You’d have to look hard to find a bigger fan of public investments than me. But, the economic benefits of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are absolutely enormous. They provide a service (insurance against risk, and people value insurance quite highly) much more efficiently than do private-sector providers. In the case of Social Security, this efficiency is mainly in low administrative costs and the government’s ability to provide actuarially fair insurance without needing the compensation that private-sector insurance providers would demand.
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Washington submits Medicare/Medicaid integration proposal to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Medicare is a federal program designed for the elderly and people with disabilities. Medicaid serves low-income residents and is funded by the state and federal governments. In the past, there has been little coordination between the two programs in serving clients, saving money and improving care.
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Duties include: • Processes medical, laboratory and dental claims. • Trains and reviews work of Claims Processing Specialist and other staff processing claims • Maintains current version of Claims Processing Desk Manual. • Resolves conflicting eligibility and insurance information for EIP clients with multiple payers including private insurance companies, WSHIP, VA, Medicaid and Medicare through telephone or email contact with payers and review of relevant client or provider data. • Plans and processes payments to contracted providers for EIP clients and determines, including remittance advice documentation and A-19 invoices. • Resolves issues with complex provider billings so that providers are paid in a timely manner and clients continue to have access to care. • Develops and implements improvements in billing and claims processing procedures. • Develops training curriculum, training materials, evaluation tool and training schedule for provider specific trainings to be conducted via webinar and in person. • When possible, uses web based tools or teleconferencing to deliver training to providers. • Develops and conducts training needs assessment surveys of providers via mail, email or phone as appropriate and necessary. • Travels when needed and when funds are available to specific locations needing one-on-one technical assistance to meet EIP and DOH contractual requirements. • Maintains current versions of provider contact lists, covered services lists, and billing manual for both distribution and website publication. Updates to Covered Services may include bi-annual updates with adjusted rates based on Medicaid rates and adding or deleting services as instructed by program managers. • Participates as requested and necessary in case management training regarding provider services, billing and coordination of benefits. • Actively participate in Quality Management Activities for the section, program, office and department.
Sessions help patients sort out Medicare plans
It’s time to choose for the nearly 90,000 Medicare patients in Snohomish County. Anyone signing up for Medicare for the first time, or those who want to review or make changes to their current health or prescription drug plans, can make those choices starting on Monday. To help people make their decisions, the nonprofit Senior Services of Snohomish County has scheduled a series of 16 information sessions. The first three will be held next week in Arlington, Stanwood and Everett. “Our hope is that folks really get the education and resources to manage their own changes or to do a checkup on their plans,” said Nathalie Gauteron, outreach manager for Senior Services of Snohomish County. The choices can seem overwhelming, especially for adults signing up for Medicare plans for the first time, said Stephanie Marquis, a spokeswoman for the state Insurance Commissioner’s office. “I remember when my mother turned 65,” she said. “It was like, ‘Calm down, you’ll be alright.'” Part of the confusion is caused by what can appear to be an alphabet soup of letters associated with Medicare: Part A (hospital care) Part B (doctor and outpatient care), and Part D (the prescription drug plan). Then there’s Medigap and plans to help pay for costs not covered by Medicare and the Medicare Advantage plans, or health plans run by private insurance companies. After one Medicare Advantage health plan announced earlier this month it would drop its coverage next year, the insurance commissioner’s office received more than 400 phone calls, a one-day record, Marquis said. “They called us the minute they got the letter and wanted to know what plan they could pick,” she said. “They had to wait until open enrollment, which starts on Monday.” In Snohomish County, nearly 2,000 Medicare patients are being affected by various Medicare Advantage plans that will not be offered next year. Gauteron said that Senior Services of Snohomish County also has received numerous phone calls from Medicare patients worried about such changes. “We have a lot of folks calling with the anxiety of ‘My plan is leaving, now what do I do?'” she said. Their health care coverage will remain in place through Dec. 31, she said. “We have plenty of time to help you get a new plan.” Anyone who wishes to attend one of the free upcoming information sessions in Snohomish County must call in advance to register. Attendees must bring their insurance card, a list of the medications and know the names of their pharmacy and medical clinic to be helped, Gauteron said. Each person will get one-one-one counseling sessions to help them decide what changes, if any, they would like to make in their Medicare health care and prescription drug plans. “It’s free, unbiased counseling,” Gauteron said. “We really hope to help with the information issues and to remind people that they have through Dec. 7 to do research and to make an educated choice on a plan.” Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486; firstname.lastname@example.org. When and where Here is the list of 16 day-long information sessions to help answer Medicare enrollment questions. The workshops are sponsored by the nonprofit Seniors Services of Snohomish County. A reservation is required to attend any of these events. Call Senior Information and Assistance at 425-513-1900 or 800-422-2024 to schedule an appointment time. Oct. 16: Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point. Blvd., Arlington. Oct. 17: Stanwood Senior Center, 7430 276th St. N.W., Stanwood Oct. 18: Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard, Everett Oct. 23: Ken Baxter Senior Center, 514 Delta Ave., Marysville Oct 24: Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave.. Edmonds Oct. 25: Lynnwood Senior Center, 19000 44th Ave W., Lynnwood Oct. 29: Warm Beach Senior Community, Address: 20800 Marine Dr., Stanwood Oct. 30: Mill Creek Senior Center, 15720 Main St., Suite 210, Mill Creek Oct. 31: Camano Community Center, Address: 606 Arrowhead Rd., Camano Island Nov. 1: Everett Holiday Inn, 3105 Pine St., Everett Nov. 7: Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood Nov. 8: Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard, Everett Nov. 13: Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St., Snohomish Nov. 14: Camano Community Center, 606 Arrowhead Rd., Camano Island Nov. 16: East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe. Nov. 28: Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds What to bring A list of your prescription drugs including dosages, your current Medicare plan card and any letters you may have received from your insurance plan.
Daily Kos: BRUTAL NEW OBAMA AD on MEDICARE!!!!!
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Elder Care Blog Seattle Washington (WA)
July 9, 2012 – Family physicians are getting a pay increase of almost 7 percent from Medicare in January and other practitioners providing primary care services will get between 3 and 5 percent. More than a million physicians and non-physician practitioners are covered under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for calendar year (CY) 2013.
Romney Criticisms of The Affordable Care Act Don’t Add Up
In 2010 the Congress passed and President Obama signed into law new health care legislation that enforces major changes to health care and the health insurance systems in the United States. There are two parts that make up the law. Part one is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The second part is the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The law covers many changes; primarily it requires that every legal resident must have health insurance but does allow for exceptions.Refusal to have health insurance will result in a per-person tax that starts at $95.00 in 2014, $325 in 2015 and up to $695 when fully phased in.Families will be capped at triple the per-person rate no matter how large the family is. Exemptions exist for low-income persons and hardship cases.
Daily Kos: What the real Romney plan would do to Medicare
We counted the ways in which Mitt Romney lied about President Obama’s Medicare plan. Let’s take a look at his raft of lies about his own plans. What I support is no change for current retirees and near-retirees to Medicare and the president supports taking $716 billion out of that program. […] Yeah, that’s a lie. Probably the biggest. By repealing Obamacare, Romney would hurt current retirees in a number of ways: seniors would again have to co-pay for preventive health services that are now free; the prescription drug donut hole would open back up, exposing some seniors to much higher drug costs; “restoring” the $716 billion in provider cuts under Obamacare would make Medicare—which current retirees are relying on—insolvent in just four years. Number two is for people coming along that are young. What I’d do to make sure that we can keep Medicare in place for them is to allow them either to choose the current Medicare program or a private plan — their choice. They get to — and they’ll have at least two plans that will be entirely at no cost to them. So they don’t have to pay additional money, no additional $6,000. That’s not going to happen. […] Okay, maybe this one is the biggest. That’s his voucher program. If you take a Romneyesque approach to the truth, you could call that one partially true, because analysis of the Romney/Ryan plan—the current plan—says that people retiring in 2023 will only have to pay an additional $3,200. But from there on? Yikes.