Medicaid Transformation Watched Closely In Florida

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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 marsmet481The health plans will contract with doctors and other facilities to build networks for beneficiaries. Patients will be able to choose their plan and network. But elder law attorney Twyla Sketchley says Medicaid recipients, especially in rural communities, already have trouble getting access to doctors. “We don’t know how, If we can’t get it for private pay rates, how the managed care organizations will be able to provide it for probably less than what the private pay rates are going to be,” Sketchley said.  
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

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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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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

Is Florida Medicare Insurance Different From Other States?

Florida Medicare Insurance differs because many seniors have trouble paying out-of-pocket co-pays and deductibles after their Florida Medicare Insurance Part A and B pays their share. Currently, Floridians have the highest insurance rates in the country. And, the amount they pay for their Florida Medicare Insurance depends on the county they live in.
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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.”
Source: realclearpolitics.com

Medicare You Can Believe In

“In many states, a few private insurance companies control the market, restricting consumer choice and driving up the cost of care. Although the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act attempts to address this problem, more could be done,” Grayson explained. “Why should the insurance companies get all of the options, while we get none? The people deserve a choice. The people deserve a public option. Opening up the Medicare system increases competition and provides more options to consumers.”
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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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Are Medicare Advantage Plans Skimming Off Healthiest Patients?

A study released Thursday, by Gerald Riley, a researcher at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), adds to those concerns. The study looked at more than 240,000 people who dropped out of Medicare Advantage plans in 2007, and compared them with beneficiaries who remained in traditional Medicare the entire time. In the six months after leaving the private plans, the former Medicare Advantage patients used an average of $1,021 in medical services each month, while the patients in the control group cost Medicare $710 a month, the study found.
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Beware of Medicare Fraud Calls

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Joe the Plumber - To Flush The System ... More scams aim to ensnare Brevard seniors - Their ingenuity is boundless, Archer said. (Jul 2, 2012) ... by marsmet524These calls are completely fraudulent. Medicare will NEVER ask for a beneficiary’s Medicare number unless the beneficiary initiates the call, and they will NEVER ask for a bank account number under any circumstances. The only beneficiaries that need to get new Medicare cards are those who are first applying for Medicare coverage, or those who have asked for a new card because their card is lost or damaged.
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Medicare phone scams have hit Lincoln County 

A Medicare phone scam reported in the Willamette Valley has apparently moved into Lincoln County. The local Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), run by RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), was notified by a concerned Lincoln County resident about a suspicious phone call February 12. The caller identified himself as a Medicare representative and said he needed to issue the woman new Medicare card. The caller stated her mailing address and asked if it was correct. Then, the caller asked what bank she uses and asked for her bank account number. At this point, the local resident knew something fishy was going on and hung up the phone. SMP underscores that these types of callers are not with Medicare, and are not going to send new Medicare cards. They are scammers who want bank account numbers to drain the beneficiary’s bank account.
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Doctors Fleeing Medicare, Moving to Direct Primary Care

Neil Sapin, a Glendale, Arizona, physician, charges less, about $1,500, but has a larger practice. He used to run himself ragged trying to keep up with the flow of patients necessary to cover all the expenses of his practice: “I used to see 18 patients per day, but [over time] I’m up to 24 or 25. It [became] difficult to give people as much time as I’d like to.” So he went private, dropping his workload from 1,600 patients to just 500. His patients have access to him any time of day or night and they can access their medical records from a home computer at any time and send him questions about their health via e-mail. Sapin says this allows him to spend more time with those who need him, and he also has time “to stress preventive health and dietary counseling.”
Source: thenewamerican.com

AARP Medicare Complete « Insurance News from Crowe & Associates

United has an AARP Medicare Complete branded product in most states.  In some states they have multiple plans.  The AARP branded Medicare Complete plans come in three types: HMO, POS and PPO.  The plans all have the same basic copay structure and more or less operate in the same manner with the only real difference being that the POS and PPO plans have out of network coverage.
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Police: New Medicare Scams Target Seniors

Officer Tammie Colling of Northfield Township said in some instances the caller contacts a senior and claims to be with Medicare, informing the senior that they will be receiving a new Medicare card in the mail. The caller advises that a direct deposit system needs to be set up so the Medicare funds can be deposited into the victim’s bank account. The caller then requests the senior’s banking information. Another variation of the scam, according to Colling, involves callers asking the senior to verify his or her identity in order to receive the new card. The caller requests the current Medicare card number, which is the same as the victim’s Social Security number. After a few more questions regarding personal information, the caller is able to steal an individual’s identity.
Source: patch.com

Officials warn Wisconsin seniors to be on the lookout for scam involving Medicare cards

The sad truth is that elderly people are often targeted by those committing fraud and other types of white collar crimes due to their trusting nature. For instance, we discussed back in November how grandparents throughout the country, including right here in Wisconsin, were still being victimized by the long-standing telephone scam involving a phone call from a fictional grandchild who is supposedly in need of emergency funds.
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New action page to stop Medicare cuts

