its first Medicare ad. Alex Burns: “This won’t be the Obama team’s last Medicare ad, and almost certainly won’t be its toughest one either, but it’s the starting point of the Democratic paid media campaign on one of the issues that will define the general election.” The ad is airing in New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada. Here’s the video:
Source: politicalwire.com

Obama Camp Rolls Out First Medicare Ad

You must take the time and research both Ryan and Romney. Health care should be aimed at prevention, which Obamacare makes screening tests more readily available. While cutting down on waist and holding the insurance companies accountable. Furthermore, the Presidents power is limited to cooperation from the house and senate! The Republicans have fought tooth and nail to slow the economy, to the point of treason! Just for the American people to say just what you are! They think you are to stupid to see the truth if they just keep lying!
Source: wsj.com

Obama’s first ad on Ryan and Medicare

The pushback about the ACA – leaning on a trusted messenger in the form of the AARP – is a response to Romney’s Medicare-themed ads, which accuse Obama of cutting funding for the program. This won’t be the Obama team’s last Medicare ad, and almost certainly won’t be its toughest one either, but it’s the starting point of the Democratic paid media campaign on one of the issues that will define the general election.
Source: politico.com

DCCC’s First TV Ad? About Medicare, Of Course

Using a GOP politician’s own words to drive home the Social Security/Medicare message has been an effective strategy for Democrats. In an Arizona special election earlier this year, such ads helped torpedo the candidacy of Jesse Kelly, the Republican who was seeking the seat of former Rep. Gabby Giffords.
Source: nationaljournal.com

Ryan on Medicare cut: Obama did it first

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Ryan on Medicare cut: Obama did it first

Mitt Romney and his running mate Ryan have been criticizing Obama in recent days for taking Medicare funds to help pay for his health care overhaul. But the Republican candidates haven’t mentioned that Ryan’s own budget proposal included the same cut.
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Daily Kos: Defending Medicare

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Q1Medicare.com Releases Updated Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan Formulary Browser

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319 | Tragedies of Medicine by The DoctrQ1Medicare.com has updated their Medicare Part D Formulary Browser with the latest prescription drug plan formulary data made available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Since January, the updated data includes the addition of over 70 medications and the deletion of 16 medications that impact all Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. The most recent released June formulary changes include the addition of 20 new medications. A detailed summary of the recent formulary changes impacting all Medicare Part D plans, along with corresponding links to specific formularies can be found within the Q1Medicare.com/Blog.
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Video: Medicare Part D Formulary

The Escalating Race for Evidence in Drug Reimbursement

Evidence is also shifting in its purpose to prove cost effectiveness.  The Oliver Wyman report points out that pharmaceutical firms produce many “me too” drugs that offer a marginal improvement in treatment efficacy, but at a premium cost to payers.  Instead, the most successful pharmaceutical companies have identified expensive conditions to treat (e.g., ischemic heart disease or cancer) where payers face higher costs and drugs are a lower percentage of that care package-meaning drugs have a significant probability to lower costs of care. This is in contrast to many firms that provide evidence for drugs used to treat hypertension, diabetes, and depression; these treatments offer little value to payers because drug costs are already a substantial portion of these treatments – the probability of further cost savings is low. The result: pharmaceutical firms need to rearrange development priorities and evidence gathering towards convincing payers that cheaper health outcomes can be obtained.
Source: healtheconomicsdigest.com

The Importance of Considering the Medicare Formulary in the Choice for the Part D Plans

The medicare formulary is the list of the drugs that are covered under Part D or the prescription benefit plans. It is very important for any individual to consider the medicare formulary before singing with any of the Part D plans since these covers both the generic drugs and the branded prescription drugs. The Medicare recipients who have the full coverage and spend the rest of their life in the nursing homes automatically have the prescription coverage. For those who live in the residential homes which are not considered as a nursing home, there is only a small co-payment required for the prescription drugs.
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Q1Medicare.com Drug Search Tools Updated with Latest Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Data

