Louisiana Federal District Court Approves MSA Based on G&L Expert Testimony :Gould & Lamb

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Charity Hospital, in disuse...at nite..all blurry..but kinda cool.. by JustUptownGould & Lamb provides its clients with Medicare Compliance Services and Programs focused on reducing claim costs and positioning claims for settlement. To this end, Gould & Lamb has prepared a Settlement Language Guide to assist insurers and self insured entities navigate the complex sea of Medicare Secondary Payer compliance. The guide contains language for possible claims settlement scenarios with a description and analysis of possible actions. Once the Conditional Payment or Medicare Set Aside issue has been brought to light, Gould & Lamb will assist with recommending MSP appropriate and protective settlement language. If you have already produced settlement documentation that contains such language, Gould & Lamb will review same and make recommendations on any needed changes, additions, or deletions. Gould & Lamb also offers our clients detailed and specific to the claim analysis of all Medicare Secondary Payer exposure issues that may exist in your case. Gould & Lamb’s extensive and experienced MSP legal team will provide a written analysis, including statutory, regulatory, and case law citations, that outlines any Medicare Secondary Payer exposure and recommends solutions to any discovered potential problems or issues. Gould & Lamb also provides expert advice on MSP issues, available to provide expert testimony on any MSP issue at meetings, mediations, depositions, hearings, trials, or any other event our client deems our expert analysis helpful or necessary.
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Video: Louisiana SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) revised

The Official Medicare Set Aside Blog And Information Resource: Louisiana Singlehandedly Saving Medicare One Longshore Settlement at a Time

If in fact the MSA would have been acceptable to CMS, as testified to by the expert and referenced in #5 of the conclusions of law, why have we involved the resources of the federal court system to improve Medicare’s long term viability by $6,701? The parties should have simply obtained the MSA and memorialized their understanding and agreement in the settlement documents. And if CMS approval was so important, I am still not convinced that, if painted properly, CMS would have seen it as a LHWCA case anyway and conducted its review. Regardless, let us for a moment consider the expense of all parties involved in obtaining this “definitive judgment” to backstop future CMS exposure. Besides the court’s expenses, there were six attorneys of record listed all billing at an hourly rate and all the associated expenses of expert testimony. It is likely that more was spent on proving that the $6,701 MSA was adequate than was actually used to fund the MSA. And for what? To possibly limit CMS some unknown day in the future to $6,701 in excluded, related, Medicare covered services if claimant ever requires treatment to the same vertebrae again that is not caused by some intervening act.
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Jindal Administration Decisions are Jeopardizing Access to Health Care

The harm resulting from cuts being implemented behind closed doors by the Jindal administration will not be limited to patients and their families. These cuts will cost thousands of Louisiana citizens their jobs, will cripple community institutions and services, endanger public safety, disrupt medical education, and threaten the viability of community hospitals, as well as dismantle the LSU Hospital system.  We need to stand up and force more transparency into the decision-making process about the Medicaid program and access to health and behavioral health care across this state.
Source: louisianaprogress.org

Patient Recruiter Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Medicare Fraud

The case was filed and prosecuted through the joint efforts of the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division and the Department of Health and Human Services and more specifically, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. The Strike Force teams federal, state, and local investigators from various agencies together to combat Medicare Fraud. It was expanded to nine locations, encompassing the Baton Rouge, Louisiana unit that prosecuted this case. According to the DOJ, the Force has charged 1,330 defendants who have falsely billed Medicare for more than four billion dollars.
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Agency: Medicare refills strong drugs despite law

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in response to the report that the inspector general was misinterpreting partial “fills” dispensed to patients in long-term care facilities as refills. Partial fills occur when a pharmacist does not dispense all doses of the prescribed medication at one time. But the report said there was little evidence of that.
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KS: Rising obesity weighs on public health

The recent obesity study released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “F as in Fat,” ranked Kansas 13th overall with an obesity rate of 29.6 percent, tied with Ohio, and just behind Missouri. The ranking is three slots higher than last year when Kansas came in at 16th, with a 29 percent obesity rate. Kansas was only 18th for obesity in 2009.
Source: watchdog.org

There are Several Ways to Apply for Medicaid in Louisiana

It is very easy to find the eligibility requirements for Medicaid in Louisiana. They are right on the main website! To qualify, you must already be receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the Social Security Administration (SSA). You can also qualify if you currently are getting financial help from the Office of Family Support (OFS) or through the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP).
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The New Medicare.gov: Making Medicare Information Clearer & Simpler

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ILGWU senior female members and retirees holding placards urging "fair play for the aged", "hands off social security", "don't mess with medicare", "keep your promises Mr. President", and more. by Kheel Center, Cornell UniversityThe 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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Video: Medicare information in Krio

The Need for Clear Medicare Information

One every eight seconds – that’s how many baby boomers will reach age 65 during the next 10 years. That’s about 10,000 boomers becoming eligible for Medicare each day. They will join 49 million Americans who are currently enrolled in Medicare, many of whom struggle to understand the program, according to a 2011 survey from UnitedHealthcare and the National Council on Aging. In fact, this survey found that most respondents were not able to accurately identify what each part (A, B, C and D) of Medicare covers, and nearly 20 percent of respondents who were currently enrolled in Medicare said they didn’t know what type of coverage they had.  
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The New Medicare.gov: Making Medicare Information Clearer & Simpler

