CMS Projects Relatively Stable Part D Premiums in 2017

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the average basic premium for a Part D prescription drug plan is estimated to be $34 per month in 2017. This projected average premium is a slight increase over the average monthly premium in 2016 ($32.56) and represents the continued relative stability of Part D premiums. Read More...

Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Facts on Medicare Spending and Financing

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According to a new issue brief by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), the growth in total Medicare spending between 2010 and 2015 (4.4 percent) was notably lower than spending between 2000 and 2010 (9 percent). Even more remarkable, spending in the Medicare program has slowed even as enrollment in Medicare since 2011 has increased with baby boomers becoming eligible. Additionally, the average growth in spending per beneficiary each year was only 1.4 percent between 2010 and 2015, which is considerably lower than average spending growth of 7.4 percent between 2000 and 2010. Read More...

Attention New York Residents: Important Information About Managed Long-Term Care Plans

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Are you, your loved one, or someone you know enrolled in a Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) Plan? If you live in New York State, receive more than 120 days of long term care per year, and have Medicare and Medicaid you most likely are a member of an MLTC plan. If you are not enrolled in an MLTC plan and need long term care services, please read our blog about enrolling in long-term care plans. Before you can enroll in an MLTC plan, you need to be assessed by a nurse. Read More...

Medicare Rights Center Praises Consumer Protections Embedded in Part D Program to Prevent Prescription Drug Overuse

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Among many measures in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016, signed into law last week by President Obama, was a Part D “lock-in” program intended to prevent people with Medicare from misusing certain prescription drugs. The Medicare Rights Center played a pivotal role in shaping the program’s consumer safeguards along with its national partners. Read More...

Medicare Rights Brings Consumer Perspective to HHS Roundtable on Bundled Payments

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This week, Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center, joined the honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for a roundtable discussion on how bundled payments can further ongoing efforts to transition Medicare from a volume-based payment system to one that reimburses for care coordination, quality, and innovation. Bundled payments are a reimbursement mechanism for the treatment of patients with specific conditions. Read More...