Medicare growth attributed to change in skilled nursing facility pay rates

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Bubbles? Take something like 'Not I! ...item 1.. Wakulla Republicans Protest Against Taxes in the County (September 06, 2011) ... by marsmet552Medicaid spending slowed significantly in 2011 on a year-over-year basis. The program grew 2.5% in 2011, a significant drop from 5.9% growth in 2010. The CMS report said budgetary pressure on states caused by the weak economy and the June 2011 expiration of federal aid to the states contributed to the slower growth.
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MedPAC Calls on Congress to Reform the Medicare Home Health Benefit

The report’s assessment of reimbursement found that while the volume of services was level in 2011, total payments declined by about 5%, or $1 billion. MedPAC attributes this decline to a reduction in the Medicare base rate. The lower spending comes after several years of increases, as total spending between 2002 and 2011 increased by 92%. For over a decade, payments have consistently and substantially exceeded costs, with Medicare margins for freestanding agencies equaling 14.8% in 2011 and averaging 17.7% in 2001 through 2010. Two factors contributing to payments exceeding costs: Fewer visits are delivered in an episode than is assumed in Medicare’s rates, and cost growth has been lower than the annual payment updates for home health care. For 2013, Medicare margins are estimated to equal 11.8%.
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Death Rates Rise At Geographically Isolated Hospitals, Study Finds

Congress started the critical access program in 1997 to stave off hospital closures in places where patients had no good alterative because the next hospital was at least 35 miles away by regular roads or 15 miles by secondary roads. Hospitals with 25 or fewer beds could qualify. Hospitals near competitors, in cities as well as rustic areas, also got into the program through a loophole that until 2006 allowed states to designate hospitals as “necessary providers.”
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MedPAC Projects 11.8% Medicare Margins in Home Health for 2013

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Medicare Is More Efficient Than Private Insurance

The CBO explicitly stated that its data on relative cost growth should not be used to make the argument that Goodman and Saving make, writing that the relatively low growth rate of all health care expenditures other than Medicare and Medicaid “should not be interpreted as meaning that Medicare or Medicaid is less able to control spending than private insurers.” Goodman and Saving mistakenly suggest that the growth rate of private insurance is the same as the growth rate of all health care expenditures other than Medicare and Medicaid; however, as CBO points out, the growth rate of all health care expenditures other than Medicare and Medicaid includes not just spending by private insurers, but also government programs and out-of-pocket costs paid by the uninsured.
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Daily Kos: President Obama’s budget will include cuts to Social Security, Medicare

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Medicare Panel Calls for Repealing Sustainable Growth Rate Formula

Ten days after Congress voted to approve a temporary “doc fix,” the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission last week released a blueprint that calls for permanently repealing and replacing the sustainable growth rate formula — which is used to determine Medicare physician reimbursement rates,
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What Is Medicaid’s Valuable House Rule?

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According to the DRA, the valuable homes of individuals residing in a nursing facility that exceed a certain dollar amount in equity may be counted against them in determining income-based eligibility for Colorado Medicaid. However, the potential Medicaid recipient may be excused from this rule if they currently have a spouse, a child under the age of 21, or a disabled or blind child that is living in their home on a full-time basis.
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Colorado Springs Independent

After attending the March 26 City Council meeting, I wanted to voice my support for the Stage 2B watering restrictions implemented at the meeting (see here). I was encouraged by CSU’s thoroughness in assessing the need for Stage 2B and their articulate explanation of how it will affect water reserves.
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Care collaborative reduces Medicaid costs

“The ACC program presents a perfect opportunity for collaboration among our local providers,” she said. “We believe there is tremendous value in keeping health care local, and we welcome the opportunity to create a health care delivery system that delivers high-quality, cost-effective care for those in our community who rely on Medicaid for their health care needs.”
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Medicaid Expansion Passes Colorado Senate Committee

Medicaid expansion is a cornerstone of the federal health care law, though states can choose whether to opt in. Gov. John Hickenlooper has already expressed his support for the program, but Aguilar said it is important to put the program through the legislative process to ensure that any future changes would also have to be heard by the assembly.
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Colorado Medicaid expansion would make 86,000 college students eligible : Health Care Policy Center

This may explain why people hear so little about the Colorado Indigent Care Program, a state program that already underwrites needed medical care for people who cannot afford it and are ineligible for Medicaid. It also may explain why the state continues to try to herd Medicaid recipients into managed care, even though it has admitted that managed care increases Medicaid expenditures. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also has concluded that Medicaid managed care does not save money.
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Study: Expanding Medicaid Cheaper Than Not In Colorado

Brown’s analysis says not expanding will be more costly, in part, because, “even if Colorado chooses not to expand … (Medicaid) enrollments … are expected to grow due to other provisions of the ACA.” Those include the ACA’s requirement that most Americans have health insurance and the expectation that some people seeking coverage in the state’s insurance exchange will discover they are Medicaid eligible instead.  Medicaid rolls could also grow, according to Brown, because of a “reduction in employer-sponsored insurance in response to ACA’s other provisions,” including employers using more part-time employees to escape the law’s requirement for many employers to cover full-time employees.
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Health insurance while waiting for Social Security Medicare

If you have been approved for Social Security disability (Title 2 - Social Security Disability Insurance), you already know your Medicare does not start until you receive 24 months of disability benefits. While this waiting period includes back period months, many people still have to wait a year or longer to become eligible for Medicare. So, you have some money coming in from Social Security. However it is not enough to get private health insurance. And, you may be getting too much in monthly Social Security benefits to be eligible for Medicaid.
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Opinion: Medicaid expansions will help Colorado’s economy

Established in 1965, Medicaid has functioned as a jointly-funded federal and state government health program. Currently, more than 670,000 Colorado citizens are enrolled in Medicaid, with 60 percent being children and 18 percent being the aged or individuals with disabilities. Medicaid expansion would enable Coloradans to qualify for Medicaid coverage provided they fall under 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). The level equates to an annual income of $15,415 for a single individual and $31,809 for a family of four.
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Viewpoints: Fla. Gov. Fears Medicaid Expansion As Idaho, Missouri And Colorado Wrestle With Issue ; Few Acceptable Options For Improving Medicare

