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  • Welcome and Housekeeping  (David Lipschutz, Moderator)
  • Presentation:  Medicare Annual Election Period & the Marketplace (Andrea Callow and David Lipschutz)
    • Annual Coordinated Election Period (ACEP): 10/15 – 12/7/2013
    • Government Shutdown, Plan Finder Issues
    • Confusion over Medicare and the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces/Exchanges
    • Highlight of CMA website materials, including new CMS documents
    • ACA-related scams
  • Legislative Update:  The Federal Budget and Medicare (David Lipschutz)
    • The Short-Term Budget Deal and Potential Implications for Medicare
  • Miscellaneous Updates (Alfred Chiplin)
    • Medicare Secondary Payer – interim final rule re: development of web portal – comments due 11/19/2013
    • Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs)
      • New redesigned notices
      • Inclusion of information re: National Coverage Decisions (NCDs) and Local Coverage Decisions (LCDs)
    • Post Windsor updates (Supreme Court DOMA decision)
      • CCIIO Guidance for the Markeplaces
      • CMS Guidance for Medicaid and CHIP
  • Federal Commission on Long-Term Care (David Lipschutz)
    • Commission concludes its work, issues majority report
    • Alternate report by 5 commissioners, including Judy Stein
  • Litigation Update   (Ali Bers)​
    • Jimmo – Improvement Standard
    • Bagnall (Observation)
    • Other litigation​
  • General Medicare Q&A (Moderator)
  • Wrap-up  (Moderator)
    • Keep informed: Myths and Truths, other information and updates on the Center’s Website
    • Searchable Database
    • Next Call

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