Remember the $716 billion in Medicare ‘cuts’?

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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 marsmet481But the argument was burdened by some rather glaring flaws. For one thing, Romney’s criticism wasn’t true. For another, the $716 billion in Medicare savings were embraced by congressional Republicans, including Romney’s running mate, in the GOP budget plan. As Bill Clinton said at the Democratic convention, it “takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did.”
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Video: President Obama explains the so-called Medicare cuts

Medicare Advisory Group Recommends 1% Increase In Hospital Rates

CQ HealthBeat: MedPAC Considers 1 Percent Payment Increase For Hospitals The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on Thursday in a draft recommendation called for a modest 1 percent increase in inpatient and outpatient hospital payments in 2014, at a time when providers are dreading the impact of possible Medicare cuts under sequestration or as a result of budget negotiations. A staff analysis used for the draft recommendation found that Medicare paid two percent more to hospitals in 2011 compared to 2010, as well as a continued shift to services provided in an outpatient setting rather than in hospital beds. The quality of care is generally improving as well, the analysis said. But commissioners continued to chafe at a fee-for-service system that they say too often rewards volume over quality and efficiency. “I believe $117 billion in spending on acute care is too much,” said Scott Armstrong, president of Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, Wash., referring to total inpatient Medicare costs in 2011 (Norman, 12/6).
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

Do Republicans Want to Cut Medicare?

The Republican positioning on Medicare has set the tone for the current budget impasse. Obama is asking for $1.6 trillion in higher tax revenue. Republicans are demanding more spending cuts, but they won’t say how much they want, let alone what specifically they will cut. The current party thinking on Medicare, sanctified by Romney and Ryan, has defined itself as matching or even outspending Obama on Medicare for anybody aged 55 and up. That would lock out any budget savings at all for the next decade, and make any savings roll in extremely slowly afterward.
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Obama Administration Proposes $340 Billion in Medicare Cuts in Preliminary “Fiscal Cliff” Negotiations

According to news reports on Nov. 28 and 29, President Barack Obama has proposed cutting $340 billion from Medicare spending over 10 years, in his fiscal year 2013 budget, as part of his initial bargaining stance with Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner (R-OH) and congressional Republicans, during the so-called “fiscal cliff” negotiations. The $340 billion in Medicare cuts would include avoidable readmissions reduction-related reimbursement cuts; requiring some pharmaceutical manufacturers to pay rebates to the Medicare program in some circumstances; reducing coverage of bad debts that hospitals and nursing homes have failed to collect from patients; and charging higher premiums to high-income Medicare beneficiaries, according to a Nov. 29 article in The New York Times.
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Paul Ryan Puts $716 Billion Medicare Cuts Back into the Budget

Ryan, the House Budget Committee Chairman, had preserved Obama’s Medicare cuts in two consecutive budget proposals that repealed the rest of the Affordable Care Act. Ryan is now back at work crafting his next budget, and Republicans on his committee say the $716 billion in Medicare cuts will likely survive.
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Don’t Let Obama Cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security

This is before the Tea Party swept into Congress, so there was no pressure on Obama to appease the right. By adopting Tea Party talking points on spending and comparing government to a family – what family do you know that has 8,100 tons of gold reserves, a space program and embassies in some 200 countries? – Obama legitimized debt as a major concern going into the 2010 election.

A little more history. Obama ran in 2008 on repealing the Bush tax cuts. But he reneged on his promise just one month into his presidency even though he was gushing with political capital, the right was in disarray and the Democratic-controlled Congress was ready to pass it. (After campaigning in 2012 on abolishing tax cuts for households earning more than $250,000, Obama indicated he was willing to renege once more days after being re-elected.)
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New Boehner budget offer: Lower tax rate for rich, cut Medicare

“The Republican letter released today does not meet the test of balance. In fact, it actually promises to lower rates for the wealthy and sticks the middle class with the bill. Their plan includes nothing new and provides no details on which deductions they would eliminate, which loopholes they will close or which Medicare savings they would achieve. Independent analysts who have looked at plans like this one have concluded that middle class taxes will have to go up to pay for lower rates for millionaires and billionaires. While the President is willing to compromise to get a significant, balanced deal and believes that compromise is readily available to Congress, he is not willing to compromise on the principles of fairness and balance that include asking the wealthiest to pay higher rates. President Obama believes – and the American people agree – that the economy works best when it is grown from the middle out, not from the top down. Until the Republicans in Congress are willing to get serious about asking the wealthiest to pay slightly higher tax rates, we won’t be able to achieve a significant, balanced approach to reduce our deficit our nation needs.”
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Obamacare, Medicare Cuts Could be Death Knell for Up to 50% of Nursing Homes

At the same time, Genesis is positioning its communities to take advantage of other, more beneficial aspects of the ACA that can result in shared cost-savings. This includes participating in accountable care organizations (ACOs) and partnering with health systems and home healthcare agencies as part of a larger managed care movement to reduce hospital readmissions, thereby helping hospitals avoid reimbursement penalties from Medicare for rehospitalizations above a certain threshold.
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Preventive & screening services

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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.
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The Changing Landscape of Medicare for 2013 and Beyond

The Affordable Care Act included a number of changes to the Medicare program.  Preventative care coverage has been expanded to cover many screenings.  Participants can take advantage of an annual wellness exam to plan which screenings are appropriate for them each year.  Healthcare reform included changing the “donut hole” provision to Medicare’s drug coverage (part D) and the donut hole will be phased out by 2020 (the donut hole is a period in which recipients pay all drug costs when they reach a certain cost level, up until reaching catastrophic coverage).  In 2013, people who hit the donut hole will have additional help/discounts during that period.
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Redesign of Medicare.gov site to improve online experience for beneficiaries

