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Beginning October 22, The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Brighton Center’s Senior Medicare Patrol are offering free Medicare Prescription Drug Plan comparison assistance for Medicare beneficiaries. Representatives from SHIP will also be screening individuals to see if they are eligible for extra-help to pay for Medicare expenses.
Source: seniorservicesnky.org

Video: Kentucky Medicare Supplements

Don’t expect big enrollment numbers for the health insurance exchanges

Kentucky says it’s enrolling 1,000 people a day, mostly into Medicaid. Kentucky is running its own exchange for people to buy health insurance, and is also expanding its Medicaid program to cover more people. The state says 33,561 have enrolled in Medicaid and 7,011 have enrolled in private insurance. And it says 16,425 have been found eligible for a federal subsidy to buy health insurance with but most of them have not yet chosen a plan.
Source: nbcnews.com

Daily Kos: Medicaid enrollments surging under Obamacare, and that’s a good thing

The truth is that fee for service health care system never really worked for the majority of people in the country. The simple truth is that sick people cost insurers money. An chronically ill people cost a lot of money. That is why the chronically ill find it almost impossible to get coverage. With the knowledge that sick people are losses, and chronically ill people are total losses the fee for service never truly worked for the nation as a whole. Because all the insurers where only looking to cover healthy people (money makers). If we want a fair and just system that looks for the good of the nation as a whole single payer is the only rational way to go. An paid for by a tax on all income (wages and investments). This goes for everyone to include businesses. If everyone contributed, the pool would be great and the tax percentage would be low. An, yes there would be wage and price controls to control costs. Because health care is a huge part of our economy, these controls would ripple through the whole economy. Bring stability to what has been an out of control business economy. This stability would bring prosperity to the average American. Who would in turn stimulate the economy further by their spending. The lifting of the health care burden on business would allow companies to invest in growing their business and the nations economy as a whole. And we must remember healthy people are (money makers)!
Source: dailykos.com

Kentucky’s Rush Into Medicaid Managed Care: A Cautionary Tale For Other States

Earlier this year, the legislature unanimously passed a bill that would have set up an appeals process at the Department of Insurance to mediate disputes between the medical community and the health plans. The governor vetoed it, saying it would have resulted in excessive costs and could have interfered with contractual agreements. Instead, he announced an “action plan” that included insurance department audits and a requirement that plans meet with every hospital to review past-due bills. 
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

Volunteers on Capitol Hill Fight for Social Security and Medicare

“Our families, friends, and neighbors want Washington to listen to them when it comes to Medicare and Social Security,” said AARP Kentucky State President Jim Kimbrough of Frankfort. “They’ve made their voices heard online, at community meetings and events all over Kentucky and today we’ve brought their message to Washington with the hope that we can go home and tell the people who live in our neighborhoods that Congress will strengthen these lifeline programs that matter so much to us.”
Source: aarp.org

Smackdown: Kentucky Gov. Beshear vs. Ohio Rep. Lynch

As if people stand on the side of the road wearing sackcloth and ashes or something. What a fool. Lynch went on to assert that those people who would be covered by Medicaid would be “locked into the system” because they would choose not to make more money in order to keep their Medicaid coverage. Again, the fool forgets that they’re absolutely not locked into the system because they can either purchase subsidized insurance on the exchanges or get employer-provided health insurance if they earn more than the Medicaid baseline.
Source: crooksandliars.com

Passport, Humana and Anthem to offer service to Medicaid members across Kentucky

“More than 300,000 Kentuckians are expected to be newly eligible for healthcare coverage through Medicaid beginning in January 2014,” said Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes. “As a part of the Cabinet’s continuing effort to expand choice and access to care, I am pleased that we are able to offer these new Medicaid members the opportunity to choose from such reputable providers. We are excited about the improved health outcomes that will result from so many people having health insurance coverage, many for the first time.”
Source: medicalnews.md

Attorney Jobs in Kentucky: Manager, Medicare Compliance Operations position at Rawlings Group in La Grange

For detail informations about this position opportunity please read the description below. The manager will supervise a team of 8-10 associates responsible for auditing/verifying potential other party liability information provided by CMS to our ! clients by working with insurance carriers, attorneys, case administrators, employers and/or members. The manager will also work cases and will be responsible for pursuing recovery of all Medicare Part D third party liability/worker’s compensation cases completed by the team. Responsibilities will include:
Source: blogspot.com

