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HealthCare.gov Met Repair Goals On Time, US Dept of Health & Human Services Announces
December 1, 2013 Posted by Editor
HealthCare.gov Met Repair Goals On Time, US Dept of Health & Human Services Announces

In a report issued December 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) said that the ongoing repairs to the HealthCare.gov website met the Administration's goals, and the site is now working properly for the vast majority of people w...

Enrollment for New Health Insurance Exchanges Begins on Oct 1, 2013; HealthCare.gov Updated to Help Consumers Prepare
June 25, 2013 Posted by Editor
Enrollment for New Health Insurance Exchanges Begins on Oct 1, 2013; HealthCare.gov Updated to Help Consumers Prepare

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced on June 24 that open enrollment for the new federally-run health insurance exchange (called the "Health Insurance Marketplace") being implemented under the Health Care Law, will begin O...

35 More Medical Conditions Fast-Tracked for Disability Benefits, Social Security Announces
December 10, 2012 Posted by Editor
35 More Medical Conditions Fast-Tracked for Disability Benefits, Social Security Announces

The Social Security Administration (SSA) on December 6 issued a press release, announcing that it has added 35 medical conditions to its list of "Compassionate Allowances" - a list of serious diseases and medical conditions for which one is entitled to...

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...

Obamacare Has Saved Americans $2.1 Billion on Health Insurance Premiums, New Report Reveals
September 18, 2012 Posted by Editor
Obamacare Has Saved Americans $2.1 Billion on Health Insurance Premiums, New Report Reveals

President Obama's health care law – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – has saved Americans an estimated $2.1 Billion on health insurance premiums, according to a new report released September 11, 2012 by the U.S. Department of Health ...

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...

HHS Launches New Tool To Help You Find Out if You’re Getting a Rebate From Your Health Insurer under the Affordable Care Act
July 16, 2012 Posted by Editor
HHS Launches New Tool To Help You Find Out if You’re Getting a Rebate From Your Health Insurer under the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced on Friday that it has launched a new online tool to help you find out whether your health insurance company is required to pay you a rebate on August 1, 2012, a new benefit under the Pa...

President Obama Lays Out Contents of Health Care Law
July 2, 2012 Posted by Editor
President Obama Lays Out Contents of Health Care Law

In his speech to the Nation, following the Supreme Court's decision upholding the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act ("Affordable Care Act") on Thursday, President Obama took the occasion to lay out in simple terms for the American people what is...

Consumers to Receive $1.1 Billion of Premium Rebates from Health Insurers under Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces
June 22, 2012 Posted by Editor
Consumers to Receive $1.1 Billion of Premium Rebates from Health Insurers under Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday that due to the Affordable Care Act (which some call "Obamacare"), 12.8 million Americans will receive rebates from insurance companies this Summer, totaling $1.1 Billion. Th...

HHS Launches New Web-Based Tool to Measure Performance of Health Care System
May 22, 2012 Posted by Editor
HHS Launches New Web-Based Tool to Measure Performance of Health Care System

In a news release issued May 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of the Health System Measurement Project, a new web-based tool which will allow policymakers, providers, and the public to measure ...

HHS Notes Successes of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on its 2-Year Anniversary
March 24, 2012 Posted by Editor
HHS Notes Successes of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on its 2-Year Anniversary

March 23, 2012 was the two-year anniversary of the date on which President Obama signed the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act ("Affordable Care Act") into law. The Affordable Care Act is the Obama Administration's signature health care refo...

First 7 New CO-OP Health Insurers Approved for Loans under Affordable Care Act
February 22, 2012 Posted by Editor
First 7 New CO-OP Health Insurers Approved for Loans under Affordable Care Act

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on February 21 approval of the first seven CO-OPs (new Consumer Oriented and Operated Health Insurance Plans) that will receive loans under the Affordable Care Act. The loans will help the...

What to do When Medicare Will Not Cover the Costs of a Needed Rehabilitative or Skilled Care Facility
November 21, 2011 Posted by Editor
What to do When Medicare Will Not Cover the Costs of a Needed Rehabilitative or Skilled Care Facility

Here is a wake-up call: Medicare may cover costs of a needed rehabilitative or skilled nursing care facility after a hospitalization of at least three nights -- but only to a limited extent. As explained by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ...

New Rules to Simplify Purchase of Health Insurance Proposed under Affordable Care Act
August 19, 2011 Posted by Editor
New Rules to Simplify Purchase of Health Insurance Proposed under Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury issued proposed new rules under the Affordable Care Act on August 17, 2011 which would simplify the purchase of health insurance for consumers. Under the proposed new rules...

Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIPs) Available under Health Reform Law to Help Those With Pre-existing Conditions
February 25, 2011 Posted by Editor

While lawsuits and Republicans in Congress are seeking to overturn The Affordable Care Act of 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is continuing to institute many of the law's provisions in an effort to provide low-cost health care t...