“We did a lot of research into what sort of information beneficiaries and their caregivers really wanted most at their fingertips, and I think users will find this redesign very helpful,” said Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “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.”
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Medicare.gov dialysis finder: Find and Compare Dialysis Facilities

Dialysis or transplantation (Renal Replacement Therapy) is prominently required for patients suffering from kidney failure; thereby it is necessary to go for the perfect one by searching and comparing the selective options of dialysis centers in the U.S. Even, don’t forget that health should not be compromised for anything….. as Health is wealth. The providers and facilities you choose for dialysis can effectively impact your health, on the other hand, finding the right one may help speed your recovery and improve your outcomes. Give a lot of thanks to Medicare.gov for updating Dialysis Facility Compare feature on the www.medicare.gov/dialysis. With this, kidney patients can find out more about their dialysis facility than ever before! With the comfort of home, they can find services and quality information to compare centers and decide the best one, besides it offers tips to help you make informed choices about your care.
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The Medicare age is still 65

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Is Medicare.gov the Best Option

I much prefer using the med.gov over the carriers because for one it has a spell checker and predictive spelling and suggest the generic alternative on the same page so you can get the clients drugs input correctly the first time. UHC ‘s agent and I believe also the consumers website formulary finder doesn’t have a spell checker and blocks my spell checker from working.Its so frustrating because many times the seniors cant even say or remember the name of the drug much less spell them and they will tell you the brand name because that’s what they took for so long when they had good drug coverage from their employer i.e many times they will tell you Flomax when they are actually taken the generic tamsulosin but to them its still Flomax..Med.gov will let you figure it out as you go along.Why in the heck would a giant PDP carrier like UHC not have a spell checker in there formulary search? Must be a liability issue I guess. And oh yeah i was reading the compliance information for UHC and it says that we must tell prospects they MIGHT go in donut hole if its a possibility but we can face disciplinary action up to termination if we tell a consumer with certainty they WILL go in the gap. Of course we are not allowed to ask them if they take drugs in the first place because that is considered underwriting or cherry picking and CMS has a special place for agents and companies that violate that rule.
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Medicare Part D: It Pays to Shop Around

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Medicare Part D Press Conference (44) by Korean Resource Center 민족학교Politicians often tout the value of the free market, arguing that more choice results in a better deal for consumers. In the case of Medicare Part D coverage, the array of choices don’t always translate into better decision-making and more savings. Perhaps there are too many choices. Plans change from year to year, a drug that may have a high co-pay on one plan may have a tiny co-pay on another. A drug that was covered by a particular plan one year may be dropped from coverage the next.  The researchers conclude that “beneficiaries need more targeted assistance from the government to help them choose plans, such as customized communications about the most cost-effective plans that would cover their medication needs.”
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Video: Medicare Part D

Open Enrollment 2013: Medicare Part D Benefits Improve but Premiums an…

While Medicare Part D prescription drug plan premiums are generally expected to remain steady in 2013, this PPI Fact Sheet by Leigh Purvis and Lee Rucker finds that premiums for many popular plans will actually be considerably higher than they were in 2012. Many plans are also increasing cost-sharing and their reliance on utilization management tools for covered prescription drugs. Medicare beneficiaries should closely examine their 2013 prescription drug plan choices during open enrollment for Part D.
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Why Medicare Part D Works [VIDEO]

The Catalyst provides news and commentary on access to life-saving treatments, America’s biopharma industry and researchers’ progress in developing new medicines. The Catalyst is edited by Kaelan Hollon, communications director at PhRMA. Contributors include PhRMA staff and leaders from the industry.
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Decoding Part D Marketing And Other News

Medpage Today: Medicare Fraud Efforts Queried Lawmakers are exploring ways to fight Medicare fraud and abuse as part of the effort to trim the federal budget and they’re looking to the private sector for suggestions. For instance, investigators at the health insurer WellPoint recently contracted with a company to mine data on practice patterns and spot spikes in payment or identify emerging areas of fraud potential, Alanna Lavelle, Wellpoint’s director of special investigations, told members of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Wednesday. The most egregious billers are flagged and investigated for potential waste, fraud, and abuse, Lavelle said (Pittman, 11/29).
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

The Hunt is Afoot For Medicare Part D

You can complete an easy-to-use online application for Extra Help at www.socialsecurity.gov. Click on Medicare on the top right side of the page. Then click on “Get Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs.” To apply by phone or have an application mailed to you, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask for the Application for Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (SSA-1020). Or go to your nearest Social Security office.
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Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Clinics in Lenoir County

Lenoir County Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operating under the NC Department of Insurance and in conjunction with Lenoir County Cooperative Extension will provide two counseling clinics during the week of December 3, 2012. This will be the last week of counseling clinics in Lenoir County for 2012. Medicare Part D Open Enrollment ends on December 7, 2012.
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Florida Medicare Part D Plans

Anyone who require for this medical facility can opt for this service in any case if he or she is with limited source of income. Those who do not earn much have facility of getting extra help for various services that included in medication part D plan. $4,000 is almost amount that you will get as an extra help from these medication plan. Monthly premium and it can also be your prescription payment for which you will get all help. This can act as big saving for those who do not earn much. So make sure that are you clearing criteria of getting that much help.
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Medicare Part D Premiums Holding Steady

Thanks to the marvels of medical science, our parents are living longer than ever before. Adults over age 80 are the fastest growing segment of the population; most will spend years dependent on others for the most basic needs. That burden falls to their baby boomer children. In The New Old Age, Paula Span and other contributors explore this unprecedented intergenerational challenge. You can reach the editors at newoldage@nytimes.com.
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Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Ends Friday, Dec 7th

