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A few pointers to help save money and avoid the strain of Medicare enrollment

A few pointers to help save money and avoid the strain of Medicare enrollment

Most beneficiaries have from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 to decide which of dozens of private plans offer the best drug coverage for 2018 or whether it’s better to leave traditional Medicare and get a drug and medical combo policy called Medicare Advantage. Some tips for the novice and reminders for those who have been here before can make the process a little easier.

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: How to choose

Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: How to choose

Medicare Advantage is an alternative to traditional Medicare. Run by private insurance companies, the plans — mostly health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and preferred provider organizations (PPOs) — are expected to serve a record 20.4 million people next year, or slightly more than one-third of Medicare’s 59 million members.

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Kreidler: Trump’s order threatens health insurance markets nationwide

Kreidler: Trump’s order threatens health insurance markets nationwide

The executive order President Trump issued today proposes a misguided and simplistic solutions to fix a complex problem – the growing costs of health care…. But here’s the reality behind such a simplistic approach — it ignores the reality of how insurance works.”

October 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump’s order advances GOP go-to ideas to broaden insurance choice, curb costs

Trump’s order advances GOP go-to ideas to broaden insurance choice, curb costs

Trump’s order would signals a shift in the administration’s strategy, which relied on Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Trump is now using the force of his executive rule-making authority to implement long-favored GOP policy alternatives.

October 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
States scramble to overcome Congress’ failure to move on CHIP

States scramble to overcome Congress’ failure to move on CHIP

Congress’ failure to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program leaves states facing difficult choices about who will continue to get health coverage.

October 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Flat-fee primary care helps fill niche for Texas’ uninsured

Flat-fee primary care helps fill niche for Texas’ uninsured

Under the practice model, called direct primary care, patients are charged monthly — typically $20 to $75, depending on age, in Graham’s practice — for basic, office-based medical care and frequently cell phone and other after-hours physician access.

October 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
So far, all GOP health proposals would mean more decisions, less money for states

So far, all GOP health proposals would mean more decisions, less money for states

Republicans want states to remake the health insurance marketplaces within their borders with less federal money to do it.

September 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one Is entirely safe

Although it started as a plan to cover only the poor, Medicaid now touches tens of millions of Americans who live above the poverty line. The program serves as a backstop for America’s scattershot health care system.

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Money-saving offer for Medicare’s late enrollees is expiring. Can they buy time?

Money-saving offer for Medicare’s late enrollees is expiring. Can they buy time?

Many older Americans who have Affordable Care Act insurance policies are going to miss a Sept. 30 deadline to enroll in Medicare, and they need more time to make the change, advocates say.

September 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Uncertainty over health care’s future hobbles entrepreneurs

Uncertainty over health care’s future hobbles entrepreneurs

Stinson Dean is used to taking risks. The entrepreneur from Independence, Mo., says coping with the ups and downs of the market is an inevitable part of his business. But when he started his company about a year and a half ago, he laid down a firm rule.“One of the things I wasn’t willing to risk was the health of my family,” Dean said.

September 22, 2017 | By | Reply More