New report: 129 million Americans with a pre-existing condition could be denied coverage without the health reform law
January 18, 2011 Posted by Editor

In a News Release, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reported: Without Affordable Care Act protections, in 2014, 1 in 2 non-elderly Americans could be denied coverage or charged more due to a pre-existing cond...

Implementation Timeline for the Provisions of the Health Reform Law
January 12, 2011 Posted by Editor

Kaiser Family Foundation provides a very helpful and easy to understand "Implementation Timeline"  -- an interactive tool to explain how and when the provisions of the health reform law will be implemented over the next several years.  You can ...

Nine Key Provisions of the New Health Care Reform Law Take Effect January 1, 2011
January 2, 2011 Posted by Editor

Here is a list of the nine key provisions of the new national Health Care Reform Law that take effect on January 1, 2011: Restriction on Insurance Company Use of Premium Dollars. Health-insurance companies will now be required to spend 80 to 85 pe...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

No Increase in Medicare Prescription Drug Premium for 2013 - Third Straight Year of No Increase - HHS Announces
August 7, 2012 Posted by Editor
No Increase in Medicare Prescription Drug Premium for 2013 - Third Straight Year of No Increase - HHS Announces

In a news release issued August 6, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that the basic premiums for Medicare prescription drug plans are projected to remain constant in 2013, at an average of $30 per month. This will be the t...

Affordable Care Act Has Saved $3.9 Billion on Prescription Drugs for Those on Medicare, CMS Announces
July 31, 2012 Posted by Editor
Affordable Care Act Has Saved $3.9 Billion on Prescription Drugs for Those on Medicare, CMS Announces

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a news release announcing that, because of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act ("Affordable Care Act"), President Obama's signature Health Care Law, seniors and people with ...

Medicare Redesigns & Clarifies Claims and Benefits Statement
March 9, 2012 Posted by Editor
Medicare Redesigns & Clarifies Claims and Benefits Statement

MyMedicare.gov, and will replace the current version of the Statement being mailed out to beneficiaries, starting in early 2013. The Medicare Claims and Benefits Statement was redesigned and simplified as part of a new initiative by CMS and the U.S....

What to do When Medicare Will Not Cover the Costs of a Needed Rehabilitative or Skilled Care Facility
November 21, 2011 Posted by Editor
What to do When Medicare Will Not Cover the Costs of a Needed Rehabilitative or Skilled Care Facility

Here is a wake-up call: Medicare may cover costs of a needed rehabilitative or skilled nursing care facility after a hospitalization of at least three nights -- but only to a limited extent. As explained by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ...

Medicare Announces Premiums & Deductibles for 2012
October 27, 2011 Posted by Editor
Medicare Announces Premiums & Deductibles for 2012

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has today released a Fact Sheet, announcing the Medicare premium rates and deductibles for 2012 for Medicare, Parts A, B and D. Here is a summary of th...

Medicare Adds New Online Tools to Help Health Care Consumers
August 9, 2011 Posted by Editor
Medicare Adds New Online Tools to Help Health Care Consumers

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced on Friday that they have launched new online tools for patients and caregivers to "empower consumers to make informed choices about their health care," as well as other initiatives to i...

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35 More Medical Conditions Fast-Tracked for Disability Benefits, Social Security Announces
December 10, 2012 Posted by Editor
35 More Medical Conditions Fast-Tracked for Disability Benefits, Social Security Announces

The Social Security Administration (SSA) on December 6 issued a press release, announcing that it has added 35 medical conditions to its list of "Compassionate Allowances" - a list of serious diseases and medical conditions for which one is entitled to...

Social Security Statements Now Available Online - at My Social Security
December 5, 2012 Posted by Editor
Social Security Statements Now Available Online - at My Social Security

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has added to its website a new feature called My Social Security, which allows you to set up your personal account and access your social security information online at any time. The information availabl...

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...

US Govt Does More than Honor Veterans for Veterans Day
November 12, 2012 Posted by Editor
US Govt Does More than Honor Veterans for Veterans Day

In observance of Veterans Day, Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, issued a Statement on Friday, in which she said, "This Veterans Day, we honor all those who have served in our nation’s armed forces and are grateful for their se...

Planning Ahead for Long-Term Care
November 8, 2012 Posted by Editor
Planning Ahead for Long-Term Care

November has been designated as Long-Term Care Awareness Month. As part of this observance, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued a release yesterday, containing useful information on long-term care for seniors and their family caregiv...

Do You or Your Senior Loved One Qualify for Veterans Health Care Benefits?
August 31, 2012 Posted by Editor
Do You or Your Senior Loved One Qualify for Veterans Health Care Benefits?

"If you served in the active military, naval, or air service and were honorably discharged or released, you may qualify for VA health care benefits, including hospital services," according to an e-mail announcement issued August 30 from USA.gov, the of...

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...