So What You Can Do: • Familiarize yourself with the Medicare Drug Plans in your area that offer $0 generics. This information may be obtained by using the Medicare PlanFinder tool at www.medicare.gov. • Understand the benefits of generics. These drugs are approved by the FDA, are as safe as brand-name drugs, and have the same dosage form, safety, strength, quality, and performance as their brand-name counterparts. • Look for cost-saving opportunities. For patients who choose to enroll in a plan that offers $0 generics, ask your pharmacist to review your medication profile to see if there are any opportunities to recommend lower-cost generics.
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Medicare Part D: A First Look at Part D Plan Offerings in 2013

NOTE: Originally released in October 2012, this data spotlight was updated in November 2012 to reflect revised data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 
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Tips for Navigating the Medicare Part D Plan Selection Process

There are many factors to consider when reevaluating your prescription plan during open enrollment period. Each year, annual out-of-pocket expenses, premiums, deductibles and prescription co-payments can change, while the costs and drugs covered under Medicare Part D may vary according to plan and region. If your prescriptions have changed, you’re traveling more frequently or have moved, it’s important to reevaluate your current prescription plan. Opting for the right plan can help save you money and benefit your overall health. These may not necessarily be the first things that come to mind when you’re thinking about the open enrollment process, so talk to your pharmacist because we can help make the process a lot less confusing.
Source: agingabundantly.com

Medicare open enrollment: Did Obamacare secretly increase Part B premiums?

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Medicare Part D Press Conference (44) by Korean Resource Center 민족학교Here’s what’s happening. The 2003 law that set up these high-income premium surcharges also stated that the income thresholds were to increase every year to account for general inflation. But the Affordable Care Act freezes the thresholds at their current level through 2019, which will over the next six years snare more and more beneficiaries as incomes in general rise (or at least we hope they do). The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that by 2019, about 14 percent of Medicare beneficiaries will be paying these higher premiums.
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Video: Guide to Medicare Part A and Part B

AARP Statement on 2013 Medicare Part B Premium Increase

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for Americans 50+ and the world’s largest-circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for the 50+ audience; AARP VIVA, a bilingual lifestyle multimedia platform addressing the interests and needs of Hispanic Americans; and national television and radio programming including My Generation and Inside E Street. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
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Medicare Part D: It Pays to Shop Around

Politicians often tout the value of the free market, arguing that more choice results in a better deal for consumers. In the case of Medicare Part D coverage, the array of choices don’t always translate into better decision-making and more savings. Perhaps there are too many choices. Plans change from year to year, a drug that may have a high co-pay on one plan may have a tiny co-pay on another. A drug that was covered by a particular plan one year may be dropped from coverage the next.  The researchers conclude that “beneficiaries need more targeted assistance from the government to help them choose plans, such as customized communications about the most cost-effective plans that would cover their medication needs.”
Source: lexisnexis.com

Medicare Part B Premiums Up $5 Per Month Next Year

CQ HealthBeat: Medicare Part B Premium Increase Modest For 2013 With health care inflation relatively stable, officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released rules Friday that include a $5-per-month increase in Medicare Part B premiums and a $28 hike in the hospital inpatient deductible. The Part B premium will reach a milestone, however, topping $100 a month. The monthly payment for Part B, which covers doctor visits, outpatient hospital services, home health care and other items, will be $104.90 next year, compared to the current $99.90. And the deductible for inpatient hospital stays will go to $1,184 in 2013 from $1,156 this year. One item will be decreasing: the Part A monthly premium, which pays for inpatient hospital stays, skilled nursing facilities and some home care for about 1 percent of Medicare beneficiaries who do not automatically qualify for the program. That premium will be $441 a month, down $10 a month from this year (11/16).
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Clinics in Lenoir County

Lenoir County Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operating under the NC Department of Insurance and in conjunction with Lenoir County Cooperative Extension will provide two counseling clinics during the week of December 3, 2012. This will be the last week of counseling clinics in Lenoir County for 2012. Medicare Part D Open Enrollment ends on December 7, 2012.
Source: ncsu.edu

Open Enrollment 2013: Medicare Part D Benefits Improve but Premiums an…

While Medicare Part D prescription drug plan premiums are generally expected to remain steady in 2013, this PPI Fact Sheet by Leigh Purvis and Lee Rucker finds that premiums for many popular plans will actually be considerably higher than they were in 2012. Many plans are also increasing cost-sharing and their reliance on utilization management tools for covered prescription drugs. Medicare beneficiaries should closely examine their 2013 prescription drug plan choices during open enrollment for Part D.
Source: aarp.org

Monthly Premiums for Medicare Part B Set To Increase Slightly in 2013

Meanwhile, premiums for Medicare Part A — which pays for inpatient hospitals, skilled-nursing facilities and some home health care services — will decline by $10 to $441 in 2013. Part A deductibles will increase by $28, from $1,156 last year to $1,184 in 2013 (Zigmond,
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Florida Medicare Part D Plans

Anyone who require for this medical facility can opt for this service in any case if he or she is with limited source of income. Those who do not earn much have facility of getting extra help for various services that included in medication part D plan. $4,000 is almost amount that you will get as an extra help from these medication plan. Monthly premium and it can also be your prescription payment for which you will get all help. This can act as big saving for those who do not earn much. So make sure that are you clearing criteria of getting that much help.
Source: medicare-supplement-advisor.org

Medicare Part D Premiums Holding Steady

Thanks to the marvels of medical science, our parents are living longer than ever before. Adults over age 80 are the fastest growing segment of the population; most will spend years dependent on others for the most basic needs. That burden falls to their baby boomer children. In The New Old Age, Paula Span and other contributors explore this unprecedented intergenerational challenge. You can reach the editors at newoldage@nytimes.com.
Source: nytimes.com

