Brian Barnes joins McCollum, Ellison, Obermueller for press conference on protecting and strengthening Medicare for Minnesota seniors
St. Paul – On Tuesday, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) was joined by DFL Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-05), and DFL candidates Mike Obermueller (CD-02), and Brian Barnes (CD-03) in highlighting efforts by Democrats in Congress to strengthen and protect Medicare. With political attack ads and smear campaigns from Republican candidates across Minnesota distorting the record and misinforming voters, the Members of Congress and candidates outlined the two very different approaches to protecting the guarantee of Medicare.
Video: Medicare Plans from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Blue Plus
Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer
The indictment was filed in U.S. District Court of Eastern District of Pennsylvania, although Orthofix’s home office is located in Minnesota. The case says that Orthofix was able to submit claims directly to Medicare for reimbursement in the amount of 80% of the cost of the devices, ranging between $3,500 and $4,400 each. The Medicare policy also states that Medicare requires a written physician’s statement that says the bone fracture has not healed at all before and during treatment.
Daily Kos: Scott Brown Spreads Medicare Lie
I can’t recall ever seeing this level of bald face lying in races in my state. I think that Romney’s unprecedented lying on the national level has trickled down and given a green light to down ballot candidates to lie just like him. Or, it could be only that Scott Brown’s campaign is being run by the same people who run Romney’s. What do you think? Is there more bald face lying everywhere this year or is it just Romney and Brown? Or has it always been this way in some places and I just don’t know/realize it here in MA?
Daily Kos: Bachmann update MN
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Making sense of Medicare options can be daunting
Mary Bofferding of Crystal is a senior who came down on the side of an Advantage Plan. When she entered the Medicare system at 65, almost immediately she heard from all sides about the need for a supplemental policy, something she didn’t fully understand. Her daughter suggested she come to the hotel where she worked and sit in on a Medicare seminar offered by a Humana representative. Although she didn’t follow everything said that day, she had found a resource to get her the information she needed.
In Minnesota, Obamacare to Increase Individual Insurance Premiums by 29%, Says Obama Adviser
With the Presidential election less than one week away, it’s worth reviewing how Obamacare will impact the residents of key swing states. In Minnesota, as elsewhere, Obamacare will drive up the cost of private health coverage, especially for those who buy insurance on their own. One of Obama’s key health-care advisers, Jonathan Gruber, found that by 2016, individual-market premiums in Minnesota will increase by an average of 29 percent. In addition, Obamacare will deeply cut Medicare Advantage for more than 380,000 Minnesota seniors enrolled in the program. And 25 percent of Minnesota physicians say that they will place new or additional limits on accepting Medicare patients. Read on for more details.
Obermueller to Hold Medicare, Social Security Round Table in Eagan
Obermueller is a former state legislator who represented the seat once held by Tim Pawlenty. He grew up working on his parents’ small dairy farm, and worked to put himself through college and law school. Obermueller lives in Eagan with his wife Sara, and their two teenage sons. He volunteers at St. Thomas Becket Catholic Church, as a youth basketball coach and is an active member of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Daily Kos: Romney adviser/Forbes contributor spreading Romney Medicare lies
How’s this for a combination: “Forbes health policy blogger Avik Roy – also an health care advisor to the Romney campaign.” According to public health expert Harold Pollack, it’s a dishonest combination. Roy has published a “flurry of blog posts” at Forbes about the negative impact Obamacare will have in—you guessed it—battleground states. And he’s not been exactly truthful. It’s also not just Pollack calling Roy out, it’s his fellow Forbes writer, Rick Ungar, who writes about the example of a post Roy did focused on Wisconsin. Avik’s article argues that, as a result of Obamacare, the price of individual health insurance policies in Wisconsin will increase by an average of about 30 percent. There is certainly truth in that statement for some Wisconsin residents.
Longtin Agency Offers Medicare and Medigap Assistance for MN Seniors
Elderly citizens with Social Security automatically get Medicare parts A and B coverage. Medicare A applies to inpatient care while Medicare B covers medical insurance expenses for outpatient treatments. Part A is paid by a part of the person’s Social Security tax; Part B is paid through the person’s premiums and the general funds from the U.S. Treasury.
The Medicare Secondary Payer Act: Ethical Considerations in Settling Cases
Before the MSP Act became a major issue in workers’ compensation and other cases involving personal injuries, attorneys were often not mindful of their obligations under the act and its potential ethical ramifications. Prior to the year 2000, a number of jurisdictions issued advisory opinions regarding the conduct of lawyers with respect to the settlement of liability or workers’ compensation claims, or both, and the resolution of unpaid liens for medical providers as a condition of settlement. However, these advisory opinions were short and vague. For example, in 1996, the state of North Carolina issued a rather benign statement indicating that lawyers in a personal injury claim may not execute an agreement to indemnify the tortfeasor’s liability insurance carrier against unpaid liens for medical providers.
MN Republicans Awarded For Healthcare Leadership
Regarding the Medicare reform agenda, David Lipschutz, a policy attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy, expressed a concern that the amount given to beneficiaries in the form of vouchers will not keep up with the costs of health care and health care inflation. In effect, health care costs will be passed on to the beneficiary. Lipschutz also believes that claims that Medicare is bankrupt are grossly exaggerated. “It’s true that Medicare costs are increasing, because of the growing Medicare population, but the whole notion of Medicare going bankrupt is pretty misleading,” Lipschutz said. “Right now when people talk about bankruptcy and solvency, they’re talking about Medicare Part A, the Hospital Fund. It’s pretty healthy compared to where it’s been over the past decades.” Lipschutz said that the projected date of insolvency has fluctuated anywhere between three years to 20 years, based on the health of the economy at the time the Medicare trustees release their annual report. Most recently, the trustees’ 2012 report projected that the exhaustion date (when the program won’t have enough money to pay all of its obligations) is 2024. “The important point to make is, say if everything stays the way it is now, at the point the trust fund can’t pay 100 percent of the costs, it will be paying something like 87 percent. It’s still covering the vast majority of the cost,” Lipschutz said. “The dangers are being overstated. There are things that can be done that would have much less impact on Medicare beneficiaries.” Lipschutz said the organizations pushing premium support should let the Affordable Care Act show its full potential before resorting to measures that he said would harm beneficiaries.