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Archive---Headlines for Medicare and Part D that were published on the web by various media.

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I'm Falling Into the Doughnut Hole 

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About Medicare Part D
WatertownDailyTimes.com  6-22-10
Closing the Medicare Part D "doughnut hole" has long been a top priority for AARP members and all older Americans. Starting on June 10, people in Medicare ...
Medicare beneficiaries beware of 'doughnut hole' fraud
Kiowa County Signal  6-22-10
Approximately 27.6 million Americans were enrolled in Medicare Part D as of February 2010 and more than one in four will reach the gap. ...
Medicare Part D Rules: What Baby Boomers Need to Know
By Junior Boomer 6-22-10
Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, also known as Medicare Part D, refers to the coverage added for prescription medication for Medicare recipients. This allows those with Medicare to get insurance that will pay for part of their ...
Know the facts on closing the gap
Chicago Daily Herald  6-21-10
Some Medicare Part D beneficiaries will receive a $250 check in the mail. This is the first step in the gradual closing of the so-called doughnut hole - or ...
Senate Approves Stand-Alone 'Doc Fix', But Cuts Still Take Effect
California Healthline  6-21-10
The $6.5 billion "doc fix" measure would provide a 2.2% payment increase to Medicare physicians through November. The cost of the bill would be fully offset ...
The AARP Medicare D Doughnut Hole Calculator: How Does it Work?  6-21-10
Those that want to estimate if they may hit the Medicare Part D drug coverage gap may find it useful to use the AARP's donut hole calculation tool. This can help an individual work out if they may fall into the gap and also gives useful ...
Seniors confront a maze of Medicare changes
Seattle Times  6-20-10
By 2020, the law aims to fill the "doughnut hole" gap in Medicare Part D coverage that each year requires patients to pay all drug costs once their ...
Drug Rebate Is Mailed Out
Wall Street Journal  6-20-10
By ANNA PRIOR Some participants in Medicare Part D prescription-drug plans should be on the lookout for a check in the mail. The US Department of Health and ...
Woman At Odds With Medicare Over Life-Saving Drug
CBS2 Chicago  6-18-10
Reisinger says she was told she would get coverage for Xopenex before she signed up with Coventry Health Care's First Health Medicare Part D Prescription ...
Medicare Payment Cuts To Doctors Loom As Republicans Reject Slimmed-Down ...
Kaiser Health News  6-18-10
Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, reached an agreement on a six-month fix of the Medicare payment rate for doctors that could allow the ...
The Sore Loser Republicans Can't Stop Saying "No"
Huffington Post (blog)  6-18-10
Becoming eligible for Social Security generally means automatically becoming a beneficiary for Medicare Part A, and Medicare sets a stiff penalty if ...
Medicare drug plan rebates invite data theft scammers
Infosecurity Magazine (US)  6-15-10
The checks are in the mail – that is, if you are a Medicare recipient. Rebates to help ease the costs of the so-called Medicare Part D “donut hole” have ...
Health care reform starts to hit home: Some provisions of landmark legislation ...
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle  6-13-10
The most immediate change for seniors under the new bill is the reduction, and eventual elimination, of the Medicare Part D "doughnut hole. ...
If you're on Medicare, get set for some benefits and burdens
Kansas City Star  6-12-10
The Medicare prescription benefit called Part D was born of political and financial compromise. To keep costs down, Congress built in a yawning coverage gap ...
Drug Spending Varies Widely By Region; Patients Are Not Primary Reason
Medscape  6-11-10
The authors studied pharmacy and medical data for 533170 Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 to 99 years who were enrolled in stand-alone Medicare Part D plans. ...
When Will I Get My $250 Medicare Part D Donut Hole Check?
By Peter Anderson  6-9-10
President Obama announced that up to 4 million seniors who fall into the Medicare Part D Prescription Benefit Donut Hole will receive a check for $250 soon
AARP Offers Tips for People Receiving Medicare Prescription Drug ...
By William Landers  6-9-10
With the first checks to be mailed on June 10, people in Medicare Part D who reach the prescription drug coverage gap (or “doughnut hole”) this year will automatically receive a rebate of $250 to help with their drug costs and other ...
Low-income seniors to receive assistance with prescription drug costs
McKnight's Long Term Care News  6-8-10
These new eligibilities coincide with a $250 check for seniors who fall into the Medicare Part D coverage gap that is being mailed out this week. ...
Cost of brand name drugs spike nearly 10 percent — How to save on meds
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)  6-8-10
The price jump was for more than 220 medicines widely used by seniors in Medicare Part D. Those consumers falling into the “doughnut hole” will find some ...
