The Future of Medicare: Accountable Care Organizations

Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) will change the way medical services are paid for by Medicare, and they could possibly deliver savings of 40% from the existing fee-for-service Medicare payment system.  One blog I read called ACOs  ‘unicorns’ [...]

Medicare is more efficent than under-65 health insurance system.

A reader of my last post, “Medicare:  Young vs Old”, provided a link to an wonkish article on U.S. health care spending and how it slowed down to record lows from 2010 to 2011. The article is titled, Deceleration in U.S. healthcare [...]

Medicare: Young vs Old

I recently read a good article on the problems facing Medicare now and in the future. They are: too many baby boomers; controlling costs; and our divided health insurance system that pits Medicare beneficiaries against people under 65 in the [...]

Medicare and Preventive Health Care

Here is an update on preventive services that are paid for by Medicare. This press release is written by David Sayen,  Medicare’s regional administrator for California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Trust Territories. You may [...]

Women Who Are Uninsured

One of the suggestions for saving Medicare is to raise the eligibility age to 67 or 68 – or higher. This reminded me of a blog post I wrote in April, 2010. Originally posted on April 21, 2010: I hit the trifecta this week by meeting three [...]

Medicare Advantage: WellPoint will purchase CareMore

WellPoint, the largest health insurance company in the country, will purchase CareMore, a Medicare Advantage plan with around 10,000 members in Arizona and 44,000 in California. The deal is worth a reported $800 million for the private investment [...]

Diabetes: Older drugs are better than newer, more expensive drugs.

Seniors on Medicare who are diabetic face high co-pays for their insulin prescriptions, even when they have a Part D plan. Most types of insulin are tier 2 drugs with a $40 or higher co-pay for each vial.  Some of the newer drugs for diabetes [...]

Federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan reduces premiums.

One of the many pieces of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare to some), was the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) which is available to people who have been denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition.  An additional [...]