The Hunt is Afoot For Medicare Part D

You can complete an easy-to-use online application for Extra Help at www.socialsecurity.gov. Click on Medicare on the top right side of the page. Then click on “Get Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs.” To apply by phone or have an application mailed to you, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask for the Application for Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (SSA-1020). Or go to your nearest Social Security office.
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0.9% Medicare Tax Increase: IRS Provides Guidance

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CorettaScottKing_WinonaBartonBallentine3 by Mark TribeJohn and Heather are married and file jointly. John earns $150,000 in FICA wages and Heather earns $175,000 in self-employment income. John’s wages don’t exceed the $250,000 threshold for joint filers, so the couple isn’t liable for additional Medicare tax on his wages. To calculate the tax on Heather’s self-employment income, subtract John’s $150,000 from the $250,000 threshold, for a reduced threshold of $100,000. The couple is liable for additional Medicare tax on $75,000 (Heather’s $175,000 in self-employment income minus the $100,000 reduced threshold).
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Video: Weekly Address: Medicare Officially Safer After Health Reform

ICYMI: Health Affairs Article: Medicare Advantage Provides Higher

A recent article in the latest edition of Health Affairs provides further evidence that Medicare Advantage plans are delivering higher-quality care to seniors and people with disabilities than the fee-for-service (FFS) part of Medicare.  Data from the article show that Medicare Advantage beneficiaries utilize some health care services, such as the emergency department and ambulatory surgery or procedures, at a rate 20-30 percent lower than those in FFS Medicare.  This data suggests that Medicare Advantage enrollees “might use fewer services and be experiencing more appropriate use of services than enrollees in traditional Medicare.”
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Obama, Boehner Could Compromise To Address Looming Medicare Cuts

Shawn Gremminger — assistant vice president for legislative affairs at the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems — said the Medicaid provider tax could be on the negotiating table as a cost-cutting measure. He noted that recent proposals have called for lowering the tax from 6% to 5.5%, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates would result in about $10 billion in savings over 10 years (Zigmond,
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Research Roundup: Medicare Advantage Plan Beneficiaries May Get More Appropriate Services; CHIP Participation Grows

Urban Institute/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Medicaid/CHIP Participation Among Children And Parents – “Despite the economic downturn, most states have maintained or expanded Medicaid and CHIP for children, by expanding eligibility to higher income and immigrant children, undertaking enrollment and retention simplifications, and implementing new policy options,” the authors wrote about coverage rates between 2008 and 2010. The rate of eligible children participating in Medicaid or CHIP grew to 86 percent nationwide and the number of eligible children who were not insured fell by 500,000 in that time, the study found. Participation rates for eligible parents were lower, however. The authors conclude that the 2009 law designed to improve participation of children in the program “may have contributed to increased take-up for Medicaid/CHIP among children, but that additional efforts will be needed, particularly among parents, to achieve high levels of Medicaid enrollment under the Affordable Care Act ACA” (Kenney et al., 12/3).
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Jon Chait’s Miserable Endorsement of Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age

What’s more, raising the Medicare retirement age would help strengthen the fight to preserve the Affordable Care Act […] The political basis for the right’s opposition to universal health insurance has always been that the uninsured are politically disorganized and weak. But a side effect of raising the Medicare retirement age would be that a large cohort of 65- and 66-year-olds would suddenly find themselves needing the Affordable Care Act to buy their health insurance. Which is to say, Republicans attacking the Affordable Care Act would no longer be attacking the usual band of very poor or desperate people they can afford to ignore but a significant chunk of middle-class voters who have grown accustomed to the assumption that they will be able to afford health care. Strengthening the political coalition for universal coverage seems like a helpful side benefit — possibly even one conservatives come to regret, and liberals, to feel relief they accepted.
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Silver Stars Meet Thursday to Address Medicare

Guest speaker David Jackson will have a presentation on 2013 Medicare, Medicare supplements and Medicare Advantage plans.  He will also supply information to help people select which plan to use in 2013. 
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Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age: A Costly and Dangerous Proposal 

[1] Congressional Budget Office: Raising the Ages of Eligibility for Medicare and Social Security, January 2012. Available at http://www.cbo.gov/publication/42683. [2]Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: Raising Medicare’s Eligibility Age would Increase Overall Health Spending and Shift Costs to Seniors, States, and Employers, August 2011.  Available at http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3564. [3] Henry J. Aaron, Ph. D, The Brookings Institution for AARP Public Policy Institute, Perspectives: Reforming Medicare: Option-Raise the Medicare Eligibility Age, available at http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/research/public_policy_institute/health/option-raise-the-medicare-eligibility-age-AARP-ppi-health.pdf. [4] Center for American Progress, The Senior Protection Plan, available at http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/SeniorProtectionPlan.pdf. [5] Kaiser Family Foundation: Raising the Age of Medicare Eligibility: A Fresh Look Following the Implementation of Health Reform, July 2011, available at http://www.kff.org/medicare/8169.cfm. [6] Ibid. [7] Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Reform Subsidy Calculator, available at http://healthreform.kff.org/subsidycalculator.axpx [8] Ibid. [9] United States National Vital Statistics System. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss.htm. [10] Health Affairs, Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age: Effects on The Young Elderly, July/August 2003, available at http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/22/4/198.full. [11] Medicare Rights Center, Paying More for Less: Raising the Eligibility Age, available at http://www.medicarerights.org/pdf/Paying-More-For-Less-Raising-Medicare-Age.pdf. [12] ABC News/WashingtonPost Poll, Langer Research Associates, November 2012, available at http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/11/among-cliff-avoidance-options-most-favor-targeting-the-wealthy/. [13] Center for Medicare Advocacy, Deficit Reduction and Medicare: Saving Money without Harming Beneficiaries, available at http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/2012/11/15/deficit-reduction-and-medicare-save-money-without-harming-beneficiaries/ [14] MRC. [15] Center for Medicare Advocacy, Investing in Our Future: Strengthening Medicare in 2012 and Beyond, available at http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/2012/02/09/investing-in-our-future-strengthening-medicare-for-2012-and-beyond/.
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Humana medicare prior authorization form for revatio : Stephen's blog

