201111.10
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2011 Medicare Rates Announced

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the 2011 rates for Medicare. The basic premium for Medicare Part B will be $115.40 a month, up from $110.50 in 2010 (a 4.4 % increase). But because there will be no cost of living benefit increase for Social Security recipients for 2011, most beneficiaries…

201110.27
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Medicare Part B Premium for 2012

Good News! Medicare’s monthly premium will be lower than expected next year. The basic premium for Medicare Part B will be $99.90 a month, only a $3.50 increase over the $96.40 a month that most beneficiaries have been paying since 2008. Here are the new Medicare figures for 2012: Basic Part B premium: $99.90/month Part…

201011.23
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Medicare Finalizes Visitation Rights Rules

Medicare issued new rules for hospitals that protect patients’ right to choose their own visitors during a hospital stay, including a visitor who is a same-sex domestic partner. “Basic human rights—such as your ability to choose your own support system in a time of need—must not be checked at the door of America’s hospitals,” said…

201011.08
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Medicare Open Enrollment Begins

All of the changes to Medicare mean that open-enrollment is more important than ever. Most people won’t see a cost increase, but high-income folks will. Some people will need to make changes, but many will not have to. It is vital that you review your plan to determine if you do need to make any…

200910.27
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New Medicaid Figures for 2009

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the community spouse resource allowances (CSRA) and the maximum monthly maintenance needs allowance for 2009. The new minimum CSRA is $21,912 and the new maximum is $109,560. The new maximum monthly maintenance needs allowance is $2,739. The minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance remains $1,750 until…

200910.14
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CENTER FOR MEDICARE ADVOCACY LAUNCHES NEW PROJECT

The Center for Medicare Advocacy is launching a new advocacy and education initiative to eliminate the Medicare “Improvement Standard,” which requires that Medicare beneficiaries be able to improve in order to qualify for coverage. The insistence that people must be able to get better unfairly restricts access to Medicare coverage and necessary health care. Although…