Category Medicare & Medicaid

Judge limits Blue Cross Medicare rate hike [Detroit Free Press]

Nov6

Nov. 6An independent hearing judge today ruled that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan only should raise its supplemental Medicare rates by 3.8%, not the 36.7% it had sought.The final rate hike will be determined by Ken Ross, the state’s insurance commissioner.Ross has until Dec. 6 to make the final decision, unless appeals are filed. […]

Obama Healthcare Reforms Fall Short, but Betterthanmedicare.com Closes the ‘Donut Hole’

Nov5

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ With his proposed health care reform plan, President Barack Obama has set his sights on cutting name-brand prescription drug costs by 50 percent for Medicare patients who fall into the "Part D" coverage gap, universally known as the "donut hole." Plan advocates rave about the potential cost-cutting and feel it’s […]

ID AARP healthcare

Nov5

To: STATE EDITORSContact: David Irwin of AARP, +1-208-855-4004, cell: +1-208-850-4502Legislation Will Help Hundreds of Thousands of Idahoans Struggling with High Rx Costs, Medicare Gaps & Soaring Insurance PremiumsBOISE, Idaho, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ As the debate over health care reform reaches a fevered pitch and the House readies to vote on critical health care reform legislation […]

AARP Calls On Idaho’s U.S. Reps To Back House Health Care Reform Bill

Nov5

Legislation Will Help Hundreds of Thousands of Idahoans Struggling with High Rx Costs, Medicare Gaps & Soaring Insurance Premiums BOISE, Idaho, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ As the debate over health care reform reaches a fevered pitch and the House readies to vote on critical health care reform legislation in the coming days – AARP is calling […]

Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration Previews Online Personal Health Records for Medicaid Recipients

Nov5

Florida is the First State to Offer Personal Health Records for Medicaid Recipients TALLAHASSEE, Fla.(BUSINESS WIRE) Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) has previewed the first phase of Florida’s free, Internet-based personal health record, My Florida Health eBook and My Florida eBaby Book. Florida is the first state to offer free personal health records […]

Program used to raise awareness of Medicare savings [News-Topic, Lenoir, N.C.]

Nov5

Nov. 6The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has identified that North Carolina has more than 80,000 Medicare recipients who potentially qualify for cost-savings programs but have not enrolled.The Relay for Extra Help campaign is a statewide enrollment campaign for Medicare recipients that helps pay for Medicare prescription drug coverage and medicines or the Medicare […]

Medicaid director sued over comments about AG Hood [Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo, Miss.]

Nov5

Nov. 6JACKSON A Lee County resident is suing Medicaid Executive Director Bob Robinson for comments he made regarding Attorney General Jim Hood.In a September hearing of the Legislative Budget Committee, Robinson accused Hood of not prosecuting a case of Medicaid fraud. Robinson’s accusations were further investigated in a Thursday hearing of the Legislative Budget Committee.Robinson […]

Lawsuit alleges Medicare fraud [El Paso Times, Texas]

Nov5

Nov. 5EL PASO A chain of clinics and a kidney specialist defrauded Medicare by having unlicensed employees pose as doctors for dialysis treatments, according to a whistleblower lawsuit that moved closer to trial Wednesday.But lawyers for the clinics said there was no fraud and no patient complained.Rebecca Gonzalez, a former secretary for an El Paso […]

BLOG: Naked Politics: More managed care heading to a Medicaid program near you [The Miami Herald]

Nov4

Nov. 5As a Democratic Congress looks more and more likely to expand Medicaid eligibility and therefore increase costs for states (more here on the $1 billion estimate) the Republicans who control the state Legislature are chafing and talking behind closed doors about how to manage costs.The Republican solution: HMOs. Or managed care. Or home care. […]

AARP health reform

Nov4

To: STATE EDITORSContact: David Irwin of AARP, +1-208-855-4004"As members of the House gear up for this historic vote, they will hear from older Americans"BOISE, Idaho, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Today AARP announced its endorsement of the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) and the accompanying Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act (H.R. 3961). The Association’s […]