The Idaho Statesman: Expanding Health Care Coverage Benefits All Idahoans As a member of Gov. Butch Otter’s task force, which voted 15-0 in favor of this [Medicaid] expansion, here are eight reasons why: 1. It saves Idaho money. The expansion of Medicaid to 150,000 people will cost Idaho $284 million over the next 10 years. However, the federal government’s payment program for this expansion will bring in $290 million to the state over that time. Idaho stands to gain $6 million by expanding Medicaid. Conversely, there are 70,000 Idahoans who already meet the expanded eligibility requirements and their coverage will cost the state hundreds of millions of additional dollars without the benefit of enhanced federal payment if we don’t do this (Dr. Ted Epperly, 1/6). Kansas City Star: Bid To Renew KC’s Extra Health Levy Merits Scrutiny Almost eight years ago, Kansas Citians narrowly approved a property tax increase to provide more public funds for indigent health care. It was a compassionate decision by voters. But the world of health care has changed a great deal since then. … Truman Medical Centers and a few other medical care providers in Kansas City still want to keep receiving the extra health levy. … If Missouri does not adopt Medicaid expansion or progress on the exchanges is delayed, the squeeze will be on hospitals in earnest to keep their doors open to serve indigent patients in Kansas City and the state. Still, the City Council and local health care providers must use this week’s hearing to start providing clear evidence they need a $135 million tax renewal over nine years (1/6).
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Colorado Medicaid Expansion May Create 12,000 Jobs

“We are focusing on transforming our health system to ensure all Medicaid recipients have access to the right services, at the right time, in the right setting and at the right price,” said Susan E. Birch, executive director of the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF). “We will reset the cost trajectory of Medicaid by building on the successful work we’ve started with our Accountable Care Collaborative.”
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Blue cross blue sheild of tennessee medicare d formulary for 2012

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Health care cost reduction

American pharmaceutical costs are by far the highest in the world (link to OECD data).  It is wrong that Republicans and Democrats have placed their political interests and the profits of international pharmaceutical corporations ahead of the American people.  American  taxpayers pay for health insurance of federal, state and local government employees.  American businesses pay for the health insurance of their employees.  Americans with health issues pay for medication insurance or pay out of pocket.  The Rs and Ds have placed the profits of international pharmaceutical companies ahead Americans.
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Medicare D and the Internet

I recently helped my parents enroll in their new Medicare prescription drug plans using the Medicare.gov website. It was a good-news, bad-news experience. Overall, the good news is that the Medicare.gov website provides very thorough information, is mostly easy to use, and includes efficient functionality. The bad news is that successfully enrolling online requires the guiding hand of a practiced internet user, includes several unanticipated offline data-gathering moments, and probably also includes a few false starts. Here is my mom’s story. Bad news: Before starting, a list of necessary information would have saved several phone calls and re-starts: name, address, social security number, date of eligibility for Medicare’s Hospital Part A and Medical Part B, list of regular drugs and dosages, and individual drug costs, current prescription coverage, preferred pharmacy (if important), and decision on option to deduct plan costs from monthly Social Security check. Good news: First step, to search for and compare plans. I plugged in my mom’s south Florida zip code, which later revealed there are 44 plans available in her area, and her current coverage, “none of the above” — a blessing in disguise as we avoided comparing possible plans to the specifics of any current plan. We were also lucky that, because of her relatively simple drug requirements, she fell into the category easiest to maneuver. There was no need to worry about gaps in coverage beyond certain expenditures. Bad news: I did not know how to answer the polite, but fuzzy Medicare question asking “Did you get a letter from either Medicare or the Social Security Agency that said you are either eligible for or qualified for “extra help” paying for your Medicare prescription drug care costs.” Huh? My mom wasn’t sure, and one very long telephone call to the toll free Medicare number eventually interpreted “extra help” as jargon for Medicaid eligibility. Why not just say that? Good news/bad news: We clicked to “choose a plan” and then “Enter medications”, two steps which seem entirely reasonable in retrospect, but were presented in succession as one of several options where we could easily have tripped up and had to backtrack to get our desired information. Good news: Plugging in the drugs. The process includes excellent, transparent functionality to plug in drugs (including a search-by-alphabet aid for cases where the exact name doesn’t quite match the one on the bottle), the dosage (including a drop-down menu to adjust the dosage, although one dosage that my mom takes wasn’t an exact match), and a query asking if you’ll accept the generic version. (Note to self: Glitch – phone physician to see if generic is acceptable and if it affects ultimate costs.) Excellent news: Comparing coverage plans. (Fair warning: don’t be sidetracked. We chose to bypass the chance to select a specific pharmacy and see what Medicare had to offer. Right choice! The pharmacies are not all current on the website, and you can cross-check for your favorite one later. The point here is to get a cost comparison of the plans.) Eureka! We were quickly offered 44 plans, listed according to estimated annual costs. Clicking within individual plans reveals a goldmine of details of annual costs, including deductibles, monthly co-pays per drug (as price points of different drugs vary wildly among plans, revealing why individually-tailored plan selection is critical), mail-order options, special notes, and many more things. You can also click to compare specifics of up to 3 plans at a time. Bad news: Finding cooperating pharmacies can be frustrating and requires a leap of faith. The website’s pharmacy list wasn’t current, and I was derailed from the internet to the telephone. I called my mom’s favorite pharmacy, talked to her favorite pharmacist, and learned that they expected to cooperate with the plan we liked. Ya gotta love small town south Florida; I know I would not have such quick or trustworthy service where I live. Good news: Enroll. Just plug in the usual information, which included a rather puzzling and unexplained bonus question of whether or not you lived in a nursing home. Total time elapsed: Internet time about 30 minutes. Other time included calls to parents for information and decisions: 30 minutes; call to Medicare: 45 minutes; call to pharmacist: 3 tries and 10 minutes; call to physician re generic drug possibility: did not try. Total cost savings: My mom was self-paying for drugs at a cost of about $3000 per year. Under her new Medicare D plan, it will cost her less than one third of that. Epilog: My mom received her new Medicare D prescription drug enrollment card in the mail. Her pharmacist said the pharmacy does cooperate with her plan. She has not yet tried to get any prescriptions filled. Reality check from findings from the Pew Internet Project: • As of September, 2005, 30% of people age 65 years and over use the internet. • As of 2002, 39% of internet users have helped another person with online medical issues • As of November, 2004, 54% of internet users have gone to a government website to look for information. • In August, 2003, more internet users had visited government websites for information (66%), statistics or documents (41%), and recreation or tourist information (34%), than health or safety issues (28%).
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Medicare D and the Penn Transplant Patient

Medicare D is purchased as a stand-alone prescription? plan. This is important to discuss because the patients of Penn Transplant Institute are prescribed costly life-sustaining drugs, and the amount of drugs prescribed is typically larger than many other patient populations. These factors can contribute to large out-of-pocket expenditures experienced annually by patients.Medicare D is a stand-alone prescription drug plan available to anyone entitled to benefits under Medicare part A, or for those who are currently enrolled in Medicare part B. Some highlights of Medicare D include:
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How’s Your Medicare D Plan?