The new Medicare.gov is just one of our efforts to make Medicare easier to understand. 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” (MSN) so beneficiaries can better understand their Medicare claims, we’re committed to making Medicare information clearer and simpler.
Source: cms.gov

Medicare Plan Finder for Health, Prescription Drug and Medigap plans

The page could not be loaded. The Medicare.gov Home page currently does not fully support browsers with "JavaScript" disabled. Please note that if you choose to continue without enabling "JavaScript" certain functionalities on this website may not be available.
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The Week Ahead: Medicare Information, Author’s Corner and Farmers Market

Why Go: The Way Massage Therapy will offer free chair massages from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Solarize Melrose will teach you how you can save money on your electric bill, and Wakefield’s Kevin Moore will entertain the crowd with songs. That’s all in addition to all the fresh food that will be available for sale. 
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Medicare card scam scaring information from recipients

Tips from a study at USC (http://n.pr/UKyFOT). • Compare reviews not only within a site, but across different websites. • Reviews by people who are verified by the site are more trustworthy than reviews by anonymous reviewers — especially when it comes to negative reviews. • Read reviews less for whether they give a hotel or a restaurant one star or five stars, but more for the specific information they give about the experience. • Reviews are very useful for information that experts or merchants might not think to provide — how late a swimming pool stays open could be useful if you are traveling with a family. • Focus on aggregates, not outliers. You can’t trust a handful of bad reviews or glowing reviews, but trends are much harder to fake.
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2013 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D Data now Available on MedicareQuoteEngine.com

At Ritter Insurance Marketing, we realize that agents need access to the most up to date information as soon as possible to begin studying available plans for their Medicare beneficiary clients.  MedicareQuoteEngine.com is a tool designed exclusively by Ritter Insurance Marketing to assist agents in finding suitable Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans for their clients.
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Comparing Medicare Plans Side

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

Formulary.  If you are enrolled in prescription drug plan also known as PDP plan, or have prescription drug coverage included in your Medicare Advantage plan, you’ll receive a formulary. It’s an index of prescription drugs covered by your plan, and includes information on drug co-pays for the coming year.  Your plan may send out either a full or an abridged (shortened) formulary, which would include only the most commonly prescribed drugs.
Source: medicareecompare.com

AHIP Testimony: Value Offered by Health Plans Participating in the Medicare Advantage Program

  Medicare Advantage plans also protect beneficiaries from catastrophic health care costs.  In 2012, all Medicare Advantage plans offer an out-of-pocket maximum limit for beneficiary costs, and about 78 percent of Medicare Advantage enrollees are in plans that have annual out-of-pocket maximums of $5,000 or less.  These out-of-pocket maximums – which are not offered by the Medicare FFS program – help protect Medicare beneficiaries from catastrophic health care expenses that otherwise might pose a serious threat to their financial security.  Medicare Advantage plans also help reduce out-of-pocket costs for enrollees by reducing premiums for Part B and Part D, and by limiting cost-sharing for Medicare-covered services, including primary care physician visits and inpatient hospital stays.
Source: ahipcoverage.com

Medicare (Part D) Maze, Focus of Casper College Offering

Vicki Pollock, OLLI specialist, says by offering the class they hope to alleviate some of the stress seniors feel as they try to figure out their options. The class covers navigating drug plan options, identifying costs and benefit differences, and maximizing benefits.
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Grassley says providers who overbill Medicare are draining its finances

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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 CarePhysician groups argue that coding guidelines are vague and subjective and that just as many doctors undervalue their work by picking lower codes as bill too much. Medical organizations also argue that more elderly patients over the past decade have been diagnosed with multiple health problems that require additional time and effort to treat. But  the Medicare billing data analyzed by the Center do not show that patients are getting more infirm; their reasons for visiting the doctor’s office and hospital emergency rooms were essentially unchanged over the decade. And the average age of patients remained the same as well. It is clear that Medicare auditors have uncovered a high rate of billing mistakes — many of them overcharges—in several states.
Source: publicintegrity.org

Video: Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary Measure National Provider Call – February 9, 2012

EHR Use Might Allow Health Care Providers To Overbill Medicare

It’s not might, it’s guaranteed to raise cost in Medicare/caid patients. Doctors will be allowed to bill appropriately now and because of that the threat of 30% cuts in reimbursement to Doctors threatened for Jan. 1st, 2013 WILL go through. It has to to meet PPACA balanced billing promise. I thinks since i’m not going to EHR I should get a raise or certainly not be cut by 30% as my billing practises won’t have changed and I won’t be overbilling the CMS.
Source: ihealthbeat.org

