Wyoming, Michigan Medicare Supplement Plan G

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Choose Love Over Fear by elycefelizIn an earlier post on this blog, we looked at Medicare supplement plan F, and how it is the most popular supplement plan on the market.  With this post, we are going to look at Michigan Medicare supplement plan G, and how it might be the available product on the market.
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Is Medigap G Better Than Medigap F?

Medigap is standardized.  That means that a Plan F with ABC Company is the same coverage as with XYZ.  The only difference is the logo on your ID card and the premium that you are charged.  In theory, although it does not always work this way, the premium is based on customer service, the size of the insurance company you have elected, and other various factors that cause one person to purchase coverage from one company while another person purchases the same coverage from a different company at a different price.
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Medicare Supplement Plan G Rates

Your Medicare Supplement resource. Medicare, Dental & Medicare Part D options. Please use this website to search and review information. Compare rates, apply, find a doctor, hospital or dentist, you can do it all right here. Or better yet simply call me anytime, I’ll be happy to answer all of your questions. Thanks … John
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Illinois Medicare Supplement Plan G: Is this your Best Option?

Remember, simply because providers must offer the same plans does not mean they are all reputable or dependable. And when it comes time to collect on your benefits, a low cost will not help you if the insurance company cannot deliver. Stay with the major names and get peace of mind in knowing you’re insured with a stable, reliable provider. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, for example, has been providing Medicare supplement insurance to folks just like you for years. Because they are dependable, they will continue to offer competitive prices and great benefits for years to come.
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Surprise! HHS pilot program to send 2 million poor seniors from Medicare into … voucher programs

No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire with the care and the dignity they have earned. Yes, we will reform and strengthen Medicare for the long haul, but we’ll do it by reducing the cost of health care, not by asking seniors to pay thousands of dollars more. And we will keep the promise of Social Security by taking the responsible steps to strengthen it, not by turning it over to Wall Street.
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Why Medicare Must Be Reformed, in One Chart

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What's In My Bag... by Amy DiannaAs or more important, there is no moral case for continuing either program. By design, they shift money from relatively young and relatively poor workers to relatively old and relatively wealthy retirees, thereby reversing the natural order of civilization. If the government is going to support needy citizens, let it do so based on actual demonstrated need rather than an arbitrary age limit that doesn’t seriously account for accumulated wealth. 
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Court: You Can Appeal Medicare Decisions About Hospice Services

That’s a victory of sorts, because it makes it clear that beneficiaries have the right to challenge a hospice provider’s refusal to provide a service that a doctor deems necessary, Mr. Deford said. But it’s disappointing because it doesn’t ensure that people receive a notice of their right to appeal when they enter hospice care, or that any mechanism exists for expedited appeals – an important protection for people who are dying.
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To Protect Medicare, Reform It

today, the program pays out more than it takes in, and cannot exist without the constant use of budget gimmicks to make it look solvent on paper. Currently, the payroll taxes, along with dedicated funding sources such as premium payments, state transfers, and taxes on benefits, pay for only half of the program’s cost. And it will get worse as the number of enrollees continues to grow and the cost per capita explodes. Last month, Nick Gillespie and I am made similar points in this piece called “Generational Warfare,” explaining the utter unfairness of the current system.
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REMINDER: Medicare Part D Notice Due Before October 15th

You may distribute the Notice electronically if you follow the same electronic disclosure requirements that apply to summary plan descriptions (SPDs), except you should inform the participant that he/she is responsible for providing a copy of the disclosure to his/her Medicare-eligible spouse and/or dependents eligible for coverage under the plan (otherwise, you will need to separately send them a hard copy notice) and you must post the Notice on your website (if you have one) with a link on your home page to the Notice.  
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Romney Lies About Medicare/Medicaid Change Of Address Form

There were periods during my government service when the business-does-it-this-way was fashionable.  Public private partnership (acronym PPP) became popular.  At some point what tended to happen or be realized was the understanding that the public service does not have, cannot have the same “bottom line” as a for-profit organization.  Wall Street exemplifies the outsize for-profit situation these days…I do not think most people want the government to emulate that value system when it comes to exercising government authority.  And, frankly, when you look at it, the basic myth at bottom of the business school takeaway about efficiency has a lot of flaws…not the least of which is that large, major corporations with their overpayment of failing executives and with their taking-care-of-the-top first motif are the opposite of even the the narrowest definition of “efficiency.”  
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Brad DeLong: Josh Barro Says Opinions

The real landscape on Medicare is this: Both parties want to cut Medicare…. There are two key falsehoods in the Democratic message on Medicare. One is Obama’s oft-repeated claim that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “won’t touch your guaranteed Medicare benefits. Not by a single dime.” That’s true only with a tortured definition of “guaranteed Medicare benefits.” PPACA cuts Medicare spending by $716 billion, or about 10 percent over the next 10 years. It achieves these cuts in roughly equal parts by: eliminating subsidies for enhanced, private “Medicare Advantage” plans used by many seniors; reducing reimbursement rates to hospitals; and various other measures, including cutting payments to compensate hospitals for unpaid bills and payment rates for home health providers.
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Tennessee Federal Judge Grants Relator Attorney Fees In Medicare Case

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Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center of Medicare at CMS Jonathan Blum visits Christiana Care to speak about accountable care organizations by Christiana CareNASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Tennessee federal court judge on Aug. 16 granted the relator’s counsel’s request for attorney fees in a False Claims Act (FCA) case alleging violations of the Medicare Act but reduced the amount requested (United States of America ex rel. Karen J. Hobbs v. Medquest Associates Inc., et al., No. 06-1169, M.D. Tenn.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116056).Full story on lexis.com
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Here’s Who Really Benefits When Republicans Change Medicare