The standard benefit for 2013 has changed. In looking at those changes, the deductible will be going to $325 with the initial coverage limit changing to $2,970. For those non-applicable beneficiaries, the total covered out-of-pocket threshold will be $4,750 with the total estimated covered Part D spending going to $6,733.75. The minimum cost sharing portion once in Catastrophic Coverage will be $2.65 for generic/preferred multi-source medications and $6.60 name brand/other medications. If you are receiving up to or at 100% federal poverty level benefits, then your cost for generic/preferred multi-source medications will be $1.15 with name brand/other medications costing $3.50. Those that are over 100% of the Federal Poverty Level receiving benefits will see their cost of generic/preferred multi-source medications costing $2.65 with name/other medications costing $6.60.
Source: livingwellmag.com

Lapham open for Medicare D appointments

Lynn Bond, the center’s director, is grateful “for the foresight of the Senior Center Board and Lapham Center Building Committee in raising funds to put in an adequate generator for just this situation,” she said. “It has been humming along nicely all week and has made a huge difference for many New Canaanites.”
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What You Should Know About Choosing a Medicare D Plan

President of Deborah Fins Associates, PC, since 1995, Deborah Liss Fins is a licensed independent clinical social worker and certified geriatric care manager. Drawing on more than 30 years of professional experience in geriatric care management, DFA offers comprehensive assessments and planning, guidance in selecting appropriate care, help identifying resources for financial support and professional consulting. Please contact usto set up a complimentary initial telephone consultation.
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First, Do No Harm: Leave Medicare D Alone

Medicare Part D is that rarest of government programs: One that has worked better than expected and cost less than expected. Prescription drugs are provided by private insurance plans that compete for customers among enrollees. The profit motive encourages the use of generic drugs instead of name brands, for example, a simple but huge step to hundreds of billions in savings. Free-market conservatives argued that introducing consumer-driven, market based competition to this one aspect of health care would lower costs compared to government-run benefit programs. They’ve been proven right in the five years since Medicare Part D went into effect. Total program costs are about 40 percent lower than forecasted, costs have increased at a slower rate than expected, and consumers report high satisfaction rates in the 90s.
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Eric, Pharmacist: Closing the Medicare D gap

Well, two minutes ago the deadline passed. Drug manufacturers were supposed to have signed an agreement with both CMS and third-party administrators for Medicare D plans by 11:59 PM on September 1 in order to have their medications covered for the 2011 Medicare D benefit year. (link to story here) It’s part of the Affordable Care Act, which is supposed to eliminate the doughnut hole for Medicare D beneficiaries by 2020. Here’s how the system is supposed to work. It is my analysis of the information presented in the link above. Manufacturers must agree to discount the price of medications for selected beneficiaries once they reach the gap (or doughnut hole) in their Medicare D coverage. If you don’t discount the price of the medication, it will not be covered by the third-party administrator. The bulk of the responsibility for the program falls into the hands of the third-party administrators. By the design of the Medicare Coverage Gap Discount Program, the third-party administrator will:
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Choosing the Best Medicare D Plan · Woodstock Apothecary

There will be two sessions, one in Saugerties at the Senior Citizen Center on Thursday, October 13th from 5:30-7:30pm.  The second will be in Woodstock at Woodstock Town Hall on Friday, October 14th from 5:30-7:30pm.  Refreshments will be served.
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To Save Medicare, Change the Model

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Protect Medicare by oinonioMedicare is not sustainable in its current form. It costs too much even as the quality of care it provides falls well short of what seniors deserve. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that Medicare’s costs will reach $1.09 trillion in 2023, up from $551 billion in 2012.
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American CEOs want to raise retirement age to 70

These evil viruses care nothing for anything or anyone except their already fat bank accounts, wanting to make them even fatter.  These guys already have $ billions, and for some unknown reason, that is not enough for them. They want to keep raising the retirement age to the point no human being will ever live long enough to retire and drop dead at their jobs.  By raising the retirement age, it raises the unemployment rate, making people more desperate for jobs, and drives down employee wages and benefits.  Perfect for these greedy CEOs.  But we DO have power in numbers, if people are actually willing to stand up.  Stop buying their products.  Of course we will suffer, but so will the CEO wallets, and they may take notice.
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Sex Change Surgery Won't Be Covered By Medicare, U.S. Says : Policy/Biz : Medical Daily

However, the surgery has become commonplace after more than three decades in the medical mainstream, with the American Medical Association in 2008 supporting “public and private insurance coverage” for treatment of the disorder. Presently, psychologists and physicians use the diagnosis for patients who experience significant “gender dysphoria,” a profound dissatisfaction with either their sex or sex assignment at birth or during early childhood. Defined as a medical condition in the medical profession’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Version IV, the disorder involves symptoms related to transsexualism.
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Medicare has Limited Vision Coverge

• Medicare Advantage Plans: These plans are run by private insurers that receive money from the government to provide Medicare-equivalent benefits, such as hospitalization, doctor visits and prescription drugs. Unlike traditional Medicare, some Advantage plans typically cover routine exams and eyeglasses. But their network of participating hospitals and providers can be limited in some areas. If you have a significant vision problem, make sure that the specialists and facilities that are important to you are in the plan.
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USA Dot Com: In controversial shift, Medicare would pay for sex

USA Dot Com is a blog covering politics and government from a conservative Christian perspective. Verne Strickland is a 50-year veteran of investigative journalism. This blog offers a take-no-prisoners style with a modicum of biting satire. Verne and his wife of 52 years, Durrene, live in Wilmington, NC.
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Hospice Of Arizona Settles Medicare False Claims Allegations

The government alleged that Hospice of Arizona and its related entities, engaged in certain practices that resulted in the admission of ineligible patients or inflated bills, including pressuring staff to find more patients eligible for Medicare, adopting procedures that delayed and discouraged staff from discharging patients from hospice when they were no longer appropriate for such services, and not implementing an adequate compliance program that might have addressed these problems. As part of the settlement, American Hospice Management Holdings has agreed to enter into a corporate integrity agreement with the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services that provides for procedures and reviews to be put in place to avoid and promptly detect conduct similar to that which gave rise to the settlement.
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Daily Kos: President Obama’s budget will include cuts to Social Security, Medicare

