Testimony of Judith A. Stein Executive Director, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. United States House of Representatives Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Health "Keeping the Promise: Allowing Seniors to Keep Their Medicare … [Read more...] about Testimony of Judith A. Stein Re: Medicare Advantage
On February 21, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its draft 2015 Call Letter to Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D plan sponsors, which includes a proposed rate for MA payment for 2015. Much anticipated, the … [Read more...] about Medicare Advantage Payment Reductions Are Good News for Medicare
February 24, 2014 – The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is reining in overpayments to private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans by bringing MA payments closer to what traditional Medicare spends on a given beneficiary. The insurance industry and some … [Read more...] about Medicare Advantage Plan “Cuts:” Savings That Make Sense
Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) are a type of Medicare Advantage (MA) plan that enrolls only individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Though results have been mixed, D-SNPs were created as a possible route to better … [Read more...] about Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans: Considerations for Reauthorization
During the Annual Coordinated Election Period, which runs from October 15th through December 7th, people with Medicare can change their choice of health coverage (whether they receive that coverage through a private Medicare Advantage plan or … [Read more...] about The Medicare Annual Coordinated Election Period Has Begun!
For 2014, United Healthcare (UHC) is cutting 2,250 doctors from its Connecticut Medicare Advantage (MA) network. UHC is also closing one of its MA plans in New Haven County that serves 2,900 people and taking similar actions in other states. … [Read more...] about United Healthcare Dramatically Reducing CT Medicare Advantage Plans – Check in YOUR State
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is beginning to rein in Medicare Advantage (MA) overpayments by bringing MA payment more in line with what traditional Medicare spends on a given beneficiary. The insurance industry is not only fighting this … [Read more...] about Medicare Advantage “Cuts?” Don’t Believe it.
The Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP) lasts from January 1st through February 14th of each year. During the MADP, a beneficiary can switch from an MA plan to traditional Medicare. The new MADP also provides an opportunity to enroll … [Read more...] about Reminder: Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP) Ends February 14th
If you are eligible for Medicare you can chose between getting Medicare benefits through traditional Medicare (also known as original Medicare and traditional Medicare) or a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan. Making this choice is personal and requires … [Read more...] about Choosing Between Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage
As discussed in last week’s Alert, the current Medicare Annual Enrollment Period lasts until December 7th. During this time period, Medicare beneficiaries can choose a Medicare Advantage (Part C) or Part D plan for 2013. This … [Read more...] about Picking a Plan During the Annual Enrollment Period? Choose Carefully