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What Are Medicare Advantage Plans and Should You Keep Yours?

Posted on 03/07/2017

Medicare Advantage plans, also called Medicare Part C, are insurance plans offered by private companies approved by Medicare. These plans cover the same services and treatments as original Medicare along with different extras depending on plan type. This isn’t the same as a Medicare Supplement Insurance Policy, known as Medigap, which covers things like copayments, coinsurance and deductibles. Medicare Advantage

“Determined to Save Medicare” – The GOP’s Entitlement Problem

Posted on 02/28/2017

Medicare is considered an entitlement because most Americans get Medicare Part A, the part that covers hospitalization, for free when they turn 65 years old. Medicare Part B, the medical portion of the program, is usually a companion of Part A, but seniors pay a monthly premium for medical coverage. Medicare Part D, which covers prescriptions, also requires a monthly

On Medicare? How Trump’s Healthcare Policies Might Affect Your Wallet

Posted on 02/22/2017

Healthcare has been at the center of the political debate for months, and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight to the discussion. In fact, it seems as if the debate is just now heating up, fueled by promises made by President Trump and fellow Republicans who now control Congress. And while there are a lot of promises

Changes on the Horizon for Medicare

Posted on 02/16/2017

President Trump didn’t say much, if anything at all, about changing Medicare while he was on the campaign trail – and for good reason. Despite its status as an entitlement program, Medicare is popular among liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, and just about every American. But while he was mum on Medicare reform before he took office, Trump now

Is Medicare Changing Under Trump?

Posted on 02/14/2017

In the discussion of healthcare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it’s important to understand that no one really knows what is going to happen. All we can do at this point is speculate based on what key players within the industry and the political arena have said. Of course, when politicians introduce a plan, they try to make it

Updates from the CMS Innovation Center

Posted on 01/25/2017

Before the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Innovation Center was established in 2010, there weren’t many rigorous efforts in play to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare under Medicare. Since its inception, the CMS Innovation Center has focused on improving healthcare and cutting costs so that members enjoy greater benefits. Much of the center’s work revolves around

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