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Fall is the time for Medicare beneficiaries to explore their options regarding Part D prescription drug plans and Part C Medicare Advantage plans.  The Annual Coordinated Election Period (ACEP) for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans will start on October 15th and end on December 7th.[1] This means that Medicare beneficiaries have … Read more

DEMOCRATIC HOUSE STEERING AND POLICY COMMITTEE FORUM SAVING MEDICARE FOR TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE October 2, 2012 _____________________ Leader Pelosi and members of the Committee, thank you for holding this important Forum and for honoring me with the opportunity to appear before you. I am Judith Stein, founder and executive director of the Center … Read more

On April 6, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Transmittal 17, which revises and creates new procedures for the review of quality of care concerns[1] by Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs).[2] Effective May 7, 2012, the new procedures apply to QIO review of the quality of services "among different cases and settings … Read more

As a result of the Budget Control Act, which outlined mandatory cuts to both defense and non-defense discretionary programs in the event a Congressional committee could not agree to a deficit-reduction package, programs impacting the HIV community and funding are expected to be affected. According to the AIDS Institute, over $500 million would be cut … Read more

September 20, 2012 With the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA1997), Congress began an expansion of preventive benefits and services available through Medicare.[1]   The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) added additional preventive services.[2]  The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) made refinements to Medicare's preventive services.[3]  Finally, the Patient Protection … Read more

This Alert highlights elements of the 2012 annual report of the Coordinating Committee of HHS on improving the health and well being of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.[1]   This Alert also highlights work identified by HHS in its 2011 annual report, as that work anchors the agency's goals for 2012.  Background In … Read more

As students head back to campus and election season moves into full swing, young voters will be in the spotlight. While Medicare has been at the forefront of national discourse, in the media and on the campaign trail, much of the discussion has neglected young Americans under the assumption that they aren't affected by, or … Read more

In March 2012, the House of Representatives passed the House Budget Committee Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Resolution, The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal – called here, the Ryan Budget.[1]   In August 2012, the Republican Party adopted the Ryan Budget's principles for Medicare and Medicaid in its Platform for 2012, We Believe in … Read more

According to researchers from the Urban Institute, writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, Medicare's purported dire financial condition isn’t actually all that dire.  Given the aging of our population, increases in enrollment have obviously contributed to spending growth. But, according to the Urban Institute, “in recent years "spending growth per enrollee slowed in … Read more

On July 19, 2012, the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, announced the availability of roughly $80 million dollars in grant money to increase access to HIV/AIDS care, including eliminating waiting lists,[1] which have been a challenge in operating the Aids Drug Assistance Program. A Global Pandemic HIV/AIDS remains a global pandemic … Read more