Brian Barnes joins McCollum, Ellison, Obermueller for press conference on protecting and strengthening Medicare for Minnesota seniors

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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
Source: whatis-healthinsurance.com

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.
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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.
Source: dailykos.com

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.
Source: briefingwire.com

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.
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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.
Source: mnpoliticalroundtable.com

ParasolLeads Reports Record Medicare Supplement Insurance Leads Sales

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Deal 3, Table 7: Initiation enter Trick A~ contract taker leads King of Risks by KevinHutchins314For insurance agents wanting to take their pursuit of success to the next level, few things are more valuable than Medicare supplement leads. In a difficult economy, every advantage helps, and the right leads give agents a competitive advantage. ParasolLeads understands the importance of staying one step ahead of the competition and takes the danger of scam artists and lead generation services that offer deep discounts but deliver low quality leads out of the picture.
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Kaiser Permanente Leads the Nation with Six 5

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 Reform: Not So Toxic After All?

KHN notes that polls show that voters still oppose Romney’s (maddeningly vague) plan to transform Medicare into a voucher-style premium support system. And yet amongst seniors in the swing state of Florida, that hasn’t been enough to turn support against the GOP candidate. As The Wall Street Journal reports, “polls now show Mr. Romney leading among the state’s elderly voters by 6% to 12%—a sign he may be weathering reasonably well the charges by Democrats that he and running mate Paul Ryan would undermine Medicare. Among all voters in Florida, Mr. Romney leads Mr. Obama by an average of less than 2%.”
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Chart: Medicare Costs for Seniors Increase Under Obama’s Plan

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Florida Poll: Romney Leads Obama Overall, On Medicare

Mitt Romney has opened up an enormous lead over President Barack Obama in Florida, according to a new Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald/Tampa Bay Times poll. Romney now leads the president by 7 points — 51 percent to 44 percent — in the Sunshine State, his largest lead since a hypothetical Quinnipiac poll conducted in September 2011.
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Older voters prefer Romney on healthcare, Medicare: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Asked who has the better plan on healthcare, all likely voters support Obama over Romney by 42 percent to 39 percent, while older voters choose Romney, 43 percent to 39 percent. The responses on the candidates’ plans for Medicare show something similar: Obama leads among all likely voters, 42 percent to 35 percent, while Romney is ahead among older voters by 40 percent to 39 percent.
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Poll: Romney pulls even with Obama on Medicare

If Obama loses this election, you can blame/thank the Right for bamboozling him. How is it ethical that an entire news network questions the President’s citizenship for four years to create doubt in voters while a fringe element of the far right demonizes and degrades him? Most of this is financed by the rich who want to keep their stranglehold on the flow of wealth in our country. Watch the white hands apply the Blackface to our first African-American President at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/bamboozling-obama.html
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Subsidies for Electronic Medical Records Leads to Higher Medicare Bills

Some experts blame a substantial share of the higher payments on the increasingly widespread use of electronic health record systems. Some of these programs can automatically generate detailed patient histories, or allow doctors to cut and paste the same examination findings for multiple patients — a practice called cloning — with the click of a button or the swipe of a finger on an iPad, making it appear that the physicians conducted more thorough exams than, perhaps, they did.
Source: cato-at-liberty.org

Nearly All Polls Agree That Obama Leads in the Critical Swing States

Not only does Obama have a sizable  lead in the polling averages, but effectively every single poll in a critical swing state has found Obama ahead. Obama leads in 11 of the last 12 poll of Ohio with a single Rasmussen poll showing the race tied. In Wisconsin no poll has found Romney with a lead since August. All five polls taken of New Hampshire in the last week have Obama winning. Romney has not led in a single poll of Nevada since May.
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South Leads U.S. in Receiving Medicare EHR Incentive Pay

The South leads the rest of the U.S. in the number of health care providers who received Medicare meaningful use incentive payments in 2011, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, Modern Healthcare reports.
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Florida Exclusive Medicare Supplement Leads Now Available from Benepath

With a business boost using Florida Medicare supplement leads, an insurance agent helps seniors stay healthy. “These days, Florida Medicare supplement leads are hot items. The nation is graying, and baby boomers have come to a transition point in their lives where they now qualify for Medicare, and also need Medicare supplements to fill in the gaps. It’s a captive market, in that health insurance protects a senior’s most precious asset – their health,” indicated Clelland Green, RHU, CEO, and president of benepath.net, Pennsylvania. Insurance agents working this niche, and buying Florida Medicare supplement leads, are aware that many, but not all, seniors have reached a point in their lives where they are more financially comfortable; a result of saving all their lives. Provided they are not spending their cash reserves on nursing home care, they are relatively well off. In reality, they likely also paid relatively little for their house, compared to today’s market. Many seniors still own their own homes, fully paid for and mortgage free. “While they are still paying property taxes, gone are the days of handing out cash to pay off their mortgage. What was once a $45,000 home may now be worth $450,000, and although their money is tied up in the house, they may have fewer expenses, which simply means they may have more on hand to buy Medicare supplements,” suggested Green. The beauty of using Florida Medicare supplement leads is the opportunity it provides for insurance agents to sell a worthwhile product that helps their customers. Most seniors want to protect their assets, particularly after a lifetime of working for them. “Protecting their health is a vital consideration for them, and if you have the right Medicare supplement products, you will be able to sell them. One distinct benefit is Medicare supplements take care of co-payments; a significant issue for seniors, should they become ill,” Green added. Choose a lead generation company with a sterling reputation, and order exclusive Florida Medicare supplement leads for the best return on the investment of business dollars. Even though running an insurance agency is a business, many agents are in this line of work because they genuinely want to help others and see them stay healthy. To that end, many agents also offer seniors long-term care insurance, final expense insurance and a variety of financial planning options. Insurance these days is pro-active and aimed at bettering the lives of clients. To learn more, visit http://www.benepath.net
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Medicare Advantage: Anthem Medicare PPO Alternative in Las Vegas, NV