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If the drug requires a prior authorization, a member’s doctor will need to request and receive approval from Humana before the drug may be covered. PRIOR AUTHORIZATION REQUEST FORM. EOC ID: Administrative Product – Universal. r. r. Phone: 800-555-2546. r. Fax back to: 1-877-486-2621 r. HUMANA INC manages the
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Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Welcomes Dr. Neil O’Regan

About Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates http://www.harvardvanguard.org Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates is a nonprofit multi-specialty medical group providing care to 495,000 adult and pediatric patients at more than 21 offices across eastern Massachusetts. As an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Harvard Vanguard physicians are on the staff of Boston’s academic medical centers and community hospitals. Harvard Vanguard’s 4,100 employees, including more than 600 physicians and 1,000 healthcare professionals, are committed to making it easier for patients to be and stay healthy. Harvard Vanguard practices are among the highest rated in the state for clinical quality and accept insurance from most major health plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Fallon Community Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Neighborhood Health Plan, Tufts Health Plan, and Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred. Harvard Vanguard is an affiliate of Atrius Health (http://www.atriushealth.org), an alliance of six non-profit community-based medical groups in Massachusetts.
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Tuftsmedicarepreferred.org: Medicare Benefits @ SEOValidator.Net

On average, tuftsmedicarepreferred.org is ranked #1,911,938 across major traffic ranking services such as Alexa. This metric shows the popularity of this site compared to other sites around the web. This domain registered on 2007-09-12. It reaches roughly 269 unique users each day. Visitors to it view 3.6 unique pages each day on average. Estimated daily time on site 4:22 seconds. It has an average of 479 pages indexed in major search engines like Google™. There are an average of 46 links pointing back to tuftsmedicarepreferred.org from other websites. With the daily ads revenue: $5 USD. It has an estimated value of $1,937 USD. Out of the 30 unique keywords found on tuftsmedicarepreferred.org, “tufts medicare” was the most dense. This site is currently hosted at E Solutions Corporation. The IP 208.38.164.155 links to a server in Holiday, United States. This site has Google PageRank™ 4 of 10. At the DMOZ open directory project we found no listing for this site.
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0.9% Medicare Tax Increase: IRS Provides Guidance

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MORE DIRTY TRICKS FROM YOUR SOCIALIST/MARXIST   PRESIDENT AND HIS NASTY LITTLE ADMINISTRATION HACKS by SS&SSJohn and Heather are married and file jointly. John earns $150,000 in FICA wages and Heather earns $175,000 in self-employment income. John’s wages don’t exceed the $250,000 threshold for joint filers, so the couple isn’t liable for additional Medicare tax on his wages. To calculate the tax on Heather’s self-employment income, subtract John’s $150,000 from the $250,000 threshold, for a reduced threshold of $100,000. The couple is liable for additional Medicare tax on $75,000 (Heather’s $175,000 in self-employment income minus the $100,000 reduced threshold).
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FAQ: Ryan’s Plan Would Make Key Changes In Medicaid, Too

A: The federal government on average pays 57 cents of every dollar spent on Medicaid.  Some states receive more, some less, with a greater federal share going to the poorest states. Under Ryan’s plan, the federal share of Medicaid spending would decline about $800 billion over 10 years as the program becomes a block grant indexed for inflation and population growth. States would have more flexibility over who is covered and what benefits are offered. The block grant would start in 2013. Ryan and his supporters say turning to block grants would both save the federal government money and give states flexibility in who they cover and what benefits are provided. “States will no longer be shackled by federal determined program requirements and enrollment criteria,” his plan says. Opponents of Ryan’s plan say it would lead states to reduce enrollment, cut benefits or require more cost-sharing from beneficiaries.
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The Changing Landscape of Medicare for 2013 and Beyond

The Affordable Care Act included a number of changes to the Medicare program.  Preventative care coverage has been expanded to cover many screenings.  Participants can take advantage of an annual wellness exam to plan which screenings are appropriate for them each year.  Healthcare reform included changing the “donut hole” provision to Medicare’s drug coverage (part D) and the donut hole will be phased out by 2020 (the donut hole is a period in which recipients pay all drug costs when they reach a certain cost level, up until reaching catastrophic coverage).  In 2013, people who hit the donut hole will have additional help/discounts during that period.
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Consumer Protection Requirements Affecting Dual

Dual-eligible beneficiaries are low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. In 2010, there were about 9.9 million dual-eligible beneficiaries. Both programs have requirements to protect the rights of beneficiaries. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released this report which (1) compared selected consumer protection requirements within Medicare FFS and Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid FFS and managed care, and (2) described related compliance and enforcement actions taken by CMS and selected states against managed care plans. (Source: GAO)  [Read article]
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Medicare to Cut Payments for Not Meeting Reporting Requirements

According to the website on PQRS from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), “Beginning in 2015, if the eligible profes-sional or group prac-tice does not satisfactorily submit data on Physician Quality Reporting System quality measures, a 1.5 percent payment adjustment will apply. To avoid the 2015 adjustment, an eligible professional must satisfactorily report Physician Quality Reporting System quality measures during the 2013 reporting period (Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2013).”
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Baby Boomers Meet Medicare Requirements

Now you can make your Medicare plan selections.  You will get plenty of information in the mail about Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Supplemental Plans. All the big insurance companies offer Medicare plans, those like Aetna Insurance, Humna, UnitedHeathcare and many more.  You probably should check with your current health insurance company to see what they offer.   I just went to a breakfast seminar about the Advantage plans put on by Coventry Healthcare and found it helpful.
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Feds Investigating Medicaid Personal Care Services, Outlines Recommendations

