Annual Statistical Supplement, 2011

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Beginning January 1, 2006, upon voluntary enrollment in either a stand-alone PDP or an integrated Medicare Advantage plan that offers Part D coverage in its benefit, subsidized prescription drug coverage. Most FDA-approved drugs and biologicals are covered. However, plans may set up formularies for their drug coverage, subject to certain statutory standards. (Drugs currently covered in Parts A and B remain covered there.) Part D coverage can consist of either standard coverage or an alternative design that provides the same actuarial value. (For an additional premium, plans may also offer supplemental coverage exceeding the value of basic coverage.) Standard Part D coverage is defined for 2006 as having a $250 deductible, with 25 percent coinsurance (or other actuarially equivalent amounts) for drug costs above the deductible and below the initial coverage limit of $2,250. The beneficiary is then responsible for all costs until the $3,600 out-of-pocket limit (which is equivalent to total drug costs of $5,100) is reached. For higher costs, there is catastrophic coverage; it requires enrollees to pay the greater of 5 percent coinsurance or a small copay ($2 for generic or preferred multisource brand and $5 for other drugs). After 2006, these benefit parameters are indexed to the growth in per capita Part D spending (see Table 2.C1). In determining out-of-pocket costs, only those amounts actually paid by the enrollee or another individual (and not reimbursed through insurance) are counted; the exception is cost-sharing assistance from Medicare’s low-income subsidies (certain beneficiaries with low incomes and modest assets will be eligible for certain subsidies that eliminate or reduce their Part D premiums, cost-sharing, or both) and from State Pharmacy Assistance Programs. A beneficiary premium, representing 25.5 percent of the cost of basic coverage on average, is required (except for certain low-income beneficiaries, as previously mentioned, who may pay a reduced or no premium). For PDPs and the drug portion of Medicare Advantage plans, the premium will be determined by a bid process; each plan’s premium will be 25.5 percent of the national weighted average plus or minus the difference between the plan’s bid and the average. To help them gain experience with the Medicare population, plans will be protected by a system of risk corridors, which allow Part D to assist with unexpected costs and to share in unexpected savings; after 2007, the risk corridors became less protective. To encourage employer and union plans to continue prescription drug coverage to Medicare retirees, subsidies to these plans are authorized; the plan must meet or exceed the value of standard Part D coverage, and the subsidy pays 28 percent of the allowable costs associated with enrollee prescription drug costs between a specified cost threshold ($250 in 2006, indexed thereafter) and a specified cost limit ($5,000 in 2006, indexed thereafter).
Source: ssa.gov

Medicare Supplement Insurance Quote Engine

In addition to Medicare supplement insurance, we are pleased to be participating in the Medicare Advantage market. The Medicare Advantage policy is a low cost alternative to a Medicare supplement policy and is especially advantageous for those less than 65 years old. The Private Fee For Service (PFFS) is a type of Advantage plan that allows Medicare recipient to visit any doctor, any hospital, anywhere. Therefore, many Medicare recipients are well served by the lower cost Private Fee For Service plan.
Source: bestmedicaresupplement.com

Annual Statistical Supplement, 2011

d. Standard premium rate for voluntary enrollment by certain aged and disabled individuals not otherwise entitled to Hospital Insurance (HI). (Most individuals aged 65 and older and many disabled individuals under age 65 are insured for HI benefits without payment of any premium.) Beginning in 1994, a reduced premium is available to premium-paying HI enrollees with at least 30 quarters of Medicare-covered employment (either their own or through a current or former spouse if the marriage meets certain duration criteria). In most cases, a surcharge applies for beneficiaries who enroll after their initial enrollment period.
Source: ssa.gov

Medicare Supplement Insurance & Plans

If you are leaving your employers benefits and are over the age of 65, a guaranteed-issue period for Medicare Supplement insurance may apply. Those who have already have Part B Medicare over the age of 65 and are losing their employer benefits may also enroll in a Medicare Supplement and be guaranteed-issue. Some Medicare Supplement insurance companies also offer guaranteed policies during the 63 days if you voluntarily leave your employer benefits due to retiring. Check with one of our advisors to see if you qualify based on your own circumstances.
Source: yourmedicaresupplement.com