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MORE DIRTY TRICKS FROM YOUR SOCIALIST/MARXIST   PRESIDENT AND HIS NASTY LITTLE ADMINISTRATION HACKS by SS&SSThe second option is to upgrade to a Medicare Supplement.  Because your plan is not renewing, you have the guarantee issue right to a supplement.  You cannot be denied for health history.  The monthly cost will be higher than that of the PPOs, but a supplement will give you freedom to see any doctor that accepts Medicare and you will no longer have co-payments if you select a Medicare Supplemental Plan F.
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Health plan summaries, Benefit Renewal mailing , Medicare RX

Here are the Health Plan Summaries and other benefit information that I want to get out fast.  I will be getting the information in some sort of organization as to who will need what, but for the time being these are summaries of some of the changes.  Please follow the story as we organize these in list for specific members, ie..active, retiree, retiree with medicare.  We will also be placing these on the site in permanent areas so as they will always be available.
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Will My Anthem Medicare Supplement Fill In All The Gaps?

In today’s economy, just having health insurance is not enough. Due to the increasing cost of co-payments, deductibles and the rising cost of coinsurance, many people are faced with added expenses and are having a hard time staying on a budget. Therefore, Anthem Medicare Supplement was specifically developed to tackle the escalating cost concerning out of pocket expenses with Medicare patients in mind. The majority of Medicare insurance plans cover the basics such as doctor visits, annual physical exams and prescription drugs as well as an occasional need for hospital assistance. However, these traditional healthcare plans require a certain amount of extra expenses in the form of deductibles, coinsurance and co-pays also known as gaps in insurance coverage.
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Anthem Medicare Connecticut « Insurance News from Crowe & Associates

The PPO offers substantially better benefits than the HMO to such an extent it does not make much sense for a consumer to consider the plan.  The PPO utilizes the nation anthem BCBS nationwide network.  It has out of network benefits which are almost par withe in network benefits.  They have $0 copay for a primary doctor and $0 copay for some generic drugs as well.  Two of the better benefits are the Hospital benefit which is $250 a day for 6 days in or out of network.  Meaning that you can go to a non participating hospital and pay the same as if it was an in network hospital.  The outpatient surgery benefit is a max copay of $250 which is the best available.  Lastly, the out of pocket max on this plan is $3,400 in and out of network combined which is far better than any other advantage plan in CT.
Source: croweandassociates.com

Anthem Blue Cross of California Medicare Supplement

Anthem Blue Cross of California has a been a dominant fixture in the California health insurance market for decades now and their participation in the California Medigap market is no exception. One of the key concerns when shopping for Medicare supplement plans is a carrier’s strength and stability in the market since the purchase can echo decades into the future. Anthem Blue Cross definitely looks good in this light since they are one of the original providers of Medigap plans and can be considered as a leader in the market. Let’s dig a little deeper into their participation, pricing, and plan design in the California market. In most states, Blue Cross and Blue Shield are the same company. California, as always, is very unique in that the two are separate companies for the individual, family, small group, and Senior medigap markets. They each offer their own plans and options for supplements. Once that’s cleared, let’s look at Blue Cross of California which is part of the Anthem nationwide company. Anthem Blue Cross is one of the first companies in California to offer Medicare supplement plans to the Senior market which makes sense in that Medigap plans are the senior equivalent to PPO plans and Cross has a strong presence in the PPO marketplace among all segments of health insurance. The alternative to PPO’s would be HMO and the alternative to Medigap plans (used interchangeably with Medicare supplement) would be Advantage plans which are the new derivatives of old senior HMO’s from a decade ago. Let’s get back to California Medicare supplement plans. Blue Cross of California has offered many of the available standardized plans allowed by Medicare. They were even one of the first to offer a high deductible F plan under the branding of Smart Choice which is still around. Currently (1/1/2012), Anthem Blue Cross of California offers the F high deductible, N, A, G, and Standard F Medicare supplement plans. This offering may change over the course of time as it does with all carriers although the A, F, and F high deductible are standards for Anthem Blue Cross California Medigap. As with most carriers across the country, the F plan (not high deductible option) continues to be the most popular California Medigap plan and for good reason since it covers all major gaps of traditional Medicare and at a good premium to benefit comparison. The key comparison is with the F high deductible option in our view since this plan still covers all the important holes in original Medicare but uses a deductible to reduce the premium. How do you go about comparing the two plans? First, take the monthly premium difference over a year’s time. We can run those quotes for you. Next, compare this annualized premium difference against the potential deductible amount you would pay under the California F high deductible plan. That gives you a baseline. If you do not have sizeable medical expenses now (outside of medication), the savings in premium looks pretty attractive. Keep in mind that your decision will likely travel with you for a long time especially if health changes so it’s best to assume worst case (you reach full deductible) to know what the potential risk is for a bad year. You now have the best case of the California high deductible F plan (full savings on the premium side) and the worst case (meet full deductible minus the premium savings). This gives you the the opposite extremes and you can expect many years to be in between depending on your health status. Now, it’s a question of your risk comfort level. Also, if you have large health issues, the California high deductible F plan will probably not be the right choice. Either way, Anthem Blue Cross of California offers both Medigap options and we feel comfortable with them as a strong carrier in the senior California medigap market for years to come.

