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Medicare Open Enrollment: Everything You Need to Know

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Applying for Medicare Open Enrollment Online Medicare Open Enrollment is currently under way, and whether you’re a current beneficiary, or looking to enroll for the first time, it’s time to go shopping and compare prices! Visit our Medicare Open Enrollment page to compare plans instantly online or your can call one of our licensed representatives at 1-877-734-3441 TTY:711 to compare prices over the phone. With that being said, we know that the Enrollment Period can cause confusion for a lot of seniors, so we took the time to list the answers to some of the most common questions we receive from our visitors. Continue Reading

Listen: ObamaCare Launches, What to Expect

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Our friend Steve Pomeranz from On The Money! Radio recently interviewed Doug Whiteman, a former consumer and business reporter for AP Radio. He has reported
on everything from scam victims to CEO’s and covered numerous events at the Federal Trade Commission and other government agencies. Listen below or watch on YouTube.

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Social Security Office Makes Overpayments in the Billions

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Social Security benefit over-payments The disability program of the Social Security Administration (SSA) is facing a dire future, with estimates showing that starting in 2016 the SSA may only be able to pay out 80 percent of funds for disability payments. A major mistake by the administration resulting in overpayments of $1.3 billion is adding to the overall concern of the program’s health. Continue Reading

How the New Healthcare Exchanges Affect Seniors on Medicare

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How the Affordable Care Act affects Medicare

New Healthcare Exchanges and Medicare

The Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as ObamaCare, has nothing to do with Medicare, and is designed to help those under 65 years of age, who are currently uninsured, or wish to change insurers. So as a Medicare beneficiaries you don’t have worry about the impact it will have on you. You do not need to do anything. Continue Reading

Major Medicare Fraud Bust in Michigan

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Dr. Farid Fata is charged with Medicare Fraud

Dr. Farid Fata

A doctor in the Detroit, Michigan area was recently accused of fraud after allegedly misdiagnosing patients with cancer and making false claims to Medicare, according to a federal complaint.

The physician is Dr. Farid Fata of Oakland Township, Michigan. The 48 year old is said to have given patients unnecessary chemotherapy treatments as they were not actually suffering from cancer because he deliberately misdiagnosed them as having the disease. This was allegedly for the purpose of defrauding Medicare, the federally funded health care program, out of as much as $35 million within a two year time frame, according to the complaint. Continue Reading

What To Expect For Seniors on Medicare and the ACA

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active senior couple discussing healthcare Since 1965 when Medicare was first instituted to provide health coverage for people over the age of 65, it has become one of the most beloved programs in the United States. The basic plan has two parts, Part A, which covers hospitalization and Part B, which covers doctor’s services, therapists, home care and other care. Many seniors are wondering how the Affordable Care Act affects their Medicare coverage. Continue Reading

Prescription Drug Advice for Seniors on Medicare

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Medicare Seniors Prescription Drug Advice and Tips

Prescription drugs have changed medicine completely over the past decades. They have enabled people to better manage their illnesses and extent their lifespan. However, taking these medications can also pose dangers, particularly for seniors who may take more than one medication. Here are some tips to help keep safe while you care for your health. Continue Reading

ObamaCare Employer Mandate is Now Delayed Until 2015

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ObamaCare Employer Mandate Delay to 2015 Another significant setback in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is adding to the growing unfavorable view of the law. On Tuesday night, the Treasury Department quietly updated their blog with the announcement that the mandate placed on businesses to provide approved health care plans or face fines, would have to be delayed. Continue Reading

Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Proposals and Updates

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Medicare Competitive Bidding New Rules and Information To minimize the escalation of costs as Medicare adds more beneficiaries, there have been proposals made to keep costs down and increase the productivity of Medicare. There are two types of competitive bidding: those that focus on premiums and those that focus on fees for services.

Competitive bidding brings economic advantages on both fronts. On July 1, Medicare expanded its competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment to 100 metropolitan areas. Other competitive bidding focuses on Medicare Advantage (MA) and the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) plans. Continue Reading

Medicare’s New Diabetes Mail Order Program

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Medicare New Diabetes Mail Order Program Effective July 1, 2013, Medicare is opening a mail order program that will affect over 4.2 million diabetics who are currently beneficiaries of Medicare nationwide. Current Medicare Advantage beneficiaries will not be affected by the new program. Continue Reading