Cost of brand name drugs spike nearly 10 percent — How to save on meds
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)  6-8-10
The price jump was for more than 220 medicines widely used by seniors in Medicare Part D. Those consumers falling into the “doughnut hole” will find some ...
Turning 65? Allsup Outlines Costly Mistakes to Avoid With Medicare Enrollment
Business Wire (press release)  6-3-10
The penalty applies for as long as you have Medicare. Likewise, Medicare Part D imposes a fine if you go for more than 63 days without coverage as good as ...
Drug Makers Push For More Time To Pay Half-Off Discount On Drugs
Kaiser Health News  6-3-10
Drug makers want 60 days instead of 15 to pay a half-off discount for branded drugs in a Medicare Part D coverage gap, Inside Health Policy reports. ...
Covering the Bases: Beware of con artists asking for Medicare info
Annapolis Capital  5-30-10
By AMY RUBINO, For The Capital I received a call from Medicare stating that I was entitled to a $250 rebate for Medicare Part D. The caller wanted my ...
Health Care Reform: 6 Things Retirees Need to Know
FavStocks (blog)  5-29-10
Beneficiaries of Medicare Part D Plans face a gap in their coverage. Known as the Medicare or prescription drug doughnut hole, this is the difference ...
Avoid The Doughnut Hole of Medicare Part D
By recessi  5-24-10
By now, you have probably heard about the very large shortfall in Medicare Part D, called the donut hole. Donut holes are supposed to be small; however this shortfall is not small in any way and will probably cause many people much ...
Year-End Saving Strategies for Retirees
Smartmoney.com   December 10. 2009
Medicare Part D premiums are still rising, while the range of drugs included in the plans' cheapest coverage is declining, but both changes are happening ...
Medicare Prepares Reversal on Covering All Antidepressants and Antipsychotics
Psychiatric Times   December 9, 2009
The October 22, 2009, proposed rule contains numerous prospective changes to both the Part D drug program and the Part C Medicare Advantage program. ...
Seniors wasting money on drugs because they won't switch Medicare ...
Wallet Pop   December 2, 2009
Seniors who chose Humana that first year and then decided they didn't want to switch are paying 182% more per month in premiums for Medicare Part D. Humana is the second largest Medicare Part D provider and serves about 9.6% of seniors. ...
Some prescription medications may not be covered under Part D in 2010
HealthcareFinanceNews.com   December 1, 2009
Some common prescription drugs usually covered by Medicare Part D may not make the cut in 2010, due to a new policy being implemented by ...
What Happens to Medicare Under the House and Senate Bills - AARP ...
December 1, 2009    They'd love for their children and grandchildren to have the same sense of security that they have now.” But how can billions of dollars be carved out of Medicare to help pay for reform measures without affecting traditional benefits? And what's the outlook if no action is taken? ... If nothing is done, beneficiaries' out-of-pocket Medicare expenses will eat up an increasing part of their Social Security checks, according to the 2009 Medicare trustees' report. ...
COMMENTARY: Save Social Security by removing contribution cap
The Patriot Ledger   November 21, 2009
By DAVID BASKIN FOR THE PATRIOT LEDGER Once again the media are reporting that without a fix the Social Security fund will be exhausted in 2037. ...
Social Security age must be increased
Lansdale Reporter   November 19, 2009
Four years ago I wrote an article on how the Social Security program should be adjusted and adjusted soon. If not, the system will collapse. ...
Millions will have to repay part of tax credit
The Associated Press   November 15, 2009
Social Security recipients who also earn taxable wages may have to repay $250. The tax credit, which is supposed to pay individuals up to $400 and couples ...
SOCIAL SECURITY: Extra drug help comes with limits
Asbury Park Press   November 15, 2009
Q: How do I know if I am eligible for the $3900 in savings with the Medicare prescription drug program? A: To get extra help with Medicare prescription drug ...
2010 Medicare Changes Demand Careful Review
U.S. News & World Report   November 13, 2009
Allsup, a company that provides individual and employer services for Social Security disability and Medicare, sponsored a consumer poll that found that 16 ...
Historic Bill to Provide Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Americans ...
California Chronicle   November 3, 2009
Strengthens Medicare and Medicaid and closes the Medicare Part D ´donut hole´ so that seniors and low-income Americans receive better quality of care and ...
Seniors: Be wary of advertising
NorthJersey.com  November 1, 2009
First, please keep in mind that while open enrollment for Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage is Nov. 15 through Dec. 31 each year, Medicare ...