Daily Kos: Elderly will be hit hard by Romney’s Medicare, Medicaid plans

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GOP Plan For Women! Occupy St Pete by Fifth World ArtAs it turns out, what we know for sure about Mitt Romney’s assault on senior citizens may pale compared to what we don’t. Romney, after all, has promised to magically offset $5 trillion in tax cuts and $2 trillion in new defense spending over the next decade by closing as yet unnamed tax credits, deductions and deductions. But among Uncle Sam’s $1.1 trillion in annual tax expenditures are a host of tax breaks for the elderly. That figure is forecast to hit almost $1.4 trillion by 2015. While the home mortgage and health expense deductions top that list, untaxed Social Security benefits will reach $44 billion annually in three years. And that’s just one example. Mitt Romney has called for raising the retirement age to 67 for those now 55 and under. (In his 2008 campaign, Romney supported President Bush’s proposal to privatize the retiree pension system.)
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Fox Still Misleading On Medicare To Promote Romney

Under premium support, traditional Medicare would tend to attract a less healthy pool of enrollees, while private plans would attract healthier enrollees (as occurs today with Medicare and private Medicare Advantage plans). Although the proposal calls for “risk adjusting” payments to health plans — that is, adjusting them to reflect the average health status of their enrollees — the risk adjustment process is highly imperfect and captures only part of the differences in costs across plans that stem from differences in the health of enrollees. 
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2013 Medicare Advantage Plans — Best Rated Florida Plans from AARP UnitedHealth, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana and Coventry

Now that open enrollment for 2013 has begun, seniors are looking for the best rated 2013  Medicare Advantage plans from large insurers like Blue Cross Blue Shield, AARP, Humana, Cigna and many others. Rates for the plans are now available.  While the rates are now available on the Medic are.gov website, rate updates are still pending for the Florida State insurance website, so Florida seniors that are searching for low cost Medicare Advantage plans will need to be careful that the rates that they see quoted are for 2013.
Source: medicaremedigaprates.com

In Swing States, Obama Leads on Handling of Medicare

Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan have called for curbing the growing costs of Medicare by making major changes to the program. Their plan would change Medicare for people who are now under 55 so that when they are eligible for coverage they would no longer receive a government-guaranteed, fee-for-service health plan but rather a fixed amount of money each year that they would use to purchase private health insurance or buy into a version of the existing Medicare program. But they have not provided enough details of their plan to assess how much it might increase out-of-pocket costs for future beneficiaries. Mr. Obama has pledged to preserve Medicare in its current form, but has spoken less about its rising costs.
Source: nytimes.com

Ryan's Medicare Plan: How Big a Factor in Florida?

As Obama for America’s Florida press secretary, Eric Jotkoff, put it: “If the headlines don’t tell the story, then certainly Floridians can say that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are simply out of touch and have no idea what’s important to the people of Florida. Whether it’s a budget that could end Medicare as we know it forcing Florida seniors to pay $6,350 a year out of their pockets or a tax hike which would burden hard-working middle-class families, Romney and Ryan’s campaign is toxic in the Sunshine State, and they will have a hard time convincing voters to choose them in November.”
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Three Florida ALF Owners Plead Guilty to Medicare Fraud Schemes

Construction: Planned SRP Medical, Frontier Management to Build McKinney, Tex. Community SRP Medical and Frontier Management are planning an 80,000-square-foot McKinney, Tex. senior living community. The new development will offer 75 assisted living and 32 memory care units in studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. Amenities will include a theater room, dining and activity areas, and […]
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In Florida, Obama Attacks Romney On Medicare Plan

Miami Herald: As Thrill Fades, President Barack Obama Fires Up Supporters On Medicare, Tax Cuts But Obama steered clear of attacks on Romney’s business record and instead tailored his message toward seniors and the middle class on the first day of a two-day campaign swing in the nation’s biggest battleground state. He stops in Fort Myers and Orlando on Friday. The president warned that Romney’s proposal to repackage Medicare as a fixed benefit is a “voucher” system “will end Medicare as we know it” as it forces seniors to purchase private health insurance. He said his health care reforms have helped seniors receive discounted prescription drugs and get access to free preventive care (Klas and Caputo, 7/19).
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Rubio: Ryan’s Medicare Plan Helps Romney in Florida