Compare Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans & Medigap Plans and Rates for
2011. See Plan Chart for AL, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, MN, MS,
NC, NE, NM, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA & WV. Medigap Insurance Plans including the
Popular Plan F & G

Year after year we have found Medicare Supplement Plan F or Medicare Supplement Plan G to be the best value for the dollar. The new Plan N is a great alternative to a Medicare Advantage plan.  Plan N might be recommended depending on which state you live in and how much the supplement cost in relation to available Medicare Advantage plans. A plan N will provide more coverage and a very reasonable premium. In Florida we have the lowest rate for plan F & plan N. See the Medicare Supplement Plan chart below. In general, the higher you go up in the plan chart the more Gaps the plan fills. Medicare Supplement Plan F is the most comprehensive supplement plan and there is not a better plan than F. Most people will select a Plan F. However, depending on your personal situation there may be a more cost efficient choice.
Source: themedicarechannel.com

Compare Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Plans and Rates in Your Area

"Times have changed since my mother had an AARP J plan and I was totally confused by the options available. Stan walked me through the process in a very educational, methodical, friendly way, and I feel secure now that we’re making the correct decision to provide the best possible coverage for my husband." – Pat K.
Source: medigap360.com

Get Medicare Supplemental Insurance Plan Quotes

Ms. Tuesday N. was very well versed and knowledgeable regarding my mother’s situation; her service skills are outstanding. I was very pleased, and she kept my mother interested in what she had to say, which is very difficult for me at times. Thank you, Tuesday, for the incredible service. You’re amazing and ONE OF A KIND. I will be in touch to continue with my mother’s application and receive more of your excellent services. Thank you again.
Source: ehealthmedicare.com

California Health Advocates: Medicare Policy, Advocacy and Education

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Bonnie Burns, our Training and Policy Specialist, begins her 23rd term as one of the 20 appointed and funded consumer liaison representatives by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Ms. Burns spearheaded the standardization of Medicare supplemental insurance, known as Medigap and has provided numerous Congressional testimonies guiding the standardization of long-term care insurance and the policies for financing long-term care.
Source: cahealthadvocates.org

Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Source: medicare.gov

Compare Medicare Advantage & Supplemental Plans

Medicare Advantage insurance is offered by private insurance companies with a Medicare contract, and replaces Original Medicare Part A and Part B. You must continue to pay your Part B premiums. Medicare Advantage plans typically offer additional benefit options and have less cost-sharing than Original Medicare, and you may have to pay a monthly premium in return for the extra benefits. Medicare Advantage plans come in a variety of formats, such as HMO, PPO and PFFS plans, as well as special needs plans. Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in Medicare Advantage plans if they have Medicare Part A and Part B, but only during designated enrollment periods. These enrollment periods change from time-to-time, so please call us to get the most-up-to-date information.
Source: medicaresolutions.com

California Department of Aging

The California Department of Aging (CDA) administers programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the State. The Department administers funds allocated under the federal Older Americans Act, the Older Californians Act, and through the Medi-Cal program. The Department contracts with the network of Area Agencies on Aging, who directly manage a wide array of federal and state-funded services that help older adults find employment; support older and disabled individuals to live as independently as possible in the community; promote healthy aging and community involvement; and assist family members in their vital care giving role. CDA also contracts directly with agencies that operate the Multipurpose Senior Services Program through the Medi-Cal home and community-based waiver for the elderly, and certifies Adult Day Health Care centers for the Medi-Cal program. To find services in your community click here.
Source: ca.gov

NC DMA: Medicaid for Medicare Recipients

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Medicare-Aid is a free Medicaid program for people who have Medicare and also have limited income and resources. The program can help pay your Medicare premiums, co-payments and deductibles. It is also known as Medicare Savings Program. There are three different levels of Medicare-Aid. All are based on an individual’s countable income.
Source: ncdhhs.gov

Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Source: medicare.gov

Nursing Homes in North Carolina; NC Convalescent Homes, Nursing Home Directory

422 North Carolina Nursing Homes, rehab and rehabilitation, convalescent facilities listed in the Compare Nursing Homes database at www. medicare.gov. We do not sell, endorse or recommend any service, product or particular facility.
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North Carolina Association for Medical Equipment Services

NCAMES is grateful for Congresswoman Ellmers’ continued support and efforts to bring attention to the devastating effects of the audit burden.  Please watch the video below of our Champion’s questioning CMS regarding RAC and MAC audits.  NCAMES was honored to have Congresswoman Ellmers as our guest at the NCAMES Summer Meeting. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 25, 2014 CONTACT: Press Office (202) 226-4972 Medicare Program Official Confirms that Administration Failed to Meet Its Key Goals to Reduce Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Members Discuss Lost Opportunities to Eliminate Waste, Fraud, Abuse and Strengthen Medicare WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), today held a hearing, “Medicare Program Integrity: Screening Out Errors, Fraud, and Abuse,” to discuss what steps need to be taken to eliminate the waste of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars and strengthen the Medicare program. Members heard testimony from administration officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG), and the Government Accountability Office (GAO). During questioning, Deputy Administrator and Director at the Center for Program Integrity at CMS, Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., admitted to Murphy that the administration has failed to meet its target goal of a reduced improper payment rate for Medicare fee-for-service and that the improper payment rate had actually worsened over the last fiscal year. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) underscored the problems with the systems currently in place to audit certain providers. “There is fraud, we all know that there is fraud and abuse of the system, but you are going after the good guys to make up the dollar difference. You are not addressing the real fraud issues. You are not taking recommendations and applying them, your own recommendations.” Click here to view Ellmers video.
Source: ncames.org

Florida Blue Medicare Advantage Plans for 2015

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Are you a Florida senior citizen who is trying to maximize your Medicare benefits? Just as each senior citizen has her own unique needs and preferences, insurers offer a variety of different ways to enjoy these hard-earned health benefits and even help you plan for medical expenses that original Medicare does not completely cover. At Secure Health Options, we want to help all Floridians find the right plan that assures them of convenient and affordable access to the best medical providers. You can request information on Medicare Advantage plans and Florida Medicare supplemental insurance in your own local area by entering your home ZIP code in the box at the top of this page. If you have questions or would like help signing up, be sure to give us a call.
Source: floridamedicareadvantageplans.com

Compare Medicare Advantage & Supplemental Plans

Medicare Advantage insurance is offered by private insurance companies with a Medicare contract, and replaces Original Medicare Part A and Part B. You must continue to pay your Part B premiums. Medicare Advantage plans typically offer additional benefit options and have less cost-sharing than Original Medicare, and you may have to pay a monthly premium in return for the extra benefits. Medicare Advantage plans come in a variety of formats, such as HMO, PPO and PFFS plans, as well as special needs plans. Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in Medicare Advantage plans if they have Medicare Part A and Part B, but only during designated enrollment periods. These enrollment periods change from time-to-time, so please call us to get the most-up-to-date information.
Source: medicaresolutions.com

Medicare Advantage Plans in Brevard County, Florida

Below are Medicare Advantage plans available to residents of Brevard county, Florida. 11 carriers offer 43 plans throughout the county of Brevard. Residents may choose plans from multiple carriers. This data has been made available by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and is for informational purposes only. Some data may be inaccurate or incomplete. Please note that plans can vary by city, county, and state and all plans listed may not be available in all areas. To speak to an advisor and find the Medicare Advantage plan in Brevard county that is right for you complete the form at the top of the page.
Source: online-health-insurance.com

2015 Medicare Advantage Plans Available to Residents of Florida

AK  AL  AR  AZ  CA  CO  CT  DC  DE  FL  GA  HI  IA  ID  IL  IN  KS  KY  LA  MA  MD  ME  MI  MN  MO  MS  MT  NC  ND  NE  NH  NJ  NM  NV  NY  OH  OK  OR  PA  RI  SC  SD  TN  TX  UT  VA  VT  WA  WI  WV  WY
Source: q1medicare.com