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Obama formally proposes cuts to Social Security, Medicare

Obama formally proposes cuts to Social Security, Medicare 05 Apr 2013 President Obama next week will take the political risk of formally proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare in his annual budget in an effort to demonstrate his willingness to compromise with Republicans [because he is one] and revive prospects for a long-term deficit-reduction deal, administration officials say.  Besides the tax increases that most Republicans continue to oppose, Mr. Obama’s budget will propose a new inflation formula that would have the effect of reducing cost-of-living payments for Social Security benefits, though with financial protections for low-income and very old beneficiaries, administration officials said. The idea, known as chained C.P.I., has infuriated some Democrats and advocacy groups to Mr. Obama’s left, and they have already mobilized in opposition. [
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How the Sequester Could Affect Social Security, Medicare and More

What could happen to my retirement investments? That’s anyone’s guess. Many Wall Street analysts think the stock market will tumble as a result of the projected decline in gross domestic product — and the gridlocked situation in Washington. Others, though, think the markets will show little change — and even improve in the long run. So, depending on where your money is, this could have different effects on your portfolio. Still, all this is highly speculative at this point.
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New Report Finds Cutting Social Security and Medicare Would Hurt Washington Small Business Owners

#6 I know you are a troll and all, but wtf? Stop drinking the Rush Limbaugh Kool-Aid and the vapors and cob webs may clear out of your brain. Anyway, if cutting Social Security was just a republican priority, I’d have nothing more to say. But unfortunately the main impetus right now in Washington DC for cutting Social Security is Barack Obama and his stubborn pursuit of a ‘Grand Bargain.’ I think there is a very big misconception out there among both dems and repubs about the president’s agenda. Cutting Social Security is a priority for him and has been from the very get-go. The sequester is just the latest tactic in pursuit of this policy and is intended to force liberal/progressive legislators to accept cuts to Social Security and Medicare as much as it is intended to force republicans to accept new revenue. This is third way, triangulation, new democrats, DLC all over again. And Wall Street is behind it all. So yea, republicans are amoral, greedy anti-American hypocrites. That much is obvious. Too bad the leadership of the democratic party ain’t much better, at least when it comes to protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
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Newsroom – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan broadens Medicare options with new Medicare Advantage PPO product

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October 1 is the first day BCBSM and Medicare Advantage carriers across the nation can market their Medicare Advantage products for 2010. Beneficiaries in BCBSM Medicare Advantage products will receive letters in the next 10 days about the new product line-up. "Blue Cross remains fully committed to providing products to Medicare beneficiaries and will continue to have the broadest array of Medicare Advantage products in the state," said Mark Owen, BCBSM vice president for federal and individual business. "It’s important for Medicare beneficiaries to know that there is no immediate change to their coverage. They have until the end of the year to make their selection for 2010." In addition to the three BCBSM products for 2010, seniors also can select from three Medicare Advantage products offered by Blue Care Network, the BCBSM-affiliated HMO. "We will be working with insurance agents and other groups across the state to reach out to Medicare beneficiaries to help them navigate these product and premium changes," said Owen. Seniors who meet low income guidelines can receive subsidies from the state and/or federal government to pay for all or part of their premiums. Medicare Advantage premiums vary by product and region. The new PPO product is expected to provide beneficiaries with value for their premium. For example, the BCBSM Medicare Plus Blue PPO, which includes Part D prescription drug coverage, will cost between $61 and $141 a month (premiums vary by geographic region), while traditional BCBSM Medicare Supplemental (Medigap) Plan C plans cost $183 when combined with a stand-alone Part D BCBSM prescription drug program. Medicare Advantage plans offer Medicare benefits through private health insurance plans and most include Part D prescription drug coverage. When you purchase a Medicare Advantage plan, you do not need to also purchase a Medigap policy. Medicare Advantage plans are regulated solely by the federal government, while Medigap plans are regulated by the state. The announced product changes are only for Medicare beneficiaries who directly purchase their Medicare Advantage products, not for beneficiaries enrolled in a group plan. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are nonprofit corporations and independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
Source: bcbsm.com

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West Virginia Blue:: Capito Alone Votes for Partisan Cuts Slashing Medicare, Hurting WV

I have nothing personal against Congresswoman Capito.  She is a nice lady.  On a slim sliver of issues, I think she is relatively moderate (she is Pro Choice for example).  She is also an establishment Republican that has in the past rebuked the Tea Party.  Now that the radicals control the GOP, however, she feels she needs to keep pace.  She is a calculating politician above all else and such strategic maneuvering in Washington often leaves West Virginia out in the cold.  Don’t take my word for it, just ask her Republican colleague from West Virginia’s First Congressional District.
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Daily Kos: Insurers score another win, turn Medicare pay cut into increase

Medicare Advantage plans are good business for the health insurance industry. Though only a little more than a quarter of Medicare beneficiaries buy these supplemental plans, they’re big business. They’re also relatively expensive for the federal government, which subsidizes them. In fact, the Government Accountability Office found that over the past three years, the federal government has overpaid insurers between $3.2 billion and $5.1 billion. That’s something the Obama administration wanted to change, needing to find every cost-cutting measure possible to implement Obamacare. That’s why the administration tasked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with cutting those subsidies and why it proposed the 2.3 percent cut. The cut would have not been in benefits, but America’s Health Insurance Programs (AHIP) didn’t want MA enrollees to know that. So they did what every powerful industry group does: use some scare tactics and an Astroturf campaign.
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Blue Choice: Anthem Blue Cross Medicare Supplement Plans

Over seventy years of Blue Cross, since 1937. While much has changed in the short span of seven decades, two things have remained constant, and share our original business philosophy of the first customers and our commitment to innovation and progress. We are leaders build leadership positions in health care and to continue our tradition of developing innovative products that offer choice, quality,Health and Safety for the Elderly California. We offer more plans than ever, also plans to integrate traditional Medicare, a Medicare Advantage HMO and PPO plans as the New Freedom Blue. We also offer prescription drug and dental plans and products to help you protect your future financial, such as Long Term Care Insurance and Life Insurance Whole Life Final Expense benefit offered by Blue Cross of California.
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Blue in the Bluegrass: Just Say No To the False Choice