When Mitt Romney tapped Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential running mate, conventional wisdom dictated that Romney had put himself at a distinct disadvantage in the key battleground state of Florida, where Ryan’s controversial plan to reform Medicare wouldn’t sit well with millions of government-dependent seniors. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio isn’t buying it. In an interview with National Journal, Rubio argued that Ryan’s proposal will help — not harm — Romney’s chances of winning the Sunshine State. He predicted that older voters will support Romney and Ryan because they are trying to “save Medicare” instead of pretending that nothing is wrong with the fiscally unsustainable program. “Look, you have three million people in the state who are on Medicare — one of whom is my mom, one of whom is Paul Ryan’s mom,” Rubio said. “These are people who understand the reality of Medicare: that it’s spending more money than it takes in; that anyone who’s in favor of leaving it the way it is is in favor of bankrupting it.” Rubio praised the GOP ticket for tackling the hot-button topic of entitlement reform at a time when many politicians won’t acknowledge the problems facing the Medicare program. “They’re looking for real solutions on how to solve this,” Rubio said. “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are offering a way to save Medicare that doesn’t change it at all for current beneficiaries. And I think people here are going to be excited about that.”
Source: nationaljournal.com

Obama Ad Attacks Romney’s Medicare Plan In Florida

The Obama campaign is attacking Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for wanting to turn Medicare into a voucher system in a new ad running in Florida, reports the Tampa Bay Times. The ad also defends actions taken by the Obama administration to strengthen Medicare and lower premiums, including cracking down on fraud and cutting payments to providers.  
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FL: PolitFact or Fiction: Double standard on the Mack Penny Plan

Why the double standard? Total federal spending over the past decade alone amounts to more than $30 trillion. Were Mack’s plan in existence, it would have led to 0.6 percent cuts for Medicare, 3.2 percent for Social Security and 9.6 percent for defense over 10 years — the furthest thing from “massive” and “drastic” spending cuts as classified by PolitiFact.
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Medicare May No Longer Use Improvement Standard to Deny Short

Attorney Joseph S. Karp is a Florida Bar Certified and Nationally Certified Elder Law Attorney focusing on Elder Law, Probate, Estate Planning, Asset Protection, Special Needs Planning and Estate Litigation. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Karp is the founder of The Karp Law Firm, a South Florida law firm with offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach and St. Lucie, Florida.  Mr. Karp was named a 2011 SuperLawyer by SuperLawyer Magazine and a member of the 2011 Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine. He is admitted to practice law in New York as well as Florida. Visit Mr. Karp’s Florida Elder Law and Estate Planning website. 
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Beware of fraud during Medicare enrollment

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Medicare May No Longer Use Improvement Standard to Deny Short

Attorney Joseph S. Karp is a Florida Bar Certified and Nationally Certified Elder Law Attorney focusing on Elder Law, Probate, Estate Planning, Asset Protection, Special Needs Planning and Estate Litigation. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Karp is the founder of The Karp Law Firm, a South Florida law firm with offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach and St. Lucie, Florida.  Mr. Karp was named a 2011 SuperLawyer by SuperLawyer Magazine and a member of the 2011 Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine. He is admitted to practice law in New York as well as Florida. Visit Mr. Karp’s Florida Elder Law and Estate Planning website. 
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Daily Kos: Bachmann update MN

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Why no outrage over Obama forcing Medicare beneficiaries to forgo care or pay thousands?

Inpatients pay a one-time deductible ($1,156 during 2012) for all hospital services and medications provided during a hospital stay. By contrast, outpatients have to pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for each hospital service and the difference (usually significant) between what a hospital charges for medications and what their Medicare prescription drug plan will pay for medications purchased from network providers. Individuals have reported having to pay $18 for one baby aspirin and $71 for one blood pressure pill they can get at their local pharmacy for 16 cents.
Source: dailycaller.com

Obamacare ‘Surprise’ Threatens Access to Medicare Advantage Coverage, AMAC Charges

The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those traditional organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation.  Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.
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Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Supplement with Part D Drug Plan

•Each plan has a list (called a “network”) of doctors, specialists, hospitals, and other providers that you may go to• Each plan gives you flexibility to go to doctors, specialists, or hospitals that aren’t on the plan’s list, but it will usually cost more.• You may get care from specialists without a referral or prior authorization from another doctor. If you use plan specialists ,your costs for covered services will usually be lower than if you use non-plan specialists.• Each plan may choose to offer a discount to members if they voluntarily use preauthorization or if they pre-notify the plan when getting out-of-network services.• You get all services covered under Medicare Part A and Part B, although the amount you pay for these services might not be the same as under Original Medicare.• Medicare PPO Plans usually offer extra benefits than Original Medicare but you may have to pay extra for these benefits.• Each plan can charge you a monthly premium amount above and beyond the Medicare Part B premium.• Each plan can charge deductible and coinsurance amounts that are different from those under Original Medicare.• In a Regional PPO Plan, you have an added protection for Medicare Part A and Part B benefits. There is an annual limit on your out-of-pocket costs. This limit varies depending on the plan.• Medicare PPO Plans operate like Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) with the following two exceptions:–In HMOs, you generally can only go to doctors, hospitals, and specialists that are part of the plan’s network.–Often, HMOs require referrals and pre authorizations.
Source: indoamerican-news.com