The first major emergency endangering the continuance of Medicare occurred in 2008, when President Bush and the Republicans in Congress tried to block Democrats from halting a 10.6% cut, which Bush’s plan forced in the rate-schedule that traditional Medicare paid doctors for their services to their patients under Medicare. This pay-cut to doctors was expected to cause so many physicians to abandon traditional Medicare patients, that the traditional Medicare program would likely collapse. This pay-cut to doctors was scheduled to start on July 15th; but, just days earlier, on 9 July 2008, Bloomberg News bannered “Senate Votes Reversal of Cuts in Medicare Doctor Fees,” and reported that, “The Senate voted final passage of legislation that would halt a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements to doctors.”
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The ACP Advocate Blog by Bob Doherty: Republicans and Democrats alike want to kill fee

Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much about Medicare, except for getting rid of the fee-for-service system for paying doctors. “If reducing the growth of Medicare spending to sustainable rates and moving away from fee-for-service are ‘ending Medicare as we know it,’ then both parties have embraced that goal, writes former OMB Budget Director Alice Rivlin in a Daily Beast commentary.   “Paying providers on a fee-for-service basis offers incentives to perform more services than necessary” she observes, “Health reformers in both parties favor adjusting payments to reward results, improve care coordination, and discourage waste. They also see the massive, largely fee-for-service Medicare program as a potential leader driving the whole health system toward greater efficiency.”  Both also agree on a same target rate of growth for Medicare. Where they differ is how to move away from fee-for-service, she continues.  To reach the common objective, “Democrats favor regulation and Republicans tout market competition.”  Democrats rely on having the government promote “innovation, demonstrations, and research to develop more effective care delivery and an Independent Payments Advisory Board (IPAB) to design ways of keeping Medicare spending from rising much faster than the economy” while Republicans “prefer giving seniors a choice of comprehensive health plans offering benefits equivalent to Medicare, with the plans receiving a risk-adjusted payment from Medicare (premium support). They hope competing plans will ensure improvements in quality and lower cost, but they would also cap Medicare spending growth at the same rate the president proposes.” So physicians contemplating the choices in this election might ask themselves. Do you want the government to limit total Medicare spending and have it decide how and how much you will be paid to keep spending under that limit?  Or do you want the government to cap its total financial contribution, turn the money and decision-making over to private insurers, and let them decide how and how much you will be paid to keep spending within the cap? But despite a seeming bipartisan consensus that fee-for-service payment is the source of all evil, it might yet survive, with major changes.   Paul Ginsburg from the Center for Studying Health System Change takes this contrarian view in a new Health Affairs article. “To many policy analysts, the term provider payment reform means abandoning the fee-for-service approach, which pays clinicians for each service rendered, in favor of broader units of payment—such as global payment or episode bundles—which either cover the whole person regardless of the number of services provided to that person, or cover the whole episode of care for a specific condition” he writes.  “Even if these approaches succeed and are widely adopted, the core method of payment to many physicians for the services they provide is likely to remain fee-for-service.”   He continues  “To be sure, physicians’ payments will be calculated not only according to volume, but also according to measures of physicians’ quality and efficiency. Both measurement and distribution of payment will be done by the organizations, or systems, such as the accountable care organization within which the provider delivers care.  As a result, for many physicians, these broad payment reforms, such as accountable care organizations, are more accurately seen as enhancements to fee-for-service, rather than as replacements.” Ginsburg then argues that if fee-for-service is going to continue to be the “core method” for paying doctors, fee-for-service itself must change.  He advocates a range of reforms: better aligning payment for physicians’ practice expenses with relative costs,  reducing the influence of the Relative Value Update Committee (RUC), using more robust data than the surveys done by specialty societies to determine relative values, capturing  quickly any reductions in physician work and practice expense that occur as new technology evolve;  and paying primary care doctors (but not subspecialists) more for their evaluation and management services.  He also advocates for broad payment reforms, including Patient-Centered Medical Home and ACOs; although these models would include a fee-for-service component, total physician payments within these systems also would be linked to measures of quality and efficiency. So like the famous “I’m not yet dead” Monty Python character in the Search for the Holy Grail, fee-for-service might yet survive, if the politicians don’t decide to put a quick end to it.   But fee-for-service won’t look much like the current system—many surgical and medical specialists likely would see their procedural fees go down, primary care doctors might see an increase in payments for their evaluation and management services, organized medicine would have less influence, and just about all doctors  will see that their “payments will be calculated not only according to volume, but also according to measures of physicians’ quality and efficiency.”   I am not sure that this is what physicians who want to preserve fee-for-service have in mind—must just want to be let alone to set their own fees—but that isn’t what (most) Republicans or Democrats, or policy analysts from across the political spectrum, have in mind for them.  They might still be paid a fee for each service, but the fee will be determined by the government within a total budget, or a health plan within a total budget, or a health system operating within an at-risk budget, with their payments adjusted upward or downward based on measures of efficiency and quality. Some physicians (especially primary care) may do better under such approaches, some worse, but it will be very different than the fee-for-service system that most doctors are used to, and seem to prefer. Today’s questions: Do you agree with Rivlin’s view that both political parties have embraced moving away from fee-for-service, and that this would be a good thing?  Or Ginsburg’s view that fee-for-service will likely continue to be a core component of broader reforms, but fee-for-service itself will  have to be radically changed to survive?
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Fact Checking Washington Post’s Responses to Reader Questions on Medicare

Richard Foster, the Medicare chief actuary, has indeed expressed doubts about whether these reductions in provider fees will actually take place. Congress has repeatedly come in at the last moment and postponed Medicare fee cuts required as part of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. However, the ACA does require the $523 billion in Medicare cuts so the cuts will occur unless Congress continues to postpone their implementation. The $523 billion (now $716 billion) reductions in the growth rate of Medicare cannot be legitimately used both to claim the ACA is affordable; and then claim seniors will not be affected by such reductions. Foster also explained that were the cuts to take place, 1-in-7 hospitals that treat Medicare patients would become insolvent and seniors would lose access to medical providers willing to treat them.
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Medicare, Health Care Reform and 2013…