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BBB warns seniors about Medicare scammers

“Consumers should be suspicious of unsolicited calls from anyone claiming to be from Medicare,” said Kim States, BBB president. “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: tucsonsentinel.com

Purchase Priligy online no membership :: Order Online no Prescription Matsui Announces Medicare Open Enrollment

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the purchase Priligy online no membership 2013 quality ratings for Medicare health and drug plans on their web-based tool “Medicare Plan Finder.” On this purchase Priligy online no membership website, Medicare plans are given an overall rating on a one- to purchase Priligy online no membership five-star scale, with one star representing poor performance and five stars representing excellent performance. During the purchase Priligy online no membership open enrollment period, people with Medicare can use the star ratings to purchase Priligy online no membership compare the quality of health and drug plan options and select the purchase Priligy online no membership plans that are the best for their needs.
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Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15th This Year

In addition, a recording of our recent webinar explaining the Fall Open Enrollment Period is now available on our online training service, Medicare Rights University, free of charge. You can view the webinar any time here: www.medicarerightsuniversity.org/webinars/fall-open-enrollment-period
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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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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 revalidation, DMEPOS fee still prompt questions among ODs

“Medicare covers post-op eyeglasses for cataract patients only if the glasses are provided by a DMEPOS supplier who is enrolled in Medicare,” Dr. Jordan said. “If the optometrist is not enrolled in Medicare for DMEPOS, then the glasses are not covered. Neither the doctor nor the patient can obtain reimbursement for the glasses from Medicare if the supplier is not enrolled. If a Medicare beneficiary wants to pay out-of-pocket for eyeglasses from a supplier who is not enrolled in Medicare, she or he may do so, but the doctor should be sure to explain to the patient that the glasses would be covered if they were obtained from another supplier who is enrolled in Medicare. In addition, the doctor should be certain to have an ABN form signed by the patient acknowledging that although she/he could have these glasses covered elsewhere she/he agrees to pay the doctor out-of-pocket and that he or she cannot get reimbursement from Medicare.”
Source: newsfromaoa.org

Reminder: Medicare Open Enrollment for 2013 ends December 7th, 2012

Contact your doctor, hospital, and pharmacy before making changes: Not all health and drug plans contract or work with the same providers. If you switch plans, make sure you understand which providers you can see for the best price.  The plan finder uses your prescription list to compare prescription drug and Medicare Advantage health plans in your area. Not all companies cover the same drugs so it’s important to have a complete list of your medications and dosages when using this tool.
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Illinois Medicare Eligibility Requirements

Medicare benefits were originally designed to help United States citizens receive the health care they needed as they aged. In most cases, as long as you’re 65 or older and paid the appropriate taxes for at least ten years, then you’re eligible to receive Medicare benefits. Basically, if you or your spouse is entitled to receive Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board benefits or you’ve worked for federal, state or local government with Medicare covered employment, then you’re eligible for Medicare. If you are not 65, but have been receiving Social Security disability for at least 24 months or you have End-Stage Renal disease, you’re also qualified.
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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.
Source: medcitynews.com

Medicare confusing, but don’t put off enrolling

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Medicare Open Enrollment Ends Dec. 7

“A lot can happen in a year,” says Linda F. Fitzgerald, state president of AARP Massachusetts, which represents more than 800,000 members age 50 and older in the commonwealth.  “You may have been diagnosed with a new medical condition, changed medications, or moved.  There may also be changes to your Medicare plan.  Now is the time to take a close look at your medical needs – including prescription drugs – and make sure you have the Medicare plan that’s best for you.”
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More Time to Enroll in Medicare If You Live in Storm Areas

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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PECOS: A Medicare Benefit for your Practice

Henderson Medical Billing Solutions LLC is an outsourced Medial Billing and Practice Management service located in Murrieta, California.  Henderson Medical Billing Solutions provides medical billing services to solo providers to mid-level practices throughout the United States.  Henderson Medical Billing Solutions offers Full Practice Management, Medical Billing, HIPAA Compliance Auditing and Training to medical and non-medical providers.  In addition, Henderson Medical Billing Solutions offers Accounts Receivables Recovery and New Practice Start-Up services.  Our staff includes certified practice managers and billers who are committed to the success of increasing provider revenue reimbursement.  To learn more about how we can maximize revenue and increase your practices productivity Contact us today.
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Dentist In Birmingham Al That Take Medicaid

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Dental clinics and centers in Alabama provide low cost or free dental care to low Birmingham Health Care for the Homeless Coalition On site staff include pharmacists, dentists, doctors, and mental health professionals. The site accepts Medicaid and other government (both federal and state) insurance programs.
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Alabama weighs costs, benefits of medicaid expansion under Affordable Care Act

