Medicare Advantage Star Ratings: Who cares?

Seniors do not care about the Medicare Advantage and Part D star ratings.  This is the finding of  focus group research carried out by the Kaiser Family Foundation last fall. AIS Health has a good article on the report and a briefing that [...]

No Cuts for 2015 Medicare Advantage

CMS has announced that payments to Medicare Advantage plans will increase by 0.4% in 2015. This is a reversal of proposed cuts that were opposed by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. Had the proposed cuts taken place, there might have been [...]

What’s the future for Medicare Advantage?

The New York Times has an article about how payment cuts to Medicare Advantage plans are raising questions about the future of Medicare Advantage. I say, “Only time will tell”, and that time will be next September when all Medicare [...]

Medicare Advantage Enrollment: 30% Increase Since Obamacare

More than 14 million Medicare beneficiaries are now enrolled in private Medicare Advantage plans, up 30 percent since 2010 in spite of concerns about payment changes enacted in the Affordable Care Act. Whether this trend continues, and its implications, [...]

Smaller Medicare Advantage networks coming to your town?

Medicare Advantage plan networks will be affected by payment cuts to Medicare Advantage plans. Smaller provider networks could be the future for Medicare Advantage. I was at a meeting yesterday with a rep from a Medicare Advantage plan that [...]

Medicare Advantage Cuts: Bad news or not?

The Obama administration has proposed payment cuts for Medicare Advantage plans in 2015 and this could mean big changes for $0 premium Advantage plans in Arizona and around the country – or maybe not. These announced payment reductions for [...]

Medicare Advantage Winners and Losers

THIS ARTICLE IS FROM JANUARY 2014.  FOR THE 2015 NUMBERS FOR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE ENROLLMENT IN TUCSON,  CLICK HERE: http://medicareblog.org/medicare-advantage-tucson-2/ I checked the Medicare Advantage enrollment numbers for Pima County after [...]

Cochise County Medicare Advantage Plans Canceled for 2014

Humana is cancelling its $0 premium HMO Medicare Advantage plan in Cochise County for 2014.  People enrolled in this plan should have received a letter to inform them of the plan cancellation and tell them their options for coverage. Health [...]

New Medicare Advantage Plans in 2014

Is Obmacare killing Medicare Advantage?  Does Medicare Advantage have a future? Despite politicians’ predictions of gloom and doom for Medicare Advantage, Arizona will have several new plans in 2014. I was going to list the new companies [...]

Medicare Advantage: A Growing Business

Humana Inc.’s 2010 third-quarter net income climbed 30 percent, largely due to a jump in Medicare Advantage enrollment. Humana’s profit was $393.2 million from July through September, 2010. Humana’s total revenue for the [...]

Medicare Advantage: No Cuts in Election Year

Medicare Advantage plans will not face big payment cuts until 2012.  Under the health care reform bill, Advantage plans will get the same payments in 2011 as they received in 2010.  Medicare Advantage plans for 2011 have seen few changes [...]

Free Healthcare for seniors….in Florida

November 2009: The debate continues over Medicare Advantage and whether or not private Medicare plans are a good thing for seniors and/or Medicare.  Plan information is now available on the Medicare.gov website where you can compare the details [...]

Tucson on Page 1 of The Washington Post

An article on today’s front page of the Washington Post talks about how Tucson is in the middle of the debate over Medicare Advantage plans, which Obama wants to cut. Here is the link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/14/AR2009101403953.html?hpid=topnews

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]