Report: Medicare Advantage Trends

While many observers are predicting the end of Medicare Advantage, enrollment in these private Medicare plans grew by 5.7% from 2009 to 2010. In March 2010, 11.1 million Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans throughout [...]

Rating Medicare Advantage Plans

Back in April I asked the question “How good are Arizona Medicare Advantage plans?”  My post described the process for rating Advantage plans and noted how our plans stack up against the rest of the country.  The Washington Post [...]

Medicare Spending in Tucson: A Bargain

Medicare spending is lower in Tucson than in most other parts of the country. Medicare spending per enrollee in Tucson was $7,684 in 2007, while the national average was $8,682. This information comes from the Dartmouth Project which studies [...]

The Battle Over Medicare Cuts To Doctor Payments

Democrats don’t want to cut doctor fees by 21%, as required by law. Republicans don’t want these cuts either. But political partisanship has held up the necessary vote to prevent the cuts from going into effect. In order to avoid [...]

Part D Rebate Checks in the Mail: Beware of Scams

Seniors who have gone into the Part D donut hole will be getting a check from Social Security for $250, and scam artists are using this news to their advantage.  Apparently, crooks have been calling seniors telling them they need to provide [...]

New Medicare Supplement Plan N: Very Popular

The brand new Medicare Supplement Plan N is proving to be very popular with seniors who want lower premiums but comprehensive coverage to fill the gaps in Medicare. I was just talking with a representative of a well-known Medicare Supplement [...]

2011 Medicare Advantage Plans: More Scrutiny from Medicare

CMS (The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) is taking a closer look this year at Medicare Advantage plans and the co-pays enrollees must pay for medical services.  Their objective is to spot Advantage plans with high co-pays that [...]

Medicare Advantage Changes for 2011

The deadline for Medicare Advantage plans to submit their 2011 plan details was yesterday, June 7th.  CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) will review all 2,000+ plans and may ask plans to revise certain cost sharing and/or premium increases. [...]

VA Health Care System Rated Highly in Government Report

A recent report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the VA  (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) does a much better job controlling health care costs than the private sector delivery system which is used by Medicare and all private [...]

Government vs Private Sector: Which is more efficient?

People say government is inefficient and bureaucratic.  Have they ever dealt with an insurance company?  That’s what I’ve been doing lately – trying to fix problems for seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans run by [...]