Archive for November, 2009

Medicare Open Enrollment period underway

You may know that new Medicare prescription drug and health plan choices are offered each year.

To Curb Repeat Hospital Stays, Pay Doctors

Policy makers will have a difficult time achieving cost-cutting goals unless physicians view them as their own.

Generations Healthcare offers free Medicare information

Generations Healthcare is offering free Medicare information to individuals who are eligible for Medicare and their families and caregivers.

HealthPlus Launches New Medicare Advantage Plans

FLINT, Mich., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ — HealthPlus of Michigan today announced the launch of two new HealthPlus MedicarePlus plans designed for Medicare-eligible people looking for affordable benefit choices and convenient access to quality health care.

Medicare Beneficiaries in Rural Areas More Likely to Choose Joint Replacement Surgery

Nov. 30, 2009 – Medicare beneficiaries living in rural areas were 27% more likely than urban recipients to have total knee or hip replacement surgeries. Southern Illinois University researchers also found women were more likely than men to undergo total joint replacement surgeries.

South Florida Medicare fraud offers lesson for national health care reform

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that leaders in Washington are studying South Florida and its highest-in-the-nation rate of Medicare fraud for “lessons on how to stem Medicare fraud to help pay for a health care overhaul.”

Medicare prescription drug plan premiums to average 11 percent rise in 2010

premiums for Medicare part d plans will rise an average of 11 percent next year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The cost for all Medicare prescription plans has increased 50 percent nationally since 2006.

Medicare fraudsters rake in billions

Medicare fraud is a multibillion-dollar business preying on an ever-increasing number of retiring baby boomers who often are being charged for medical treatments and products they don’t need and for services they don’t receive. The health care reform legislation pending in Congress — and under debate in the Senate — relies on reining in these [...]

Joan Aragone: Regardless of health care reform, changes coming to Medicare

A health care reform bill may be wending its way through Congress, but until a bill is passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president, the usual procedures and charges for Medicare continue.

Varying costs of Medicare slow health care reform

Washington — One issue lawmakers will tackle when the Senate begins debating its health care reform bill on Monday is why some regions of the country, including New York, have higher Medicare costs than others.

Medicare Part D open enrollment assistance

There are several changes to Medicare coming up next year. If you could use help understanding how these changes will affect your plan, stop by the Natrona County Public Library on Tuesday, Dec. 1 between 1 and 4 p.m.

Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period runs from November 15 to December 31.

You may know that new Medicare prescription drug and health plan choices are offered each year.

Medicare drug plan will cost 11% more

The average monthly premium for a Medicare prescription drug plan will increase 11% next year – and it has increased 50% nationally since 2006. Those figures make clear why shopping for the best Medicare Part D plan should be an annual chore for people who want to save money. “Everybody needs to check their plan [...]

More rural Medicare beneficiaries elect joint replacement surgery than urban recipients

Southern Illinois University researchers determined Medicare beneficiaries living in rural areas were 27 percent more likely than urban recipients to have total knee or hip replacement surgeries. Researchers found women were more likely than men to undergo total joint replacement surgeries. Full findings appear in the in the December issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, a [...]

Opposing view: Provide Medicare for all

Opposing view: Provide Medicare for all Without a strong public option, health reform will be a disaster.By Bernie Sanders Real health care reform must come to grips with two fundamental issues. First, with 46 million Americans uninsured, 60 million lacking…