Part D and The Deficit

I wanted to find the cost to Medicare for Part D, the drug plan for Medicare beneficiaries that went into effect in 2006.  I googled “Part D Medicare budget” and got very good information. In 2010, Part D made up 13.4% of the [...]

Medicare Supplement PLAN N Confusion

I had an appointment yesterday with my tax accountant who is over 65 and on Medicare.  She is my accountant but not my client, but she asked me about a bill she got from her dermatologist.  The bill showed the charges for her treatments in [...]

The rich get richer while average Americans…

I like to share things I learn from sources across the internet.  Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is a graph that was included in today’s post from the Time Goes By blog. The graph is based on data from the Congressional [...]

Medicare Part D and Deficits

I wanted to find the cost to Medicare for Part D, the drug plan for Medicare beneficiaries that went into effect in 2006.  I googled “Part D Medicare budget” and got very good information. In 2010, Part D made up 13.4% of the Medicare [...]

Medicare Advantage: Planning for 2012

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has put out a 153-page letter that provides instructions and information for insurance companies as they design their Medicare Advantage plans for 2012.  Details and costs for 2012 Medicare [...]

Social Security Cuts Coming Soon?

I have read many articles about Republican plans to cut Social Security, but I thought they would happen down the road, if at all.  It turns out that cuts to Social Security are in the works for this year – and they will affect people [...]

Annual Wellness Visit Now Covered by Medicare

As part of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare now covers annual wellness visits and will provide payment for the creation of a personalized prevention plan.  The wellness visit will include a health risk assessment to: Establish [...]

Medicare and You Handbook

Okay, I admit…my life is pretty dull….  this weekend I was reading the 2011 Medicare & You Handbook which is provided by Medicare.  I thought I would pass on a few of the tidbits that caught my attention. If you are on Original [...]

Medicare Beneficiaries Can Lodge Complaints Over Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would require most Medicare-participating providers to give Medicare beneficiaries written notice about their right to contact a Medicare Quality Improvement [...]

Annual Physical Now Covered by Medicare

As part of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare now covers annual wellness visits and will provide payment for the creation of a personalized prevention plan.  The wellness visit will include a health risk assessment to: Establish [...]

Hospice Cost for Medicare

Hospice agencies receive $142.91 per day from Medicare for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries. Payment is the same no matter the level of care that might be required for patients with different needs. An article in the University [...]

Medicare Beneficiaries Can Lodge Complaints Over Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule today that would require most Medicare-participating providers and suppliers to give Medicare beneficiaries written notice about their right to contact a Medicare [...]

Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan: Little Interest Leads to Lower Premiums

The Affordable Care Act created a health insurance program for people with pre-existing conditions who have been rejected by an insurance company.  This program began in July 2010 and hundreds of thousands of un-insured Americans were expected [...]