Medicare HMO’s in 1996: a model for savings

Tucson H.M.O.’s May Offer Model for Medicare’s Future Excerpts from a New York Times article from March 26, 1996 Partners for Seniors has expanded its pharmacy benefit!” a newspaper ad proclaims to Tucson’s big retirement [...]

AHIP Report: High Out-of-Network billing

A May 2009 survey of America’s Health Insurance Plan (AHIP) members collected data on various out-of-network physician billed charge amounts for claims submitted in 2008. The survey results in Arizona showed out‐of‐network physicians [...]

Medicare Advantage and HR 3200

House bill 3200 does not stipulate “death panels” as some people have asserted.  But the bill does have a number of sections that would affect Medicare Advantage plans in 2011. Here are some examples of changes that would be legislated [...]

Small Increase for 2010 Part D Premiums

The federal agency that manages Medicare said most beneficiaries would see a small increase in their drug-plan premiums in 2010. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  said the average monthly premium for stand-alone drug plans in [...]

Medicare Advantage Under Attack?

  MEDICARE ADVANTAGE UNDER ATTACK When asked how Medicare can cut costs, President Obama has a standard response, and he uses it every time the question is asked.  He says overpayments to Medicare Advantage plans, or “subsidies to private [...]

88% of Seniors are Satisfied with their Medicare Supplement Plan

A study conducted in March 2009 found that 88% of seniors are satisfied with their Medicare Supplement plan – with 62% of those surveyed responding that they were very satisfied. 87% of the respondents said they would recommend a Medicare [...]

HR 3200 and Medicare Advantage

From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities August, 2009 According to preliminary Congressional Budget Office estimates, various provisions in HR 3200 will curb Medicare Advantage overpayments and would save $50.1 billion over the next five [...]

What are Medicare Supplements?

from the Medicare.gov website. Medicare Supplements are also know as “medigap” plans. A Medigap policy is health insurance sold by private insurance companies to fill the “gaps” in Original Medicare Plan coverage. Medigap policies [...]

What is Medicare Advantage?

from the Medicare.gov website When seniors enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan they move out of traditional Medicare and are covered by a private insurance company.  Medicare pays the insurance company a set amount of money for each person [...]