Reduce significant variation in state personal care services attendant qualification standards and the potential for beneficiary exposure to unqualified personal care services attendants by establishing minimum federal qualification standards applicable to all personal care services reimbursed by Medicaid. For example, CMS could establish minimum age and education standards and requirements for screening attendants (e.g., criminal background and federal and 7 state exclusion checks). These standards could be informed by work currently being conducted by the CMS-funded National Direct Service Workforce Resource Center, which plans to develop a set of core competencies for workers providing long-term services. CMS could also consider the results of its National Background Check program, which has awarded selected states with funding to design a comprehensive national background check program for jobs involving direct patient care.
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Annie Dike Gives Presentation on Medicare Reporting Requirements and Medicare Set

Ms. Dike gave her presentation at a November 16, 2012 seminar sponsored by the Mobile Bar Association.  Ms. Dike, who also moderated the event, explained how to determine the amount of any Medicare liens in a personal injury lawsuit.  She also addressed how to satisfy such liens when settling a case and how to create a Medicare Set-Aside to cover future medical care when needed.
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Daily Kos: Paul Ryan resurrects $716 billion in Medicare cuts in new budget

need to put a steel toed boot deep up ryan’s (w)recktum. One of the most dishonest SOB to ever come down the pike. A pseudointellectual. Nothing but a groomed tool. ry’n couldn’t explain the details od his so-called budget, if his life depended on it. ry’n is a fucking con man, a ponzie, madoff type. America always has to be on the lookout for these theives. The repubic party has become the vehicle of the “plutocrats”. My thing is, that these “plutocrats” really believe that money can buy everything. I realize that it can buy the actions of certain people in any society, and no amount of patriotism will save us from the repubic party’s slavishness to money, so we all of us, will have a hard fight ahead. Like an supertanker, the turn will seem very slow, but once we start the “turn” back to sanity, the result will be the one we want. Freedom and fairness, shared sacrifice, doing our part, and moving America forward with happiness and prosperty for ALL.
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Doctor Pleads Guilty to Medicare Fraud Scheme

Some of the recruiters also worked for durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers operated by Charles Agbu and his daughter, Obiageli Agbu. Dr. Van Putten admitted that the Agbus paid him cash kickbacks to write prescriptions for expensive power wheelchairs and other DME that he knew the patients did not need. In the written orders, he exaggerated the patients’ conditions and diagnoses so that they would appear to meet Medicare’s requirements for coverage, with knowledge that the orders would be submitted to Medicare for payment. Van Putten and his co-defendants allegedly billed Medicare for $11,094,918 and received payments of about $5,789,000.
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Medicare EHR Incentive Program Vulnerable to Abuse, Report Finds

For the report, OIG investigators analyzed audits of EHR incentive payment attestations, reviewed internal CMS and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology documents about the program and interviewed CMS personnel. The report covered the period from May 2011 through December 2011, when Medicare incentive payments totaling about $1.7 billion were made to providers.
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Raising Medicare’s Eligibility Age Would Bring Trade

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Los Angeles Times: Q&A: What Would It Mean To Raise Medicare’s Eligibility Age? As they debate ways to control the federal deficit, President Obama and congressional Republicans have both acknowledged the need to rein in federal spending on healthcare programs such as Medicare, which provides health insurance to about 50 million elderly and disabled Americans. Among the leading proposals to slow Medicare spending — a key ingredient of a budget deal — is to raise the eligibility age for the program, an option frequently championed by conservatives. Here are answers to some basic questions about the concept and its potential effects (Levey, 12/7).
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House GOP Wants to Raise Medicare’s Eligibility Age in Fiscal Showdown Deal

House Republicans are trying to raise the Medicare eligibility age as part of their counter-offer following President Obama’s plan to resolve the tax and spending debate now preoccupying Washington. True to form, the GOP proposal erroneously assumes that we can save $800 billion by lowering the tax rate on the richest Americans and closing a few loopholes. In their attempt to resolve the fiscal showdown, the Republicans’ are trying to place the burden squarely on the shoulders of working families while shielding the richest Americans from paying their fair share.
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House Republicans Propose Raising Medicare Eligibility Age to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

House Republicans sent a counterproposal to the White House today that would avoid the “fiscal cliff,” proposing a $4.6 trillion deficit reduction that would increase the eligibility age for Medicare benefits, among other provisions. According to a USA Today report, the proposal is based on an outline by former Clinton administration chief of staff Erskine Bowles, who co-chaired President Obama’s debt commission. The plan did not specify a new eligibility age for the Medicare program, though Ms. Bowles has publicly supported raising the age to 67. The age currently stands at 65. Democrats maintain that without raising tax rates on the wealthiest of Americans — a proposal that many Republicans staunchly oppose — the country cannot avert the “fiscal cliff” that will occur when George W. Bush-era tax rates expire. The expiration will trigger $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years. The House Republicans’ proposal calls for $900 billion in healthcare and other mandatory spending cuts, in addition to other cuts. The GOP plan aims to achieve enough in deficit reduction to turn off the $1.2 trillion automatic spending cuts at the end o the year to resolve that aspect of the “fiscal cliff,” according to the report. Related Articles on Coding, Billing and Collections: OIG Calls for Audits Prior to Meaningful Use Payments Hospital ERs Begin Charging Fees for Non-Emergency Problems Adams Health Network Approves $500K for EMR Billing Improvements
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Raising the Medicare Age Is a Uniquely Terrible Idea