No cuts in domestic spending. No Grand Bargain. No sequester. No cuts to Social Security and Medicare.  Just no, motherfuckers. Digby: Essentially, as before, the White House and the Democratic centrists are holding hostages but this time they’re basically telling the progressives that a hostage is going to get shot no matter what: Head Start and food inspections today or the elderly, the sick and the veterans tomorrow and they have to choose which one.  Why should progressives bear that responsibility? They didn’t get us into this mess. I say they should just say no. Republicans do it all the time and everybody just throws up their hands and says, “well, I guess we’d better figure out something else.” They should hold fast and say “the sequester sucks and so does the Grand Bargain and we don’t support either one.” Most of the progressives didn’t vote for the sequester in the first place and bear no responsibility for it.  (And even those who did have no obligation to defend the monster that everyone assured them had no chance of ever becoming law.) This is a failure of the leadership of both parties and progressives are not required to betray their most fundamental values and defend any of these ridiculous cuts to anyone. Just say no.  The “sequester vs Grand Bargain” is a phony construct made by man, not God, and there’s no reason on earth why any progressive should be forced to own either one. Find another way.  Here’s one: Soak the rich. Restore Eisenhower-era taxes of 90 percent on the parasitic rich, pour the revenues into creating 10 million government jobs and doubling the social safety net. Done.
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Does Blue Cross Offer The Best Medicare Supplemental Insurance?

Blue Cross and Blue Shield offers many good health insurance programs. They do not necessarily offer the best Medicare Supplemental Insurance, but they offer low-cost plans that many people can afford easily. The plan that this large insurance conglomerate offers work best for people who are just over the limits necessary for Medicaid but who do not earn enough for the more expensive plans from the large company. The network also provides a large network of health insurance providers. A person with Blue Cross and Blue Shield knows that the insurance that he has will be accepted mostly anywhere.
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Medicare Plan Finder for Health, Prescription Drug and Medigap plans

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Involuntary Changes to MCSO Retirees Medical Benefits

A retired MCSO Deputy began receiving various documents from the Monroe County Human Resources Department. The documents advised him that form(s) enclosed with the documents had to be completed by his 65th birthday or he would lose all of his medical benefits. When the retired Deputy reached the age of 65, he received more written correspondence from the Monroe County Department of Human Resources concerning his medical benefits coverage for both himself and his spouse; specifically, that his primary care coverage was changed to Medicare (we have been informed/advised that this happens to everyone). Furthermore, the Deputy’s secondary coverage was involuntarily changed to Excellus Medicare Blue Choice (HMO-POS). For over fifty years, it has been customary for retirees to remain in the same plan throughout the length of their retirement; this, however, seems to no longer be the case. Secretary Flannery advised SOAR President Ed Ramsperger of the situation and also spoke with Monroe County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (MCDSA) Jail Union President Wayne Guest. President Guest felt that this was a very important issue and invited Secretary Flannery and President Ramsperger to the next Jail Union Board meeting to discuss the matter. The retired Sheriff’s Deputy who originally contacted Secretary Flannery was also invited to share his experiences at the meeting. At the Jail Union Board meeting, this topic was discussed and the Jail Union Board voted unanimously to “take on” the matter and begin a dialog with the Monroe County administration to determine just what was happening and how to get the matter solved to the satisfaction of all involved.
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GAO finds CMS negligent in risk adjustment for Medicare Advantage plans

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Old people read alone... by Ed YourdonRisk adjustment is important to ensure that payments to MA plans adequately account for differences in beneficiaries’ health status and to maintain plans’ financial incentive to enroll and care for beneficiaries regardless of their health status. Our work confirms that differences in diagnostic coding caused risk scores for MA beneficiaries to be higher than those for comparable beneficiaries in Medicare FFS in 2010, 2011, and 2012. CMS’s decision to use a 3.4 percent adjustment to risk scores for 2010 through 2012 instead of the higher adjustments called for by our analysis resulted in excess payments to MA plans. The existence of such excess payments indicates that CMS’s adjustment does not accurately account for differences in treatment and diagnostic coding between MA plans and Medicare FFS—the stated goal of the statute that required CMS to develop a diagnostic coding adjustment. In our January 2012 report, we recommended that CMS take steps to improve the accuracy of the adjustment to account for excess payments due to differences in diagnostic coding. We noted that CMS could, for example, account for additional beneficiary characteristics, include the most recent data available, identify and account for all the years of coding differences that could affect the payment year for which an adjustment is made, and incorporate the trend of the impact of coding differences on risk scores. CMS’s adjustment for 2013 is the same as it used in 2010, 2011, and 2012. However, given our finding that this adjustment was too low and resulted in estimated excess payments to MA plans of at least $3.2 billion, we continue to believe that it is important for CMS to implement our recommendation that it update its methodology to more accurately account for differences in diagnostic coding.
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Medicare Advantage Plan Enrollment Periods « Insurance News from Crowe & Associates

There are only certain times when you can enroll/dis enroll or change a Medicare Advantage plan. Note that Medicare Advantage plans are sometimes called Medicare Part C or an MAPD plan.   There is a general period when someone turns 65 in which they can enroll.  This time frame is 3 months before the month they turn 65, the month they turn 65 and three months after they turn 65.  There is also the AEP period during which current members can make any type of plan change. This period runs from October 15th to December 7th every year. During this time, an application can be put in to make a change for a January 1 effective date.   The last type of period is the SEP period (Special Election Period) in which a change can be made at any time during the year.  Click on the link below for access to a grid showing all elections.
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Court Holds that Medicare Advantage Plans have a Private Cause of Action under Federal Law by Francesca Sollima

The District Court in Avandia held that under Part C of the statute there was no private cause of action created for Medicare Advantage Plans. They reasoned that Part C of the Medicare Statute contains its own secondary provision 42 USC § 1395w-22(a)(4) and that said provision only permits but does not mandate that a Medicare Advantage Plan be a secondary payer under the Act. They agreed with Glaxo’s argument that such rights can be secured only by the Medicare Advantage Plan’s contract/policy with its enrollee. The District court found that the statute was silent on the existence of a private right of action for Medicare Advantage Plans, and that this silence did not create any ambiguity that would necessitate that the court defer to CMS regulations codified under 42 CFR § 422.108(f) which grant a Medicare Advantage Plan the same rights that a traditional Medicare Plan has to recover from primary payers. In essence, the District Court’s conclusion is that a Medicare Advantage Plan could then only sue to enforce its contractual rights in state court and dismissed the action filed by Humana. 2011 WL 2413488 at *4-5.
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Senior Marketing Specialists : SMS: Government Increases Reimbursements for Medicare Advantage Plans in 2014