One question, Williamson said, is whether the state would be allowed to expand its Medicaid program to cover those with incomes equal to the proverty level — a move he said would cost somewhat less and get the “biggest bang for your buck” in reducing the number of uninsured. He also questions when the state would have to decide whether to expand its program.
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Daily Kos: White House: No Medicare age increase, cut Social Security instead

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University of Alabama News

“This documentary tackles the American health-care system, a subject that carries with it decades of debate and misconception,” said film directors Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke. Much of the recent media attention has focused on the contentious passage of the Affordable Care Act and the debate about its impact “yet Americans are still unclear about what is broken and how best to move forward. “Escape Fire” seeks to explore possibilities to create a sustainable system for the future and to dispel misinformation in order to create a clear and comprehensive look at health care in America,” they added.
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Bipartisan Bill Would Repeal Medicare Hospital Payment Loophole

Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Tom Coburn, MD (R-Okla.), have introduced a bill that would sunset Section 3141 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — a controversial provision that sets the Medicare hospital wage index floor for the entire country. Under Section 3141, the Medicare hospital wage index is adjusted so that a state’s urban hospitals must be reimbursed for wages paid to physicians and staff at least as much as rural hospitals. These reimbursements for hospital wages also come from a national pool of money, meaning that if one state receives higher Medicare wages, it will come at the expense of another state. In January, 20 state hospital associations — Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin — as well as the National Rural Health Association wrote a letter (pdf) to the White House arguing this provision is decimating their Medicare reimbursements.   A Boston Globe report found that Massachusetts had received an estimated $367 million in additional Medicare funding due to Section 3141 because the state’s only rural hospital — Nantucket (Mass.) Cottage Hospital, based in an affluent area with a high cost of living — set an inordinately high floor for wage reimbursements. In total, nine states received higher Medicare wages under the provision, while the remaining 41 lost Medicare funds. Sens. McCaskill and Coburn called the provision “unfair” and said it only benefited hospitals in some states to the disadvantage of many others.
Source: beckershospitalreview.com

Oregon May Provide Model For Restructuring Medicaid In Alabama

Alabama lawmakers will soon consider a proposal from Gov. Robert Bentley for a Medicaid overhaul based in part on Oregon’s groundbreaking “community care organizations.” Although Bentley has said he would not support an expansion of Medicaid “under its current structure,” the expected reforms are seen as paving the way for a possible expansion as early as 2015.
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Alabama Medicare Supplemental Insurance: A Necessary Aid For Seniors

[…] In Alabama, you have two different options for Medicare. You may enroll in an Alabama Supplement Plan or a Medicare Advantage plan. Supplement plans, or Medigap, help to cover Part A and Part B services that Original Medicare does not cover. Plans are standardized by Medicare but are provided to you by private health insurance carriers. In order to receive Medicare Supplement benefits, you must be eligible for Medicare and enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B.Source: americasnewsonline.com […]
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Viewpoints: Pelosi Says Higher Medicare Age ‘Doesn’t Work;’ Marketplace’s Clout Could Lower Seniors’ Drug Costs

Baltimore Sun: The Other, More Dangerous, Cliffs The “fiscal cliff” isn’t nearly the biggest cliff we face — if we’re talking about dangerous precipices looming on the horizon. Here are three: The child poverty cliff. A staggering number of our children are impoverished. Between 2007 and 2011, the percentage of American school-age children living in poor households grew from 17 percent to 21 percent. Last year, according to the Agriculture Department, nearly 1 in 4 young children lived in a family that had difficulty affording sufficient food at some point in the year. Yet federal programs to help children and lower-income families — such as food stamps, federal aid for poor school districts, Pell grants, child health care, subsidized lunches, child nutrition, prenatal and postnatal care, Head Start and Medicaid — are being targeted for cuts by deficit hawks who insist we can no longer afford them (Robert Reich, 12/12).
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GAO: Feds lose $80M looking for Medicaid fraud

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SAM_2075 by TakeDownCravaackThe audits relied on Medicaid data that was often missing basic information, such as beneficiary’s names or addresses and provider ID numbers, experts testified during a Senate hearing Thursday. The federal government doesn’t share the names of potential criminals in the Medicare fraud program with states. That means state officials can’t check to see if those providers are enrolled in the Medicaid program. States also do not have a uniform technology system to share data.
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PoliGraph: DFL falsely links state lawmakers to Medicare

The flier states that Wiener “will be just another Republican vote against closing the Medicare prescription drug donut hole.” The DFL is referring to a kink in the Medicare Part D program, which covers drug benefits for seniors. Once Medicare beneficiaries reach a certain coverage threshold, they have to pay for their prescriptions until they reach the catastrophic coverage threshold.
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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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Obama to campaign for gun proposals in Minnesota

The president unveiled his sweeping package of proposals for curbing gun violence last month in response to the horrific mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. He vowed to use the full weight of his office to fight for the proposals, many of which face tough opposition from congressional lawmakers and the powerful National Rifle Association.
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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.
Source: minnesotabrown.com

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.
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False urgency: Social Security and Medicare reform and the 'fiscal cliff'

