Monthly Archives: February 2012

Assessing the issues Underlying Medicare Decisions on Coverage of Medical Technology

In a study, published online by the journal Medical Care by researchers at Tufts Medical Center throws light on factors that affect Medicare Insurance decisions relating to payment for medical technologies. The study emphasizes that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has … Continue reading

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Hospital stay followed by Long-Term Institutionalization a Risk for Medicare Patients

A national study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston and published online in the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Science,  has revealed that being hospitalized for a severe event, such … Continue reading

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Some Myths about Medicare

Medicare Plan covers nearly one in six Americans and includes about 15 percent of the federal budget, but it is often misunderstood and has led to various myths. Some of them are as follow. Medicare is ineffective and is not … Continue reading

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Medicare audits focus on Overpayments to Private Health Plans

Humana Inc., United Health Group Inc. and other insurers operating Medicare Plan managed-care plans may have to reimburse the government as much as $370 million next year if audits find the companies were overpaid. Nearly 11 percent of government payments … Continue reading

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Medigap vs. Medicare Advantage

For most seniors deciding between Medigap vs. Medicare Advantages is a fundamental issue. Various factors help in finding the best option and the amount of effort one is willing to invest to find the best plan.  Both Medigap and Medicare … Continue reading

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Universal Medicare for Everyone

Various Republicans are pushing the U.S. Supreme Court to rule the 2010 Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional as it calls for millions of “working poor” Americans to buy health insurance from commercial carriers. A liberal Charleston reformer and activist have … Continue reading

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Senators make public Medicare Reform Bill

Republican Senators, Tom Coburn and Richard Burr disclosed a bold Medicare Insurance reform proposal on Thursday, Feb 17, that would speed up a changeover to private health insurance, increase the eligibility age for oncoming seniors, and endorse higher premiums for … Continue reading

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Enrollment in Medicare Advantage Health Plans increased by more than a million

Combined enrollment in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans augmented by 1.151 million members between February 2011 and February 2012, as per a new report by Mark Farrah Associates (MFA). More than 13.3 million people were enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans as of February 2012. Enrollment inMedicare Advantage plans is mainly through … Continue reading

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Comparison of Medigap Plans

Comparing the Medigap plans can really be a precarious job. But a little basic information may help in understanding the key differences in all Medigap plans. Gaining an insight into these differences will helps you in making informed purchase of … Continue reading

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When to get a Medigap Plan

During a six-month period that starts on the first day of the month in which you become 65 and you are enrolled in Part B, your application for a Medigap Plan is certain to be accepted whatever your health problems … Continue reading

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