Why is it important to speak to my doctor about Medicare?

Jay JohnsonDear Marci0 Comments

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Dear Marci, I just turned 65 and don’t feel like I know very much about what’s covered and what’s not covered under Medicare. How can my doctor help me get the services and care I’m entitled to receive, and how can I be sure her recommendations are in my best interests? – Noreen (Jonesboro, AR) Read More...

Balance Billing Would Allow Doctors to Bill Whatever They Choose

Mitchell ClarkMedicare Watch0 Comments

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As policymakers continue to debate the future of our country’s health care system, some policymakers endorse proposals to give Medicare providers the right to charge seniors and people with disabilities more for their care through balance billing or private contracting. Under these plans, Medicare providers could require patients to negotiate a contract for the cost of their care, and people with Medicare would have additional payments on top of their premiums, copayments, and coinsurance. Unless they successfully negotiate otherwise, patients would also be responsible for filing the Medicare claim. Read More...