Hospitals, Providers to Lose $11.1B From Medicare Sequestration Cuts

Last summer, the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, more commonly known as the “supercommittee,” was unable to reach an agreement on ways to reduce the national deficit. As such, the Budget Control Act of 2011’s sequestration process became the default plan to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years via across-the-board budget cuts to all government agencies. In the sequestration plan, roughly $109 billion of cuts would be implemented every year from fiscal year 2013 to FY 2021. Defense spending would take the biggest hits with cuts of 9.4 percent. Nondefense spending would be reduced by 8.2 percent, most entitlement programs by 7.6 percent and Medicare by 2 percent. Two percent of Medicare’s budget ($554.3 billion) is roughly $11.08 billion. Medicare providers — ranging from hospitals and physician practices to home health agencies and hospices — would see reductions in their payments, but Medicare beneficiaries would not lose any of their benefits. Over the next 10 years, Medicare providers stand to lose upwards of $120 billion. In addition to the Medicare cuts, the National Institutes of Health would also have to “halt or curtail scientific research, including needed research into cancer and childhood diseases,” according to the OMB’s report. President Barack Obama and the OMB said the sequestration process is a “blunt and indiscriminate instrument,” and the reductions could be “destructive” to the country’s social programs, national security and other governmental functions. President Obama has called on Congress to “act responsibly” and put forward a new proposal. “[Sequestration] is not the responsible way for our nation to achieve deficit reduction,” according to the OMB’s report. “The President has already presented two proposals for balanced and comprehensive deficit reduction. It is time for Congress to act. Members of Congress should work together to produce a balanced plan that achieves at least the level of deficit reduction agreed to in the BCA that the President can sign to avoid sequestration. The administration stands ready to work with Congress to get the job done.”
Source: beckersorthopedicandspine.com

Automatic Budget Cuts Will Reduce Medicare Payments To Doctors, Providers By $11 Billion

The numbers came in a report that details how federal agencies would implement roughly $110 billion in mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts agreed to by Congress and President Barack Obama last August as a way to end a bitterly partisan dispute over raising the debt ceiling.  Lawmakers in both chambers, as well as Obama, want to avoid the automatic cuts that would trim federal spending by $2.1 trillion over the next 10 years, called sequestration.
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

Using Medicare Advantage to Gain Political Advantage

It is almost certainly true that quality suffers when reimbursement rates are reduced. It is also appears to be true that competition amongst private providers in Medicare Advantage is leading to efficiencies that aren’t present in traditional Medicare, which we should probably take as a lesson. It is also often the case that when the government pays more for something, it spends more, and when it pays less for something, it spends less. But what all this really reveals is the folly of trying to control health spending through government-designed payment schemes. 
Source: reason.com

OMB: Sequestration would cut $11 billion in Medicare payments to providers

If a stalemate occurs, the Obama Administration favors a 2% reduction in payments to Medicare providers, rather than cutting beneficiary benefits, according to a report released by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.
Source: mcknights.com

Automatic Budget Cuts Will Reduce Medicare Payments To Doctors, Providers By $11 Billion

Lawmakers could still act to stop the cuts if they think doing so is in their best interests. In order to avoid a government shutdown in the middle of election season, party leaders in both chambers just cut a deal to prevent the government from running out of money when the fiscal year ends in September. The House voted yesterday to approve the six-month package and the Senate is expected to send it to Obama next week.
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Impact of Medicare Sequester v. Medicaid expansion on providers

Interestingly, the impact of the Sequester on health care providers is beginning to get some news coverage in North Carolina, but there has been very little discussion of the Medicaid expansion choice along the same lines, in the media or in the campaigns for Governor and General Assembly. I assume this means that the Republicans know that we will do the expansion in N.C., and they have wisely not boxed themselves in. It is not as clear to me why none of the Dems running are talking about this issue.
Source: samefacts.com

Billions Spent to Make Medicare More Efficient Make Medicare More Expensive

In the wake of the two payment reforms, hospitals began to manipulate the system through “upcoding”—systematically shifting patients into higher-paying DRGs. Research by economists at Dartmouth University suggests that during the early 1990s, hospital administrators figured out ways to substantially increase the number of Medicare cases they billed to higher-paying DRGs. Payment games continue today. In October the Senate Finance Committee released a report accusing several large home health care companies of abusing Medicare’s payment rules by pushing employees to perform extra therapy visits, thereby qualifying for Medicare bonus payments, even when those visits weren’t strictly necessary. But for many health care providers, that’s the business. Hospital administrators “are people whose job it is to game the system,” Kling says. “They know every little detail of the rules.”
Source: reason.com

Medicare changes will focus on care

The value-based purchasing program, as the new system is described, will affect 43 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) hospitals in Kansas, which includes community hospitals and some surgical hospitals. It does not affect 83 critical access hospitals in Kansas that are located in rural areas and are reimbursed differently. Five Kansas IPPS hospitals were excluded in the program for this year because they did not have enough data or patients, according to Cindy Samuelson, vice president of member services and public relations at the Kansas Hospital Association.
Source: kansas.com

Medicare Shared Savings Program & Advance Payment Model Application Process

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Newsweek Magazine (February 16, 2009) ... Lenders Add Bigger Fannie, Freddie Fee – Thanks to Payroll Tax Cut (January 15, 2012) ...item 2.. Dupuy: GOP trying to sell pyrmaid scheme to voters (September 3, 2012) ... by marsmet526With the March 2010 passage of the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the ‘follow the money’ floodgates are once again opening for hospitals, physicians, integrated delivery systems, health plans, and consultants. This time, instead of migrating ‘HMO lite’ (neither staff nor group model) platforms into mainstream medicine via IPAs, or MeSH model JV’s, we’re now talking about their ‘new and improved’ successors broadly cast as ‘Accountable Care Organizations aka ‘ACOs’.
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Video: Medicare Shared Savings Program and Advance Payment Model Application Process