Lastly, the newly enhanced Q1Medicare Long-Term Care (LTC) Drug Tool also includes the latest Medicare drug data updates. The LTC Drug Tool now cross-references over 160 of the most popular brand-name and generic medications used by LTC facilities with the available Medicare Part D prescription drug plans qualifying for the low-income subsidy $ 0 premium and institutional Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans (SNPs). An important August addition to the LTC drug list is Irbesartan, the generic equivalent for Avapro®. The LTC Drug Tool itself has been enhanced as an interactive form where the Medicare plan search can be narrowed or filtered by selecting the medications used by a particular LTC resident. The long-term care drug plan overviews can be found directly at Q1Medicare.com/LTC or a state abbreviation can be added to this URL to go directly to that service area. For example, the LTC drug tool for Florida can be found at: Q1Medicare.com/LTC/FL.
Source: articledition.com

Are AARP MedicareComplete Drug Benefits Good Enough?

Enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan with inadequate Part D benefits can negate any positive aspects of the medical benefits. When choosing MedicareComplete or any other plan it is important to focus on the Part D benefits and not get blinded by low premiums or low out-of-pocket costs for medical services.
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Why it is Important to Consider the Medicare Formulary in Choosing the Part D Plans

When you know that the medications that you are supposed to take are expensive, be sure to consider the plans where the drugs will be covered during the coverage gap or donut hole. These plans may require a higher premium payment but the price can easily be canceled from the savings. The Part D plan does not cover all the drugs and they have the established medicare formulary or the list of covered drugs for which the participant has to make payments from their own pockets. Hence it is very important to look into the plans with tiers where you get to pay the least amount for the generic medications.
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Medicare Made Clear: Carefully Consider the Medicare Formulary when Choosing a Part D Plans

As you make the decision on the kind of plans for your health protection under Part D of Medicare, be sure to look at all the plans and medicare formulary while considering your own specific needs. The cost of medications and health plans change every year however, you can always make the updates yearly if and when your income situation changes. Look for the different options in your state since the number of available plans and medicare formulary varies according to regions. The variety of plans allow the individuals to choose what they think is suitable for their own specific needs.
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How to Gain the Most Benefits from the Medicare Formulary

Considering the medicare formulary is very important in considering the Medicare Part D plan for your own specific needs. There are two ways for the individual to receive the benefits from the Part D plans and this through the original Medicare and the Medicare Advantage Plan. The most important however is making the review for the medicare formulary since not all drugs are included in the tiers. The generic drugs in the medicare formulary occupy the first tier while the more expensive branded medications are listed in the highest tier.
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Subsidizing the Costs of Prescription Drugs with the Medicare Formulary

The medicare formulary for the Part D has a tiered coverage meaning that the generic medications have the lower co-pay while the branded medications have the higher co-pay. This medicare formulary means that not all drugs will be covered at the same level giving the participants the incentives of choice on what drugs they will use. However based on the researches released, the participants often prefer the discontinuance of the medications during the coverage gap or medicare donut hole instead of turning to the generic drugs. With the discontinuance however, most of those with medical conditions like heart ailments and high blood pressure did not experience any serious repercussions.
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Save On Money: Save Money on Insurance

Every Medicare drug plan must have two drugs available on its formulary for every therapeutic class. In simple terms, this means that they have to offer at least two medicines that treat certain medical conditions. Often a plan will provide far more than 2 alternatives. A good example would be cholesterol medications. If you are taking a brand name cholesterol medication and have never asked your doctor about it, you might not know that there are dozens of cholesterol medications out there, and quite a few of them are low-cost generic medications.
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2013 Part D Premiums To Remain Steady

If you reach the donut hole in 2013 you will only be required to pay 47.5% for brand name drugs and 79% for generic drugs. The full cost of the drugs will count towards your out-of-pocket threshold amount.
Source: affordablemedicareplan.com