Florida Medicare Advantage Plans with Part D (Prescription Drug) Coverage

The plans below offer Medicare Advantage and Part D coverage to Florida residents. Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Medicare Part C, are alternatives to original Medicare. These plans help cover the costs of services provided by hospitals, doctors, lab tests and some preventive screenings. These plans’ Part D component helps cover prescription drugs. Even if a plan’s monthly premium is $0, you would still pay the equivalent of the original Medicare premium. Not all plans shown here will be available to you; enter your zip code to see plans in your area. You can read about whether Medicare Advantage is right for you. If you only want plans with drug coverage, browse Prescription Drug (Part D) Plans.
Source: usnews.com

Florida Medicare Plans, Policies and Information

Florida State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) Florida’s Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders Program (SHINE) us a free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. SHINE is run in unison with the federally funded national SHIP program. The SHINE program is provided in order to help seniors make informed decisions when it comes to Medicare and health plans. SHINE services are free and unbiased. Counselors are there to help seniors answer questions on Florida Medicare plans including:
Source: medicaresolutions.com

EmblemHealth: Family & Individual Health Insurance Plans In New York

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To view this Web site, you need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Don’t worry — you can still sign in to the secure myEmblemHealth Web site or search for a doctor using the links below. If you need help registering for the secure site, please call Customer Service at the number on the back of your ID card.
Source: emblemhealth.com

Hip Replacement and Medicare coverage??? (medical, plan, hospital, doctor)

Barb, I had a total hip replacement on the left side last last June 2012 and wish I had done it sooner! I researched the surgeons who only do the anterior approach. It is much less invasive, zero chance of dislocation (unless you really mess up yourself by pivoting with your foot flat on the floor), not as much blood loss or complications etc., and a much easier recovery. I was in the hospital only 3 days, went to a rehab place for 5 days, but it was an awful place and I was not getting any PT etc., so I checked out of there and went home. Did not have any family support or care at home, except for the physical therapy (Medicare covers) at home, probably 9 times, I forget. Then outpatient PT to which I drove myself there. Was offered home health care, but didn’t need or want it, was doing fine after 3 weeks and driving. Look up doctors who specialize in the anterior method. Smaller incision high on the hip, no muscles are cut etc., excellent way to go. Mine is ceramic and titanium, they don’t do metal on metal anymore. With the old method you have a lot of strict precautions. Now I need to have the right hip done (which is now bone on bone, yikes), and will schedule it for March or so right here at home in NC; that way I’m good to go for the spring and summer best weather; and I know what to expect. I won’t go to any rehab/nursing center, better off at home with PT at the house. Those places are awful. Actually, the one I went to did some fraudulent Medicare billing and I’ve reported them. I never once got PT and they billed something like $1700 for PT which I never got, and something ridiculous for OT (occupational therapy which I never got). I had no choice about where to go for rehab, it was chosen on a first come first serve basis. (I did not have it done here in NC, had it done up north to be near family. haha.) So depending on where you live, if you want to go to rehab, visit the places and make sure they are clean and well rated. Most good hospitals and surgeons have a "Joint Center" and you have a private room, and great care. Choose the best surgeon you can find. Once you are recovered, probably within a month, you will wish you had it done sooner. No more pain.
Source: city-data.com

Complication Rate for Hip/Knee Replacement Patients

To assign hospitals to performance categories, the hospital’s interval estimate is compared to the U.S. national hip/knee complication rate. If the interval estimate includes the national observed hip/knee complication rate, the hospital’s performance is in the “no different than U.S. national rate” category. If the entire interval estimate is below the national observed hip/knee complication rate, then the hospital is performing “better than U.S. national rate.” If the entire interval estimate is above the national observed hip/knee complication rate, its performance is “worse than U.S. national rate.” Hospitals with fewer than 25 eligible cases are placed into a separate category that indicates that the hospital does not have enough cases to reliably tell how well the hospital is performing.
Source: medicare.gov