How to get help  (selecting Part D or Medicare Advantage Plan)
Detroit Free Press November 1, 2009
15, CVS/pharmacy is to offer an online Medicare Part D Calculator that gives comparisons of Part D plans at www.cvs.com/medicare.cq-anstett 6. ...
HealthMetrix Research Selects 2010 Medicare Advantage Plans for Best Overall ...
Reuters   October 29, 2009
... Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Medicare Advantage plans in 95 cities will be recognized for best overall value in the design of their 2010 medical and Part D ...
Choosing the right Medicare drug plan
East Texas Review   October 29, 2009
That's why the government created Medicare Part D, a voluntary program that subsidizes prescription drugs for Medicare recipients. ...
Lawmakers look to eliminate Medicare Part D gap earlier than planned
McKnight's Long Term Care News   OCTOBER 28, 2009
Lawmakers are stepping up efforts to close the Medicare Part D doughnut hole, a coverage gap in the prescription drug program for seniors. ...
House bill likely to include long-term health care
The Associated Press   October 27, 2009
Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass. The Obama administration also has said it should be part of health care overhaul legislation. In return for modest monthly ...
Why do we pay so much for drugs?
HeraldNet   October 26, 2009
Here is some advice for seniors who may fall into the dreaded donut hole in Medicare Part D. Recently my wife fell into that hole. ...
Ex-Insurance Exec Sees Big Backlash to Healthcare Bill
In These Times   October 23, 2009
“Before this year, few people had ever heard of the term 'public option,' ” Ross said (In light of the burst of enthusiasm for Medicare Part E, ...
Agreement on Medicare reimbursement praised
Herald Times Reporter   October 23, 2009
Under the agreement, the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academies of Science, would conduct two studies on changing the Medicare payment system ...
Medicare for everyone
The Hill   October 20, 2009
People have been talking about some sort of Medicare Part E since Congress debated the prescription drug benefit, Medicare Part D, in 2003. ...
Medicare Drug Planners Now Lobbyists, With Billions at Stake
ProPublica   October 20, 2009
by Olga Pierce, propublica - October 20, 2009 5:12 pm EDT Four years ago, a group of lawmakers and aides crafted Medicare Part D, the prescription drug ...
Brace for rising Medicare premiums
Boston Herald   October 20, 2009
They will be forced to bear increases in premiums for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage in the upcoming year. Seniors will have a 45-day window from ...
Washington Post: Senior citizens get a nice, fat raise
Minneapolis Star Tribune   October 18, 2009
But the premiums for Medicare Advantage plans, Supplemental and Part D prescription plans that make Medicare into useful coverage can go … read more up. ...
Will health care reform help those on Medicare?
Newsday   October 14, 2009
Most bills would gradually eliminate the "doughnut hole," the Part D coverage gap during which many pay the full price for drugs.
5 Medicare secrets you should know
Daily Finance (blog)   October 9, 2009
The Medicare web page has excellent tools for comparing your options. Medicare Part D is supposed to help seniors deal with the high cost of prescription ...
Take profit out of health care
Lompoc Record   October 7, 2009
Even the present public option — Medicare — is very expensive. Basic Medicare is insufficient coverage. Part B has been added, for which about $100 per ...
Monthly Medicare drug premiums to rise 11 percent in 2010 for ...
HealthcareFinanceNews.com   October 5, 2009
WASHINGTON – Monthly premiums for Medicare Part D stand-alone prescription drug plans will rise 11 percent on average to $38.85 in 2010 if beneficiaries ...
To See Who Really Gets Medicare Advantage, Follow the Money
The Ledger   October 5, 2009
In 2003, Congress passed the Medicare Prescription Coverage as Part D component of Medicare to benefit our senior citizens. Many insurance plans provide ...
Lobbyists' money talks
Barre Montpelier Times Argus   October 5, 2009
As an active senior who has been fighting for health care and especially Medicare Part D reform for several years, I know how Part D was cobbled together a ...
CMS Warns Humana to Stop Mailings to Medicare Advantage Members on ...
Atlantic Information Services, Inc. October 2, 2009
Just days prior to the start of the 2010 Medicare Advantage (MA)/Part D selling season, Humana Inc. found itself in hot water with CMS. ...
More Pandering To The Elderly
Forbes  October 2, 2009
One of these changes involves Medicare Part B, which pays for doctors visits. Part A pays for hospitalization and Part D pays for prescription drugs. ...
Medicare does many things very well
The Tennessean - Nashville,TN,USA May 19, 2009
... insolvency of the Part A Hospital Trust Fund, and increasing premiums and limited Part D drug benefits, Medicare also does many things well, ...
