2015-2025 Projections of National Health Expenditures Data Released

Total health care spending growth is expected to average 5.8 percent annually over 2015-2025, according to a report published today as a ‘Web First’ by Health Affairs and authored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Office of the Actuary (OACT). Projected national health spending growth remains lower than the average over previous two decades before 2008 (nearly …

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It’s Easy to Get Extra Help with Your Prescription Costs

Social Security/Posted on April 21, 2016 by Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications In times like these, every dollar counts. Some people qualify for big savings on their Medicare prescription drug costs and don’t even realize it! In fact, if you receive Medicare, you may be eligible for the Extra Help, which could save you about $4,000 per year on …

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Branch-St. Joseph Area Agency on Aging Receives Navigator Award from MMAP, Inc.

Area Agency on Aging Staff (from left to right): Belinda Whitely, Deanna Himebaugh, Laura Sutter, Melissa Cramton and Megan Bentley – this year’s recipients of the SHIP Navigator Award (photo provided by Area Agency on Aging) Rebecca Burns, Health Officer for the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, the Agency that oversees the AAA office, adds “We are very proud of …

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Fraud Prevention Toolkit

From Medicare.gov Fraud Prevention Toolkit CMS Fraud Prevention Initiative The federal government has made important strides in reducing fraud, waste and improper payments across the government. Over the last five years, these efforts have resulted in more than $25 billion returned to the Medicare Trust Fund from people who attempted to defraud seniors and taxpayers. The Affordable Care Act provided …

Protect yourself!

Please click this link to watch a video and learn how to protect yourself from Medicare fraud. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iByQfda5PMo

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Go Paperless With “Medicare & You”

Did you know you can read the red, white and blue “Medicare & You handbook” right on your smart phone, computer or tablet? Visit Medicare.gov to find all of the same information online you’re used to seeing in your printed handbook. Learn what’s new, get Medicare costs, and find out what Medicare covers. Even better, we update the handbook information on the …

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 …