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Medicare change?

Strengthen the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) The IPAB is a group of 15 health experts (generally appointed by the president and approved by the Senate) who are required to recommend ways to hold down Medicare spending growth if that … Continue reading

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Reduce Medicare Coverage?

Increase Supplemental Plan Costs and Reduce Coverage Even with Medicare coverage, seniors are often left with significant health care costs, so many people purchase supplemental private insurance coverage (such as Medigap plans) to reduce their out-of-pocket expenses.  One proposal would charge … Continue reading

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Increase Medicare Payroll Tax Rate?

The primary source of funding for Medicare hospital services (part A) comes from the payroll tax.  Workers and their employers contribute 1.45% of earnings for a total contribution of 2.9%.  Medicare also offers coverage for physician services (part B) and … Continue reading

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Increase Medicare Home, Nursing and Lab Services???

Medicare does not charge a copay for patients whose doctors prescribe home health care for the first 20 days in a skilled nursing facility.  Several proposals would require a copay for home health care, including one that would require a payment of … Continue reading

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Will Drug Companies Give Rebates or Discounts to Medicare?

Here is another idea for tweaking Medicare.  Under current law, drug manufacturers are required to give rebates or discounts to the Medicaid program for prescription drugs purchased by Medicaid beneficiaries.  However, Medicare Part D — the optional prescription drug coverage … Continue reading

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Will Medicare become a Premium Support Plan?

Today is Grandparents Day.  Medicare is very important to most Grandparents, now and in the future. Here is another way Medicare may change. Change Medicare to a Premium Support Plan (This is essentially the Romney Ryan plan) Under this proposal, … Continue reading

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Looking ahead with Medicare

Now that both the conventions are history and you now have to make a choice for Nov 6, I thought we would take a look at another possible medicare change… Raise Medicare Premiums for Higher-Income Beneficiaries Most Medicare beneficiaries pay … Continue reading

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