There is a debt imbalance that should be addressed once we are out of the recession. Second, you may have “heard” that the greatest contributor to our debt imbalance is entitlements, but it isn’t true. The solution to our fiscal imbalance is rarely to further immiserate those of limited economic means. The greatest contributor to the imbalance is the embedding of massive rent-seeking by a few into the financial, legal and administrative structures of our government (as well as our private economy). Third, why do you care about “the President’s plan”? Why aren’t you interested in what the actual problems are and what the actual ways to address them would be, instead of silly partisan jousting? We both know that the power structures of both major parties prevent either of them from being able to talk about or advance actual solutions. That is why Ms Jumbe’s real-life experience unfortunately is not very much of interest to our policy makers.
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Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

We have a long-standing commitment to innovative care delivery, which triggered our willingness to partner with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to test a new delivery and payment model aimed at better health outcomes and lower costs for our state’s Medicaid program. The shift in approach is to tie payment to delivering higher quality outcomes rather than relying on the historic model of publicly-funded health care programs in Minnesota where health care providers were paid for the procedure.
Source: childrensmn.org

Exchanging Ideas on MN Health Exchange

The online marketplace will require insurance companies to compete for the business of Minnesota’s families and small businesses in a clear and concise way so that people can make their own individual choices about their healthcare coverage. When implemented, the exchange will provide subsidies and tax credits to middle-class families and small businesses; individual consumers should see a 23% decrease in the premiums they will pay using the exchange and it will help an estimated 200,000 small business employees purchase health insurance. By 2016, 300,000 previously uninsured Minnesotans will be covered. 
Source: mn2020hindsight.org

Save money by skimping on Medicare?

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Minnesota hospitals provided $1.5 billion in unpaid care

The report comes as the industry group lobbies the Legislature to support key elements of the Affordable Care Act, including expanding Medicaid to include more Minnesotans and a state-run insurance exchange that will make it easier for individuals and small businesses to buy affordable insurance.
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Obama Administration Proposes Eliminating Burdensome Medicare Regulations

The Medicare NewsGroup (Wasik, 2/4): Troubling Trends On Disability As A Back Door Into Medicare No publicly presented Medicare reform proposal has addressed the growing problem of those younger than age 65 who are finding their way into the program through permanent disability. Those who qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and who have been disabled for at least two years are automatically enrolled in Medicare, no matter their age. That means a growing number of those under age 65 — at least five million people — are qualifying for lifetime benefits, according to a recent tally published in the journal Health Affairs. Policymakers are concerned about the rise in disabled adults because they often require expensive care, putting even more pressure on the health care system.
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Tell the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to Provide Language Access

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We need to get this to the Fiscal Cliff! What could go wrong? by DonkeyHoteyThe federally facilitated exchange (FFE) must comply with both Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Section 1557 of the ACA. To prevent discrimination against LEP individuals, the FFE must ensure access and understanding for LEP consumers. In addition to the legal requirements, federal translation of the application would benefit all entities engaged in enrollment, outreach and education. Translated applications will assist in ensuring effective communication by creating a baseline for standardizing ACA-related enrollment terminology and creating translation “glossaries” that can be used by other entities for outreach, education and training, saving costs of re-translating the same terms. Translated applications can also help train bilingual staff and interpreters who will assist LEP individuals to ensure consistency and accuracy, thus aiding effective enrollment and information dissemination.
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Video: Tax Forms & Deductions : How to Calculate Medicare Taxes Withheld

Some Forms Of Federal Health Insurance Such As Medicare, Also Require People To Pay Co

If you are uninsured, you might opt for a simple plan with treat them only cover a small part of network physicians and hospitals, the physician you can see to search for you. Some forms of federal health insurance such as medicare, also require precise quantity every day for a precise number of times. Even if you are insured, you will still face the difficult health insurance when you are considering health insurance options. Some forms of federal health insurance such as medicare, also require the employer will very often assume part of the payment as well.
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Medicare Terminology To Know

Medicare summary notice (MSN) deals directly with the beneficiary or the person covered  under Medicare. The MSN replaced the Explanation of Medicare Benefits form in 2001.[1] This is an easy to read document sent to the Medicare holder every month that allows them to see their Part A and Part B claims. The MSN also holds the deductible status. Basically it is an information sheet. Often when a patient receives the MSN they think it is a bill. It is important to understand that this is not a bill but rather an explanation of what has transpired the previous month under their Medicare coverage.
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IRS Issues Guidance On Additional Medicare Tax : ADP Compliance Insights

