Medicare in Mexico?

A recent article in Forbes Magazine reported on a lobbying effort to allow Americans living in Mexico to use their Medicare benefits there. There are over 1 million U.S. citizens living in Mexico and many of them are retirees. Currently, Medicare [...]

That terrible Canadian Healthcare System

Recently, I was on a plane headed to Seattle and happened to sit next to two ladies from British Columbia, Canada. Being in the insurance business I had to ask these ladies to tell me about “the terrible healthcare system in Canada”. From [...]

Health Insurance: Pick your pain.

I spent two hours on Saturday talking to a woman who is finally ready to get health insurance after going without it for three years.  Her employer does not provide group health insurance, but gives her $200 per month to buy individual health [...]

Don’t touch my gym membership!

In the debate over cuts to Medicare Advantage plans, the first “extra benefit” I think of is the free gym membership that is offered by the most popular Medicare Advantage plans in Tucson.   A person who has signed up with Health [...]

Sen. Kyl Against Maternity Coverage.

Just before the Senate Finance Committee wrapped up for the long weekend, members debated one of Sen. Jon Kyl’s (R-AZ) amendments, which would strike language defining which benefits employers are required to cover. Sen. Debbie Stabenow [...]

The Fight over Medicare Advantage begins.

I wrote the other day that Humana got in trouble after sending out a letter to Medicare Advantage members that attacked current health reform plans. CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) launched an investigation into Humana’s [...]

Protecting Medicare Advantage?

I have been writing wherever I can that seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans will see their plans and benefits change for 2010. Democrats have objected to these private Medicare plans which received large funding increases during the [...]

Humana in trouble with Medicare.

Medicare Advantage company Humana is under investigation by Medicare for allegedly using scare tactics in a mailing to 1.5 million enrollees in its Medicare Advantage plans.  Medicare has launched an investigation of Humana after questions [...]

Looking Back to 1996 and Tucson’s Medicare HMO’s

I recently Googled “Medicare Tucson” and came across an article in the New York Times from 1996 titled, “Tucson H.M.O.’s May Offer Model for Medicare’s Future”. According to the March 26, 1996 article, “Tucson’s health [...]

Medicare Advantage Changes for 2010

With over 32% of Tucson seniors in Medicare Advantage, this is a topic I will be writing about often.  Changes to these private Medicare plans are likely for 2010 because the insurance companies that offer these plans will be receiving lower [...]

Why a Medicare Blog?

Since this is the first post on my blog, I suppose I should explain why I think you might be interested in this topic.  There are lots of changes coming to Medicare, and some of these changes will be announced in mid-October when Medicare Advantage [...]

Enrollment in Medicare Advantage high in some states

September 2009: If Medicare Advantage plans impose higher premiums and higher co-payments for servcies, over 10 million Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in these plans will be affected.  In some states, the number of Medicare beneficiaries [...]