Tag Archives: health insurance
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
October 30th, 2013 | 0
On Monday, Pro Publica provided the latest word on the usefulness of hospital ratings, an issue that seems never to disappear despite the growing body of work that raises questions about the methodology used to create them, their conflicts of interest with sponsors, and, most importantly, their usefulness to the public.
A health reporter in Billings, Montana, wanted to know how she should write about ratings, and Pro Publica‘s senior writer, Charlie Ornstein, responded with: “Reporters should avoid writing about hospital ratings if they can. But if they do, they should consult state health department data and the federal Hospital Compare website and look for recent inspection and deficiency reports posted on hospitalinspections.org.” All advice I agree with — not just for journalists but for the public, too.Continue Reading
September 19th, 2013 | 1
Recently the Washington Post’s health policy columnist Sarah Kliff waded into the muddy waters of hospital disclosures. Kliff had heard that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory had signed legislation requiring the state’s hospitals to publish the rates for the services they’ve negotiated with insurance companies.
That indeed would be a big step and builds on Medicare’s release earlier this year of what hospitals charge the government to treat Medicare beneficiaries. Surprise, surprise! The data show huge differences among hospitals even in the same city, a phenomenon well documented in the academic literature.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
September 11th, 2012 | 0
This post originally appeared here: http://www.seniorcommunityguide.com/medicare/ and was published by the SeniorCommunityGuide.
Overview of Medicare Health Insurance
Medicare was created as part of the Social Security Act of 1965 that was signed by former President Lyndon B. Johnson. The first enrollees were former President Harry Truman and his wife Bess, who both received their Medicare cards at the bill singing ceremony held on July 30, 1965.Continue Reading
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