Background Effective for wages paid on or after January 1, 2013, the Medicare tax rate increases from 1.45 percent to 2.35 percent on wages earned above $200,000 for single filers and $250,000 for joint filers ($125,000 for a married individual filing separately).   This increase only applies to the employee portion of the Medicare tax. Employers do not have to match the increased Medicare tax amount. However, employers are still responsible for the withholding and reporting obligations with respect to the increased employee Medicare tax.  If an employer fails to withhold and deposit the additional Medicare tax amount AND the employee pays it with their tax return, the employer will not be required to pay the amount not deducted, but the employer will be subject to penalties for the failure to withhold the tax.   The employer is required to withhold the increased amount from all workers with wages exceeding $200,000 regardless of the marital status claimed on the employee’s Form W-4. Over- and under-withholding for the employee will be reconciled upon the filing of his/her individual tax return.
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What the Public Doesn’t Understand About Social Security and Medicare

We may feel that because we transferred money to our parents, our kids, in turn, owe us.  But we must take into account also how much they can or should afford for this task as opposed to their own current needs for themselves and their children.  Think of a one-family society, where three kids support their parents, but then those three kids have no children of their own (or only one or two children).  What those three kids gave their parents informs us only slightly on what they can or should get from their own children if there are none or fewer of them.  Likewise, when demographics change and there are fewer workers to support an aging population, society has to make adjustments, regardless of what some may otherwise think is “fair” or what they think is their entitlement.
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Medicare revalidation, DMEPOS fee still prompt questions among ODs

“Medicare covers post-op eyeglasses for cataract patients only if the glasses are provided by a DMEPOS supplier who is enrolled in Medicare,” Dr. Jordan said. “If the optometrist is not enrolled in Medicare for DMEPOS, then the glasses are not covered. Neither the doctor nor the patient can obtain reimbursement for the glasses from Medicare if the supplier is not enrolled. If a Medicare beneficiary wants to pay out-of-pocket for eyeglasses from a supplier who is not enrolled in Medicare, she or he may do so, but the doctor should be sure to explain to the patient that the glasses would be covered if they were obtained from another supplier who is enrolled in Medicare. In addition, the doctor should be certain to have an ABN form signed by the patient acknowledging that although she/he could have these glasses covered elsewhere she/he agrees to pay the doctor out-of-pocket and that he or she cannot get reimbursement from Medicare.”
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Some Forms Of Federal Health Insurance Such As Medicare, Also Require People To Pay Co

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HANYS Benefit Services: Questions and Answers on the Additional Medicare Tax

If a former employee receives group-term life insurance coverage in excess of $50,000 and the resulting income is in excess of $200,000, how does an employer report Additional Medicare Tax on this? The imputed cost of coverage in excess of $50,000 is subject to social security and Medicare taxes, and to the extent that in combination with other wages it exceeds $200,000, it is also subject to Additional Medicare Tax. When group-term life insurance over $50,000 is provided to an employee (including retirees) after his or her termination, the employee share of social security and Medicare taxes and Additional Medicare Tax on that period of coverage is paid by the former employee with his or her tax return, and is not collected by the employer. An employer should report this income as wages on Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return (or the employer’s applicable employment tax return), and make a current period adjustment to reflect any uncollected employee social security, Medicare, or Additional Medicare Tax on group-term life insurance. However, unlike the uncollected portion of the regular (1.45 percent) Medicare tax, an employer may not report the uncollected Additional Medicare Tax in box 12 of Form W-2 with code N.
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Some Forms Of Federal Health Insurance Such As Medicare, Also Require People To Pay Co

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Daily Kos: White House might use Medicare reform momentum to push further health care reform

No, he has waited for the American people to get smart enough to see your bullshit for what is.  Very much the same tactic he’s used on entitlement cuts.  He lays out the bait, they start telling the truth, it hurts them.   They’ve finally figured that out.  You’ll notice they won’t say a word about WHAT they want cut?  Here’s some entitlements that need cutting:  subsidies and tax cuts for oil and gas companies enjoying record profits; subsidies to factory farms that pollute the water and the soil; tax breaks to companies that outsource jobs; tax breaks to companies that move to your town, provide a few jobs, pay nothing for infrastructure they need; continued payment to defense contractors who miss deadlines and fail to perform; payments to outside contractors who are twice as expensive and half as competent to provide government services.  Short list, there are dozens more.  Obama uses their language, twists it a bit, gets what he wants.  When Progressives miss the big picture and go nuts about his language they reveal an inability to shift to 21st Century politics.  The main complaint I’m reading is he doesn’t talk tough enough.  Hmmmm. Maybe people with conviction and a plan don’t need to engage in macho bullshit?  Maybe Obama gets it that Americans are sick of posturing and just want action?  Why is that so hard to grasp?
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Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform

Where these approaches have been used, both providers and payers have benefited.  For example, in the Medicare Acute Care Episode (ACE) Demonstration, which “bundles” physician and hospital payments (i.e., it makes a single payment to both providers, rather than separate payments to each), Medicare has saved money, physicians have received higher payments, hospitals have been able to reduce their costs and improve their operating margins, and patients have received better care.  The positive results from this program led the CMS Innovation Center to create its Bundled Payments Initiative, which will both allow additional providers to participate in the bundling approach used in the ACE Demonstration and allow providers to accept full episode payments for a variety of conditions.  This win-win-win approach – lower spending for payers, better care for patients, and better margins for providers – is only feasible with the types of significant payment reforms described above, not with minor tweaks to the fee-for-service payment system.
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Obama No Longer Open to Raising Medicare Age To Avoid Sequestration

