Why is Medicare Part D So Confusing?

In Arizona there are 25 stand-alone Part D drug plans available to people on Medicare. I usually deal with the best-known plans, Humana and AARP MedicareRx, because they seemed to cover almost all prescription drugs in past years.  This seems [...]

Medicare Will Reward Arizona Advantage Plans

Good news for Medicare Advantage plans in Arizona!   In what Kaiser Health News called a “surprising move”, the Obama administration “will extend special bonus payments meant to reward top-performing Medicare Advantage plans [...]

Medicare Orders Health Net to Suspend Enrollments in Medicare Advantage Plans

CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) has ordered Health Net to suspend all marketing and enrollment activity for its Medicare Advantage and Part D Drug plans as of midnight Friday, November 19th, 2010. According to the CMS announcement: The [...]

New Deficit Report Recommends Seniors Pay More For Medicare

From Kaiser Health News:  A debt reduction task force that was created by the Bipartisan Policy Center recently made recommendations for reducing government spending. The task force, made up of Republicans and Democrats, targets Medicare as [...]

Medicare Advantage Selling Season

The race is on!  People on Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans have until the end of the year to change their coverage.  Medicare Advantage plans are mailing marketing materials to seniors, inviting them to seminars, and selling the benefits [...]

Talking to the Medicare Boss

On Friday I participated in a conference call with the Head of CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) and I got to ask a question as well as offer some advice about the Medicare.gov Plan Finder. First, I pointed out to the top administrator [...]

Medicare.gov Plan Ratings Available

The Medicare.gov website finally has its Part D plan and Advantage plan ratings available.  If you can work your way through the Plan Finder to the point where you get a list of Part D and Medicare Advantage plans available in your county, [...]

Seniors Fled Democrats in Midterms

From Poltico on November 8, 2010: Concerned by changes to Medicare and compelled by a Republican Party that promised a return to America’s glory days, seniors played a crucial — and often understated — role in races across the country. [...]

What Happens To Health Care Reform Now?

Republicans say they will repeal or refuse to fund the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). The very large bill involved many areas of health care reform, from Medicare pilot programs to limiting the profits of health insurance companies [...]

Medicare Advantage: A Good and Growing Business

From the Associated Press on Nov. 1, 2010: Humana Inc.’s third-quarter net income climbed 30 percent partly on a jump in Medicare Advantage enrollment and because the health insurer’s claims leftover from previous quarters came [...]

What’s Going On With Medicare

Everyone enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan or Part D drug plan should have received a package of information that includes the “Annual Notice of Change”.  Somewhere in this material is a comparison of the plan’s premium [...]