Department of Human Services

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For questions about New Jersey Medicaid, call 1-800-356-1561 or your County Welfare Agency For questions about NJ FamilyCare call 1-800-701-0710 You can also get information by visiting NJHelps.org, where you can self-screen for eligibility for NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid, as well as for many other social service programs.
Source: nj.us

New Jersey Medicaid Attorney

He met with me and explained all of my options for my mom, from at home/community care, assisted living, state, county and local programs for the elderly, financial eligibility for benefits, Medicaid qualification, pharmaceutical assistance, utility aid, Medicare and Veteran’s benefits, etc.  While I felt overwhelmed by it all, Mr. Niemann clearly was in control of what could be done for Mom.  We engaged him to make applications for subsidized at-home care and assistance through available grant programs and as part of his services to us, he is counseling us on a reverse mortgage, income and financial products to enhance Mom’s monthly income and to reduce her expenses.  Mom would tell me to let Mr. Niemann make all the decisions although I am her Power of Attorney.  I value so much his confident and generally caring manner.  If you’re trying to help your Mom, Dad or family member deal with a life changing health condition, call Mr. Niemann.  I’m glad I did and so is Mom.
Source: njmedicaidattorney.com

Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Source: medicare.gov

What is Medicare Insurance? Answers about Medicare Plans and other Health Insurance Plans – Liberty Medicare

A Medicare Supplement plan is a health insurance policy sold by private insurance companies in your state. It provides additional protection for what is not covered by Original Medicare. This insurance is specifically designed to fill the “gaps” in Medicare Part A and Part B coverage.
Source: libertymedicare.com

Medicare Supplemental Insurance

Finding the best Medicare Supplemental insurance, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare Part D has gotten more complicated nearly every year. In 2010 Medicare Supplement Insurance added 2 new plans Medigap plan N and Medigap Plan M. At the same time they eliminated several other Medicare Supplement options. Medicare Advantage insurance plans redefine benefits and premiums every year. And, with future Medicare subsidies uncertain due to changing regulation from healthcare reform who can keep up. For many individuals Medicare Supplement Insurance is becoming the best option. Unfortunately, comparing Medicare Supplemental Insurance Plan premiums (Medigap) and Medicare Advantage plans can be a time consuming endeavor. Our highly trained insurance advisors can explain all of your supplemental Insurance options, and assist in finding the best Medicare supplement and Medicare Part D combination that best fits your specific needs. With all the options affecting Supplement insurance and Part D it makes sense to have an expert assist you through the maze.
Source: mysenioradvisorsgroup.com

Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Source: medicare.gov

SHARE New Mexico Resource Assistance

The NM Energy $mart program provides weatherization assistance to New Mexico low-income homeowners and tenants. The program is designed to create energy efficiency in a home, allowing households to spend less on energy bills. Benefits include things like repair or replacement of broken windows, weather stripping, furnace repair or replacement, and similar measures. The program is coordinated by the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority and administed by four agencies located throughout New Mexico.
Source: sharenm.org

New Mexico Attorney Directory

Welcome to the section of StateLawyers.com that is dedicated to the State of New Mexico.  Whether you’re looking for an Attorney to assist you with a legal matter or if you simply want to get the contact information for a specific city or county clerk in New Mexico, you will find it here. Search from more than 330,000 lawyers, located throughout the United States.
Source: statelawyers.com

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield’s New Medicare Supplement Plans Offer More Choice and…

A Medicare Supplement policy (sometimes referred to as Medigap) is a supplemental health insurance plan sold by private insurance companies to fill the “gaps” in Original Medicare Plan coverage. Medicare Supplement policies help pay some of the health care costs that the Original Medicare Plan doesn’t cover. If an individual is enrolled in the Original Medicare Plan and has a Medicare Supplement policy, then Medicare and Medicare Supplement will pay both their shares of covered health care costs. Empire and its affiliated health plans are the second largest provider of Medicare Supplement health benefit plans in the nation.
Source: prnewswire.com

Getting started with Medicare

There are 2 main ways to get your Medicare coverage— Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO). Some people get additional coverage, like Medicare prescription drug coverage or Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap). Learn about these coverage choices and 3 steps to help you decide how to get your coverage.
Source: medicare.gov

Medicare Plan Finder for Health, Prescription Drug and Medigap plans

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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Source: medicare.gov

Medicare drug plans: rating and reviews.

