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New Medicare perk for diabetes prevention stumbles at rollout

New Medicare perk for diabetes prevention stumbles at rollout

Medicare’s new diabetes prevention program — a yearlong series of classes about healthy eating, physical activity and behavioral change for people at high risk of developing diabetes — is getting off to a rocky star and except in a few locations isn’t up and running yet.

April 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
Can you hear me now? Senate bill on hearing aids may make the answer ‘Yes’

Can you hear me now? Senate bill on hearing aids may make the answer ‘Yes’

A Senate bill could make it easier for Medicare enrollees to get help on how to adjust and use their hearing aids. Under current law, Medicare generally reimburses audiologists for diagnosing hearing loss in older adults but not for providing assistance to fit, adjust and learn to make the most of hearing aids

April 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
To curb rising health insurance costs, some states try ‘reinsurance pools’

To curb rising health insurance costs, some states try ‘reinsurance pools’

A couple of years ago, the health insurance exchange in Minnesota – MNsure – was in deep trouble. Health insurance premiums for individual policies had shot up by as much as 67 percent, among the steepest increases in the country.  Insurers were abandoning the market, leaving 116,000 Minnesotans with scant choices.

April 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Americans have mixed feelings about the ACA’s future — but like their plans

Americans have mixed feelings about the ACA’s future — but like their plans

61 percent of people enrolled in marketplace plans are satisfied with their insurance choices and that a majority say they are not paying more this year compared with last year’s premium costs. Nine in 10 enrollees said they would still buy insurance without the penalty.

April 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
Medicaid minus stigma: In Indian Country, it’s part of the fabric of life

Medicaid minus stigma: In Indian Country, it’s part of the fabric of life

In Gallup, a city of about 23,000 people, Medicaid is as much a part of the fabric as Native American-crafted jewelry and green chile sauce. Recipients include the waitress at the downtown bar, the clerk at a loan store and the maid at the hotel.

April 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
How to get the most out of your dental insurance

How to get the most out of your dental insurance

More than 249 million Americans had dental coverage at the end of 2016, according to the National Association of Dental Plans. Here’s some information about how to get the most out of your dental plan.

March 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
I treat patients on Medicaid, and I don’t see undeserving poor people

I treat patients on Medicaid, and I don’t see undeserving poor people

Medicaid is health insurance provided by the government for the most vulnerable among us – the poor, disabled, and elderly. The coverage is not generous, but it is comprehensive. It provides a safety net.

March 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
Scrutinizing Medicare coverage for physical, occupational and speech therapy

Scrutinizing Medicare coverage for physical, occupational and speech therapy

For years, confusion has surrounded the conditions under which older adults can receive physical, occupational and speech therapy covered by Medicare. Services have been terminated for some seniors because therapists said they weren’t making sufficient progress. Others have been told that they reached an annual limit on services and didn’t qualify for further care.

March 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
Washington Healthplanfinder Enrolls Record Number of Residents

Washington Healthplanfinder Enrolls Record Number of Residents

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that 209,802 customers used Washington Healthplanfinder to purchase a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) for 2018 coverage during the most recent open enrollment period. This total is a nearly three percent increase over last year and is 50 percent higher than the number of enrollees recorded following the first open enrollment period in 2014.

March 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
New Medicare cards are coming starting in April

New Medicare cards are coming starting in April

The new card contains a unique, randomly assigned number that replaces consumers’ Social Security numbers. The purpose is to prevent fraud, combat identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars. All replacement cards should be delivered nationwide by April 2019.

March 15, 2018 | By | Reply More