Medicare Open Enrollment Chat with Nicole Duritz

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Do you have questions about Medicare?  Open enrollment is the one time each year when you can review your Medicare coverage and change to a different plan if you want to.  Join AARP at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 25, for a live online chat with Nicole Duritz, AARP vice president, Health & Family.  She’ll be taking your questions on Medicare open enrollment, which begins on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7.  If you’re thinking about changing your coverage or have questions about your Medicare options, this free live chat session is for you.  Submit your questions in advance by clicking on the above module! Go to the AARP home page  for tips on keeping healthy and sharp, and great deals.
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Tips for Navigating Medicare Part D Open Enrollment

Yesterday kicked off the 2013 Medicare Part D open enrollment period, during which millions of Medicare-eligible Americans over 65 and persons with disabilities can choose a new Part D plan that best fits their needs. As Medicare Today recently highlighted in a survey, 90 percent of seniors are satisfied with their Part D plan, with more than six in 10 seniors reporting that they would not be able to fill all of their prescriptions without Part D. But if you aren’t one of those satisfied people, shop around. In the coming weeks, our hope is that we can assist in pointing people to helpful tools that enable comparing and evaluating options.
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Medicare confusing, but don’t put off enrolling

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Aetna Launches Medicare Mobile Field Enrollment Tool For iPad

Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced that it will launch a new Mobile Field Enrollment tool for iPad for its in-field Medicare sales agents and brokers. Licensed Aetna agents and brokers will now have access to a secure, efficient and easy-to-use alternative to paper applications. This tool will allow them to capture Medicare enrollment applications in an online or offline mode on the iPad, providing a straightforward, user-friendly experience for consumers enrolling in an Aetna Medicare plan.
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Put it on your fall checklist: Medicare Open Enrollment

If your parents want to go online and sort through the details, they can get an early start, and you can help them navigate the process if needed. We’ve already made sure that the Medicare Plan Finder is fully updated with all new 2013 cost and benefit information for health and drug plans and is ready right now. All your parents need to do is start by entering the drugs and checking on the doctors and pharmacies they want to use. A few more steps will get them a personalized list of their plan choices and help them compare.
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Medicare Open Enrollment Runs Thru Dec 7

As reported in previous issues of this newsletter, the Obama Administration has engaged in a steady stream of propaganda, at taxpayers’ expense, to try to convince the public in general, and seniors in particular, that President’s health care law is beneficial to them. Some of the most recent examples of these blatant pro-Obama efforts include government news releases: PEOPLE WITH MEDICARE SAVE $4.8 BILLION ON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS BECAUSE OF THE HEALTH CARE LAW PEOPLE WITH MEDICARE HAVE MORE HIGH QUALITY CHOICES, which claims, “As a result of provisions in the Affordable Care Act, Medicare is doing more to promote enrollment in high quality plans and alert beneficiaries who are enrolled in lower quality plans… The Affordable Care Act also added new benefits to Medicare, including in the Medicare Advantage program.” NEW PROGRAM TO INCREASE QUALITY IN NURSING FACILITIES, which claims, “The Initiative will be run collaboratively by the CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, both created by the Affordable Care Act to improve health care quality and reduce costs in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.” HHS CONTINUES TO SUPPORT STATE EFFORTS TO BUILD AFFORDABLE INSURANCE EXCHANGES, which claims, “Because of the Affordable Care Act, consumers and small businesses will have access to Exchanges starting in 2014.” HEALTH CARE LAW ENSURES CONSUMERS GET CLEAR, CONSISTENT INFORMATION ABOUT HEALTH COVERAGE THROUGH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, AMERICANS WITH MEDICARE WILL SAVE $5,000 THROUGH 2022 The “Affordable Care Act” is the nickname which HHS has given to Obamacare. It is not the official name of the law. Despite this heavy-handed propaganda, most seniors understand the President’s health care law cuts $716 Billion from Medicare to finance other aspects of Obamacare. These savings are achieved by rationing health care for seniors through the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).   A previous issue of this newsletter reported that Dick Gephardt, the House Democratic leader before Nancy Pelosi, explained the devastating nature of IPAB:
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Medicare Enrollment Starts Oct. 15

More information and assistance SHIBA: To meet with a counselor, contact the toll-free SHIBA Helpline at 1-800-722-4134. You will be asked to enter your ZIP code to be connected to a program in your area. Visit www.oregonshiba.org to view a calendar of available one-on-one counseling appointments or information events available in your county or to find a copy of the 2013 Oregon Guide to Medigap, Medicare Advantage, and Prescription Drug Plans. The guide for 2013 will be available online in mid-October.
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Medicare Open Enrollment Period begins

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Take Advantage of Medicare Open Enrollment

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We are looking for Health Plan Enrollment Advisors in Salt Lake City, Utah and Gold River, CA

An innovative, National Health Insurance Company is looking to hire multiple Enrollment Advisors.  An active Health Insurance License is an absolute requirement. As a medicare Part D Enrollment Advisor you will assist customers in online enrollment process for Medicare part D plans. This person will be responsible for maintaining the highest level of professionalism and providing a great customer experience to all customers, while consistently meeting and/or exceeding certain enrollment and call center metrics.
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Gov. Robert Bentley creates commission on Medicaid costs

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“The Alabama Medicaid Agency is among the largest consumers of tax dollars in the General Fund budget, and if it is allowed to grow unchecked and unreformed, it has the potential of bankrupting our state,” Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, said in a prepared statement. 
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Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid and Medical Marijuana on 2012 Ballots

Obamacare, Medicaid and the Federal Medicaid Program Reelecting Obama and Biden will mean implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will continue on schedule.

