Medicare Part B enrollment: There’s still time to sign up!

Most people get Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) when they turn 65. If you didn’t sign up for Part B then, now’s the time to decide if you want to enroll. During Medicare’s General Enrollment Period (January 1–March 31), you can enroll in Part B and your coverage will start July 1. Deciding to enroll in Part B is an important …

Give your heart some love: prevent heart disease

While you’re celebrating with loved ones this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget your heart needs some love, too. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, taking about 647,000 lives each year. You might not be able to avoid Cupid’s arrow, but you can take steps to help prevent heart disease. Start …

Get a glaucoma test and make your vision top priority!

More than 3 million people in the U.S. have glaucoma, and some have no idea they have it. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can cause permanent vision loss and blindness. If you get a glaucoma test and find treatment early, you can protect your eyes from serious vision loss. January is glaucoma awareness month, and it’s the perfect …

A Message From The New Secretary For Aging Alison Barkoff

February 2, 2021 by Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging I am humbled and thrilled to have joined ACL on Inauguration Day as Principal Deputy Administrator and to serve as Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging. I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to ACL’s stakeholders and share some of the critical priorities where …

4 Things to Consider When Comparing Medicare Plans

Comparing Medicare health and prescription drug plans can be complicated. Keep in mind these 4 things to make your plan choice easier with the Medicare Plan Finder. Total cost for care. It’s important to think about your total out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, maximums, and drug costs, that you’ll pay with a Medicare health or drug plan. When you compare plans with Medicare Plan Finder, …

Governor Whitmer Announces $1 Million Investment to Contact 1 Million Michiganders and Help Those Who May Have Lost Health Insurance in 2020 Get Covered

Media Contact: Laura Hall, (517) 290-3779, halll17@michigan.gov Consumer Hotline: 877-999-6442, Michigan.gov/DIFS complaints   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 19, 2020 (LANSING, MI) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today that the state is investing more than $1 million and will contact more than 1 million Michiganders to help those who may have lost health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic get covered. There are a …

Biweekly Enrollment Snapshot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2016 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries WEEKS 3 AND 4, NOV 13 – 26, 2016 Four weeks into Open Enrollment, millions of Americans continue to visit HealthCare.gov and sign up for Marketplace plans, demonstrating the strong demand for quality, affordable coverage. Over 2.1 million people have selected plans using the …

Medicare’s “Big Data” Tools Fight & Prevent Fraud to Yield Over $1.5 Billion in Savings

By Dr. Shantanu Agrawal, Raymond Wedgeworth and Kelly D. Bowman In 2015, National ROI of $11.60 for Each Federal Dollar Spent A version of this commentary was published in May 24 editions of Modern Healthcare. New anecdotal content has been added. Please see the following link to view the original content – http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160524/NEWS/160529960/commentary-medicares-big-data-tools-to-fight-and-prevent-fraud-yield Over the past five years, the CMS …

Senator Stabenow Applauds Medicare Proposal to Implement HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid has proposed covering new care planning sessions under Medicare for Alzheimer’s patients and their families to provide an early assessment of the disease and possible treatment options. This proposal would effectively implement legislation introduced by Senator Stabenow, the Health …