West Des Moines Hospital Joins Voluntary Medicare Savings Program

“Using Mercy health coaches, our patients with chronic conditions like diabetes, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and congestive heart failure will receive additional care coordination between scheduled medical visits,” Swieskowski said. “Our well-patients will also benefit. Wellness information and access to wellness activities, including screenings and immunizations, will help prevent or detect an illness before it becomes serious.”
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Deaconess Among Healtcare Networks Joining Medicare Savings Program

Three Indiana healthcare networks–Evansville-based Deaconess Care Integration, Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health and Mishawaka –based Franciscan AHN–have joined a program designed to cut back on Medicare patients’ costs. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Gretchen Frazee reports, the program provides an incentive by letting health care providers share in the savings.
Source: wnin.org

Medicare Pilot Program Shows Cost Savings For Treating Dual

Carrie H. Colla, the study’s lead author, and her team at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, used a control group of Medicare patients who lived in the same county as the demonstration patients, but were being treated by non-participating physicians. In an interview, Colla said her team recognized that physicians in the demonstration program were diagnosing and treating patients for more chronic conditions. She said this was affecting estimates of savings calculated for bonus payments.
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

First ACOs announced under ACA Shared Savings Program

Twenty-seven Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in 18 states have entered into voluntary agreements with CMS under the new Medicare Shared Savings Program established under the Affordable Care Act. Under the Shared Savings Program, these ACOs have agreed to take responsibility for improving the health and experience of care for individuals and improving the health of populations while reducing the rate of growth in health care spending. These selected ACOs include more than 10,000 physicians, 10 hospitals, and 13 smaller physician-driven organizations in both urban and rural areas and will serve an estimated 375,000 Medicare beneficiaries.
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IU Health to Participate as a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO

About Indiana University Health – Named among the “Best Hospitals in America” by U.S. News & World Report for 14 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation’s leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology.  
Source: iuhealth.org

Fawcett discusses laws taking effect Oct. 1

Also going into effect this October is a law made famous by the 2008 disappearance of Caylee Anthony in Florida. Caylee’s Law makes it a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of up to $2,000, or both, to knowingly fail to report the disappearance of a child under age 12. The duty to report applies to any parent, guardian or person who has custody or control of, or is supervising, the child and who either does not know the child’s location or has not had contact with him or her for 24 hours.
Source: fairfield-sun.com

Methodist ACO to Participate as Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization

About Methodist Health System Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas.  Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org. To see why Methodist Health System is a brilliant choice for your career, join our talent community at
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CMS Call: Medicare Shared Savings Program and Advance Payment Model Application Process (July 31) : Health Industry Washington Watch

On July 31, CMS is hosting a call on the Medicare Shared Savings Program application and Advance Payment Model application processes for the January 1, 2013 Shared Savings Program start date. These two initiatives are designed to help providers participate in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to improve quality of care for Medicare patients. Registration is required.
Source: healthindustrywashingtonwatch.com

The Ryan/Romney Plan for Medicare is Crony Capitalism At Its Worst

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Healthcare Costs by Images_of_MoneyBased on the CBO data provided, the waste far exceeds the savings to the government. Under traditional Medicare, the government is expected to spend about $6,600 in 2022 on a typical 65-year- old, and the beneficiary is expected to spend $4,600 (all numbers in 2011 dollars). Under the Ryan proposal, a voucher for the same 65-year old would cost the government $6,600, saving the government nothing. However, the total cost of purchasing Medicare-equivalent insurance would be $16,900 – more than 50 percent higher than the $11,200 spent by the government and beneficiary combined under traditional Medicare. The difference of $5,700 represents a gift to the private sector.
Source: eclectablog.com

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Medicare Cuts will Cost Nearly 500,000 Healthcare Jobs

As a result of a 2 percent cut to the Medicare program effective over the course of the next eight years (and a result of a lack of agreement between Congress and the Obama Administration regarding alternative spending reductions compliant with the Budget Control Act of 2011), between $10.7 and $16.4 billion will be made in annual cuts to the program, resulting in 496,000 jobs being eliminated in 2013 and a loss of 766,000 jobs by 2021, reports American Medical News.
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Daily Kos: The Village Fix is In on Cutting Medicare

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KS: Rising obesity weighs on public health

The recent obesity study released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “F as in Fat,” ranked Kansas 13th overall with an obesity rate of 29.6 percent, tied with Ohio, and just behind Missouri. The ranking is three slots higher than last year when Kansas came in at 16th, with a 29 percent obesity rate. Kansas was only 18th for obesity in 2009.
Source: watchdog.org

Grappling With Details of Medicare Proposals

Still, it’s clear the proposed changes would shift costs from the federal government to retirees. An early version of a Republican plan would have more than doubled out-of-pocket health expenses for older adults, to $12,500 in 2022, the Congressional Budget Office estimated. “All scenarios will require seniors to pay more,” said Robert Moffit, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative research organization in Washington. To think otherwise, he said, “is a fantasy.”
Source: nytimes.com

Friday Reading: The High Cost of Out

Children often ask tough questions about money. In a series of posts this month the Bucks blog will discuss them one by one. We invite you to answer a few yourself or suggest new ones that your children have asked.
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In Florida, Biden Attacks Romney on Social Security and Medicare