Cravaack, Nolan battle over Medicare

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SAM_2075 by TakeDownCravaackReferring to Medicare’s low administrative costs relative to what private insurers spend on overhead, Nolan said, "It costs roughly 3 or 4 percent to administer Medicare. Private insurance on average runs somewhere between 27 and 30 percent administrative costs. So once you turn Medicare back over to the insurance industry, you know, right out of the chute you are dramatically increasing the administrative costs."
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Money, Medicare & the Iron Range: MN

The third MN-8 debate is on for noon today, but here’s another view of the race that’s been collecting in the oak barrel I keep outside my back door. There’s more in there, of course. Always more. Fundraising: Surprisingly, Rick Nolan out-raised Chip Cravaack in the final quarter before the election. Cravaack enters these final weeks with much more cash on hand, but the turnaround by Nolan shows that the campaign did have some fundraising game in the end. As this MPR story by Catharine Richert shows, however, the campaign spending in this race is paltry compared with the party and outside group spending. Cravaack-aligned groups are crushing Nolan-aligned groups on this front. This is an example of what Citizens United has wrought. Fundamentally, those most emboldened by large, anonymous political spending are groups funded by conservative, wealthy individuals. This is good news if that’s your side, bad news if it isn’t. In practice, however, when you watch local TV in Duluth the result is a series of consecutive ads that show Nolan telling people Cravaack will kill Medicare, Cravaack telling people Nolan will kill Medicare with Obamacare and then two guys from WI-7 across the bridge saying the same things. My own perspective is that all this has a numbing effect. Attacks: Cravaack has stepped up his attacks on Nolan, moving into the details of Nolan’s resume. Specifically, Cravaack has spent a lot of time and ink lately attacking Nolan’s tenure as President of Gov. Rudy Perpich’s World Trade Center during the 1980s, along with his other business dealings. This is, incidentally, the same line of attack that Tarryl Clark tried during the primary. She said then that her attacks were light compared to what the Republicans would do, and, you know what? They seem about the same. They seem like the kind of thing you put out when you’re down 1-5 points heading into an election. But Cravaack has much more money and is being very aggressive during debates on this issue. Nolan has spent a lot of time trying to convince people that Cravaack and aligned-groups’ attacks on him over “killing Medicare” are bogus. Of course, those particular charges are widely regarded as bogus by reputable fact-checking sites, but the old adage is “if you’re explain,’ you ain’t gainin’.” Nolan had hoped that Cravaack’s vote for the Paul Ryan budget, which is in actually a major re-envisioning of Medicare that would reduce benefits over time, would be his major point of attack, but as I said before, both sides are saying the same thing which makes that a harder punch to land. Iron Range: I’ve written broadly about how Cravaack is trying to soften the DFL’s hold on the Iron Range with his policies in favor of mining in this election. Nolan later won the Steelworker’s endorsement, which helped him build a decent firewall here, but you can tell DFLers are really taking this seriously when you see Iron Range firebrand Rep. Tom Rukavina do a video like this: Normally a web video is no big deal, but I have learned that a substantial radio ad buy featuring a similar Rukavina speech will air across northern Minnesota. We’re also waiting to see if a major Iron Range national campaign event will be held this year. In 2004, then VP-nominee John Edwards gave a big rally for the national ticket at the Hibbing Memorial Building. In 2008, it was Hillary Clinton. Because Minnesota has, amazingly, been left off the radar screens of both the Obama and Romney campaigns, we are left wondering if the campaigns will even send surrogates to Duluth, much less the Range. In the past three presidential cycles, both Republicans and Democrats have sent their presidential, vice-presidential or “super special surrogate” into the Duluth market during October. So far, it’s been whisper quiet on that front. A major ticket visit would probably create some helpful enthusiasm for either Cravaack or Nolan, something I’m sure the campaigns are seeking. I would be mildly disappointed if we didn’t have the classic Iron Range DFL rally at the Memorial Building. There is such history there. Nolan, too, would surely appreciate the boost that might bring him. The polls: As we said last week, the polls show a tie, perhaps a slight lead for Nolan. Today’s debate and the one scheduled for Oct. 31 in Virginia, MN on the Iron Range are important. Just as important, however, might be the presidential debate tonight. National winds will have a big impact on this race. If President Obama wins Minnesota handily and the election generally, he might provide Nolan the boost he needs. If the race slips away from him Cravaack will reap the benefits.
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Villainous Company: Reality Bites Reality

In Ohio, a study by the actuarial firm Milliman found that Obamacare will increase individual-market premiums by 55 to 85 percent in 2017, relative to what they would have been under prior law. A survey by the Physicians Foundation found that, if Medicare cuts physician fees by another 10 percent, as Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board effectively requires, 30 percent of doctors will place “new or additional limits on Medicare acceptance,” with 24 percent accepting no new Medicare patients altogether.
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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.
Source: barnes.mn

PoliGraph: GOP claim on Obama Medicare cuts misleads

Rather, the law slows the future growth of the program by reducing payments to Medicare Advantage, a private insurance alternative to the traditional Medicare program, and ties reimbursement to performance. Additionally, the law slows future growth in payments to hospitals and other providers, according to a joint reporting project by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Kaiser Health News.
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Study: Privatized Medicare would raise premiums