Part D Medicare prescription drug plan ratings and reviews to help you evaluate and find the best Medicare drug plan for 2015. Compare costs of Medicare Part D plans to save money. You can also rate and review your Medicare prescription drug plan to help others learn from your drug plan experience. On our forums, read comments, complaints, and suggestions about Medicare plans, the coverage gap (the “doughnut hole”) and low-cost medications from reputable online pharmacies. To find ratings and compare plans, click your state on the map below.
Source: medicaredrugplans.com

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage: MedlinePlus

Part D is the name of Medicare’s prescription drug coverage. It’s insurance that helps people pay for prescription drugs. It is available to everyone who has Medicare. It provides protection if you pay high drug costs or have unexpected prescription drug bills. It doesn’t cover all costs. You have to pay part of the cost of prescription drugs. Most people also have to pay an additional monthly cost.
Source: nih.gov

Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs

Medicare beneficiaries can qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia.
Source: socialsecurity.gov

Compare Medicare Advantage & Supplemental Plans

Medicare Advantage insurance is offered by private insurance companies with a Medicare contract, and replaces Original Medicare Part A and Part B. You must continue to pay your Part B premiums. Medicare Advantage plans typically offer additional benefit options and have less cost-sharing than Original Medicare, and you may have to pay a monthly premium in return for the extra benefits. Medicare Advantage plans come in a variety of formats, such as HMO, PPO and PFFS plans, as well as special needs plans. Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in Medicare Advantage plans if they have Medicare Part A and Part B, but only during designated enrollment periods. These enrollment periods change from time-to-time, so please call us to get the most-up-to-date information.
Source: medicaresolutions.com

Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans: The Marketplace in 2013 and Key Trends, 2006

  For 2013, AARP MedicareRx Preferred PDP (offered by UnitedHealth) is the largest PDP in 22 regions, SilverScript Basic PDP is the largest in 9 regions, Humana Walmart-Preferred PDP leads in 2 regions, and MedicareBlue Rx Standard PDP has the largest share of enrollment in one region.  In addition to being the largest plan overall, AARP MedicareRx Preferred PDP has enrolled nearly one-third of all non-LIS enrollees nationally and has the most non-LIS enrollees in 30 of 34 PDP regions (Exhibit 22).  With the help of its acquisition strategy, CVS Caremark’s SilverScript Basic PDP dominates the LIS market with about one-third of national LIS enrollment and the highest share of LIS enrollees in 28 regions.  Like many PDPs with high LIS enrollment, SilverScript Basic PDP has attracted only a small share (14 percent) of non-LIS enrollees.  By contrast, Humana’s Walmart-Preferred PDP has attracted enrollment in nearly equal shares from both non-LIS and LIS beneficiaries, and is among the top five plans by enrollment in each category.
Source: kff.org

Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act

The bill came to a vote at 3 a.m. on November 22. After 45 minutes, the bill was losing, 219-215, with David Wu (D-OR-1) not voting. Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader Tom DeLay sought to convince some of dissenting Republicans to switch their votes, as they had in June. Istook, who had always been a wavering vote, consented quickly, producing a 218-216 tally. In a highly unusual move, the House leadership held the vote open for hours as they sought two more votes. Then-Representative Nick Smith (R-MI) claimed he was offered campaign funds for his son, who was running to replace him, in return for a change in his vote from “nay” to “yea.” After controversy ensued, Smith clarified no explicit offer of campaign funds was made, but that he was offered “substantial and aggressive campaign support” which he had assumed included financial support.
Source: wikipedia.org