Fear over the continuation of Medicare Advantage plans in 2014 was put to rest by government rulings Monday, April 1, 2013 when the Obama administration reversed a proposed 2.3 percent pay cut for private Medicare plans, replacing it with a 3.3 percent raise.
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InsureBlog: Medicare Advantage Cuts

For just a few dollars more than most pay for a Medicare Advantage plan you could own a Medicare supplement insurance plan N and have much less out of pocket exposure than you will have under a Medicare Advantage plan.
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Regulators Improve 2014 Rates for Medicare Advantage Plans

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CMS Softens Medicare Advantage Funding Changes

Another difference is the name change to MA was also part of the Medicare Modernization Act that introduced part D in 2006 at which time Medicare + Choice had only about 5 % penetration of the 40 million medicare beneficiaries enrolled compared to 2013 where MA has about 27% of the 50 million Medicare beneficiaries enrolled. I think many of the people who have stayed on original Medicare have done it because they are seniors and that’s what older people do – keep the policy they already have.They don’t need any new fangeled type of Medicare insurance.Most of the T65 I speak with are already aware of the 2 options they have for Medicare and want to know about both -unless they have been ambushed by a Banker’s Life agent first and told of the horrors of an MA plan. I believe the MA train has left the station and it is going to play a big part of how people get their Medicare for a long time.
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Florida Healthcare Lawyers

GAO estimated that cumulative Medicare Advantage (MA) risk scores in 2010 were 4.2 percent higher than they likely would have been if the same beneficiaries had been enrolled continuously in Medicare fee-for-service (FFS). For 2011, GAO estimated that differences in diagnostic coding resulted in risk scores that were 4.6 to 5.3 percent higher than they likely would have been if the same beneficiaries had been continuously enrolled in FFS. This upward trend continued for 2012, with estimated risk scores 4.9 to 6.4 percent higher.
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Understanding the Medicare Debate

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The first option is Medicare Part C (also known as Medicare Advantage). This choice allows Medicare recipients to enroll in a private health insurance plan specifically approved and contracted by Medicare. These plans are offered by Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) and Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO). You can consider Medicare Advantage an “umbrella” plan that includes all the underlying benefits of Medicare Parts A and B, plus a menu of additional coverage and benefits (including prescription drug coverage) that you choose from for an additional fee. Medicare Advantage plans are separate from Medicare. An important consideration is that most of these plans require you to go to doctors and other providers within their HMO or PPO service network or pay higher co-pays for going out of network.
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Medicare Fee Schedule, Payment and Reimbursement Benefit Guideline, CPT Code Billing: Does consult code accepted by Medicare HMO

MedicarePaymentandReimbursement.com provides Medicare Payments, Billing Guidelines, Fees Schedules 2010, Medicare Eligibility, 2011 Medicare Deductibles, Allowables, CPT Codes for Medicare, Phone Number, Hearing Aids, Denial, Address, Medicare Appeal, PQRI, EOB, Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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Medical Billing Codes: Medical Billing Code Sleep Apnea Appliance

Benefits are determined based on Plan Language including but not limited to medical necessity, experimental BLEPHAROPLASTY- CPT code 15820-15823. What is it: Removal of UPPP &/or LAUP are surgical procedures used to treat obstructive sleep apnea by enlarging the oropharynx
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Liquidation of HMO firm affects more than 5000 in Palm Beach County

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Hcpcs Codes To Send Out Graft Jacket

‘If the request is based on a statute or regulation restricting eRx, the professional medical must cite markets legal provision and as well describe how thought restricts his or even her ability in order to e-prescribe. medicare supplemental insurance regulations are forever subject to modify. Indeed, an organization called RAMP (Restore Access to Capability to move Partnership) is available lobbying for alteration in the Medicare protocols that would be sure those who should have such equipment becomes it. Currently, there are 12 different types regarding Medicare Supplement Plans, labeled Plan A brand new through Plan H. Each different plan offers an upmarket set of . Different plans may be obtainable in different parts of the country. The new N strategy has similar benefits to plan B except there has become a copayment for doctor excursions and copayment for emergency region visits. A majority of these co-pays apply correct the 5 insurance deductible is paid. The new Proposal M also packages similar benefits so that you Plan D, although will only encapsulate 50% of each Part A insurance deductible and none created by the Part Y simply deductible. Cost of of Plan Debbie is around 70% of the price level of Plan F. And, the cost having to do with Plan M is very much approximately 85% of the cost within F. Completely the number Medigap Plans have been reduced from 12 coverages to 10 blueprints and plans. These be clear to allow them to libertarians that every one of of America’s older folks were defrauded merely America’s politicians and moreover the fraud in direction of all of The usa’s younger wage-earners starts. Baby Boomers today are shown to be a number of unhappy people. Besides, they have the right to choose to be unhappy. Is offering because aside belonging to the slow growth on the economy, high sums of layoffs are in addition existent. Item targets of lay offs are people in which considered to participate the baby boomers era. This kind of policy is incredibly unsettling and can make anyone born inside of the baby boomers era cringe. Keep in mind that every prescription drug plan currently along with a a donut hole. The good news, however, normally many people absolutely not reach the donut hole. What’s more, there usually are discounts available on both brand and off brand drugs for those who do reach these donut hole, and the coverage gap should be phased out as a whole by the week 2020. The whole people should getting aware of currently the gaps in his / her policy and service the best possibilities option to envelop these gaps with ensure they have become fully covered on the inside case of scientific emergencies. An alternative choice to all in the confusion is Medicare Advantage Plan. This plan set in place of Medicare plan A as well as , Medicare plan B, as well as any Medigap insurance. Medicare Advantage deals with HMO’s, PPO’s as well as other options. Issue to remember is that Medicare Advantage a good option that always allows doctors and hospitals to choose. They don’t have to the sum coverage. It truly is a private option not through the feds but rather explain to you private insurance makers.
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A Real Brief Overview Of Gerber Medicare Supplements

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A Real Brief Overview Linked With Gerber Medicare Heallth Supplements