Like the Romney-Ryan plan, government health insurance payments for individual seniors would be tied to the cost of the second-lowest private insurance plan in their geographical area, or traditional Medicare, whichever is less expensive. Seniors could pick a private plan or a new public program modeled on traditional Medicare. But if their pick costs more than the government payment, they would have to pay the difference themselves.
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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.
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GOP Ally’s Ads Hit Nolan On Medicare, Mining Jobs

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Romney Campaign Focuses On New Trio Of States

The Washington Post: Ad Watch: Pro-Obama Group Ties Romney To Medicare Fraud What it says: “[Rick] Scott ran a company that paid a record fine for committing Medicare fraud. Then, as governor, Scott cut millions from health care. Romney was director of a company that stole millions from Medicare. Now, Romney’s plan would end Medicare as we know it.” What it means: A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that Romney is closing the gap with President Obama on who would better handle Medicare. This ad seeks to widen it by linking Medicare cuts to Medicare fraud (Weiner, 10/31).
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

Minnesota Medicaid, Medicare fraught with overspending

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform found that the state used an accounting trick in order to leverage federal reimbursement of state Medicaid spending as far back as 2010: “The state was intentionally lowering the rates paid to the managed care companies for plans outside the Medicaid program and increasing the rates within the Medicaid managed care program,” a House staff report reads.
Source: dailycaller.com

Examples of Medicare Fraud

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What's In My Bag... by Amy DiannaNo matter how committed  HHS is to attacking fraud, my main point in these blogs is that it is incapable of reducing it without incurring much higher costs of monitoring and enforcing the statutes. And if they did enforce them, they’d create another negative. They’d rope in many doctors and hospitals that fudge the numbers and paperwork in order to get around Medicare regulations that interfere with good medical practice.
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Examples of Medicare Fraud

Regarding fraud, I am not even mentioning the basic fact that the incentive structure of government medical bureaucrats is inferior to that of a profit-making doctor, hospital, or medical service provider, or even to a non-profit charitable hospital. The bureaucrat has no “bottom line” to focus on that bears a direct relation to the welfare of medical customers.
Source: lewrockwell.com

Obama Administration To Relax Medicare Benefit Rules

Modern Healthcare: Class-Action Settlement Would Widen Medicare Chronic-Care Benefits A federal judge in Vermont may approve a proposed legal settlement intended to guarantee Medicare benefits for people with chronic health conditions who need nursing and therapy services at home or in skilled-nursing and outpatient facilities. The settlement would resolve (PDF) a national class-action lawsuit that alleges HHS, Medicare contractors and administrative review boards across the country have rolled out a “clandestine” policy to limit Medicare coverage for nursing and therapy services even though official CMS rules say those benefits should be covered (Carlson, 10/23).
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Medicare Part D Notice Required Before October 15

This is a reminder that the deadline to distribute the Annual Notice of Creditable Coverage required under Medicare Part D is less than a week away. This notice informs participants whether the prescription drug coverage offered under your health plan constitutes creditable or noncreditable coverage. As the Medicare Part D annual enrollment period now runs from October 15 to December 7, you must distribute the notices before October 15. Employers who sponsor a health plan offering prescription drug benefits must provide an annual notice to all Medicare-eligible participants that explains whether the prescription drug benefits offered under the plan are at least as good as the benefits offered under the Medicare Part D plan. The only employers exempt from this requirement are those that establish their own Part D plan or contract with a Part D plan. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted forms and instructions for providing this notice. The forms were last updated in 2011. They are available, both in English and Spanish, through the following links:
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Medicare to update reimbursement criteria for degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, MS, Parkinson’s disease

The biggest ques­tion mark may be for the large num­bers of peo­ple who suf­fer from demen­tia. Accord­ing to Robert Egge, vice pres­i­dent for pub­lic pol­icy at the Alzheimer’s Asso­ci­a­tion, there are many ben­e­fits that come from delay­ing the long-term pro­gres­sion of demen­tia. Leslie Fried, direc­tor of pol­icy and pro­gralaw­suit ms at the National Coun­cil on Aging, said there had been a par­tic­u­lar Medicare claims bias over the years in apply­ing the improve­ment stan­dard to peo­ple with demen­tia and other forms of cog­ni­tive impairment.”
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Beware of fraud during Medicare enrollment

“Consumers should be suspicious of unsolicited calls from anyone claiming to be from Medicare,” Matthew Fehling, BBB president and CEO, said in a statement. “Medicare will generally not make unsolicited calls to update information, issue a new card or offer free medical equipment. We recommend seniors hang up and call a trusted Medicare number if they have questions regarding their benefits.”
Source: consumerinsuranceguide.com

Social security questions and answers

We gen­er­ally can accept a non-photo iden­tity doc­u­ment if it has enough infor­ma­tion to iden­tify the child (such as the child’s name and age, date of birth and par­ents’ names). All doc­u­ments must be either orig­i­nals or copies cer­ti­fied by the issu­ing agency. We can­not accept pho­to­copies or nota­rized copies of doc­u­ments. To find out more, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber.
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Obama Would Better Handle Medicare, Swing State Voters Say in Polls

