Draft Medicare Handbook Biased Toward Private Plans

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and MedicareGuest Posts0 Comments

Source: www.medicare.gov

A draft handbook on Medicare enrollment has drawn criticism from senior’s advocates – and rightly so. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the draft for review in advance of mailing a final version to 43 million households this September. What bothers advocates is the handbook’s apparent bias toward private Medicare Advantage plans over traditional Medicare – using inaccurate and misleading information. The Center for Medicare Advocacy, Justice in Aging, and the Medicare Rights Center have sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, calling out “serious inaccuracies” in the draft handbook, entitled Medicare & You. Read More...

What to do if you’re wrongfully billed for Medicare costs

Stacy Canan and Tim EngelhardtGuest Posts0 Comments

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

If you’re among the 7 million Americans enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program , doctors, suppliers, and other providers aren’t allowed to bill you for Medicare costs when you receive covered medical services, equipment, and supplies. Your Medicare premiums, as well as costs like deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments, are all covered by Medicaid. Read More...

Six Signs Someone with Alzheimer’s Might Wander

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Home Instead

Anyone living with a form of dementia such as Alzheimer’s is at risk of wandering. “It’s predicted that six of 10 individuals with Alzheimer’s will wander during the disease process,” said Monica Moreno, director of Early-Stage Initiatives for the Alzheimer’s Association. That’s why it’s important to watch for the potential signs that someone could be at risk to wander. Following, Read More...

In New York, You Can Be the Boss of Your Health Care

Bryan O’MalleyGuest Posts0 Comments

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Medicaid is a complicated program. Determining whether or not you are eligible is complicated. Qualifying for benefits is complicated. Making the program work with Medicare can be complicated. And often, even knowing what services you qualify for as a Medicaid recipient can be complicated. One service in New York that many people are unfamiliar with is a community-based long term care service called Consumer Directed Personal Assistance, or CDPA. This program, which is becoming increasingly popular, is for people who need home care or nursing services at home; but, who do not want to work through an agency to have people they do not know sent to assist them. Read More...

Kidney Failure and Medicare: What you should know

Kelli Collins, MSWGuest Posts0 Comments

In 1972, Medicare benefits were extended to cover the high cost of medical care for most individuals suffering from permanent kidney failure also known as end-stage renal disease (ESRD). People whose kidneys have failed need dialysis or a kidney transplant to live. To this day, kidney failure is one of only two medical conditions that gives people the option to enroll in Medicare without a two-year waiting period, regardless of age. Because Medicare for people with ESRD was established separately and later, there are some specific rules around eligibility and coverage of Medicare for dialysis and transplant patients. Read More...