An Open Letter: Lankford misrepresents his voting record on SS and Medicare. FYI, With an Earl Mitchell Response :: Democrats of Oklahoma Forum
By ending Medicare as we know it, I was referring to your and other Republicans’ votes to give Medicare beneficiaries a set amount of money (a voucher or coupon) each year to buy coverage from competing health plans. That’s in contrast to the present program in which the federal government pays for as many services as beneficiaries use. The economies of scale by having the federal government pay would be lost in turning the responsibility for paying over to each person. That person would have to make up the difference when the cost of health insurance exceeds the amount of the voucher.
Video: AARP Oklahoma Medicare Opinion Leader Forum 8-23-12
Medicare scam targets a Sherman woman
DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Cordell Adams (’82) will be the guest speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Fall Commencement. Two ceremonies will be held on Saturday, December 15, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena. A reception for all graduates, their families and friends is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Visual & Performing Arts Center. Read More
Wrong Number: Medicaid cost estimates are exaggerated and misleading
The Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid coverage up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level for all individuals. Currently in Oklahoma, working-age adults are eligible for Medicaid only if they are parents of dependent children and have incomes below 37 percent of the poverty level. Nearly fifty percent of Oklahoma adults with income below 133 percent of poverty are uninsured, and the Medicaid expansion would make some 180,000 uninsured adults Medicaid-eligible. Most of this population is not eligible for premium subsidies to purchase private insurance through the new health insurance exchanges, which only assist individuals with incomes between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level.
Annual Enrollment Period for Medicare in Oklahoma
“Retirement placed me into a new category for insurance coverage. Going onto Medicare was a confusing new experience for me, and even though I have been in healthcare all of my professional life this was a new world for me to understand and learn more about. Along with getting enrolled with Medicare I felt the need to find a secondary insurance coverage. I did not know where to even start other than start calling insurance providers. Upon the recommendation of my friend I called her agent – Marc Lallier. Marc explained the coverage of Blue Cross Blue Shield in detail and we walked through the application process together. He was very knowledgeable about the coverage and answered many Medicare questions I had related to BC/BS coverage. Marc was very professional, patient and provided me with the assistance I needed in order to obtain a secondary coverage. I have never had an insurance agent take better care of me by making sure my insurance coverage needs were met. I would highly recommend Mr. Lallier to anyone who wants or needs insurance coverage with the confidence of knowing their best interest has been taken into consideration. “
OK: Fallin tells Obama to liberate the states
Fallin said federal reforms should “produce savings for both the federal government and states.” She pointed to shared responsibility for running certain programs should also mean “shared savings.” As an example of her analysis, Fallin pointed to “the duals” – beneficiaries eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare benefits. Instead of freeing the states to experiment, she said, the federal Health and Human Services (HHS) agency is still “struggling to approve demonstration projects. She asserted “more authority is necessary” for the states to craft alternatives.
Owassoisms.com: Lovelace Medicare Advantage Plan Expands in Oklahoma
TULSA, OK – Lovelace Health Plan is pleased to offer a Medicare Advantage product in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Payne and Mayes counties. Lovelace Medicare Plan is expanding to Rogers, Creek, Muskogee and Okmulgee counties in 2013. Open enrollment is October 15 through December 7 with coverage beginning January 1, 2013.
Senior Benefit Services, Inc.
Effective September 1, 2012 on new business & October 1, 2012 on in force business for United of Omaha 2010 Modernized Medicare Supplement plans (Policies effective on or after June 1, 2010) in Georgia, Iowa, and Oklahoma. The Rate Adjustments will affect plans A, F, G, and M.
InsureBlog: Oklahoma, Okay?
A month ago, Bob posted on a “unique practice at the Surgery Center of Oklahoma” which accepts only cold, hard cash on the barrel head. No insurance, no Medicare or Medicaid, no third party payors of any kind. So, how’s that working out for the folks who run the joint? From the horse’s mouth:
Reminder: Optometrists subject to $500+ fee for Medicare DMEPOS enrollment
The Medicare DMEPOS registration fee is distinct from the health plan’s DMEPOS provider surety bond requirement, from which optometrists have been exempted unless they provide eyeglasses to the public without any sort of examination of the patient, and separate from the DMEPOS accreditation requirement, until the CMS decides to implement supplier standards for physicians.