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DLL and SLL Award by TransguyjayAccording to “The Caucus,” the challenge for Obama is that Medicare is a stronger motivator for older voters than for younger voters. Medicare was chosen as the top campaign issue by 20% of Florida voters over age 65, compared with just 3% of voters under age 55 (Cooper/Kopicki, “The Caucus,” New York Times, 11/1).
Source: californiahealthline.org

Video: Medicare Open Enrollment – Coming of Age TV

Daily Kos: Mitt’s morphing Medicare lie

The diary says that it is a Romney “lie”  that doctors are turning away medicare patients.   You say its been going on for years.  I actually agree with you  and have experienced what Romney is claiming with my own aging family members.   It has been getting harder to get doctors you want under medicare  and frankly  its hard to see how the problem would not increase under the Obamacare scenario.  Medicare is in the process of being slammed  by the baby boom generation right at the time Obama wants to cut payments.   It really doesn’t matter whether you parse the definition of who gets cut-  doctors need hospitals for many procedures so cutting hospital payments  can affect doctors in an indirect manner.  As seniorhood approaches for  me and my wife, alarm bells go off when a program  for the elderly we paid into for years expecting decent services after retirement looks like it could be diminished by transferring funds to a new program for healthier younger people.     Senior or soon to be senior voters need to consider this carefully  and Obama supporters need to present better arguments than “Romney is a lying liar”.
Source: dailykos.com

Daily Kos: Elderly will be hit hard by Romney’s Medicare, Medicaid plans

As it turns out, what we know for sure about Mitt Romney’s assault on senior citizens may pale compared to what we don’t. Romney, after all, has promised to magically offset $5 trillion in tax cuts and $2 trillion in new defense spending over the next decade by closing as yet unnamed tax credits, deductions and deductions. But among Uncle Sam’s $1.1 trillion in annual tax expenditures are a host of tax breaks for the elderly. That figure is forecast to hit almost $1.4 trillion by 2015. While the home mortgage and health expense deductions top that list, untaxed Social Security benefits will reach $44 billion annually in three years. And that’s just one example. Mitt Romney has called for raising the retirement age to 67 for those now 55 and under. (In his 2008 campaign, Romney supported President Bush’s proposal to privatize the retiree pension system.)
Source: dailykos.com

Social security questions and answers

We gen­er­ally can accept a non-photo iden­tity doc­u­ment if it has enough infor­ma­tion to iden­tify the child (such as the child’s name and age, date of birth and par­ents’ names). All doc­u­ments must be either orig­i­nals or copies cer­ti­fied by the issu­ing agency. We can­not accept pho­to­copies or nota­rized copies of doc­u­ments. To find out more, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber.
Source: thebellevuegazette.com

Sen. Schumer Says Increasing Medicare Age Won’t Be In Any Deal

Raising the current Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 has been advanced in deficit reduction plans as a way to trim Medicare spending.  President Barack Obama’s bipartisan commission on fiscal responsiblity and reform said a higher Medicare eligibility age could be considered if program spending rose faster than expected.  Medicare overhaul plans from GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., include a higher Medicare eligibility age.
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

A Modest Proposal: Raise the Medicare Age to 95

Private insurers participating in any future voucher-based Medicare system would compete for the tennis players and avoid those with expensive multiple conditions. I can think of no sane business model in which a for-profit insurer would compete for an 85-year-old needing a new hip, a heart valve and twice-a-week kidney dialysis — unless he had many thousands to cover the part of a high premium that “premium support” (the voucher) wouldn’t. Medicare was created as a government-run plan precisely because insuring old people needing extensive medical services is a generally unprofitable enterprise.
Source: realclearpolitics.com

More on raising the Medicare age

As a stand-alone policy, there is no doubt that raising the Medicare eligibility age this is a bad one. And doing so assumes the implementation of exchanges under the ACA. However, I am open to raising the Medicare age in a manner that equalizes it with the Social Security retirement age as part of a broader political deal that either brings about federally-guaranteed universal catastrophic coverage or an agreement to move ahead with implementation of the ACA that makes reform the responsibility of both parties. For many Conservatives, a move such as this one is a strong signal of seriousness in addressing long range health care cost problems. As I say, I don’t think they are correct, but there is a policy logic of increasing the age along with Social Security increases given that they have been linked for so long. In the end, I would potentially agree to this, so long as what is gained in return is consequential enough.
Source: samefacts.com

Social Security, Medicare and More: What Are the Dates to Remember?

While you may think by the time you reach your 50s you’ve passed most of life’s major milestones, think again. From 55 on, there are a number of age-related financial milestones that you can’t afford to ignore no matter how young you feel. Miss them and you’ll not only miss some of the perks that come with getting older, you may also be penalized for your lack of attention.
Source: schwab.com

MDaware.org: Medicare at 67?

One of the ideas thrown around to save Medicare costs is to increase the age of eligibility from 65 to 67 (Social Security is undergoing a slow transition from 65 to 67, initiated by Congress in 1983). It seems to make sense: people live & work longer, so let’s adapt and save some money. But it looks like it wouldn’t help very much. These numbers below are from a 2011 analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation I recently reviewed for journal club. For more (but not too much) detail, there’s a great Executive Summary on page 5. If the age change suddenly went into effect in 2014, this is what would happen in the first year:
Source: blogspot.com