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Free Events November 1 & 2 to Help Palm Beach County Residents Find Health Insurance - Hosted by Palm Beach County Medical Society
October 29, 2013 Posted by Editor
Free Events November 1 & 2 to Help Palm Beach County Residents Find Health Insurance - Hosted by Palm Beach County Medical Society

The Palm Beach County Medical Society (PBCMS) has announced that, through its "Project Access," it will host Free Events on November 1 and 2 to help residents of Palm Beach County, Florida find health insurance programs for which they may qualify. T...

New Health Insurance Exchanges under Health Care Law Do Not Affect Medicare
June 26, 2013 Posted by Editor
New Health Insurance Exchanges under Health Care Law Do Not Affect Medicare

Apparently some seniors on Medicare have expressed confusion or concern about whether the new Health Insurance Marketplace (also referred to as a health care exchange) being implemented under the Health Care Law affects Medicare in any way. It does no...

Slowdown in Health Care Spending May be Here to Stay, Harvard Studies Suggest
May 7, 2013 Posted by Editor
Slowdown in Health Care Spending May be Here to Stay, Harvard Studies Suggest

Two new Harvard studies published May 6 in the journal HealthAffairs have examined the causes of a dramatic slowdown in the growth of health care spending that the U.S. has experienced in recent years. They have concluded that the spending slowdown...

Opinion: Center for Medicare Advocacy Condemns Paul Ryan Budget; Offers Solutions
March 13, 2013 Posted by Editor
Opinion: Center for Medicare Advocacy Condemns Paul Ryan Budget; Offers Solutions

The Center for Medicare Advocacy, a non-profit organization "that provides education, advocacy and legal assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain fair access to Medicare and necessary health care," issued a statement on Wedne...

Health Care Law Saved 6.1 Million People on Medicare Over $5.7 Billion on Prescription Drugs in 2012, New Report Shows
February 7, 2013 Posted by Editor
Health Care Law Saved 6.1 Million People on Medicare Over $5.7 Billion on Prescription Drugs in 2012, New Report Shows

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new report on February 7, 2013, showing that during 2012, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (which some call "Obamacare") has saved 6.1 million people on Medicare more than...

HHS Agreement Now in Effect: Medicare Will Cover Skilled Maintenance Care Even Without Patient Improvement
February 1, 2013 Posted by Editor
HHS Agreement Now in Effect: Medicare Will Cover Skilled Maintenance Care Even Without Patient Improvement

A U.S. Federal District Court in Vermont on January 24 approved a settlement agreement reached between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and plaintiffs in a pending litigation matter, which may help all Medicare patients with chron...

Would Medicare-For-All be the Answer for our Health Care System?
January 27, 2013 Posted by Editor
Would Medicare-For-All be the Answer for our Health Care System?

In an editorial published by the Huffington Post on January 24, 2013, John Geyman, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, makes a case that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) only goes part of the way...

Proposed New Rules Implementing Key Provisions of Obamacare Published for Public Comment
November 29, 2012 Posted by Editor
Proposed New Rules Implementing Key Provisions of Obamacare Published for Public Comment

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced proposed new rules implementing three key areas of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (which some call "Obamacare"). The proposed rules were officially published in the Feder...

HHS Agrees to End Practice of Denying Medicare Coverage for Skilled Care & Related Home Health & Therapy Due to Lack of Patient Improvement
October 24, 2012 Posted by Editor
HHS Agrees to End Practice of Denying Medicare Coverage for Skilled Care & Related Home Health & Therapy Due to Lack of Patient Improvement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has entered into a proposed settlement of a lawsuit in which HHS agreed to revise portions of the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual to stop the long-standing practice of denying Medicare Skilled Care...

US and UK Healthcare Systems Should Learn From Each Other, Experts Conclude
October 19, 2012 Posted by Editor
US and UK Healthcare Systems Should Learn From Each Other, Experts Conclude

In a health policy paper published on October 11, 2012 in The Lancet medical journal, US and UK experts on healthcare policy who co-authored the article conclude that, even though the US and UK healthcare systems are often thought of as polar opposites...

Find Out What Medicare Covers, on Medicare.gov
October 18, 2012 Posted by Editor
Find Out What Medicare Covers, on Medicare.gov

On its website, Medicare.gov, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides links to comprehensive information on what Medicare covers under each of its different Parts. Here are links to Medicare coverage information, as provid...

Social Security Benefits Will Increase by 1.7% in 2013, SSA Announces
October 16, 2012 Posted by Editor
Social Security Benefits Will Increase by 1.7% in 2013, SSA Announces

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) announced today that Social Security benefits will increase by 1.7% in 2013, as a result of a cost-of-living adjustment. The 1.7% increase will benefit nearly 62 million Americans receiving Social Securi...