Medicare currently is significantly more cost effective than private insurance. Raising the Medicare retirement age would mean shifting many older people from a more cost effective government program to a less efficient private insurance system. This would not just force those near retirement to pay the full cost of their insurance, but since private insurance is a worse bargain these seniors would need to pay even more to get the same level of coverage Medicare would have provided.
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Boehner Counteroffer: Raise Medicare Age to 67

In the politician’s world , no one has a physical job , no one stands all day , no one lifts anything other than a briefcase and a cocktail . They don’t know what it’s like to be living on Advil , Aleve , muscle relaxers , pain pills and back massagers from the drug store , just so that they can continue working . I know what that’s like , millions of people do . It gets to the point that your survival isn’t worth the pain and suffering you have to endure , you simply cannot do it anymore .
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Medicare Age Eligibility and the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

To reduce federal spending, Congress could choose to raise the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67. On Nov. 28, in a segment titled "How will ‘fiscal cliff’ affect Medicare?," NBC Nightly News examined the costs of such a change to America’s current and future seniors, and others. David Certner, AARP legislative policy director, is among the experts interviewed and cautioning against this path.
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Boehner, House GOP leaders: Raise Medicare eligibility age, cut Social Security, slash taxes on wealthy

Boehner, House GOP leaders: Raise Medicare eligibility age, cut Social Security, slash taxes on wealthy [And, the Pentapost, ever the faithful servant of the GOP, Wall Street, and the Drone — buried these salient points in paragraphs *eight and nine* of their ‘article.’] 03 Dec 2012 The [GOP] proposal… would push the top rate below the current level of 35 percent and raise cash by wiping out loopholes and deductions. The plan also seeks $600 billion in health savings. One option, GOP aides said, would be raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67. And it would save $200 billion by applying a(n)
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Daily Kos: Congressional Democrats taking hard line against raising the Medicare eligibility age

But as best as I can determine after talking to Dem aides, this isn’t on the table. It’s something Republicans want to be part of the talks but not one Dems are seriously entertaining, at least for now. Dick Durbin and other Democrats have repeatedly said raising the retirement age is off the table. Obama reportedly signaled openness to it during the 2011 debt ceiling talks, so if some on the left still want to be vigilant about this possibility, it’s understandable—after all, ultimately Dems will likely fall in line behind what Obama wants in the end. But keep in mind Obama was in a significantly weaker position last time and may not see the need to make that concession now. That the talk about holding a line against this benefit cut is coming from Durbin could be a strong indication that President Obama is abandoning this idea floated during his grand bargain talks with Boehner back in 2011, and Durbin is Obama’s closest ally in the Congress. He makes a very good point: “To think that a person would retire at the age of 64 or 65 and not have Medicare coverage until 67 raises the obvious question: These people in their mid-60s, probably with a health history, will find it difficult to buy health insurance on the open market or afford whatever is available,” Durbin said. “I want to make sure there are no gaps in coverage for those who need it the most: retired Americans who have a health history and can’t find affordable health insurance. So … let us make certain that there are insurance exchanges, good competition, and affordable health care available for those seniors.” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi takes a similar position against this change, as has Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
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Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age: A Costly and Dangerous Proposal 

[1] Congressional Budget Office: Raising the Ages of Eligibility for Medicare and Social Security, January 2012. Available at http://www.cbo.gov/publication/42683. [2]Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: Raising Medicare’s Eligibility Age would Increase Overall Health Spending and Shift Costs to Seniors, States, and Employers, August 2011.  Available at http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3564. [3] Henry J. Aaron, Ph. D, The Brookings Institution for AARP Public Policy Institute, Perspectives: Reforming Medicare: Option-Raise the Medicare Eligibility Age, available at http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/research/public_policy_institute/health/option-raise-the-medicare-eligibility-age-AARP-ppi-health.pdf. [4] Center for American Progress, The Senior Protection Plan, available at http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/SeniorProtectionPlan.pdf. [5] Kaiser Family Foundation: Raising the Age of Medicare Eligibility: A Fresh Look Following the Implementation of Health Reform, July 2011, available at http://www.kff.org/medicare/8169.cfm. [6] Ibid. [7] Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Reform Subsidy Calculator, available at http://healthreform.kff.org/subsidycalculator.axpx [8] Ibid. [9] United States National Vital Statistics System. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss.htm. [10] Health Affairs, Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age: Effects on The Young Elderly, July/August 2003, available at http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/22/4/198.full. [11] Medicare Rights Center, Paying More for Less: Raising the Eligibility Age, available at http://www.medicarerights.org/pdf/Paying-More-For-Less-Raising-Medicare-Age.pdf. [12] ABC News/WashingtonPost Poll, Langer Research Associates, November 2012, available at http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/11/among-cliff-avoidance-options-most-favor-targeting-the-wealthy/. [13] Center for Medicare Advocacy, Deficit Reduction and Medicare: Saving Money without Harming Beneficiaries, available at http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/2012/11/15/deficit-reduction-and-medicare-save-money-without-harming-beneficiaries/ [14] MRC. [15] Center for Medicare Advocacy, Investing in Our Future: Strengthening Medicare in 2012 and Beyond, available at http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/2012/02/09/investing-in-our-future-strengthening-medicare-for-2012-and-beyond/.
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Gerber Medicare Supplement

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Gerber Medicare Supplement Insurance

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What to Expect on a Gerber Medicare Supplement Plan

However, Medicare has its own gaps, resulting to a need for Medicare supplement plans. These supplement plans can be obtained by individuals who are currently members of the Medicare plan by the government. To be able to deal with several supplement plans, the Center for Medicare and the Medicare Services make sure that these plans are standardized for each Medicare holder. It is also helpful that Medicare supplement plans are available for view online, individuals can take a look and review which of these plans suit their needs the most.
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Gerber Medicare Supplement

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Texas Annual Enrollment Period for Medicare