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Dr. Donald Berwick by Talk Radio News ServiceAccording to data released by the US Census Bureau in 2011, the average household headed by someone 65 or older had 47 times the wealth of a household headed by someone 35 or younger–the largest gap recorded since recordkeeping began. Yet we continue to protect “vulnerable seniors” as if they were living off cat food. The poverty level for seniors is the lowest of any demographic. Yet Congress wants to enact every-higher taxes on those who are working (i.e. younger) to maintain unsustainable benefits for seniors. What’s wrong with this picture?
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Video: Debunking the “Raise the Medicare Eligibility Age” Argument

WASHINGTON: White House: Obama opposes higher age for Medicare

Obama in the summer of 2011 was open to raising the age for Medicare eligibility from 65 to 67 over time as part of a large deficit reduction package. But he has since backed off, and Carney’s remarks Monday were meant to end any speculation.
Source: heraldonline.com

Therapy Plateau No Longer Ends Coverage

Beneficiaries also often lose Medicare coverage for outpatient therapy because they hit the payment limit. But under the exceptions process Congress continued for another year, the health care provider can put an additional code on the claim that indicates further treatment above the $1,900 limit is medically necessary. When treatment costs reach $3,700, the provider can submit medical documentation to support a request for another exception to cover 20 more sessions. (A Medicare fact sheet provides some additional details, but has not been updated for 2013.)
Source: nytimes.com

Raising Medicare Age Would Hurt Seniors

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., visits the Multicultural Senior Center on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to express his opposition to any proposal in Congress that would raise the age of Medicare. The Urban League of Portland’s Bonnie Jones (center) and southeast Portland senior Ann Sorlie (right) also spoke against Medicare cuts. Photo by Cari Hachmann/The Portland Observer
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Experts Discuss Basics of the Medicare Program

Panelists included: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum; Juliette Cubanski, associate director in the program on Medicare Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation; and Sheila Burke, adjunct lecturer in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
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Pelosi Again Rejects Proposal To Change Medicare

The Hill: Obama: Sequester Would Deal ‘Huge Blow To Middle-Class Families’ The president devoted a significant amount of his (weekly Saturday) address to outlining the real-world consequences that would result if the sequester was implemented. On Friday, top administrative aides warned the cuts would hamper law enforcement, hurt federal education programs, withhold mental health services and furlough thousands of workers. “If the sequester is allowed to go forward, thousands of Americans who work in fields like national security, education or clean energy are likely to be laid off,” Obama said. “Firefighters and food inspectors could also find themselves out of work – leaving our communities vulnerable. Programs like Head Start would be cut, and lifesaving research into diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s could be scaled back” (Sink, 2/9). 
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Is Raising the Age for Medicare Benefits a Good Idea?

The twists and turns of recent political conversations over the federal deficit have explored a variety of changes to Medicare. The most likely ones are raising the eligibility age for benefits to 67 from 65 and changing the law so that more seniors will have to pay higher Part B premiums. (Part B pays for doctor visits, hospital outpatient care, and lab visits.) In this column, I’ll discuss raising the Medicare eligibility age, which, if changed, will affect seniors in the future. The rationale goes something like this: people are living longer, healthier lives and can work longer so why should they get Medicare benefits earlier. That’s the same argument used to justify further raising the age to collect Social Security benefits. It is now 67 for those born after 1959. But there’s more to the story than what the public hears in the glib TV sound bites. While in general people are living longer thanks to medical advances, those gains are not evenly distributed in the population. Improvement in life expectancy has accrued mostly to those with college educations. The Medicare Rights Center, a New York City advocacy group, says ‘older adults, people of color, blue-collar workers and employers would be among those hardest hit.’ And just because people live longer doesn’t mean they won’t get sick. In fact, many new Medicare beneficiaries have put off needed care until they reach Medicare age. So why is this an attractive option? lt shifts money from the government’s budget to the budget of seniors who would have to pay more out-of-pocket. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the cost savings for the federal government amounts to $11.4 billion. But seniors as a group would pay $5.7 billion more for their health care. Many seniors would look to their employer coverage for help’some even staying in the workforce longer to keep their insurance until they turn 67. That, of course, means employers will have to pay more too. ‘We don’t save money in overall health care spending,’ says Joe Baker who heads the Medicare Rights Center. ‘The government gets to shift its costs to others, and those others have to pay more for their coverage. The reality is Medicare is the cheapest option because it controls its costs better than other insurers.’ Even though insurance may cost more, supporters of raising the eligibility age argue that those losing early Medicare coverage could simply turn to the new insurance exchanges that will be up and running in 2014. That causes other headaches, though. Kaiser estimated that premiums for younger people’those under 65’seeking coverage in the exchanges in 2014 would rise by about three percent, or about $141 a person on average. That’s because older and sicker people would now be part of the exchange risk pools. Medicare operates as one giant risk pool with premiums from current seniors who are healthy helping to subsidize those seniors’mostly older ones’who do have large health expenses. If younger healthy seniors are taken out of Medicare’s risk pool, there’s a danger that the pool will deteriorate, making it harder in the long run to cover the costs of those who need care. Can seniors afford to pay more? When you consider that half of all people with Medicare live on incomes less than $22,000 a year and have less than $53,000 in savings, the answer is maybe not. Advocates for the elderly point out that seniors already pay a great deal for their health care. In 2009, health care expenses accounted for about 15 percent of their household expenses compared to five percent for those not on Medicare. The proposal to raise the eligibility age, of course, will not affect current retirees, but most proposals being discussed would impact those who will be eligible for Medicare in the next 5 to 10 years. Because of job losses, diminished home values and retirement accounts, the Medicare Rights Center says that half will have incomes less than $27,000. Says Baker: ‘It’s a lose, lose, lose proposition all around.’
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Aetna Launches Medicare Mobile Field Enrollment Tool For iPad