Five Star Ratings on Medicare Advantage Plans – To encourage Medicare Advantage plans to provide quality care, the ACA authorized Medicare to pay bonuses to Medicare Advantage plans, beginning in 2012, if they receive four or five stars on Medicare’s new five-star quality rating system. And, plans that received a 5 star rating would be able to enroll customers year-round; not just during Medicare’s annual enrollment period (AEP). (Source) The rating system measures how well plans: help customers stay healthy; perform on numerous customer satisfaction measures; price and safely administer drugs; and provide Medicare.gov updated plan information.
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Feds Push Maryland To Think Big On Health Cost Control

“One of the opportunities we have is not just looking at updating how we have paid hospitals for the last 35 years but really looking at health care more broadly,” said Carmela Coyle, CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association. “Nobody is talking about a rate-setting model, as we have with hospitals, for other providers. What we are talking about is: Can we more tightly link incentives across providers, especially for particular kinds of patients?”
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Medicare Advantage Fees Explained

[I]n many counties, private plans bid an amount lower than the amount Medicare FFS (fee for service) needs to offer Part A and Part B coverage. Taken as an enrollment-weighted whole, Medicare Advantage plans bid at 98%, just a shade below Medicare FFS. Private HMOs bid at 95%, which makes for a more substantial savings. Other private alternatives, like private fee-for-service, fare poorly relative to Medicare FFS. But of course that makes perfect sense. One can easily imagine, as Austin Frakt has suggested in the past, an equilibrium in which traditional Medicare FFS is the lowest-cost provider in rural counties, in which there is a relatively small number of medical providers with a great deal of leverage. In denser urban markets, with more competition among providers, private HMOs can out-compete traditional Medicare FFS by building more efficient provider networks.
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How Medicare Advantage Works

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MORE DIRTY TRICKS FROM YOUR SOCIALIST/MARXIST   PRESIDENT AND HIS NASTY LITTLE ADMINISTRATION HACKS by SS&SSI pose that the main reason this result occurs is “upcoding” by MA plans. Medicare bases MA beneficiary health status on the diagnosis codes submitted by MA plans. FFS providers typically have less of an incentive to extensively document all of a beneficiary’s health conditions…MA plans, on the other hand, receive more money the more diagnosis codes they document. Thus, when FFS beneficiaries switch to MA plans, their risk scores increase even if their true health status changes little or not at all.
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False Claims Act Applies to Medicare Advantage Plans that Provide False Cost Estimates

The Ninth Circuit recently joined the First and Fourth Circuits in holding that knowingly false estimates can trigger FCA liability. Specifically, in United States ex rel. Hooper v. Lockheed Martin Corp., No. 11-5527(9th Cir. Aug. 2, 2012), the Court held that false estimates can trigger FCA liability when the defendant knows the estimates are false when submitted. While this decision was not a healthcare FCA case, it has immediate implications for government health care programs, especially Medicare Part C. Pursuant to Medicare Part C, “Medicare Advantage” plans provide services directly to beneficiaries, through arrangements with contracted providers, or by purchasing services from non-contracted providers.  These contracted plans are paid a capitated rate per enrollee – that is, a set amount of money based on the anticipated expenses, enrollees’ risk factors and other characteristics. When a Medicare Advantage plan provides false cost estimates to CMS, it artificially inflates the capitated payments in subsequent years. Thus, under the recent Ninth Circuit case law, FCA liability would apply when the plan knowingly provides the false estimates to CMS. More information for whistleblowers is located at the Nolan & Auerbach, P.A. website.
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WellCare to Acquire Easy Choice Medicare Advantage Plans

About Angela Atkinson Angela Atkinson is the managing editor at Scrubs & Suits. She spent several years working in corporate healthcare before becoming a full-time writer and editor. Her experience on the corporate side of the healthcare and health insurance industries has given her a deep understanding of the industry. View all posts by Angela Atkinson →
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Maximizing Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

Medicare beneficiaries take an average of 29 prescriptions per year, spending approximately $1,300 on medications annually.[1] Individuals with chronic conditions such as heart failure often pay more than double that amount.[2]   Fortunately, there is a voluntary program called Medicare Part D that helps beneficiaries pay for their prescription drugs. Beneficiaries can access prescription drug coverage either from a stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan or from a Medicare Advantage plan that bundles coverage of medical, hospital and prescription drug benefits in one plan.   Enrolling in Part D prescription drug coverage is one way beneficiaries can help manage their prescription drug costs, but they should be aware that all Part D plans include a coverage gap, which is often called the “donut hole.” In the coverage gap, beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket costs on their prescription drugs increase significantly.   Summer is the time of year when many beneficiaries enter the coverage gap, making this an opportune time for beneficiaries with Medicare Part D to remind themselves of the following tips that may help them save money on their prescription drugs and make the most of their benefits.    1. Get Help with Managing Multiple Medications Beneficiaries who have a chronic condition that requires them to take multiple medications every day should consider enrolling in a Medicare Advantage Chronic Special Needs Plan. These specialized Medicare Advantage plans combine Medicare coverage with additional support services, some of which are designed to help ensure that members are able to afford their medications and understand how to take them as directed. Many Special Needs Plans also offer personalized pharmacist counseling and drug formularies designed for Medicare beneficiaries with complex health care needs.    2. Understand How the “Donut Hole” Works All Part D plans include a coverage gap. After spending $2,930 in out-of-pocket costs on their drug coverage, beneficiaries will reach the coverage gap. Currently, beneficiaries in the gap pay 50 percent of the cost of their brand-name prescriptions and 86 percent of the cost of generic drugs. In an effort to prepare for the increased expenses while in the gap, beneficiaries should monitor their plan’s Evidence of Coverage statement to get a clear sense of their drug expenditures and see how close they are to reaching the gap.   3. Apply for “Extra Help” with Drug Costs  For beneficiaries with limited income and resources, Extra Help is a federal program that provides an average of $4,000 of additional assistance with prescription costs. According to the Social Security Administration, many beneficiaries who qualify for this program don’t know they are eligible. Medicare beneficiaries must apply for this program, and the amount of assistance is based on annual income and assets. For more information about the Extra Help program, contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.   4. Take advantage of cost-savings on prescription drugs. Beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan that includes drug coverage should check their plan details to see if they could save money on their prescriptions, such as by using mail-order pharmacy benefits, switching to generic or lower-tier drugs, or taking advantage of special programs available with some plans.   5. Explore “PAP” Programs Several pharmaceutical manufacturers sponsor Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) that may reduce prescription drug expenses. Some companies offer financial assistance or free products, but all manufacturers have their own rules and grant assistance on a case-by-case basis. For more information, contact the Partnership for Prescription Assistance program at 1-888-477-2669.   For more information about Medicare Part D, contact 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Arkansas State Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) provides free counseling and support to help beneficiaries understand their Medicare coverage options, including prescription drug coverage. To contact the SHIP office in Arkansas, call 1-800-224-6330.    Ray Morris is the community outreach manager for Care Improvement Plus in Arkansas. Care Improvement Plus is a UnitedHealthcare Medicare Solution providing specialized Medicare Advantage coverage for underserved and chronically ill beneficiaries throughout Arkansas.  
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Choosing Between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage