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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 marsmet481Mr. Romney has said that he will pay for his across-the-board cuts in income taxes and other taxes by eliminating deductions, but he has never specified which ones. The analysis, by the Tax Policy Center, concluded that making up all the revenue lost by Mr. Romney’s tax cuts would require eliminating tax breaks, as Mr. Romney has said he would do, but not just for high earners. Households earning below $200,000 would lose 58 percent of their tax deductions – like the one for mortgage interest – the Tax Policy Center said. That would lead to higher total taxes for such households.
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Puerto Rico Medicare beneficiaries save $110M under ‘Affordable Care Act’

“In just the last two months, the total amount that Puerto Rico Medicare beneficiaries have saved on prescription drugs has increased by about $15 million, and now totals $111,427,280. In addition, according to a report released this week by HHS, the average person with original, fee-for-service Medicare will save a total of $5,000 from 2010 to 2022 as a result of the ACA. Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription drug costs will save much more — about $18,000 — over the same time period,” said Pierluisi.
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Older Americans Have Been Highly Resistant to Medicare Changes

The 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

Integrated Care for Dual Eligibles

After years of little coordination, PPACA established the Federal Coordinated Health Care Office (“Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office”) to develop ways for these two programs to work together more effectively. The goal is to improve access to care for “dual eligibles”—patients enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid—and to eliminate conflicting regulations and financing, as well as the cost- shifting that has historically taken place between state and federal governments.
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HHS PARTNERS WITH PHARMACIES TO EDUCATE MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES ABOUT NEW HEALTH BENEFITS

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Romney’s “60 Minutes” Fix For Social Security and Medicare

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Voucherizing Medicare Turns Out Not to be a Brilliant Political Proposal

Really, it’s pretty amazing. Just two years ago, Republicans walloped Democrats in the midterm election, at least partly due to a tsunami of ads accusing them of taking money away from Medicare. And Republicans have been on the receiving end of Medicare attack ads too. So they know perfectly well just how sensitive this issue is and how much damage it can do. And yet, somehow they convinced themselves that Paul Ryan had some kind of magic fairy dust that would make the American public sit up and suddenly say to themselves, "He’s right! We do need to turn Medicare into a voucher!"
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Preventive & screening services

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Video: Chief Medicare Actuary on President’s health care claims: “I would say false, more so than true”

CMS Revamps Medicare Website To Boost Usability, Usefulness

Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said, “We’ve simplified the language and the homepage layout to make it easier and faster for visitors to get answers and a better understanding of Medicare necessary to get more control over their health care” (Healthcare IT News, 8/22).
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Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare Plan Website Recognized as a Benchmark for Excellence

About Kaiser Permanente Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 9 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.
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Medicare overhauls its beneficiary website

Upgrades to the site allow beneficiaries to search: whether a specific test, item, or service is covered under original Medicare; customized information based on a beneficiary’s specific situation; and quick links to replacing a lost Medicare card, finding a Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan and getting help with healthcare costs.
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The Ryan/Romney Plan for Medicare is Crony Capitalism At Its Worst

Based on the CBO data provided, the waste far exceeds the savings to the government. Under traditional Medicare, the government is expected to spend about $6,600 in 2022 on a typical 65-year- old, and the beneficiary is expected to spend $4,600 (all numbers in 2011 dollars). Under the Ryan proposal, a voucher for the same 65-year old would cost the government $6,600, saving the government nothing. However, the total cost of purchasing Medicare-equivalent insurance would be $16,900 – more than 50 percent higher than the $11,200 spent by the government and beneficiary combined under traditional Medicare. The difference of $5,700 represents a gift to the private sector.
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Time to examine Medicare Plans

Medicare Advantage may also see changes. Medicare Advantage offers a different type of coverage than original Medicare. According to Medicare’s website, “A Medicare Advantage Plan is a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide you with all your Part A and Part B benefits. Medicare Advantage Plans include Health Maintenance Organizations, Preferred Provider Organizations, Private Fee-for-Service Plans, Special Needs Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans. If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan, Medicare services are covered through the plan and aren’t paid for under Original Medicare. Most Medicare Advantage Plans offer prescription drug coverage.”
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Medicare’s Website Has Been Improved

A redesign of the medicare.gov website is now complete, making content more accessible and easier for beneficiaries, their families and caregivers to understand. The new design responds to mobile devices, like tablets and smartphones. Users can get information such as coverage and cost details, anytime, anywhere, and in the most convenient format.
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baby boomers’ awareness of “Medicare Myths” and concerns about presidential election impact on Medicare / eHealth

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

For Ryan “defined benefit” programs such as Social Security and Medicare are problems in themselves.  This isn’t something he saves for gatherings of the Ayn Rand Society, such concerns about “dependency” are scattered throughout his Path to Prosperity—again hidden in plain sight.  This transcript doesn’t so much reveal a secret, as highlight a clear theme in his policy rationale that is always present, but in more public settings subordinated to his prophecies of fiscal apocalypse.  Thus, it is no surprise his budget cuts the safety net and radically reshapes Medicare first and addresses the deficit later.
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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.
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Georgia Medical Practice Settles Case with DOJ For $4.1 Million