Medicare Open Enrollment Runs From October 15 Through December 7, 2012
October 13, 2012 Posted by Editor
Medicare Open Enrollment Runs From October 15 Through December 7, 2012

The Medicare Open Enrollment period runs from October 15 through December 7, 2012, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Friday. This is the period when all pe...

In Debate, Obama and Romney Clarify Positions on Medicare, Medicaid & Healthcare
October 5, 2012 Posted by Editor
In Debate, Obama and Romney Clarify Positions on Medicare, Medicaid & Healthcare

So far, much of the punditry and commentary following the first U.S. Presidential Debate, which took place Wednesday, October 3 in Denver, has focused on the style, optics, and mannerisms of the candidates -- not on the substance of what they said. ...

New Program to Improve Quality of Care for Nursing Home Residents in 7 States Announced by Medicare
October 3, 2012 Posted by Editor
New Program to Improve Quality of Care for Nursing Home Residents in 7 States Announced by Medicare

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Thursday awards of funding to seven organizations selected to partner with CMS and 145 nursing homes in seven different states in a new pilot program aimed at improving quality of care...

Due to Affordable Care Act, People with Medicare will Save $5,000 to $18,000 through 2022, HHS Reports
September 26, 2012 Posted by Editor
Due to Affordable Care Act, People with Medicare will Save $5,000 to $18,000 through 2022, HHS Reports

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new report on Friday, September 21, projecting that the average person with traditional Medicare will save $5,000 from 2010 to 2022 because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care ...

In Hispanic Heritage Month HHS Reaffirms Commitment to Improving Health Care Access & Celebrates Progress Made under Affordable Care Act
September 19, 2012 Posted by Editor
In Hispanic Heritage Month HHS Reaffirms Commitment to Improving Health Care Access & Celebrates Progress Made under Affordable Care Act

On the occasion of Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 15, Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius issued a Statement, reaffirming the commitment of HHS and the Obama Administration to reducing the disparities in health care...

Medicare Announces Redesigned Website to Better Serve Medicare Beneficiaries & Their Families
September 4, 2012 Posted by Editor
Medicare Announces Redesigned Website to Better Serve Medicare Beneficiaries & Their Families

The U.S. centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on August 21 that it has launched a redesign of its Medicare.gov website, in order to better serve Medicare Beneficiaries and their families. The redesign, CMS said, "mak[es] conten...

HHS Provides Tool to Find Out How the President’s Health Care Law Benefits You & Your State
August 23, 2012 Posted by Editor
HHS Provides Tool to Find Out How the President’s Health Care Law Benefits You & Your State

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a new tool to help you find out how the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (President Obama's signature Health Care Law - which some call "Obamacare") is benefiting people in your s...

Under Obama's Health Care Law, Those on Medicare Have Saved $4.1 Billion in Prescription Costs + Recd Free Preventive Care, Medicare Announces
August 21, 2012 Posted by Editor
Under Obama's Health Care Law, Those on Medicare Have Saved $4.1 Billion in Prescription Costs + Recd Free Preventive Care, Medicare Announces

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a press release yesterday announcing that because of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (President Obama's signature health care law), nearly 5.4 million seniors and people with disa...

Paul Ryan Takes Surprising Positions Against Women's Health & Reproductive Rights
August 19, 2012 Posted by Editor
Paul Ryan Takes Surprising Positions Against Women's Health & Reproductive Rights

Family caregivers -- the vast majority of whom are women -- may be surprised at the positions Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's choice for his running mate, has consistently taken on women's health and reproductive rights issues. Recent news repo...

Ryan-Romney Budget Proposals Would End Medicare as We Know It & Cut or Eliminate Programs for Poor, Elderly & Vulnerable
August 16, 2012 Posted by Editor
Ryan-Romney Budget Proposals Would End Medicare as We Know It & Cut or Eliminate Programs for Poor, Elderly & Vulnerable

By selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, former Governor and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney has taken action that backs up and gives teeth to his previous endorsements of the Ryan Budget Plan and his promise to sign it into law if he were electe...

People on Medicare Can Now Get Information from Pharmacies about New Benefits Available to Them under Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces
August 15, 2012 Posted by Editor
People on Medicare Can Now Get Information from Pharmacies about New Benefits Available to Them under Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that it has formed partnerships with several pharmacies to help inform and educate seniors and others on Medicare about the several new benefits that are made available to them by t...

People on Medicare Report Significantly Better Coverage than Those with Private Health Insurance, Study Finds
August 13, 2012 Posted by Editor
People on Medicare Report Significantly Better Coverage than Those with Private Health Insurance, Study Finds

A recent study published in the journal HealthAffairs found that people on Medicare were substantially happier with their coverage and reported significantly fewer cost and access-related problems than those with private employer-sponsored health insur...

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