In a statement Friday, President Barack Obama hailed Rockefeller’s service. “From his time in the state legislature to the Governor’s office to the Senate floor, Jay has built an impressive legacy, one that can be found in the children who have better schools, the miners who have safer working conditions, the seniors who have retired with greater dignity, and the new industries that he helped bring to West Virginia,” Obama said. “A long-time champion of health care reform, Jay was also instrumental in the fight to make sure that nobody in America has to go broke because they get sick.”
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House Passes Legislation Designed To Help Curb Medicare Identity Theft
Johnson — who chairs the subcommittee on Social Security– said, “This common-sense bill is a vital step in protecting our nation’s seniors from identity theft.” He added, “I hope the Senate will act immediately to pass this legislation” (Viebeck, “Healthwatch,” The Hill, 12/21/12).
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to launch ‘medical neighborhood’
Edward Marx is senior vice president and CIO for Texas Health Resources, a 24-hospital system based in Dallas-Fort Worth. He earned his B.S. in psychology and an M.S. in consumer sciences (business) from Colorado State University. He also served 15 years in the Army Reserve, first as a Combat Medic, then as a Combat Engineer Officer. Marx is a member of CHIME and the Society of Information Management (SIM), and is a HIMSS fellow. He also has served as the president of the Ohio and Tennessee chapters of HIMSS and chair of the membership services committee.
Medicare Preventive Services: What’s free, what’s not!
Medicare also offers several other preventive services that require some out-of-pocket cost-sharing. With these tests, you’ll have to pay 20 percent of the cost of the service (Medicare picks up the other 80 percent), after you’ve met your $147 Part B yearly deductible. The services that fall under this category include digital rectal exams for prostate cancer, glaucoma tests, and diabetes self-management training services.
Medicare: Help enrolling or switching plans
Visit Medicare.gov. Its Plan Finder allows you to compare a wide range of costs across multiple drug and Medicare Advantage plans available in your county. It also has ratings on each plan’s performance and quality. Most important, it allows you to enter prescription drug names to gauge whether they’re covered and at what cost under a variety of plans.
Medicare Open Enrollment Help Available
Medicare part D and Medicare advantage plans will have changes announced and policyholders will have to decide to re-enroll, change their plan, or drop enrollment completely. Crossroads of Pella can provide some help with understanding the changes and re-enrolling. Contact Crossroads of Pella to get in touch with a Senior Health Insurance Information Program volunteer at 641-628-1212. Medicare enrollment begins on October 15th.
Tricare Help – Can wife, over 65 but ineligible for Medicare, be put on Tricare Prime?
What you need to do is contact your local Social Security Administration office and make them aware that your wife is not eligible for Medicare Part A under either her own work history or yours. As such, she should be eligible to receive a “Notice of Disapproved Claim” from the SSA. Once you have that in hand, take it to your nearest military installation ID Card/DEERS office. DEERS is the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, the Defense Department’s eligibility portal for Tricare. The SSA’s “Notice of Disapproved Claim” should be sufficient to allow your wife to retain eligibility for Tricare Prime, Standard and Extra even though she is already past her 65th birthday, once you update your wife’s DEERs registration file and get a new ID card for her.
Not Happy with Your Medicare Advantage Plan? Change it!
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Help Improve Your Access to Wheelchairs and Medical Equipment
In different regions of the country Medicare has adopted a program called the “bidding program.” It is what it sounds like. Medicare requires medical equipment companies to bid at a low price to have the opportunity to be offered a contract to provide Medicare business for a specific area, regardless of your choice of provider. That could mean, because they receive such a low price for the products and service they provide, they may only be able to carry the cheapest products (not as durable or comfortable) and may reduce their service. For example, consumers have voiced their concerns stating their equipment supplier is now too far from their home; the provider they have been using is now out of business, or the device they need is not available anymore.
Reform Law Helped Slow Growth in Medicare Spending, HHS Finds
Study authors Richard Kronick and Rosa Po, with the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, noted that per capita spending is estimated to grow “at or below the rate of GDP per capita [and that] the number of Medicare beneficiaries is projected to increase by approximately 3% annually.” They added, “As a result, aggregate Medicare spending will account for a growing share of GDP over the next decade.”
What Are the Medicare Lein Laws for Personal Injury Settlements?
Your Personal Injury Attorney will report to the Coordination of Benefits Contractor (COBC) with information such as the Medicare number, injury, date of injury/loss, and other pertinent information. Later, they must submit consent forms and proof of representation to the Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Contractor (MSPRC). Then you and your attorney can address any unrelated payments and dispute those payments. Finally, a settlement should be immediately reported to Medicare’s MSPRC.
Medicare Surtax Regulations Are Out
to help employers implement the additional .9% Medicare surtax for wages, self-employment income and other compensation. Effective January 1, 2013, employers must begin withholding this additional .9% Medicare tax for employees with wages in excess of $200,000. For a joint return on which neither spouse earns more than $200,000 but, when combined, results in earnings of more than $250,000, the tax is due but the employer will not be responsible for the added withholdings.
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