Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by the new old age Medicare Advantage plans will be allowed to cover adult day care, home modifications and other new benefits. But they may not be available to all enrollees every year. ByPaula Span July 20, 2018 Did you fall in the bathroom and fracture your hip? Medicare, if you have it, will pay thousands of dollars for surgery to repair the injury and thousands more for your resulting hospital stay and rehab in a nursing home. But Medicare wouldn’t have paid $200 to have grab bars installed in your bathroom, or covered the cost of a $22-an-hour aide to assist you in the shower — measures that might have helped you avoid the accident. For decades, public health experts, doctors, patients and families have lamented this narrow, often counterproductive approach to older Americans’ health care. … [Read more...] about Got Medicare Advantage? Prepare for New Perks — and New Questions.
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More than 300,000 Minnesotans will be changing Medicare health plans next year, state officials said, when a federal law eliminates certain health insurance options in the Twin Cities and across much of the state. For more than a year, insurers have been sizing up the coming shift with Medicare Cost plans, a specific type of coverage that’s distinct from Medicare Advantage plans that are more common outside Minnesota. This summer, insurers that sell Medicare Cost plans are sending several hundred thousand letters to consumers about the transition. There’s no change to coverage in 2018, they point out, while stressing that details about 2019 options aren’t yet available. “Stay calm. Check your mail,” said Jim Schowalter, chief executive of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, a trade group. “Set aside some time this fall to look at your options.” In the 1970s, the federal Medicare health insurance program for people age 65 and older started … [Read more...] about Big Medicare shift coming to Minnesota
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByRobert Pear June 5, 2018 WASHINGTON — The financial outlook for Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund deteriorated in the last year, and Social Security still faces serious long-term financial problems, the Trump administration said on Tuesday. The projections are the first from the administration since President Trump signed a $1.5 trillion tax cut into law in December. They show no sign that a burst of economic growth will dramatically improve the finances of the government’s largest entitlement programs. The Medicare trust fund will be depleted in 2026, the administration said. By contrast, the government said last year that the trust fund would be exhausted in 2029. In a companion report, federal officials said the Social Security Trust Funds for old-age benefits and disability insurance, … [Read more...] about Medicare and Social Security Finances Worsened Last Year
Philadelphia has a massive healthcare problem. Despite having major hospital networks, world-class medical schools, and being a self-proclaimed center of “healthcare innovation,” Philly is one of the least healthy big cities in the country. Consider the unusually high levels of infant and maternal mortality, the high rates of asthma and heart disease, not to mention hypertension and obesity. But our exceptionally poor health is not due to any unique biological defects of Philadelphians, nor is it related to some kind of amorphous culture of unhealthiness. Our health is determined primarily by social factors and chief among them our inability to receive quality health care services. The problem is simple: our employer-based, multi-payer health insurance system is built for profit, not for care. Despite the complaints from insurers about how Obamacare is making it difficult for them to do business, health insurance companies are enjoying record profits, and their CEOs … [Read more...] about Calling on Sen. Casey to endorse Medicare for all
Air conditioners for people with asthma, healthy groceries, rides to medical appointments and home-delivered meals may be among the new benefits added to Medicare Advantage coverage when new federal rules take effect next year. On Monday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded how it defines the “primarily health-related” benefits that insurers are allowed to include in their Medicare Advantage policies. And insurers would include these extras on top of providing the benefits traditional Medicare offers. “Medicare Advantage beneficiaries will have more supplemental benefits making it easier for them to lead healthier, more independent lives,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Of the 61 million people enrolled in Medicare last year, 20 million have opted for Medicare Advantage, a privately run alternative to the traditional government program. Advantage plans limit members to a network of providers. Similar restrictions may apply to the … [Read more...] about Medicare Advantage plans cleared to go beyond medical coverage — even groceries