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waiting room N I M H by drivebybiscuits1The civil settlement resolves the United States’ investigation into Georgia Cancer Specialists’ practices relating to billing for evaluation and management (E&M) services on the same day as a related procedure. Generally, providers are not permitted to bill both E&M services and a related procedure on the same day under the Medicare program’s regulations. In specific circumstances, providers can avoid this prohibition by submitting their claims marked with modifier 25, which tells Medicare to pay both the procedure and the E&M service. Here, the U.S. Attorney’s Office alleged that Georgia Cancer Specialists applied modifier 25 to claims that did not qualify for its use, leading to overpayments by Medicare.
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Georgia voters oppose Romney

Georgians are sour on the direction of both the country and the state. Self-identified independent voters are especially skeptical of our national and state progress. Only 24 percent of independents believe Georgia is headed in the right direction while 66 percent say things have gotten off on the wrong track.  Their views on the country mirror these numbers with only 21 percent saying the country is headed in the right direction and 77 percent believing things have gotten off on the wrong track.
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'''How Much Does Medigap Insurance Cost?

Original Medicare includes Part A Hospital Insurance andPart B Medical Insurance pays for many, but not all, health-related services and medical supplies. You should purchase an insurance policy to cover the “gaps” that are not paid for by Medicare, such as copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles.
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Experts debate future of Medicare in AARP event

In the videoconference, Stuart Butler of the Heritage Foundation and Henry Aaron of the Brookings Institution agreed on at least a couple of points: that Medicare beneficiaries should have a cap on their out-of-pocket spending, and that high-income seniors should pay higher premiums than lower-income people.
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Census Data Underscores Urgency for Medicaid Expansion

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Leading Oncology Practice to Pay $4.1 Million to Settle False Claims Act Investigation

ATLANTA—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia announced today that it has reached a settlement with Georgia Cancer Specialists I PC, which agreed to pay $4.1 million to settle claims that it violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for evaluation and management services that were not permitted by Medicare rules. Georgia Cancer Specialists is one of the largest private oncology practices in the country with 27 offices located throughout the Atlanta metro area. Sally Quillian Yates, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, said, “Health care providers should be on notice that if they inflate their billings, we will aggressively seek to recover not only the overcharges but also significant penalties under the False Claims Act.” Ricky Maxwell, Acting Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated, “The FBI continues to do its part in ensuring that federal funds appropriated to Medicare are spent appropriately and today’s settlement is an example of those efforts. The FBI urges anyone with information related to overbilling or fraudulent billing of our Medicare programs to contact their nearest FBI field office.” “Today’s settlement sends a clear message to health care providers across the country that they will be held responsible if they misrepresent the services they bill to Medicare,” said Derrick L Jackson, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General for the Atlanta region. “The Office of Inspector General will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to stamp out fraud, waste, and abuse within the Medicare system.” The civil settlement resolves the United States’ investigation into Georgia Cancer Specialists’ practices relating to billing for evaluation and management (E&M) services on the same day as a related procedure. Generally, providers are not permitted to bill both E&M services and a related procedure on the same day under the Medicare program’s regulations. In specific circumstances, providers can avoid this prohibition by submitting their claims marked with modifier-25, which tells Medicare to pay both the procedure and the E&M service. Here, the United States Attorney’s Office alleged that Georgia Cancer Specialists applied modifier-25 to claims that did not qualify for its use, leading to overpayments by Medicare. Because of widespread abuse of the use of modifier-25, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, has targeted the use of modifier-25 in its yearly work plans. The yearly work plans outline the current focus areas of the OIG and lead to increased scrutiny by the OIG of those areas. The focus on the abuse of the use of modifier-25 was prompted because prior OIG work has shown that improper use of the modifier resulted in inappropriate payments to Medicare providers. This resolution is part of the government’s emphasis on combating health care fraud under 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 $9.2 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 $12.8 billion. This case was investigated by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. The civil settlement was reached by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher J Huber. The claims settled by the settlement agreement are allegations only; there has been no determination of liability. For further information please contact the United States Attorney’s Public Information Office at USAGAN.Pressemails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the HomePage for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is www.justice.gov/usao/gan. Reported by: FBI
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Georgia Cancer Specialists to Pay $4.1 Million to Settle Fraud Investigation

Federal authorities in Atlanta have reached a settlement with Georgia Cancer Specialists I, PC, which agreed to pay $4.1 million to settle claims that it violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for evaluation and management services that were not permitted by Medicare rules.   Georgia Cancer Specialists is one of the largest private oncology practices in the country with 27 offices located throughout the Atlanta metro area. Read More.
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Comparing Medicare Plans Side

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MORE DIRTY TRICKS FROM YOUR SOCIALIST/MARXIST   PRESIDENT AND HIS NASTY LITTLE ADMINISTRATION HACKS by SS&SSAbout eHealth  eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) is the parent company of eHealthInsurance, the nation’s leading online source of health insurance for individuals, families and small businesses. Through the company’s website, www.eHealthInsurance.com, consumers can get quotes from leading health insurance carriers, compare plans side-by-side, and apply for and purchase health insurance. eHealthInsurance offers thousands of individual, family and small business health plans underwritten by more than 180 of the nation’s leading health insurance companies. eHealthInsurance is licensed to sell health insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, making it the ideal model of a successful, high-functioning health insurance exchange. Through eHealth’s technology solutions (www.eHealthTechnology.com), is also a leading provider of health insurance exchange technology. eHealth provides a suite of hosted e-commerce solutions that enable health plan providers, resellers and government entities to market and distribute products online. eHealth, Inc. also provides online tools to help seniors navigate Medicare health insurance options through PlanPrescriber.com (www.planprescriber.com) and eHealthMedicare (www.eHealthMedicare.com).
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Comparing Medicare Supplemental Insurance Benefits

