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Daily Kos: Open thread for night owls: Raising Medicare eligibility age would hurt minorities most
un-Constitutional, since illness and injury are not age-dependent. Separating populations by age and income is little more than a sop to segregationist sentiments — sentiments which, in turn, merely satisfy an ideological commitment to hierarchy as a fundamental principle of society. Ranking humans in order to give some more or less authority over others is not natural. If humans are equal, admittedly an ideological commitment, but one that is enshrined in our organizing document, then hierarchy is in basic conflict. Insisting on it merely serves to undermine our democracy. Of course, we have a long history of not living up to our aspirations. But, that’s what moving forward is about. If we are going to make progress, then irrelevant distinctions have to be removed. Medicare should be an option for all, especially now that all income earners are paying into it. Money, btw, is a social utility. People who use it incur some obligations for our communal certification that their IOUs are good. If some people get along with handshakes, more power to them. We won’t expect them to pay in.
What will Medicare pay for a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)?
Their doctor has determined that the patient needs daily skilled care and/or rehabilitation care. • The treatment can only be provided in a nursing facility on an inpatient basis. • The skilled services are necessary and reasonable to treat or diagnose the patient. • The facility is Medicare-certified. • The condition the patient is getting treated for was the reason for the hospital stay or began during the stay at the facility. The patient must enter the nursing facility within a relatively short time period after leaving the hospital (usually within 30 days).
5 mistakes retirees make choosing a Medicare plan
It’s also easier to find quality plans this year, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which has beefed up its star ratings system to alert consumers to the best-performing plans and remind those stuck in continuously low-performing ones that they can switch plans. Beneficiaries have 127 four-star or five-star Medicare Advantage plans from which to choose, up from 106 during open enrollment for 2012. And those in original Medicare have 26 high-performing prescription drug plans at their disposal, up from 13 last year.
Baby Boomers and Medicare Myths
enroll in Medicare any time after you turn 65, without penalty – Medicare has a seven month “Initial Enrollment Period” (IEP) when people first become eligible to enroll into Medicare Part A and B, either based on a disability or when they “age in” to Medicare at age 65. IEP starts 3 months prior to the month of Medicare eligibility and ends 3 months after the month of eligibility. There are some exceptions, for instance, if you’re still working and covered by an employer. But, generally people who miss the IEP could be required to pay late enrollment penalties.
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I pose that the main reason this result occurs is “upcoding” by MA plans. Medicare bases MA beneficiary health status on the diagnosis codes submitted by MA plans. FFS providers typically have less of an incentive to extensively document all of a beneficiary’s health conditions…MA plans, on the other hand, receive more money the more diagnosis codes they document. Thus, when FFS beneficiaries switch to MA plans, their risk scores increase even if their true health status changes little or not at all.
Listen Up, White House! Take Medicare Eligibility Age Off The Table NOW.
…with the electorate. Act 1. A disaster scenario (created by the WH & Congress) aptly named a ‘fiscal cliff’ MUST be solved by Dec. or we’ll all die. Both parties posture and pose and pretend to hold out for a deal their base supports. Act 2. Media run non-stop stories about the fiscal cliff ‘disaster’. Theme: If no compromise is reached before (artificial) deadline life will end for us all. Good cop, bad cop drama ensues. Act 3.The WH/Congress leak Pete Peterson’s plan to a couple of insiders to float. Outrage from both bases. Media frenzy. WH/Congress wait out the storm. Act 4. Float a slightly more palpable plan with “tweaks”. Media insiders in both parties give it a tepid thumbs up claiming it was the best they could do given the intransigence of the other party. Act 5. Tweaked entitlement “reform” bill gets bipartisan support. Act 6: The public finds out 9 mos later about the poison pills lobbyists for Pete Peterson wrote into the bill. Act 7. Medicare age raised to 67. SS cola ‘tweaked’. Taxes raised 2% on millionaires. Captial Gains tax untouched. Defense cuts- not so much.