Original Medicare is made up of two parts: Part A and Part B. Part A is a hospital insurance plan that helps to cover the costs associated with home health care, inpatient hospital care, hospice and nursing home care. Part A typically does not carry a premium, as the cost is covered by workers’ Medicare taxes. Medicare Part B is a medical insurance plan that covers part of the cost of outpatient care, certain doctors’ visits, approved medical supplies and preventative care. Just as with other health insurance policies, recipients pay a monthly premium for coverage.
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WellCare to Buy Easy Choice

In a concerted effort to expand its footprint in the western region of the United States, WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (WCG) penned a definitive agreement to buy Easy Choice Health Plan, Inc. The deal, which is subject to regulatory clearance and other closing conditions, is expected to consummate in the fourth quarter this year. No other financial terms were disclosed.
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Brad DeLong: Josh Barro Says Opinions

The real landscape on Medicare is this: Both parties want to cut Medicare…. There are two key falsehoods in the Democratic message on Medicare. One is Obama’s oft-repeated claim that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “won’t touch your guaranteed Medicare benefits. Not by a single dime.” That’s true only with a tortured definition of “guaranteed Medicare benefits.” PPACA cuts Medicare spending by $716 billion, or about 10 percent over the next 10 years. It achieves these cuts in roughly equal parts by: eliminating subsidies for enhanced, private “Medicare Advantage” plans used by many seniors; reducing reimbursement rates to hospitals; and various other measures, including cutting payments to compensate hospitals for unpaid bills and payment rates for home health providers.
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GRAY MATTERS: Things to know about the Medicare Enrollment Period

Medicare beneficiaries will be receiving mail in September from their current insurance company. Most important is the annual notice of change that will outline what the changes are for them for 2013. Beneficiaries can review the information to make sure their current plan will be a good choice, or may want to see if changing to another plan might offer better coverage and save them money for 2013.
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Obama hits Romney with new Medicare study

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Healthcare Costs by Images_of_MoneyOn the Medicare front, Obama aides believe they successfully forced Romney to temporarily drop his emphasis on the sluggish economy last month by raising the Medicare issue in the wake of Romney’s selection of Ryan as his running mate. Romney and Ryan countered by arguing that Obama planned to cut hundreds of billions of dollars in Medicare spending over 10 years to pay for his health care plan.
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Medicare Costs Expected to Double by 2040

Projected costs from the Trustees Report tend to underestimate the real costs of Medicare. When previous reports are compared, it is almost always the case that costs rise faster than projected. In 2009, the Trustee’s report projected per enrollee costs to be below $17,000, and now it is over $20,000. The 2012 Trustees Report estimates a per enrollee cost of $20,985 by 2040, which is $3,829 over what was projected in the 2011 report.
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Colonial Serf Log: Obama To Highlight Report Showing Rising Medicare Costs Under Romney; Rival Disputes

twitter.com/mjbanks The history of the controversy over the benefits of liberal arts education versus training for the job market, touching upon educational elitism, accountability, and the value of a college education, logic begs the argument that neither vocational nor liberal education should be seen as an isolated end, but only as a part of the process of lifelong education.
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Why Medicare Must Be Reformed, in One Chart

As or more important, there is no moral case for continuing either program. By design, they shift money from relatively young and relatively poor workers to relatively old and relatively wealthy retirees, thereby reversing the natural order of civilization. If the government is going to support needy citizens, let it do so based on actual demonstrated need rather than an arbitrary age limit that doesn’t seriously account for accumulated wealth. 
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Medicare and Medicaid Costs (Utility Post)

The go-to source on Medicare Advantage is the official Medpac report (pdf), which currently finds MA plans costing on average 7 percent more than conventional Medicare. This is less than the premium a few years ago; apparently (pdf) because several changes in Medicare policy more or less incidentally put the squeeze on MA plans. So far those plans are still expanding, but time will tell.
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Brad DeLong: By How Much Do Ryan

Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan claim that no one over 55 will be affected by their health care plan. This claim is false. Their plan would harm all seniors. The Romney-Ryan plan would hurt current seniors in two important ways: * Increased drug costs and higher Medicare premiums. By repealing the Affordable Care Act, the Romney-Ryan plan would raise health care costs in retirement by $11,000 for the average person who is 65 years old today. * Increased long-term care costs, including increased costs for nursing home care, because of cuts to Medicaid. A substantial share of Medicaid spending pays for health care costs for Medicare beneficiaries. The Romney-Ryan Medicaid cuts mean a loss of over $2,500 annually for seniors currently on Medicare who also rely on Medicaid. Unlike the Medicare voucher system that would begin in 2023 the cuts to Medicaid would begin almost immediately. For seniors who will become eligible for Medicare after 2022, the financial harm would be even worse. * Increasingly unaffordable costs for all seniors who qualify for Medicare after 2022. For seniors turning 65 in 2023, Medicare costs during retirement would increase by $59,500 in 2012 dollars under the Romney-Ryan plan. Because under the Romney-Ryan plan the amount of seniors’ vouchers will not keep pace with rising health care costs, these numbers are even worse for future generations. In today’s dollars seniors who qualify for Medicare in 2030 would see an increase of $124,600 in Medicare costs over their retirement. Seniors who qualify for Medicare in 2040 will see an increase of $216,600. And by 2050 newly eligible seniors will pay $331,200 more in Medicare costs over their retirement. * Additional costs from private plans cherry-picking healthier patients. Three-fourths of all Medicare beneficiaries are currently in traditional Medicare. The Romney-Ryan plan would include traditional Medicare as an option in the proposed program, but the costs for seniors who choose to remain in the traditional Medicare program would likely increase even more sharply than for seniors who chose a private plan. Most analysts expect the traditional Medicare plan to attract Medicare beneficiaries with the greatest health needs. In that case, Medicare would no longer enjoy a balanced risk pool and seniors choosing traditional Medicare could wind up paying an extra $29,000 on average over their retirement lifetime above and beyond the costs described above.
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Orthofix’s Settlement of 2005 Medicare Probe is rejected by the Judge :

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Five Orthofix employees have pleaded guilty in connection with the probe, the U.S. Justice Department said. Thomas Guerrieri, a company vice president, pleaded guilty this year to violating the federal anti-kickback statute by setting up fake consulting agreements for doctors who used the company’s products. Guerrieri, 51, hasn’t been sentenced, according to court dockets.
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Medicare and Medicaid Fraud Alleged By Florida Whistleblowers

Seven Central Florida hospitals have overbilled the federal government by millions of dollars according to a Medicare/Medicaid fraud whistleblower lawsuit that recently survived a motion to dismiss by the defendant, Adventist Health System. Amanda Dittman, a former bill-coding and reimbursement compliance officer at Florida Hospital Orlando and radiologist Dr. Charlotte Elenberger originally filed the Florida whistleblower lawsuit in 2010.
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Adventist Health System Accused of Filing Millions of Dollars in False Medicare Medicaid and Tricare Claims

In addition to our other experience in Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare cases, attorneys with The Health Law Firm also represent health care professionals and health facilities in qui tam or whistleblowers cases. We have developed relationships with recognized experts in health care accounting, health care financing, utilization review, medical review, filling, coding, and other services that assist us in such matters.
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Medicare Fraud: Types of Fraud Revealed by Whistleblow Lawsuit Attorney

Many scammers learn names and addresses of real Medicare consumers and bill them for tests and procedures that were never performed or for supplies that were never ordered. This is called phantom billing, and many consumers are unaware it has even happened until they receive their billing statements. Usually by then, the shop is closed, and the criminal is long gone.
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Court Ruling Broadens Hospital Exposure To Whistleblower Claims For Teaching Physician Medicare Billing : Physician Law

: The Court emphasized that a teaching hospital does nothing wrong if the teaching physicians are "immediately available" during all parts of the surgeries even if making a circuit between multiple operating theaters.  The breadth of that holding, and whether it would apply to other circumstances, is not clear.  Nevertheless, hospitals who bill Medicare for activities supervised by teaching physicians, and the physicians themselves, must pay special attention to these activities to stay within the law.
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Qui Tam, Whistleblower & False Claims Act Blog: Home Health Care Qui Tam Lawsuits: USDOJ: Tennessee

The United States Department of Justice and Texas Home Health Care Fraud Lawyer, Jason S. Coomer, are encouraging home health care employees and other whistle blowers with evidence of systematic Home Health Care Medicare fraud or systematic Home Health Care Medicaid fraud to step up and blow the whistle on home health care fraud schemes.    For more information on a being a Medicare Home Health Care Fraud Whistle Blower or Medicaid Home Health Care Fraud Whistle Blower, please feel free to contact Home Health Care Fraud Whistle Blower Lawyer Jason Coomer via e-mail message or go to the following web page: Home Health Care Fraud Qui Tam Lawsuits, Retirement Community Fraud Lawsuits, & Medicare Home Health Care Fraud Whistle Bblower Lawsuits.
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Cincinnati Christ Hospital Pays $1.8 Million to Settle Medicare Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleging that a Doctor Signed Off on Vascular Tests without Reading the Tests

Podore alleged that one of the Hospital’s doctors, John Paul Ruyon, was not only signing off on vascular tests for as many as 8,000 patients without properly reading and reviewing the tests, but he was fraudulently charging Medicare for these tests.  When Podore alerted hospital administrators to Ruyon’s actions, they ignored his warnings.
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United States Intervenes in False Claims Act Lawsuit Against Orlando, Florida

The government’s intervention in this action is part of the government’s emphasis on combating health care fraud and another step for the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) initiative, which was announced by Attorney General Eric Holder and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in May 2009.   The partnership between the two departments has focused efforts to reduce and prevent Medicare and Medicaid financial fraud through enhanced cooperation. One of the most powerful tools in that effort is the False Claims Act, which the Justice Department has used to recover more than $9.3 billion since January 2009 in cases involving fraud against federal health care programs. The Justice Department’s total recoveries in False Claims Act cases since January 2009 are over $13 billion.  
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workinflorida: CarePlus Medicare Enrollment Specialist

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As a CarePlus Medicare Enrollment Specialist you will: be responsible for researching, documenting, evaluating and executing all requested member enrollment… From Humana – 21 Mar 2012 23:35:07 GMT – View all Tampa jobs Tampa, FL Jobs
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Dr. Hal Scherz Tells You How to Stay Informed On Your Future Medical Care

