12/31/09 - Enter 2010:
Some Good, Some Not So Good,
Health Coverage News
12/24/09 - Goodbye POS,
Hello LI NET: New Process for Dual Eligibles who Aren't Yet Enrolled
in a Part D Plan When They Get to the Pharmacy
Medicare for People with Chronic Conditions
12/08/09 - January Begins
Limited Opportunity for
Some States to Expand QMB Coverage
12/08/09 - Medicare to Cover HIV Screening
Medicare and Discharge Planning: Thinking Through Your Needs
11/24/09 - Health Disparities 101:
Health Disparities Should Be Included In Health Care Reform
11/19/09 - Home for the Holidays!
You CAN leave the nursing home
11/12/09 - Medicare
Annual Enrollment Period Starts November 15, 2009: Think Carefully about
Coverage and Options
Related Provisions in Health Care Reform Legislation
When Medicare Advantage
plans Do Not Renew Their Contracts
10/22/09 - CMS Releases
Hospice News: the
Good, the Bad and the Ugly
CMS Reins in Overpayments
to Skilled Nursing Facilities
10/08/09 - It's October:
Time to Review Medicare
Prescription Drug Coverage
10/01/09 - 2010 Brings
Programs for Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries
09/24/09 - CMS Acts to
Medicare Private Plan Communications about Health Care
Swine Flu, Seasonal
Flu, and Medicare
Medicare's Recovery of Health Care Payments when the
Beneficiary has Liability or Workers' Compensation Insurance
Health Care Reform is GOOD for Medicare Beneficiaries
Cost Shifting, and the Need for a Public Plan Option
08/27/09 - Social Security: No Cost of Living Adjustment;
Premiums for Some
08/20/09 - The difficulty Medicare Part D Low
Income Subsidy (LIS) beneficiaries have with private plans is a
cautionary tale for
health care reform.
Countering Health Reform Misinformation
private Medicare enrollees from marketing abuses:
limit Federal preemption.
Proposed Medicare advisory
organizations could help AND hurt.
07/23/09 - The President on health care reform: "It's
not about me."
steps to enroll in a
Medicare Part D plan.
07/16/09 - Are you a Wellpoint customer? You may be
eligible for a special enrollment period
if your plan was dropped.
07/09/09 - One priority of reform should be
making sure health care is
affordable for people over 50.
DMEPOS Competitive Bidding
Who do we want in control of health care?
06/18/09 - Do you need
help to get prescription drugs?
Medicare Therapy Caps
06/04/09 - Health care reformers should not
forget to look at Health
Information technology as a reform tool.
05/28/09 - Older Americans' Mental
Health Week is May 24-30,
so let's look at
health services that are available under Medicare.
05/21/09 - Want real health care reform?
public plan option!
05/21/09 - Stimulus checks are coming for nursing home residents.
CMS has made it
clear that money belongs to the residents.
05/14/09 - CMS is taking steps to undo
skilled nursing facility
05/07/09 - Recent documents from CMS
mean changes for
private Medicare plans.
Stimulus checks are
coming for nursing home residents. Who keeps that
money? The residents.
Health care reform MUST
include a public plan.
04/16/09 - Nursing Home Industry Makes
Secret Survey and
Enforcement Proposals to Congress.
for Oxygen Equipment Payment and Maintenance.
04/02/09 - It's past time for a
benefit in the traditional Medicare program.
03/26/09 - The Medicare
Standard" is a barrier to necessary care.
Decisions Day is April 16, 2009.
Now is the time to to talk to your loved ones about
to expand QMB and LIS coverage ends with the Open Enrollment
Period on March 31st.
More good news
from the Stimulus Act for beneficiaries - a cash benefit,
facility improvements, and more.
bidding program for suppliers for certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and
Supplies (DMEPOS) delayed until April 18,
Stimulus Act helps
people in need as well as the economy - QI program extended,
help with COBRA premiums, and more.
02/12/09 - It's time for
Medicare prescription drug plan.
02/05/09 - New
2009 Poverty Levels
will affect eligibility for many federal health programs.
Assisted Living Facility residents can lose their homes if
their facility stops participating in Medicaid.
CMS releases final rules for Parts C and D; further review
requested by the President's Chief of Staff.
Beware of Private Fee For Service plans as Medicare open
Medicare Part B Premium adjusted due to income? You may be able to
challenge the increase.