Medicare Advantage Changed 2019
Health & Medical

How Medicare Has Changed in 2019

Every year Medicare makes changes to the nationalized program in one way or another. Typically, at the first of the year, premium and cost-sharing changes are implemented. The most common changes to expect from Medicare are new premiums, deductibles, and co-pay amounts each year. In 2019, we will see changes to Medicare that go beyond…

Health & Medical

Won’t $450 Billion in “Medicare Cuts” Destroy Medicare?

Take another look at the Senate’s 10-year healthcare reform, and ask… How about slashing $500 billion from Medicare? That’s what the House demands of seniors to help pay for its healthcare reform bill. Either of these cuts billions more than last year’s entire Medicare budget: mammograms, surgeries, pots, pans and all. That’s how they intend…

Health & Medical Political

Medicare Discount Cards: How Congress Screws Seniors Once More

What has 73 different answers to each of thousands of questions and changes its mind weekly? Oh, this is so easy. It’s the new Medicare Discount Card System. You take 40 national and 33 regional discount card companies, each with its own price for 209 different pharmaceuticals, each with its own annual fee, each with…

Medicare Advantage Program
Health & Medical

Medicare Advantage Program: Advantage to Whom?

Fool Me Once, Shame on You… FOUR YEARS AGO, when I became eligible for Medicare, I was swamped by HMOs offering me the world to sign for their “free” policies instead of using Medicare. These for-profit programs were called Medicare+Choice. “Why,” I asked the smiling UnitedHealthcare salesman, “would anyone go with plain old Medicare?” UnitedHealthcare…

Health & Medical

Private Medicare Advantage: HR 3162 Senior Advocacy

Private Medicare Advantage program is costly and unfair. Now we can do something about it. It sounded so, well, so “something-for-nothing, what-have-you-to-lose?” The private Medicare “Advantage” program would provide Carolyn and me with “more benefits than traditional Medicare, more predictable costs,” even worldwide coverage. “A smart investment in your health coverage,” the salesman assured us….

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