Category Archives: Affordable Care Act
May 22nd, 2014 | 0
We understand that navigating the new legislature of the Affordable Care Act (passed in 2010) can be a daunting and confusing process, especially for seniors. Since Medicare is not part of the Healthcare Marketplace established by the ACA, beneficiaries may be unsure of the status of their coverage. In this Infographic, we hope to shed light on some key aspects of what the ACA means for America’s seniors.Continue Reading
March 14th, 2014 | 0
Shoppers searching the Internet for health insurance coverage can be forgiven if they are confused. A New York woman waiting to speak to an official Obamacare navigator the other day told me she decided to ask for help because she couldn’t understand the policies on the website of the New York exchange. When I asked one of the navigators about this woman’s confusion, she assured me all the summary information about the policies was there, but warned “you have to know where to look.”Continue Reading
February 12th, 2014 | 3
A couple weeks ago, the Medicare Rights Center, a well-known New York-based advocacy group, released a report card showing how well seniors are faring with Medicare. The report is a good barometer of the troubles beneficiaries face when navigating Medicare’s very complicated system for getting health care.
One particularly compelling finding popped out: 21 percent of the 14,000 callers to the Center’s national help line in 2012 had trouble covering the cost sharing that Medicare requires. This means that almost a fourth of seniors struggle with paying the deductibles for Part B – doctor and outpatient services – and for Part D, the drug benefit.Continue Reading
November 5th, 2013 | 0
The Affordable Care Act has been the topic of much discussion by many groups in the United States, including seniors. It is important to understand the act to know how the new health care system will work. There are many ways in which the Affordable Care Act will benefit the elderly.
Those who are on Medicare will have access to myriad services and products at no cost. Screenings for cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases, flu shots, and stop-smoking counseling are just a few of the services that require no payment from Medicare recipients.Continue Reading
October 25th, 2013 | 11
With the advent of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care), it is crucial for hospitals to prevent readmissions to the best of their abilities. Under new law, hospitals with an unacceptably high level of readmissions within 30 days can result in financial penalties that many hospitals cannot afford to sustain.
So, what is causing hospital readmissions? Why are patients who seemed to be well upon discharge being readmitted?Continue Reading
October 4th, 2013 | 0
Will all the White House messages, the stream of breathless Twitter updates on the number of hits and enrollments, and the press hype surrounding opening day send the uninsured public into panic mode? Will they prompt buyers to consider only the premium and click to enroll ASAP? And why not? For weeks the administration, state exchange officials and supporters of the Affordable Care Act have been telling the public how cheap premiums will be — much cheaper than expected.Continue Reading
September 3rd, 2013 | 1
It’s the silly season again for Medicare. It comes around whenever a political campaign is about to begin, as it is for next year’s mid-term elections. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has been talking about Medicare quite a bit lately and raising an issue that’s been hanging around since the elections of 2010: that the Affordable Care Act takes money out of Medicare by shortchanging Medicare Advantage plans.
Speaking to the Bay County Chamber of Commerce a few weeks ago, Rubio said one of the things the health reform law did was take “a tremendous amount of money out of the Medicare Advantage program, not to fund Medicare or to make Medicare more solvent, but to fund the health care law.” Politicians love to play ball with benefits for seniors.Continue Reading
Medicare Funding at Risk of Being Drastically Reduced: What Does This Mean for the Rest of Us? Blake Pappas
July 17th, 2013 | 0
Medicare and Medicaid are two of the largest expenses the federal government undertakes. Due to this, these are often areas that receive some sort of cut when a financial crisis occurs. Currently, there are benefits that are being cut by the Obama administration in order to help reduce the national deficit. These cuts are going to affect individuals who are currently using Medicare, so if you or someone you know and love receives benefits from Medicare, there are a few different altering adjustments you need to be made aware of. This way you can try your best to plan accordingly.Continue Reading
July 16th, 2013 | 3
Some provisions of the Affordable Care Act have already begun to be implemented. Full implementation of the legislation will occur by 2014. At that time, 30 million Americans who were previously uninsured will have access to health care. The question is: How, specifically, are patients affected by the Affordable Care Act?Continue Reading
June 26th, 2013 | 3
As the Affordable Care Act begins to be implemented, it is imperative that providers become educated on how they will be affected by the new legislation. Many providers will be pleased with many positive changes that can help improve the care provided to patients as well as the business end of the organization.Continue Reading
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