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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.
Source: medcitynews.com

Video: Submitting Your Medicare Enrollment Application

Save Time – Submit Your Medicare Enrollment Application through Internet

Any Organizational Provider applications that are submitted via internet-based PECOS will require the user completing the application to provide an email address for the authorized official/delegated official (AO/DO) of the application as part of the submission process. The AO/DO can then follow the instructions in the email and electronically sign the application. This applies to Institutional Providers; Clinics, Group Practices, and Certain Other Suppliers; and Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Suppliers.
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Can accountable care organizations reign in health

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Medicare Competitive Bid Coming soon….for better or for worse.

Section 302 of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) established requirements for a new Competitive Bidding Program for certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS). Under the program, DMEPOS suppliers compete to become Medicare contract suppliers by submitting bids to furnish certain items in competitive bidding areas, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awards contracts to enough suppliers to meet beneficiary demand for the bid items. The new, lower payment amounts resulting from the competition replace the Medicare DMEPOS fee schedule amounts for the bid items in these areas. All contract suppliers must comply with Medicare enrollment rules, be licensed and accredited, and meet financial standards. The program sets more appropriate payment amounts for DMEPOS items while ensuring continued access to quality items and services, which will result in reduced beneficiary out-of-pocket expenses and savings to taxpayers and the Medicare program.
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Failing To Update Medicare Enrollment Can Spell Bad News for Physicians : Physician Law

Although the excluded physician never rendered any services on behalf of the entity or ordered or referred any Medicare services while an owner of it, the Court held that the clinic’s failure to disclose the excluded physician’s ownership was a misrepresentation on the enrollment application and upheld the overpayment. (see Florida Med. Ctr. of Clearwater, Inc. v. Sebelius
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3 Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls in Medicare Enrollment

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Financial Stakes for Chicagoland: 5 Ways to Save Money on Medicare Prescription Drugs

The alternative is a Medicare Advantage plan, also called Medicare Part C, which replaces original Medicare and often provides prescription-drug coverage as well. It is essentially a way to get Medicare A, B, and D all lumped into one. Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in Medicare Advantage to receive their benefits in a private health plan, such as a health maintenance organization (HMO). Across all Medicare Advantage plans with drug coverage, the average premium is $51 per month, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Consumers should evaluate on an individual basis whether this is the best option. Depending on your prescriptions and other health care needs, Medicare Advantage may or may not be better for you than original Medicare.
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CBO Updates Spending Projections for ACA, Medicare, Medicaid

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Budget vs Budget by boris.rasinAccording to CBO, the new estimate is the result of the American Tax Payer Relief Act, which maintained lower tax rates for U.S. residents with annual incomes below $450,000. The lower rates “reduce the relative attractiveness of employment-based insurance for low-income workers and for their employers.” In essence, offering health coverage as a tax-free form of compensation is less appealing when marginal tax rates are lower and a publicly subsidized option is available. CBO estimated that employers will pay $13 billion more in fines for non-compliance with the ACA’s employer mandate. 
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Video: Medicare vs Medicaid

Senior Research Associate/Health Economist: Medicaid and Medicare Program and Policy Analysis RQ# 005663

Ability to perform quantitative analysis of Medicare data, cognizant of its policy environment and implications. The ideal candidate should be able to identify quantitative methods appropriate to apply to data to analyze a given policy question, and execute such analyses.
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Experts Discuss Basics of the Medicare Program

Panelists included: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum; Juliette Cubanski, associate director in the program on Medicare Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation; and Sheila Burke, adjunct lecturer in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Source: c-span.org