It should be emphasized strongly which unfortunately medicare supplemental insurance.supplement plans do not intend to remove and replace Medicare as the main source of health insurance. What they do is actually actually supplement Medicare insurance. For example, in order to suffer from full use from the Medicare supplement plan, one must acquire a medicare insurance insurance premium and see which specifically aspect can be more covered by each of our Medicare supplement system. Purged are the working days when emails designed serious business. Nowadays, most mailboxes get hundreds of spam messages nearly week. What precisely is important in order to really note that a lot of of them seem to be so well produced by that you bring convinced and fix up sending your individual vital information need online banking details, social security number, and credit gift card number, which exposes you to masterplans scams. You may not comprehend that you own been scammed until they are you observe many fraud transactions referring to your credit visa card or in savings account. To insulate yourself from such frauds, owners should never share your confidential communication with anybody the net. Baby Boomers were born over a post World Hostilities II era and before the Vietnam War. This means that baby boomers came of actual age during the duration where they struggled for civil the law in the Assist. This will means you, as an area of the baby seniors population, know good enough about your rights as a kama’aina ( of the Usa. A new benefits of the exact 12 Medigap Plans vary. All plans deal with the basic benefits, and standardization at the plans produces helped to decrease consumer confusion when it comes to selecting a plan. Keep in attention that Texas Medicare supplemental insurance coverage only begins once a allowable has been met. How will your current medications be protected under the course of action you are focusing on? If you have take only start drugs, you ought not to have a nightmare – but kind drugs can end up covered differently ranging from plan to regimen. Under diverse plans, co-pays with the same brand name drug may want to be dramatically totally different. This can add up regarding hundreds of dollars each year. This will probably not a reality. All non-exempt assets owned your couple are inserted together to ascertain your eligibility for Medicaid. Currently the spouse that planning into the care home is disqualified against receiving Medicaid till the individual spouses’ personal total ,000 or less. One other spouse can keep up their non-excludible benefits to a maximum of around 0,000 (it changes annually). States have different laws pertaining in order to Medicaid eligibility. It is best to check with a state to learn exactly what the qualifying factors are. The site is also important to remember those the bills have to to be considered to ensure that everything has already been applied correctly. If something is provided to you as a shock you should call and inquire about specific charges. It is true at prescription drugs. Always ask about generic versions behind the medicine which is needed. Also check when different pharmacies provide different costs joined with the final price of the drug. As mentioned to many more aged people having any kind of a proper Medicare has always been more than a sufficient quantity to cover to the top level their medical running costs as and when need arises. However this is considered to be not true. Merely relaying upon Medicare can wind up as risky especially in the later years of life. Buying Medicare add to leads can pack in gaps that Medicare failed in cover up. People will that is when no longer believe these leads as a a burden and them and does accept them quickly. It is however very all-important to understand all these leads correctly and see if you meet all ones own needs. In having such takes you all your precise expenses can very be covered. This can acquire even without pretty much any additional financial input.
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That You Simply Brief Overview To Gerber Medicare Supplements

Some Tax Lady Roni Deutch and the female law firm Roni Deutch, A Business Tax Corporation been recently helping taxpayers throughout the country find IRS tax bill relief for much more seventeen years. The firm employs experienced tax lawyers who can bout IRS tax liens on your part. Medicare insurance is the Associated with us health insurance plan for seniors and disabled people. It provides easy-to-follow medical coverage, and furthermore it really aids our seniors and furthermore disabled pay to get health care. But original Medicare does not pay for everything, and dental or vision benefits are not a lot of. Guys search at my photos of boomers like monoliths design. Having said that, living in fact, the Baby Boomers are distinctive brought on by each other slightly. For example, Medicare can possibly pay for a hospital stay in case of a perplexing dental procedure. But it could cover the actual dental work. For another example, Medicare does not likely usually cover eyewear or contacts. However, it is beneficial after intraocular contact cataract surgery. Using recent years, however, issues involving Why you should You Compare Medicare Supplement Plans and Benefits before purchasing one.have risen. Is all about about funding and simply universal health concern coverage plagued Medicare. There are in addition , issues that full coverage could usually sought with Medicare. Even the stuff involving the superior quality of health care that Medicare talks about have become some sort of source of inquiries from citizens. Such issues come to the spike in popularity connected with Medicare supplement plans, which are growing to be offered to Men and women by private insurance providers. Positive aspects plans are not ever standardized like Medigap Plans, so it’s in order to understand individual organize rules before you’ll enroll. Discover finding out that prescription drugs get covered. Tend to be all concerned thanks to our eyesight while teeth. Yet these services would be able to be expensive. It may wind up as time to look into some alternatives before you have a good emergency need. In absence of the specific insurance you dangers to be added to compensate rate of repair relating to another’s car and consequently expenses on rehab of the dupe. Therefore try to realize the good autoinsurance in the home business with high reputation. The good variant linked the insurance offers you side benefits, for example, danger of free towage of the poor car. Your initial of the clean proposed exemptions, participation in one of these two EHR Incentive Companies and adoption of a certified EHR system, is a response to critics who pointed out CMS that had been a conflict between the requirements of all of the eRx and its EHR Programs. Until there will most certainly be Medicare-certified EHRs about anesthesia services, technique exemption will not really of much consume to the homemade. Pain physicians may have adopted proficient EHR technologies, however, and if so, this exemption are inclined to shield them because of the 2012 eRx fee. Content management system estimates that 209,000 eligible professionals could be subject on the 2012 payment adjustment if they do not become eligible offerings – or order exemptions — based on claims data. In 2010, however, 100,444 professionals participated in the eRx Encouragement Program. Television . has certainly received hold in former specialties.
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ALPACA Sea wards go the breeze: Medigap insurance for the people who are not covered