These plans, called “Medigap” plans, each have different medical care coverage. Variable benefits of coverage to be considered are: • Coinsurance plus coverage that last 365 days after medicare benefits end (Medicare Part A) • Coinsurance/Copayment for medicare part B. • Pints of blood (transfusions, first three pints) • Hospice care copayments or coinsurance • Coinsurance for Skilled Nursing Facilities • Part A medicare deductible • Part B medicare deductible • Part B excess charges • Emergencies during foreign travel • Preventative care coinsurance, per Medicare Part B If any of these are important for you to have covered, comparing medicare supplemental plans that include benefits is the only way to ensure they are included.
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Medicare’s annual enrollment period begins Oct. 15.

The Annual Notice of Changes will tell you what is changing with your plan in 2013. Pay close attention to any changes in your plan’s drug list to make sure your drugs are still covered and that the co-pays are not increasing. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, check to see that all of your doctors and other providers are still in your plan’s network.
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MedicareSupplementPlans.com Offer Comparison Shopping Resource for Medicare Supplement Plans

Medicare covers some medical expenses, but it doesn’t cover everything. Medicare leaves gaps in patient coverage, and without a supplementary insurance plan, these gaps must be paid out-of-pocket. For that reason, Medicare supplement insurance plans are becoming a popular way to fill in the gaps left by Medicare coverage. Today, many top insurance providers offer some type of Medicare supplement plans. However, some of these plans are better than others. Some supplement plans might only fill in a few gaps left by Medicare coverage, while other plans comprehensively cover seniors in any circumstance. Some supplement plans are priced affordably, while others are expensive. MedicareSupplementPlans.com has been gaining a lot of attention lately by helping seniors quickly and easily compare any type of Medicare supplement plans. At MedicareSupplementPlans.com, visitors will find information about the best Medicare supplement plans in the country. The website states that these plans – also known as ‘Medigap’ insurance plans – cost far less than what many people expect. A spokesperson for MedicareSupplementPlans.com explained what the site hopes to accomplish: “Our goal is to connect visitors with the best possible Medicare supplement plans for their needs. There are so many different ‘Medigap’ plans available in this country, and finding the right one can be difficult for those who don’t have experience in the industry. That’s why we offer free insurance quotes that can be filled out in just minutes or allow people to be guided by our team of experienced representatives. We want to make it as simple as possible for consumers to select the most appropriate policy at the best possible price.” Using the website, visitors can also discover the specific benefits included in Medigap insurance plans. The website describes the specific types of Medigap plans offered by insurance companies across the states, and plans are identified by the letters A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M, and N. Each of these plans is the same for every insurance company. For example, Plan F Medigap from one insurance company will be identical to Plan F Medigap offered by another insurance company. The website features a detailed list that shows what each plan covers in a simple to navigate chart. The information on MedicareSupplementPlans.com is catered to those in California. The website features unique pages for every county in California, and visitors can easily compare California Medicare plans from anywhere in the state. Whether seeking to fill in the gaps left by insufficient Medicare coverage, or simply wanting to learn more about the types of insurance plans available, MedicareSupplementPlans.com allows users to compare the different types of Medicare supplement plans available today. By filling out the free insurance quote form included on the front page, visitors can receive a free quote within hours. About MedicareSupplementPlans.com MedicareSupplementPlans.com educates visitors about Medicare supplement plans, which are designed to fill in the gaps left by Medicare coverage. The website allows users to instantly receive a free insurance quote for insurance in their area. For more information, please visit: http://www.medicaresupplementplans.com
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The Medicare 7: A Recap of Last Week’s Top Medicare Related Stories

1.  A recent study has found that Medicare gaps leave many with big bills at end of life.  Numbers show health care spending in the final 5 years of life exceed total household assets for 1 in 4 seniors.  See a related infographic here.
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Rim Country Gazette: How to get answers about Medicare

With Medicare open enrollment season coming up (it runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7), you may be thinking about joining a Medicare health or drug plan, or switching from one plan to another. SHIP can help you choose a plan that best meets your needs in terms of cost, coverage, and convenience. A counselor can sit down with you and help you compare various plans until you find the right one. They also can help you enroll in that plan.
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Brutally Honest SWAG (Scientific Wild

USA Today: It’s no surprise that Medicare has become a big campaign issue — it is somewhat surprising that the Republicans are pushing it. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, running mate Paul Ryan, and other Republicans are stressing $716 billion in cuts to Medicare that are part of President Obama’s health care plan. That attack has forced Obama and company to play defense, even as they emphasize that Romney and Ryan want to turn Medicare into a voucher program that will cost seniors thousands of dollars a year.
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Greenbelt Explorations Unlimited Explores Medicare Supplements

