Archive for the ‘medicare’ Category

Medicare Open Enrollment Starts TODAY – October 15, 2013

Posted on: October 15th, 2013 by SamTabes No Comments

Medicare’s open enrollment is upon us once again and it’s important that those looking to update their Medicare plans get their choices in early.  October 15 through December 7 is when all Medicare participants can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2014.  If you are happy with your current Medicare plan […]

U.S. Boosting Medicare Advantage Payments

Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 by SamTabes No Comments

Earlier this month, the Obama administration scrapped plans to cut by 2.2% the rates paid to health insurance companies that are taking part in the Medicare Advantage program.  There were many people who opposed the cuts including over 100 members of Congress and the health insurance companies themselves.  Insurers put together a convincing campaign to […]

Fiscal Cliff Deal Good For Some Rural Hospitals

Posted on: January 4th, 2013 by SamTabes No Comments

The New Year’s Day “fiscal cliff” deal came with a lot of mixed emotions across the nation, but for some small, rural hospitals there was a sigh of relief.  As an example, Jones Memorial Hospital in rural upstate New York will be receiving an extra $450,000 this year thanks to the deal according to Phil […]

Fiscal Cliff May Affect Medicare Reimbursements In Cleveland

Posted on: November 20th, 2012 by SamTabes No Comments

If the United States ends up falling off the looming “fiscal cliff”, Northeast Ohio’s health care providers would shoulder millions of dollars in revenue cuts to manage costs throughout the area, specifically the Greater Cleveland area.  The inability of Congress and the White House to work together and come up with a budget plan has […]

President Obama’s Re-Election Secures Health Care Reform

Posted on: November 8th, 2012 by SamTabes No Comments

President Obama has officially been re-elected and will be spending the next four years in the White House.  This implies, for many, that health care reform will stay intact and Americans can expect full implementation by the end of 2014.  The fate of health care reform has been hanging by a thread the past few […]

Medicare Battle During Vice Presidential Debate

Posted on: October 12th, 2012 by SamTabes No Comments

Congressman Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden fought hard last night during the first vice presidential debate.  Regardless of what side of the fence you are on, it’s easy to say that this was indeed a very heated debate with solid points made by both sides.  Both candidates brought fire to the table as […]

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2013: A Complicated Subject

Posted on: October 9th, 2012 by SamTabes No Comments

The Medicare open enrollment period for 2013 runs from October 13th through December 7th, and many Americans are concerned about new options, especially with health care reform upon us.  Once again, about 50 million Americans, most of which are seniors, are asked to review their current Medicare options and determine if they need to switch. […]

Presidential Debate Sparks Intense Health Care Reform Discussion

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by SamTabes No Comments

Last night, Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama had their first round of debates before the Presidential election in November.  The overall feel was calm, but the topics were heated.  One area of discussion that has a lot of people confused is how each candidate is approaching America’s health care dilemma and how health […]

AARP Survey Showing A Lot Of Anxiety Among Boomers

Posted on: September 17th, 2012 by SamTabes No Comments

The American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) has completed a recent anxiety index report which shows 75% of the 1852 registered voters surveyed in July are concerned about prices, especially for healthcare, rising faster than their income.  The future of Medicare and Medicaid have been in question due to political discussions and this has baby […]

California’s Healthy Families Health Insurance May Be Restored

Posted on: September 7th, 2012 by SamTabes No Comments

California’s Governor Jerry Brown made a controversial move earlier this year to end the state’s Healthy Families Insurance Program for low-income children and cover them through Medi-Cal which is the state’s version of Medicaid.  This change to children’s health insurance in California was an effort to drastically cut costs, but is it working?  Now a […]