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Kinky For Governor by Big Grey Mare During this time, everyone currently enrolled in Medicare may join or make changes to their health care plan. However, any changes you intend to make involving a Medicare Advantage plan or prescription drug coverage must take place during this time. There are exceptions to these dates. If you have existing coverage, but move out of your current plan’s service area or if your plan is terminated, you may add new coverage when you need it. In addition, if the Medicare Advantage plan you wish to join is rated five star, you may do so at any time during the year. And don’t forget, if you have a Medicare supplement plan, you may switch between plans at any time during the year, not just during Annual Enrollment.
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Texas Medicare Supplement Is Most Desirable Offered By The Texas Medigap Insurance With A Selection Of Plans

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Need Medicare Supp Info for Texas

It depends on when her A & B started. If A & B started in march then she wouldn’t be able to get a Medigap policy. The medigap policies for under 65 are rather expensive anyway. Most companies only offer Plan A. There is one company apparently that offers Plan F, called Reserve Nation. If she’s never had a medicare advantage plan before, she could get an advantage plan, and if she doesn’t like it (for any reason), she can disenroll and go back to original Medicare and get a Supplement, guaranteed issue, even though she has that diagnosis. She can only do this once in her life, and it has to be the first time she’s ever been on an advantage, plan.
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This Is What Texas Stands to Spend, and Gain, with Obamacare

It’s worth noting that the Kaiser study didn’t have the data to evaluate other factors that could result in gains for Texas. For example, it doesn’t account for impoverished and medically needy adults who would qualify for Medicaid with or without the expansion. The feds would cover most of that cost, taking the burden off of the state. Nor does it account for additional revenue resulting from increased federal expenditures.
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What Are The Completely Different Enfamil Formula: Texas Medicare Supplement

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Rejection of Medicaid Expansion Will Cost Texas Hospitals $25 Billion Over 10 Years, Study Finds

The updated Urban Institute analysis, conducted for the Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, shows that if all states were to expand their programs, state Medicaid spending nationally would rise by $76 billion from 2013 to 2022, an increase of less than 3 percent, while federal Medicaid spending would increase by $952 billion, or 26 percent. As a result, an additional 21.3 million individuals could gain Medicaid coverage by 2022 and, together with other coverage provisions of the ACA, that would cut the uninsured by almost half. Without Medicaid expansion, the Texas uninsured rate would be cut by about a third because of the ACA.
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Is Texas Medicare Insurance Different From Other States?

The controversy surrounding the proposed bill stems from the request that Washington provide Texas a predetermined amount of currency for healthcare. It would then be up to the state to cover any additional fees incurred. In a state where the track record of Medicare dealing have at best been described as shoddy, the passage of this bill could have a very negative ripple effect on those dependant on Texas Medicare insurance. With the entire nation keeping a close eye on these preceedings, patients everywhere are holding their collective breath.
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The Details of Texas Medicare Supplement

Texas Medicare Supplement plans are also referred to as Medigap plans. These plans are all labeled a letter, A through N, for easy identification. You should not however that some letters, such as E, are no longer open to people looking to enroll. Each letter corresponds with a different level of coverage. Some letters provide higher coverage while other levels provide lower coverage. Different insurance companies will offer Texas Medicare Supplement plans, however each lettered plan will be exactly the same in terms of coverage. This is because the government keeps a close eye on these plans and requires that each letter be the same, though prices may vary from provider to provider.
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Payer Processing Issue for 1440 Texas Medicare

Professional claims transmitted to the payer listed below from the clearinghouse on 11/20/2012 have not been processed by the payer due to a payer processing issue. • CPID 1440 Texas Medicare A resolution has been implemented and the claims were retransmitted to the payer on 11/26/2012. This delay has affected claims released to the clearinghouse between 2:00 PM CT 11/19/2012 and 2:00 PM CT 11/20/2012. If you have any questions, please contact Client Services at 1-888-348-8457, option 2.
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Coral Springs Accident Attorney: Why Several Individuals Around The Age Of Sixty Five Made Use Of To Choose Texas Medicare Supplement

The health-related will need for folks isn’t established all the time as at any position of time a single can require medical assistance both as an unexpected emergency or as a precaution, by the time visiting the doctor everybody must spend the consulting fees and also the costs for that treatment options, tests, medicines provided. The need to have for health-related help is generally much more for individuals over the age of sixty years, and so they utilized to usually visit their physicians for either general checkups or for sickness, at this age team one of the most of the folks could be earning a much less earnings exactly where they will be retired from complete time task and will obtain a pension from their expense or from their previous work. At this age several have to take into account the best plan that fits their desires and also is cost-effective for long term, as you can find plans which can be higher in premiums and also much less in coverage but could not go over the whole healthcare statement and therefore a component of the costs ought to be paid out the insured. http://www.texasmedigapinsurance.com/medicare-supplement-quote/ Plans are getting developed within a way that it covers all of the expenses and no should spend even a penny towards your medical costs. This can be an addition to Program A and Strategy B and there’s no restriction for people today to hitch this program, as soon as they are around age sixty five they are able to choose any person of your program provided by Medicare Dietary supplement Texas. The preferred ideas are Plan G, Program F and Program N that are mostly readily available in the insurers at Texas and also this program covers all of the health-related costs and no need to spend extra from your pocket, equally according to the higher rewards there would be variation among the top quality according to various insurers. One can select the top appropriate insurance coverage by way of Texas Medigap Insurance coverage advisory companies at free of cost.
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Information for Medicare Beneficiaries

This week, open enrollment began for Medicare and runs through December 7, 2012. It is important for current Medicare beneficiaries to review their plans on an annual basis to ensure satisfaction with their current coverage. Some of the optional changes to your coverage you may wish to make during this period, which would take effect in 2013, are:
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