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MORE DIRTY TRICKS FROM YOUR SOCIALIST/MARXIST   PRESIDENT AND HIS NASTY LITTLE ADMINISTRATION HACKS by SS&SSOn Friday, Sept. 21, Explorations Unlimited welcomes Mr. Greg Markomanolakis, who will be talking about the differences in Medicare plans and pricing, Medicare Extra Help and the Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program that a lot of seniors aren’t aware of. He will also touch briefly on the importance of having burial plans established through an irrevocable funeral trust that is Medicaid waived.
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American Financial (AFG) Closes Sale Of Medicare Supplement And Critical Illness Businesses

AFG’s balance supplemental insurance operations consist solely of its run-off long-term care business, which has a book value of approximately $170 million, and which will continue to be based in Austin, Texas. AFG’s Austin-based life and annuity operations will transition to its home office in Cincinnati, Ohio before the end of the year.
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Medicare Supplement Insurance Texas Agencies Offer Is Helpful To Certain Clients

The federal government allows private agencies to sell supplemental policies to customers. These policies help individuals to pay for the things that their original insurance does not cover. Companies that sell such policies must comply with very strict federal and state laws and regulations. They are standardized according to guidelines created by the United States government and all such policies must provide the same coverage, regardless of the agency from which the coverage is obtained. However, each agency is allowed to charge different rates for the coverage.
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Medicare Supplement Leads are Premium Business Builders

One good way to jumpstart an insurance company’s bottom line is to specialize in selling Medicare supplements. This segment of the population is guaranteed buyers who have an urgent need to get their insurance needs met, more so since ObamaCare was upheld by the Supreme Court. The best way to jump on the Medicare bandwagon is to find a quality lead generation company and splurge on exclusive Medicare supplement leads.
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Things you should know about Medicare Supplement Insurance at Maximum Performance Begins With A Healthy Body

If you already have Medicare Part A or Part B, you can also buy medigap cover because it provides coverage for coinsurance, co-payments, and deductibles. In this arrangement, original medicare policy pays for the approved amount for health care cost. The medicare supplement policy will supplement your coverage by providing its share afterwards. However, there are few things that are not covered by Medigap policies. Dental and vision care, glasses, hearing aids, private nursing services, and long-term nursing facilities are not covered by Medigap.
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Is a Medicare Supplement Necessary Under the Obamacare Plan?

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Picking A Medicare Supplement Quote

There is always the need to make certain that medical attention is gotten and stayed in touch with throughout the course of daily life. This is a requirement that is much more specific to individuals that have reached an older age in life which has made their body age and be subjected to more severe health risks as a result of the process. Anybody that is seeking this type of support ought to be capable of choosing a Medicare supplement quote to assist guide their medical needs.
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The Talk About Anything Blog

If it is time to for you to enroll for Medicare, or if your open enrollment period is coming up, then it is time to consider what coverage you need compared with what you currently have. All Medigap providers must, by law, offer the same basic coverages as all the other companies. The big difference will be the prices as well as the various plans they offer. The big thing to keep in mind when enrolling or changing your Medicare plan is that you are not eligible for supplemental insurance if you are also enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan.
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California Medicare Supplement Plans Blue Shield

each month for 12 months on your Medicare Supplement Plan rates.To qualify, you must be age 65 or older, and Blue Shield must receive your application within six (6) months of the date you first enrolled for benefits under Medicare Part B. Savings will be effective for the first twelve 12 months of your plan dues.The Welcome to Medicare Rate Savings is available for all Medicare Supplement Plans that Blue Shield of California offers. You can also take advantage of our two-party rates and Easy$Pay
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North Carolina Medicare Supplement

A North Carolina Medicare supplement are a great way to protect yourself from the 20% medical portion that your Medicare doesn’t cover. If you get a Plan F Medicare supplement, it will pay the 20% that is left over after your Medicare Part A and B pay the 80%. You will find that pricing can vary a great deal from company to company. This is nothing to worry about. The thing to remember is that a Plan F with one company has the same benefits as a Plan F with another. The only thing that differs is pricing!
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Find Medicare Supplemental Insurance in Your Area With the Senior Advisor Group

The Senior Advisor Group is an independent insurance advisory group specializing in Medicare insurance and other insurance options for those on Medicare. Their role is to assists seniors in finding with the best Medicare Supplemental Insurance, including advice on Supplemental Plans, Advantage Plans, Medicare Part D insurance and other related supplemental insurance. By partnering with over 40 different insurance companies, the Senior Advisor Group works on the side of the client’s with no obligation to any one insurance company. For the individual client they will search from all of the top insurers to find the best products at the best price – as well as provide ongoing professional, personalized service to each Medicare beneficiary year after year. The Senior Advisors also provides clients on Medicare with dental, hearing, and vision coverage, as well as Rx discount cards at no cost to customers. As a national advisory group, Senior Advisor Group represents all of the top rated and the largest Medicare supplemental insurance providers available. Their objective is to provide unbiased advice on Medicare Supplemental Insurance from highly trained, Medicare insurance specialists. Each specialist is trained on the various Medicare Insurance options, and will assist each individual with a plan selection, and provide continual advice year after year on Medicare supplement plans and Medicare Part D coverage. As Medicare insurance specialist, Medicare Insurance is not just a part of their business it is their business. The Senior Advisor Group was established to deliver what insurance companies can’t – unbiased and objective advice. They will assist and complete enrollment in the best available plan for the client, not the best available plan for the provider. For those new to Medicare or just looking to compare coverage options simply submit a request and one of their specialist will call within 24 hours.
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