The Biggest Threat Your Retirement Has Ever Faced
Motley Fool - USA   May 18, 2009
Given those concerns, we'd all rather not hear about the looming problems now facing traditional retirement backstops Social Security and Medicare. ...
Medicare may test 'value-based' coverage design
FierceHealthcare - Washington,DC,USA   May 18, 2009
Statistics show that the Medicare Part D population takes five prescription drugs per day on average, and almost 20 percent aren't able to fill a ...
'Medicare-for-all' cure for health woes
Houston Chronicle - United States    February 7, 2009
John Conyers, D-Mich., and cosponsored by 93 other members of Congress. Its features are: automatic enrollment for everyone; comprehensive services covering ...
Democrats Fire a Shot on Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Reform
Huffington Post - New York,NY,USA    February 6, 2009
Medicare recipients have been able to purchase drug coverage since 2006 under Medicare Part D, which provides for federal subsidy of prescriptions. ...
The Gregg bombshell
San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA   February 4, 2009
Obama has said he'd rather be a one-term president who gets something done than a two-term caretaker. Everyone, including Obama, knows Medicare spending is ...
Seniors in Medicare's doughnut hole decrease use of meds
EurekAlert (press release) - Washington,DC,USA   February 3, 2009
3 – Beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part D who reached a gap in health care coverage known as the "doughnut hole" were much less likely to use ...
Covering the Bases: Seminars offer tips to avoid fraud against seniors
Annapolis Capital - Annapolis,MD,USA   February 2, 2009
Q: What drugs are not covered by Medicare Part D? A: Prescription drugs that are covered by Medicare Part A or Part B are not covered by Part D plans. ...
Insurers overcharged Medicare for prescriptions, report finds
The Miami Herald - FL,USA   February 2, 2009
The program's nearly 27 million beneficiaries generally pay for the coverage, known as Medicare Part D, through a monthly premium that's deducted from their ...
Liberal Groups Seek Single-Payer Health Care Bill
CQPolitics.com - Washington,DC,USA   January 30, 2009
John D. Dingell , D-Mich., introduces a bill in every Congress that would expand Medicare to cover all Americans. But the proposals have never been ...
Leading Seniors Organization Applauds New Part D Proposal In Congress
Medical News Today (press release) - UK   January 29, 2009
... creates a prescription drug program managed by Medicare while also requiring the government to negotiate for lower drug prices. "Part D has provided a ...
Part D helps drug companies the most
Chicago Daily Herald - Chicago,IL,USA   January 28, 2009
Medicare Part A (hospital) and Part B (outpatient care) are administered by the government. Medicare Part D is administered by insurance companies. ...
Unfair drug costs should be countered
Statesman Journal - Salem,OR,USA   January 25, 2009
Therefore, Medicare Part D is a partial return of that subsidy by the US government. Most countries would love to have the American pharmaceutical industry. ...
Why does Medicare have to be confusing?
Nashua Telegraph - Nashua,NH,USA   January 25, 2009
Part D drug plans must be standardized into one formulary, which everyone already thinks is the case anyway. Private companies can argue it out for ...
Andrew Sullivan Aims His Machete At The Heads Of Senior Citizens
Culture11 - Alexandria,VA,USA   January 20, 2009
... selling free market pharmaceutical policies to senior citizens- policies other than the ones which execute Medicare Part D as required in the program? ...
Obama, Reid take dead aim at Medicare HMOs
The Hill - Washington,DC,USA   January 14, 2009
By Jeffrey Young Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had no qualms expressing his low opinion of private health insurance plans in Medicare. ...
Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Offers One-Time Chance to ...
PR Web (press release) - Ferndale,WA,USA   January 12, 2009
For example, Gada explained, an individual with Medicare Part D coverage who has been prescribed a costly medication may want to consider finding a Medicare ...
Medicare rule change could save seniors hundreds of dollars next year
The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com - Cleveland,OH,USA   January 11, 2009
Millions of seniors could each save hundreds of dollars on prescriptions next year under a Medicare Part D change announced last week. ...
Saul Friedman | Gray Matters
Newsday - Long Island,NY,USA   January 10, 2009
But AARP, which argued the legislation was the best deal possible, became Part D's leading private insurer. In 2002, according to its financial statement, ...
Feds modify Medicare drug plan
YourWestValley.com - Sun City,AZ,USA   January 7, 2009
The rule revises Medicare's definition of negotiated prices by requiring drug plan sponsors under Part D to use the amount paid to a pharmacy as the basis ...
 

 

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