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Medicare Seeks Savings And Innovation With A Switch In Doctors' Pay

Medicare Seeks Savings And Innovation With A Switch In Doctors' Pay A Medicare project will test a new approach for paying primary care doctors that could save money while encouraging physicians to explore alternative ways to…

People with Medicare spend significantly more on health care than working people.

Medicare, the basics...

Medicare: The Basics By: Nancy Mann Jackson  How it works: Established by the Social Security Act of 1965, Medicare is a social insurance program that...

3 things you never knew about Medicare.

3 things you never knew about Medicare Our contributors think that Medicare recipients of all ages should be aware of these Medicare facts.

How and Why Medicare for All is a Realistic Goal

How and Why Medicare for All is a Realistic Goal Hillary Clinton is wrong when she says that Medicare for All is not achievable. In fact, if she and her husband had embraced the concept…

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Medicare Advantage Premiums Remain Stable, Enrollment at All-Time High

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that Medicare Advantage premiums aren't expected to increase next year. CMS estimates that the average Medicare Advantage premium will decrease slightly in 2016 - from $32.91 to $32.60. Enrollment in the program is projected to reach an all-time high next year. Premiums in the Medicare Prescription Drug Program (Part D) will also remain stable next year.…

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Why Medicare Has A Two-Year Waiting Period

What is the Medicare Two-Year Waiting Period? Under current law, people living with disabilities must first receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for 24 months before they are eligible for Medicare benefits. Millions of Americans who are caught in this waiting period are unable to work in order to remain on an employer-sponsored health plan, unable to afford COBRA coverage, and are ineligible for Medicaid. This leaves about 39 percent of these individuals without any form of coverage at some point during the 24-month period. Tragically, an estimated 4 percent die while waiting for Medicare coverage. How does Health Reform fit in? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) did not explicitly address the Medicare Two-Year Waiting Period, but it did make some changes to address the problems associated with this gap. In many cases, individuals receiving SSDI and with a pre-existing condition can now join high-risk insurance pools that were created under the ACA and receive immediate insurance coverage while they continue to wait for Medicare benefits to become available. Additionally, starting in 2014, individuals that find themselves in this waiting period will have access to expanded insurance options through state-based insurance exchanges and expanded Medicaid eligibility. What's Next? These new options under health reform are an imperfect solution to the problems created by the two-year waiting period. However, these changes will provide temporary relief for many affected...


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