Medicare Eligibility Requirements

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Part C: Medicare Part C is the Medical Advantage Plan whose services are performed by private companies also approved by Medicare. Part C combines Part A and B as well as any other necessary medical services a person may require (drug prescription, hearing, and vision services). If you are eligible for Medicare you are eligible for a Part C plan. Many people will opt for this plan because it offers the ability to add a wide range of service coverage to their medical insurance plan, but Plan C is not offered in every state. However, most Medicare Advantage Plans consist of particular doctors and hospitals in an area that a person must use in order to receive coverage for the medical treatment they receive. In addition to the premium paid for Part B Medicare coverage, a person receiving Part C coverage will have to pay a monthly premium.  There are several Medicare Advantage Plans available to you. These plans include Medicare Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO), Medicare Preferred Provider Organization plans (PPO), Medicare Private Fee-for-Service plans (PPFS), Medicare Special Needs, and Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA).
Source: medicaresolutions.com

Illegal immigrants to be eligible for Social Security, Medicare

No such “lawfully present” immigrant, however, would be immediately entitled to the benefits because like all Social Security and Medicare recipients they would have to work 10 years to become eligible for retirement payments and health care. To remain qualified, either Congress or future administrations would have to extend Obama’s actions so that those immigrants would still be considered lawfully present in the country.
Source: foxnews.com

Raising the Age of Eligibility for Medicare to 67: An Updated Estimate of the Budgetary Effects

Outlays for Medicare would be lower under this option because fewer people would be eligible for the program than the number projected under current law. In addition, outlays for Social Security retirement benefits would decline slightly because raising the eligibility age for Medicare would induce some people to delay applying for retirement benefits. One reason is that some people apply for Social Security at the same time that they apply for Medicare; another reason is that this option would encourage some people to postpone retirement to maintain their employment-based health insurance coverage until they became eligible for Medicare. CBO expects that latter effect would be fairly small, however, because of two considerations: First, the proportion of people who currently leave the labor force at age 65 is only slightly larger than the proportion who leave at slightly younger or older ages, which suggests that maintaining employment-based coverage until the eligibility age for Medicare is not the determining factor in most people’s retirement decisions. Second, with the opening of the health insurance exchanges, workers who give up employment-based insurance by retiring will have access to an alternative source of coverage (and may qualify for subsidies if they are not eligible for Medicare). This option could also prompt more people to apply for Social Security disability benefits so they could qualify for Medicare before reaching the usual age of eligibility. However, in CBO’s view, that effect would be quite small, and it is not included in this estimate.
Source: cbo.gov

Priority Health Medicare Plans

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Priority offers three Medicare Advantage plans. All three are Advantage policies that include prescription drug coverage. They cover parts a, b, c, and d in one consolidated plan where there is no Medigap coverage needed. PriorityMedicare, PriorityMedicare Value, and PriorityMedicare Plus are Medicare Advantage health maintenance organizations (HMOs) with point-of-service (POS) options. As an HMO, they save you money any time you use their network of health care providers. Because it also has a POS option, you can use providers outside the network but you may pay more. The plans vary in their copay amounts for the different services. Our Medicare specialists can help you find the plan that works best for you.
Source: medicaresolutions.com

Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Source: medicare.gov

Medicare Supplement Insurance Quotes : Medicare Supplement Insurance

Medicare Advantage Plans – These are plans that let you access Medicare benefits, the managed care way. Unlike Supplement coverage, Advantage plans offer drug benefits, but on an optional basis. Also, these plans have higher co-pays than Supplement plans. But good news is that you can expect to pay lesser premiums in this category of plans. In fact in certain cases, premiums are as low as $0 and your plan will even shell out a certain part for Medicare Part B.
Source: quickmedicaresupplement.com

Medicare Plans & Coverage: Part A, Part B, Part C, Part D

Medicare is a federal insurance program that covers hospitalization expenses as well as doctor and medical expenses. To be eligible for Medicare, one must be an American citizen 65 years or older, or younger with a qualifying disability.
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