National Health Center Week, August 5-11, Highlights Health Care Available Regardless of Your Ability to Pay
July 30, 2012 Posted by Editor
National Health Center Week, August 5-11, Highlights Health Care Available Regardless of Your Ability to Pay

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has declared August 5-11 as National Health Center Week, to recognize and highlight the crucial role that Community Health Centers play in maintaining the health of Americans. Federally-funded Com...

HHS Launches New Tool To Help You Find Out if You’re Getting a Rebate From Your Health Insurer under the Affordable Care Act
July 16, 2012 Posted by Editor
HHS Launches New Tool To Help You Find Out if You’re Getting a Rebate From Your Health Insurer under the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced on Friday that it has launched a new online tool to help you find out whether your health insurance company is required to pay you a rebate on August 1, 2012, a new benefit under the Pa...

President Obama Lays Out Contents of Health Care Law
July 2, 2012 Posted by Editor
President Obama Lays Out Contents of Health Care Law

In his speech to the Nation, following the Supreme Court's decision upholding the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act ("Affordable Care Act") on Thursday, President Obama took the occasion to lay out in simple terms for the American people what is...

HHS Announces $128.6 Million of New Grants to Expand Community Health Centers Under Affordable Care Act -- Will Serve 1.2 Million More Patients & Create Over 5,000 Jobs
June 24, 2012 Posted by Editor
HHS Announces $128.6 Million of New Grants to Expand Community Health Centers Under Affordable Care Act -- Will Serve 1.2 Million More Patients & Create Over 5,000 Jobs

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced Wednesday that it has awarded $128.6 million of new grants to expand Community Health Centers in 41 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands. The ...

Consumers to Receive $1.1 Billion of Premium Rebates from Health Insurers under Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces
June 22, 2012 Posted by Editor
Consumers to Receive $1.1 Billion of Premium Rebates from Health Insurers under Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday that due to the Affordable Care Act (which some call "Obamacare"), 12.8 million Americans will receive rebates from insurance companies this Summer, totaling $1.1 Billion. Th...

HHS Launches New Web-Based Tool to Measure Performance of Health Care System
May 22, 2012 Posted by Editor
HHS Launches New Web-Based Tool to Measure Performance of Health Care System

In a news release issued May 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of the Health System Measurement Project, a new web-based tool which will allow policymakers, providers, and the public to measure ...

Money Smart Week April 21-28 - Classes & Events to be Held in 30 States
April 21, 2012 Posted by Editor
Money Smart Week April 21-28 - Classes & Events to be Held in 30 States

Money Smart Week® classes and events for consumers in 30 different States -- those indicated in green on the map at left. To find classes and other events (primarily in libraries) in your area, click Consumer Banking Resources -- A page of the Chi...

You Can Negotiate Lower Prices for Health Care, New Reports Suggest
April 9, 2012 Posted by Editor
You Can Negotiate Lower Prices for Health Care, New Reports Suggest

Several new reports have indicated that, facing rising healthcare costs and high-deductible health insurance or no insurance, patients and consumers are increasingly negotiating lower medical bills directly with their doctors, hospitals, and other heal...

HHS Notes Successes of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on its 2-Year Anniversary
March 24, 2012 Posted by Editor
HHS Notes Successes of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on its 2-Year Anniversary

March 23, 2012 was the two-year anniversary of the date on which President Obama signed the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act ("Affordable Care Act") into law. The Affordable Care Act is the Obama Administration's signature health care refo...

What to do When Medicare Will Not Cover the Costs of a Needed Rehabilitative or Skilled Care Facility
November 21, 2011 Posted by Editor
What to do When Medicare Will Not Cover the Costs of a Needed Rehabilitative or Skilled Care Facility

Here is a wake-up call: Medicare may cover costs of a needed rehabilitative or skilled nursing care facility after a hospitalization of at least three nights -- but only to a limited extent. As explained by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ...

National Community Health Centers Provide Primary & Preventive Care to 20 Million
August 8, 2011 Posted by Editor
National Community Health Centers Provide Primary & Preventive Care to 20 Million

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced today that this week, August 7th-13th, is National Community Health Center Week. This is "an opportunity to recognize the vital work of community health centers, which provide high qualit...

How To Save On The Cost Of Prescription Drugs
May 7, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Some tips from Medicare.gov on buying generic drugs and entering a discount prescription program. Click 10 ways to reduce your drug costs» See also the ABC Diane Sawuer News Video report on how to cut the cost of medication»

Implementation Timeline for the Provisions of the Health Reform Law
January 12, 2011 Posted by Editor

Kaiser Family Foundation provides a very helpful and easy to understand "Implementation Timeline"  -- an interactive tool to explain how and when the provisions of the health reform law will be implemented over the next several years.  You can ...

Nine Key Provisions of the New Health Care Reform Law Take Effect January 1, 2011
January 2, 2011 Posted by Editor

Here is a list of the nine key provisions of the new national Health Care Reform Law that take effect on January 1, 2011: Restriction on Insurance Company Use of Premium Dollars. Health-insurance companies will now be required to spend 80 to 85 pe...

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