Scherz: The Affordable Care Act states that there will be insurance exchanges, and these insurance exchanges will have certain doctors who participate in these exchanges. Your doctor may not be a part of the insurance exchange of which you’re a part. The Affordable Care Act says that you can keep your private insurance and keep your doctor, but this is not true. If your doctor doesn’t participate in the exchange that you’re in, then you won’t be able to keep your doctor. Also, there’s a trend in this country for doctors to drop patients or not take patients who are on Medicaid or Medicare. The reason that doctors are refusing to see Medicare and Medicaid patients is because the government is cutting the amount of federal money that doctors can be paid through these two programs. They have become so difficult to deal with that it’s actually coasting the physician money to see these patients, and they can’t afford to see patients without being compensated. They can’t cover their costs with the amount of money that Medicaid and Medicare are providing.
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CarePlus Medicare Enrollment Specialist

As a CarePlus Medicare Enrollment Specialist you will: be responsible for researching, documenting, evaluating and executing all requested member enrollment… From Humana – 21 Mar 2012 23:35:07 GMT – View all Tampa jobs Tampa, FL Jobs
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The importance of Chiropractic Care for an Aging Population

Additionally, people who see a chiropractor for assistance are very likely to continue with Chiropractic services. The report showed that over a 4 year period that about 30 percent of those seniors who did have Chiropractic visits continued to visit their chiropractor in three of those four years. From this, researchers concluded that these seniors made Chiropractic a regular part of their healthcare regimen. It was discovered that the volume of Chiropractic visits was lower for those who lived alone, had lower incomes and poorer cognitive abilities. The volume of visits was higher for those who were overweight and for those with lower body difficulties.
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Senior Care Plus expands into five new counties

Senior Care Plus, a product of Hometown Health Plan, Inc. is contracted with the Federal Government to offer a Medicare Advantage Plan with prescription drug coverage, available to anyone with both Medicare Parts A and B. Hometown Health is pleased to have been awarded another contract with Medicare for 2012 and will continue to offer its plans for a 16th year. Members must be residents of Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon, Storey and Washoe counties and continue to pay his or her Medicare Part B premium.
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The Hospital’s Best Friend. . . . Part 1: How we got here!

Here is how it worked:  Assume a one week hospital stay in 1965 cost $400. The government would pay $450 to the hospital resulting in a $50 profit.  The hospitals quickly figured out that if they could increase costs to $800 they would receive $900 and double their profit. Anything the hospitals did to reduce costs actually reduced profits.  While there were were some limitations, designed to prevent abuses, providers were amazingly creative in working around them.  The bottom line was that healthcare costs increased much faster than the rate of inflation.
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Foot Care Plus: Medicare approved diabetic shoes and inserts

Did you know that Medicare will help pay most of the cost of diabetic shoes with or without inserts per calendar year?  The goal is to help prevent limb loss due to diabetes.  With diabetes, your body’s defense is not up to par like it used to be.  If you or somebody you know has diabetes, tell them about this program set up by Medicare.  As a foot specialist, Foot Care Plus, LLC can help.  Call us at (816) 434-5906.
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Fact Checking Washington Post’s Responses to Reader Questions on Medicare

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The PARTY Is OVER ...item 3.. Mike Lofgren, Angry GOP Insider, Says The Party is Over: Book Review (August 2012) ... by marsmet471Richard Foster, the Medicare chief actuary, has indeed expressed doubts about whether these reductions in provider fees will actually take place. Congress has repeatedly come in at the last moment and postponed Medicare fee cuts required as part of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. However, the ACA does require the $523 billion in Medicare cuts so the cuts will occur unless Congress continues to postpone their implementation. The $523 billion (now $716 billion) reductions in the growth rate of Medicare cannot be legitimately used both to claim the ACA is affordable; and then claim seniors will not be affected by such reductions. Foster also explained that were the cuts to take place, 1-in-7 hospitals that treat Medicare patients would become insolvent and seniors would lose access to medical providers willing to treat them.
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Getting Answers To Your Health Coverage Questions

Health coverage can be confusing. Over the past decade, the number of coverage choices has increased. Television, mail, and the Internet now bring us an overwhelming amount of information, and it’s not always reliable. So where can you turn for personalized, unbiased help with health insurance problems? Fortunately, there are free resources in every community that can provide you (or a loved one) with individualized counseling and assistance.
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The New Medicare.gov: Making Medicare Information Clearer & Simpler

The new Medicare.gov is just one of our efforts over the past year to make it easier for you to understand your Medicare. Whether it’s putting our information in simple, straightforward language so you can understand it the first time you read it or improving the design of the “Medicare Summary Notice ” so you can better understand your Medicare claims,  we’re committed to making Medicare information clearer and simpler.
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Boockvar to Hold Medicare Discussion

Kathy Boockvar will hold a discussion on the issues with seniors today.Coupled with a senior advisor from the  National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the Democratic nominee for PA-8 will address questions from seniors at Grundy Hall Retirement Homes, 1290 Almshouse Road, Doylestown.
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Questions about Federal Medicare

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To Post or Not to Post—

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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 marsmet481Every afternoon and well into the evening, I monitor each and every MAC/FI to see if they have posted their process.  You are probably thinking to yourself that I don’t have much of a life if that is all I do well into the evening!  Well, that may be true but I am committed to keeping our internal and external customers updated with the most current documentation compliance information.  It is my responsibility as Functional Pathways’ Director of Compliance to ensure that our therapists and therapist assistants are informed, trained, and well supported.  I value our relationships with our customers and am passionate about ensuring the services we provide are innovative and regulatory sound.  Ongoing self-improvement in our environment is crucial in every aspect of resident care and customer service.
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Court: You Can Appeal Medicare Decisions About Hospice Services

