Lifestyle

The furor over rising Medicare Part B costs

Premiums and deductibles were projected to spike by 52 percent for 2016; ultimately increased by 16 percent, but only for some enrollee EDIT, November 20, 2016: The COLA for 2017 is only 0.3 percent, so the problem described in this article presented itself again for 2017, although not as dramatically. The 2017 COLA does allow […]

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End of SHIP would leave beneficiaries lost at sea

If Congress reduces or eliminates funding for SHIP, millions stand to lose free, unbiased counseling about Medicare coverage option Each day, 10,000 Americans turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare. To make sense of the dizzying array of plan choices, millions rely on a nationwide federal program that provides free, unbiased insurance counseling and information […]

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Why 5 million seniors can breathe easier

Medicare decision to provide free annual CT screening for seniors with high risk of lung cancer could save 13,000 lives each year Jessica A. liss MD, FACP, FCCP, D’ABSM We are experiencing a historic moment in the battle against lung cancer – currently America’s number-one cancer killer – as people at high risk now have […]

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How concentrated are U.S. health insurance markets?

One of the challenges of single payer systems is that individuals do not have a choice of insurance. If you don’t like the single-payer plan, too bad. Free marketers would argue that in the commercially insured market, threat of competition ‘insures’ (pun intended) that health insurers are efficient and not funding fraud, waste and abuse. […]

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Four ways to upgrade your Medicare coverage

If you’re like most Medicare enrollees, you probably aren’t planning to make any changes to your existing coverage for the coming year, but – like most beneficiaries – you should probably at least consider it during Medicare’s open enrollment period. The annual open enrollment period started on October 15, and will continue until December 7. […]

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The Difference Between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement Plans

Have you ever gone to the grocery store to buy a product and been confused by how many brands were available for that one item? It makes what should be a simple decision confusing. Likewise, products with similar names can sometimes be hard to differentiate. If you’re not sure of the differences between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans, […]

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