Caldwell Guardian: Medicare, Humana and United Health Changes You Need to Know

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Each year those of us 65 or older can keep or change Medicare Advantage Insurance plans or simply stay with plain vanilla Medicare Part B, The cost for the basic Medicare is rounded off at $104/month and it comes right off the top of that meager Social Security check.  This year Humana and United Health have thrown a curve ball at Medicare recipients. Humana is in the process of severing ties with St. Luke’s in this area.  If you keep your Humana Medicare Advantage Plan  be advised if you go to St. Luke’s you will be on the hook for out of plan costs.  The mutual separation is over reimbursements to St. Luke’s by Humana for Medicare Advantage payments. You know… the charges sent to Humana generally get settled for a much lower price than “retail” prices charged by hospitals. United Health (under the banner of AARP), is dropping thousands of doctors in 10 States according to a Wall Street Journal article in today’s edition.  Again it is probably over reimbursements paid v. what the docs submit for their services.  If you have anyone you know oblivious to these changes in Medicare you might want to give them a heads up.  Out of plan fees and costs can be a real shock to the wallet.
Source: blogspot.com

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How Your Medicare Part D Co

Other plans have simpler changes, and some are even good, like those to First Health Part D Essentials. This plan is available in many states, but we’ll specifically look at the plan’s changes in Connecticut. The co-insurance for using the plan’s mail order pharmacy for preferred brand-name drugs drops 40%, from 25% to 15%. This is great if you’re buying a preferred brand name drug. But in order to make up for the savings on preferred meds, the co-insurance for non-preferred brands rises slightly, from 42% to 44%. Although the difference is only 2% of the drug’s cost, it can add up quickly when applied to multiple medications.
Source: pharmacycheckerblog.com

Seniors lose insurance AND doctors under Obamacare

The company is asking elected officials to avoid further cuts to the program, “We’ve been lobbying Congress to help insure that Medicare Advantage is appropriately funded to avoid further increases in premiums and changes in the product,” Vincz told TheDC. “We are hoping to make this a one time experience.”
Source: dailycaller.com

Social Security and Medicare taxes and benefits: Things change, but we’re still going broke

Gene Steurle and Caleb Quackenbush of the Urban Institute have updated their figures showing the lifetime Social Security and Medicare taxes people pay, based on when they’re born, and the lifetime benefits they can expect to receive (I’ve produced similar figures in analyzing whether America’s retirees have truly “paid” for their Medicare benefits).
Source: aei-ideas.org

Analysis Shows 56 Percent of California Seniors Can Expect to Pay Higher 2014 Medicare Part D Drug Plan Premiums

Q1Medicare.com is one of the largest independent online resources for Medicare Part D prescription drug plan and Medicare Advantage plan information. Q1Medicare offers a large selection of Frequently Asked Questions, online tools, and a free Medicare Part D Newsletter all designed to help Medicare beneficiaries, healthcare professionals, advocates, advisers, caregivers, and insurance agents better understand both the Medicare Part D prescription drug and Medicare Advantage programs. Q1Medicare.com is operated by Q1Group LLC (Saint Augustine, California).
Source: lensaunders.com

Seniors Cautioned To Pay Close Attention To Details As Enrollment Begins In Medicare Plans

While the AARP MedicareRx  Saver Plus premium will go up 55 percent next year, it is still below the average national premium,  Sarah Bearce, a UnitedHealth Care spokeswoman said in an e-mail.  The combination of federal reimbursement cuts, the health law’s tax on insurers and the automatic cuts triggered by sequestration “required us to make changes to our plans,” she said, and added that this “financial pressure” is being felt across the health insurance industry.
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

Changes to the Maryland Medicare Waiver

The Maryland Medicare Waiver is a special agreement with the federal government that allows the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) to set hospital rates for all payers, including Medicare and Medicaid, so long as Maryland keeps Medicare inpatient per case cost growth below the national average.  In recent years, Maryland has moved closer to breaking the terms of the special Medicare waiver agreement as Medicare inpatient costs here are beginning to outpace national growth.  
Source: bowie-jensen.com