Insurance is a cause for worry because it is difficult to understand. Beginning 1967, one of the country’s health care leaders, Gerber has reached out to the people, providing invaluable financial and health security. The Medicare Supplement offered by Gerber, Medigap is dedicated to betterment of life of people. It simplifies the various aspects of insurance and brings home only the very necessary aspects so that the common man understands them easily. This has been the basis of the drive of the health reform plans initiated by the President Obama so that the benefits reach the maximum number of people. The bank of satisfied customers who recommend Medigap is probably due to the Medigap advisors. These are a bunch of dedicated people who clear all apprehensions of the ‘doubtful Joe’ before they take their insurance policy. The Medicare Advantage Insurance plans go with the actual Medicare. Gerber offers Gerber Medicare supplement plans (Medigap Plans) to help compensate for the things that are not covered in the original Medicare like Part A or Part B deductible, co-insurance and co-payments. There is also entirely new coverage like medical care in emergency situation for those traveling to places out of US. While there are Medicare Advantage plans that pay for prescription drugs, the Medicare Supplement plans do not have such provisions. The Gerber Medicare Supplement Insurance is very competitive, and all plans are offered by many of the insurance companies and they cover some or all of the costs that you would have had to cover. With Gerber Medicare Supplement Insurance one does not have to stay inside the prescribed ring. One may consult any doctor who is within the original Medicare circle. Medicare Supplement insurance plan work alongside the original Medicare filling in those places that Medicare does not cover, but the company may have different policies and what is covered in some may not be covered in others. The price may be more for the same coverage and the time for the coverage could vary. This is all you have to worry about when choosing the company to cover the plan. Medicare is included to find the best plan for any person. It does not mean that any rival company will source the information for their personal advantage. Gerber Life has an A (excellent) rating from A.M. Best Company. Outlook is stable for Gerber life and the action is confirmed. If you are able to get a broker who represents more than one company and has considerable experience in the field, then you will be able to find the options that are best for you by comparing the quotes from different companies. Gerber Medigap insurance will help you those amounts coinsurance, copay and deductibles that are not covered in the Medicare services. Gerber Medigap insurance have come to be standardized so that they are recognized just by the alphabet (A through to N) for different states and you receive the same benefits regardless of where you are. But one has to be sure; compare prices of the Gerber Medigap insurance from different companies before you choose a company to buy your insurance plan from.
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Gerber Medicare Supplement

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Gerber Medicare Supplement

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Gerber Changes its Guarantee Issue for Medicare Supplemental Insurance

Gerber will no longer extend guarantee issue to individuals who are voluntarily leaving an employer- sponsored group health plan except in those states where it is required. Those states are: AR, CA, CO, FL, ID, IL, IA, IN, KS, LA, MO, MT, NJ, NM, OH, OK, PA, TX, VA, WV and WI. Gerber is aligning itself with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) underwriting rules. Changes take effect with applications signed on and after 1 August 2011. You can read more about your guaranteed issue rights here: http://centaurmedicaresolutions.com/seven-guaranteed-issue-rights-for-medigap-insurance/
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Opinion: Medicare Part D helps seniors, keeps costs down

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Understanding the Medicare Debate

The first option is Medicare Part C (also known as Medicare Advantage). This choice allows Medicare recipients to enroll in a private health insurance plan specifically approved and contracted by Medicare. These plans are offered by Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) and Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO). You can consider Medicare Advantage an “umbrella” plan that includes all the underlying benefits of Medicare Parts A and B, plus a menu of additional coverage and benefits (including prescription drug coverage) that you choose from for an additional fee. Medicare Advantage plans are separate from Medicare. An important consideration is that most of these plans require you to go to doctors and other providers within their HMO or PPO service network or pay higher co-pays for going out of network.
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Medicare Part C, Medicare Advantage Plans, What Does It Cover, Who Is Eligible

Before you enroll in a Medicare Part C plan you will have to enroll in Medicare Parts A and B. Generally, individuals are automatically enrolled in both if they are already receiving Social Security. Otherwise you will need to contact your local Social Security office to enroll. Once you are enrolled in Parts A and B you can select a Medicare Advantage Plan. For most people, this can all be done at the same time, when they turn 65 years of age. There is a seven month window to enroll which starts three months before your birthday month and ends three months after.
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Medicare Misperceptions Create Tougher Task For Lawmakers

The New York Times: Misperceptions Of Benefits Make Trimming Harder President Obama had Senate Republicans nodding in agreement during a recent ice-breaking dinner as he described a basic problem for the nation’s fiscal future: For each dollar that Americans pay for Medicare, they ultimately draw about $3 in benefits. What’s more, he added, most people do not understand that. … [T]he president was referring to the widespread and incorrect view, especially among older Americans, that Medicare recipients get only what they have paid for through taxes, premiums and medical co-payments. Now that misperception is making it all the harder for politicians to consider trimming those benefits or raising out-of-pocket expenses as they seek to restrain Medicare spending that is rising unsustainably while baby boomers age and medical prices increase (Calmes, 4/3).
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Why today's seniors object to the dissolution of Medicare

Privatization / corporatization of health care in the U.S. is the reason why our health care is prohibitively expensive, and can boast of only mediocre outcomes, at best. Nowhere else in the industrial world do citizens find themselves going bankrupt over medical care, and most industrial countries achieve substantially better health outcomes, and at lower cost, than we do. All Mr. Ryan’s plan will do is perpetuate our current dysfunctional system, with CEOs of health insurance companies being paid 7-figure salaries while nameless clerks deny coverage and the people they ostensibly “serve” find themselves having to choose between paying for food, or the mortgage, or clothing on the one hand, and paying off that hospital or doctor bill on the other, knowing that the “non-profit” hospital or physician may well take them to court if they choose to eat rather than pay for medical care.
Source: minnpost.com

Annual Enrollment for Medicare Advantage (Part C) & Part D: October 15 – December 7 

Even beneficiaries who were satisfied with their 2012 plans need to review their plan options for 2013.  Part D and MA plans may have made changes to their coverage, provider networks and other plan features.[3] Plan information for 2013 will be available on the Medicare Plan Finder at www.medicare.gov.[4]  For the computer-savvy, the Medicare Plan Finder is an excellent plan comparison tool, allowing users to enter all their drugs and drug dosages, compare up to three plans at a time, save their drug information for later use, and actually enroll in a plan on-line.  This is the best – if not only – way to truly compare the many plans available to choose from.  People who cannot use the Plan Finder themselves may contact 1-800-Medicare, or their State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), for assistance with evaluating, selecting, and enrolling in a Part D plan.
Source: medicareadvocacy.org

NOW IS THE TIME TO GET HELP WITH MEDICARE

Getting Help OSHIIP Volunteer, Claudette M. Rogers, a Program Coordinator with Family & Community Services Inc. shares a number of ways that OSHIIP volunteers can help: • Compare and contrast Medicare C Advantage Programs • Compare the multitude of Medicare D Programs available and narrow the senior’s search to three that are most suitable based on the particular prescriptions needed • Counsel seniors as to enrollment periods for various programs • Direct seniors as to how to apply for low income subsidy programs which may pay for premiums, deductibles or co-insurance • Direct seniors to other sources of charitable or low cost prescriptions such as veteran benefits and pharmaceutical assistance programs provided by drug companies • Investigate and report predatory practices of some insurance companies • Advise clients as to the best way to dispose of unused drugs • Spread the word by speaking to senior groups about Medicare and other insurance coverage
Source: wordpress.com