CMS NEWS – Oct 12

CMS announces 2019 Medicare Parts A & B premiums and deductibles Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for Medicare Parts A and B. “CMS is committed to empowering beneficiaries with the information they need to make informed decisions about their healthcare,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “In addition to …

Surgeon General Releases Spotlight on Opioids

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the opioid crisis and recommends actions that can prevent and treat opioid misuse and promote recovery. The Spotlight – the Surgeon General’s newest update on opioid addiction – also provides the latest data on prevalence of substance misuse, opioid misuse, …

August 19th, 2015

Medicare and Medicaid: Keeping Us Healthy for 50 Years It’s easy to forget that before 1966, roughly half of all seniors were uninsured, living in fear that the high cost of health care could propel not only them, but their families, into poverty. . Few of us remember that not that long ago, far too many disabled people, families with …

March 19th, 2015

Since 2010, 9.4 million people with Medicare have saved over $15 billion on prescription drugs and 39 million Medicare beneficiaries received preventive services with no cost sharing in 2014. The Department of Health and Human Services released today new information that shows that millions of seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare continued to enjoy prescription drug savings and improved …

February 22, 2015

National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final national coverage determination that provides for Medicare coverage of Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT). The coverage is effective immediately. “This is the first time that Medicare has covered …

December 23, 2014

This week n4a and the Aging Network Volunteer Resource Center announced the six teams that will receive monetary awards as part of a national competition to recognize and support the work that trained volunteer teams are plying in communities across the country in making sure that older adults get to critical medical appointments, are counseled in Medicare options, and more. …

Fraud Alert: Medicare Telemarketing Fraud scheme

Seniors in the Michigan area have been recently targeted by a fraudulent telemarketing scheme. Random callers have telephoned seniors claiming that Medicare is sending all seniors new cards. The callers have asked these seniors to verify their name and address and then asked for their bank’s name, and in some cases, more detailed banking information. These seniors were targeted by …

Healthcare notice- Dec 2013

This Season, Shop for Your Health The holidays are fast approaching, and there’s one must have for every shopping list: health insurance. And the place to get it? The Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. To help you with the process, we’ve compiled the top things to know when choosing and enrolling in plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Read on …

Part D Without Paying a Dime- March 2013

June 4, 2013, 4:27 pm Part D, Without Paying a Dime By PAULA SPAN Here’s a nonhypothetical question: If an older person without much money could receive prescription drug insurance — i.e. Medicare Part D — at no cost, why wouldn’t he apply? Both Medicare and the Social Security Administration have tried to spread the word, to tell low-income seniors …

Senior Drug Savings Due to ACA – March 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, March 21, 2013 Seniors saved over $6 billion on prescription drugs as a result of the health care law As the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act approaches, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today more than 6.3 million people with Medicare saved over $6.1 billion on prescription drugs because of the health …