That’s a victory of sorts, because it makes it clear that beneficiaries have the right to challenge a hospice provider’s refusal to provide a service that a doctor deems necessary, Mr. Deford said. But it’s disappointing because it doesn’t ensure that people receive a notice of their right to appeal when they enter hospice care, or that any mechanism exists for expedited appeals – an important protection for people who are dying.
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Why Medicare Must Be Reformed, in One Chart

As or more important, there is no moral case for continuing either program. By design, they shift money from relatively young and relatively poor workers to relatively old and relatively wealthy retirees, thereby reversing the natural order of civilization. If the government is going to support needy citizens, let it do so based on actual demonstrated need rather than an arbitrary age limit that doesn’t seriously account for accumulated wealth. 
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Dems twist jobs numbers and GOP Medicare ideas

Burningbrightly all Erectile Dysfunction meds are covered by health insurance where birth control is not i dont know about you but free birth control seems like a good thing if you had a teenage daughter over 13 there is a good chance now days that she is sexually active now would you prefer the health department provides her with birth control or that she gets pregnant at 15 and has to quit school and work to support her baby or not quit school and you end up taking care of the baby and any normal teen life she may have had will be for the most part gone either way. Yeah you can preach abstinence but you were a teen once just like i was and everyone else was and most generations that went through their teen years from the 60s to now have progressively started being sexually active sooner and sooner so talk until you are blue in the face but i know as a teen i did what i wanted as many do now and i would prefer my daughter be on birth control and know she will not end up pregnant now you say fine then you pay for her birth control well thats fine but some people may not be able to afford it so those individuals are going to have no choice to prevent a teen pregnancy? that doesnt seem right to me. Also not everyone on welfare is a leech I had 7 brothers and sisters my Dad made decent money but not enough for all of us so yes we got food stamps but my dad worked full time 6 days a week to be able to afford everything else for all of us and thankfully welfare helped provide us with enough food that we could eat decent meals. I was making 36000 a year not a hefty sum i know but decent for my area and i still needed a little help each month to pay for food i was only getting about 120 dollars a month on the vision card but without it we would not have been able to get by a full month on food after all the bills we had to pay I worked hard and a lot of times i was working 12-17 hour days as a Grain Elevator Superintendent that was during summer and fall harvest all the while on salary getting no overtime I busted my ass to provide for my family and that little bit of extra help got us through so not all welfare recipients are lazy frauds who dont want to work I think that is an unfair almost bigoted view on welfare recipients and the welfare program in general. I am astonished at the number of supporters romney/ryan are getting with the back peddling on issues proven outright lies and overall complacency they seem to have with the average americans plight you need to go be a fool somewhere else myself i am a realist and see things for how they are and i am in full support of another 4 years of the 2nd best thing to happen to our government since the 70s the best being Bill Clinton. Obama/Biden 2012
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Plagiarist Joe Biden to Press: “Fact Check Me!”

First I apologize to bg, if you have reported this; President Obama boasted that his plan would cut the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years, citing “independent experts.” But one such analyst called a key element of the plan a “gimmick.” Vice President Biden quoted GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney as saying “it’s not worth moving heaven and earth” to catch Osama bin Laden. Actually, Romney said he’d target more than just “one person.” The president said U.S. automakers are “back on top of the world.” Nope. GM has slipped back to No. 2 and is headed for third place in global sales this year, behind Toyota and Volkswagen. Biden said “the experts” concluded Romney’s corporate tax plan would create 800,000 jobs in other countries. One expert said that. She also said the number depends on the details, and foreign jobs could grow without costing U.S. jobs. Obama quoted Romney as saying it was “tragic” to “end the war in Iraq.” What Romney was criticizing was the pace of Obama’s troop withdrawal, not ending a war. Biden claimed Romney “believes it’s OK to raise taxes on middle classes by $2,000.” Romney actually promises to lower middle-class taxes. Biden said Romney and running mate Paul Ryan “are not for preserving Medicare at all.” Actually, the plan they endorse would offer traditional Medicare as one option among many. Obama said his tax plan would restore “the same rate we had when Bill Clinton was president” for upper-income taxpayers. Not quite. New taxes to finance the health care law also kick in next year, further burdening those same taxpayers.
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No, Obama Didn't Steal Money From the Medicare Trust Fund

Slightly longer answer: Money that’s paid into the Medicare system — which comes mainly from payroll taxes, premiums, and general revenue — goes into Medicare’s two trust funds. Money that’s paid out to doctors and hospitals comes out of the trust funds. So there are only two ways you could "rob" money from the trust funds: you could reduce taxes going in or you could increase money being paid out. Obamacare does neither of these things. In fact, it reduces reimbursement rates to hospitals, which means that it improves the financial health of the trust funds because less money is flowing out. In particular, after Obamacare was signed into law in 2010, the Medicare trustees estimated that it had extended the life of the HI trust fund by 12 years.
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Rep. Allen West “Another False Obama Medicare Claim: The $6,400 Myth”

That structure ensures that seniors would have at least two choices (and likely far more) that they are guaranteed to do better than they do now. The amount of the premium-support subsidy would also be tied to underlying health-care costs, so it would not shift costs to beneficiaries, as Democrats also falsely claim. The very reasonable Romney-Ryan policy bet is that costs could nonetheless fall over time because seniors would have the incentive to switch to the most competitively priced Medicare plan.
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Politifact: Romney Claim That Obama Robbed Medicare of $700 Billion Is “Mostly False” ‹ I Acknowledge Class Warfare Exists

What kind of spending reductions are we talking about? They were mainly aimed at insurance companies and hospitals, not beneficiaries. The law makes significant reductions to Medicare Advantage, a subset of Medicare plans run by private insurers. Medicare Advantage was started under President George W. Bush, and the idea was that competition among the private insurers would reduce costs. But in recent years the plans have actually cost more than traditional Medicare. So the health care law scales back the payments to private insurers.
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Pawlenty claim about Obama Medicare 'cuts' deemed 'misleading'