Gene Sperling: Medicaid Is Safe, Medicare Is Not

The one upside to the Supreme Court making the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act optional is that it has stopped the Obama administration from trying to cut it. Senior economic adviser Gene Sperling confirmed that the administration sees taking Medicaid completely of the table as necessary to make Obamacare function; but since President Obama is still obsessed with deficit reduction, he will instead focusing on cutting Medicare. The Hill:
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Tavenner Nominated Again To Lead Medicare

Kaiser Health News: Grassley Calls For Senate Consideration Of Tavenner’s Nomination President Barack Obama Thursday once again nominated Marilyn Tavenner to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and a key GOP senator said the chamber should consider the nomination. “The Senate should give Ms. Tavenner every opportunity to show she is a worthy choice to lead the agency responsible for Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and a lot of the implementation of the Obama health care law,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa., who is a member of the Finance Committee and its former chairman and ranking member. Grassley said he hoped the panel would give Tavenner’s nomination “due consideration through regular order” (Carey, 2/8).
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

HCAN Partners: Tax Corporations, Protect Medicare, Medicaid, ACA

Citizen Action of Illinois held a press conference outside the office of Rep. Rodney Davis (R-13) in Champaign, Illinois to highlight the negative impact of budget cuts and joined the Chicago Federation of Labor at a gathering in Chicago to push back against cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and Social Security. Leaders were joined by U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-9) and Bill Foster (D-11).
Source: healthcareforamericanow.org

Obama to set elders against the poor by going after Medicare not Medicaid

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President Obama Mentions Medicare and Medicaid in his Second Inaugural Speech

In a speech with a strong focus on unity among Americans and with a heavy emphasis on social progress, President Barack Obama briefly mentioned healthcare in his second inaugural address on Jan. 21 outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., as he addressed a crowd estimated at approximately 600,000 people on the side of the Capitol and spreading across the National Mall, as well as millions on live television. “We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of healthcare and the size of our deficit,” the President said. “But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn.” Instead, the President said a moment later, “The commitments we make to each other—through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security—these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.”   The new Congress goes back into session on Jan. 22, with Medicare spending in contention in a series of upcoming legislative showdowns, including discussions over whether and when to raise the federal debt ceiling; whether and how to fund the federal budget for another year, or possibly allow the federal government to temporarily shut down; and how to handle still-unresolved issues around the budget sequestration that was temporarily delayed by the Jan. 1 vote to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.” All three of those issues will have to be resolved within the next few months, and the exact disposition of each of the three issues remains uncertain.
Source: healthcare-informatics.com

How Medicaid Expansion Strengthens Communities

Basic services remained unavailable in-county because this huge expenditure was draining the budget. Local government has been forced through mandatory sentencing and other laws, to spend extraordinary amounts of money on law enforcement and preventable emergency room costs. Medicaid reform offers us the opportunity to build a health care system that focuses on producing health over profit, and enables us to provide basic preventive care close to home. Working with state government to return $3.3 million per year to our county for badly needed preventive care could result in 60-70 jobs. We will keep people healthy while enabling an additional 70 adults to remain close to families and neighbors during daytime hours.
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Webinar: Employment as a Health Determinant for Medicaid Participants with Disabilities

Description: Working age people with disabilities are a health disparities population characterized by increased risk factors such as smoking and obesity, lower overall health status and greater health care costs. The objective of this NIDRR-funded study was to determine the moderating effects of employment on the health and health risk behaviors of a group of Kansans with disabilities dually-eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Using primary and secondary data sources, we examined the relationship of employment and a) health, b) health risk factors and c) health care expenditures. Findings show that when compared to those who were not working, people with any level of paid, competitive employment:
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ObamaCare uses billions to solve 50

“The challenge that Medicare has had is that they do demonstrations and pilots periodically, some of them are successful. Many of them don’t have quite the results that had been hoped for,” said Gail Wilensky, former head of Medicaid and Medicare from 1990 to 1992 and senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health care foundation. “Even the ones that are successful, they don’t have a long history of seeing whether they can be scaled up represent a delivery system that would be relevant in many parts of the country and become part of a national program.”
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UniCare Download, Unicare Rates, Uni Care Health Care, : UniCare Medicare Rx

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Community Health Plan: Community Health Plan Washington Medicare

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Medicare Targets Health Plans With Low Ratings

Medicare officials are encouraging 525,000 beneficiaries to switch out of these 26 Medicare Advantage and drug plans that have received low ratings for three consecutive years and enroll in better plans for next year. The poor performing plans will have this warning symbol next to their names on Medicare’s plan finder website to steer shoppers to other plans.
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

Unicare to Pull Out of VA

Unicare pulled out of Illinois and Texas on January 1st of this year (2010). All of their customers were transferred over to Blue Cross of Illinois/Texas at the same premium. No complaints from these customers for a few months and then BCBS started increasing the premiums up to what is "normal" for existing BCBS customers. Our telemarketing department is now getting a bunch of leads from these BCBS insureds. An across-the-board increase of 13% is supposed to kick in for all BCBS-IL customers on 8/1/10, just a few days from now.
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Unicare Insurance Company

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