Speaking of … Jason Stein at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: “A secret probe into those around Gov. Scott Walker has continued after the June 5 recall election and expanded beyond Milwaukee County and into state government, new records show. The documents show that Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm’s office continues its John Doe investigation into Walker’s administration even as the inquiry has gone publicly quiet over the summer. The records obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel through an open records request show that a Milwaukee County prosecutor sought personnel records from Walker’s office and another state agency in June and then met with a top state lawyer the next day. … the new records confirm that prosecutors are also seeking information from Walker’s state administration and did so as recently as June … Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney David Robles on June 18 made an open records request to both Walker’s office and the state Department of Administration for all communications ‘related to the designation and determination of individuals as ‘key professional staff’ of the Office of the Governor’ since the time Walker took office on Jan. 3, 2011.” Sally Jo Sorensen does a good job of breaking down the dynamics of an Allen Quist-Tim Walz race down south. In her Bluestem Prairie blog, she writes: “What will November bring? Walz enjoys a huge cash advantage, boundless energy, an experienced campaign staff and seems to be liked by most Southern Minnesotans. But while Quist is a little different as we say in these parts, the district voters are independent-minded and far from any madding major media market. Will superfund dollars flow into the district?  Depends upon internal polling most likely — for now, it’s not thought to be competitive. And surely the twitter hubbub about Quist’s odd but decades’ old statements — popularized by Mother Jones and the Parry Campaign (band name anyone?) — should drive some  dollars in Walz’s direction from progressives terrified at the thought of a Bachmann mentor in Congress. Another fascinating fact: Mike Parry lost to Quist in the same counties that he lost in the January 2010 election — including his home county of Waseca. In his home senate district, he won Steele County by 59 votes, while losing Rice County as well as Waseca County.”
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“The Basics” Chiropractic Medicare: “The Medicare Claim Tells the Story” ~Newsletter 8/20/12

Many times the carrier will ask for patient S.O.A.P. notes to verify the doctor did in fact adjust vertebrae is specific regions in which they billed Medicare. If you adjust 4 regions on your patient for example, your billing will match the S.O.A.P. notes as to the number of regions you adjusted and billed to Medicare.
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Medicare Takes Center Stage In Close Pennsylvania Races

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20090418jb_EFCAcanvassingPA_04 by SEIU InternationalThe campaign jockeying over Medicare comes at a time when the program represents a huge fiscal challenge to both parties. With almost 50 million beneficiaries — and growing at the rate of 10,000 baby boomers every day — the entitlement program is one of the fastest-growing portions of the federal budget. Both parties acknowledge the need to curb its growth; both have also used the issue for political gain, casting themselves as the program’s protectors against what they portray as rivals’ threats.
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Video: Allyson Schwartz Talks Medicare in DNC Address

I’m Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania. Moving America forward means never going backward on America’s great promise of health care for our seniors: Medicare. As a daughter who cared for an elderly parent, I know medical care is not optional for seniors. We will not let the Republicans end the guarantee of Medicare, which could cost seniors thousands and endanger the health and retirement security of millions of Americans. Americans have worked for their Medicare. They have paid for their Medicare. Whether you’re 65, 55, 45 or 35, you’ve earned your Medicare. Americans deserve the security Medicare provides. President Obama will strengthen and protect Medicare. Democrats will make the tough choices—the right choices—to reduce the deficit and to preserve Medicare, for this generation and the next.  The Democratic women of the House know that a secure retirement moves America forward.
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2012 Long Term Care Information Sheet

Are government benefits available to assist in paying for long term care costs?: The Medicaid program, founded in 1965 concurrently with Medicare, is the primary government program that helps with the cost of long term care. Unlike Medicare, which is funded and directed solely by the federal government, Medicaid is a joint enterprise between the state and federal governments. There are many different programs of assistance within the Medicaid system. The nursing home program is called “Institutional Care Program”, or “ICP”. Persons eligible for ICP receive financial assistance for the costs associated with residing in skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes). Medicaid generally does not pay for assisted living; although a limited Medicaid waiver program and a “diversion” program may provide relief for some eligible residents. The cost of living at an assisted living facility must usually be privately paid.
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In Recognition of 'National Grandparents Day,' Presenting The Top 10 Ways President Obama Is Looking Out For Pennsylvania's Grandparents

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Don’t forget: this Sunday, September 9th once again marks  ‘National Grandparents Day’  – a day to ‘honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.’   And what better way to honor and show love for the nation’s grandparents than to keep the promise of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid for this generation and many generations to come.
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Inquirer: Ryan stresses small business, Medicare on visit to Pennsylvania

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Boockvar to Hold Medicare Discussion

Kathy Boockvar will hold a discussion on the issues with seniors today.Coupled with a senior advisor from the  National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the Democratic nominee for PA-8 will address questions from seniors at Grundy Hall Retirement Homes, 1290 Almshouse Road, Doylestown.
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Planning for Adult Children with Disabilities

CDB, DAC, SSI, SSDI and SGA may sound like a new variety of clustered alphabet soup. In fact, parents, caretakers and adult children with a disability need to know the meaning and function of each of these abbreviations and the relevant rules that apply to the programs in this alphabet soup. Keeping the CDB eligibility rules in mind while reevaluating a care plan for aging parents and disabled children can help relieve stress and provide groundwork for maintaining Medicaid benefits. The potentially increased CDB cash payment can help a disabled adult child significantly, but ensuring Medicaid eligibility after the payment increase is of crucial importance for many such adults. Knowing these rules will allow caretakers to take action immediately if the disabled child receives notice that Medicaid will be terminated because the child is no longer eligible for SSI. In addition, understanding when a disabled adult child can seek Substantial Gainful Activity and just how much the child can earn each month will allow families to better evaluate each decision as it relates to these often vital benefits.
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