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Despite boost in social security, rising Medicare Part B costs leave seniors in bind

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

News Medical reports:

“Millions of seniors will soon be notified that Medicare premiums for physicians’ services are rising and likely to consume most of the cost-of-living adjustment they’ll receive next year from Social Security.

Higher 2018 premiums for Medicare Part B will hit older adults who’ve been shielded from significant cost increases for several years, including large numbers of low-income individuals who struggle to make ends meet.

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Blue Cross warns GOP repeal bill ‘undermines’ pre-existing condition rules

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

The Hill reports:

“The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association warned against a new GOP ObamaCare bill on Wednesday, saying it would “undermine” protections for pre-existing conditions.

“The bill contains provisions that would allow states to waive key consumer protections, as well as undermine safeguards for those with pre-existing medical conditions,” the association said in a statement.

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‘Breakthrough’ Leukemia Drug Also Portends ‘Quantum Leap’ In Cost

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Kaiser Health News reports:

“When doctors talk about a new leukemia drug from Novartis, they ooze enthusiasm, using words like “breakthrough,” “revolutionary” and “a watershed moment.”

But when they think about how much the therapy is likely to cost, their tone turns alarmist.

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Aetna may offer customers a free Apple Watch as a perk

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Yahoo Finance reports:

“Health insurer Aetna is already giving its workers free Apple Watches (plus a handful of regular customers), but it now looks ready to expand those bonuses to everyone. CNBCsources understand that Aetna is in talks with Apple to offer a free or discounted Watch as a perk to all eligible customers — no small number when Aetna covers 23 million people. It’s not certain what the deal would look like, but Aetna would like to hand out wristwear early in 2018.

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How much more will health care cost your company in 2018?

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Crain’s Chicago Business reports:

“Around this time of year, many human resources executives and brokers are putting the finishing touches on health insurance plans they’ll offer to employees in the fall. They face tough questions: Will rising costs be swallowed by the company? Or will the bitter pill be passed down to employees?

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One Illinois medical center lands on list of best U.S. hospitals

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Crains Chicago Business reports:

“Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the only Illinois medical center to land among the best 20 hospitals nationwide, according to new rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

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A new kind of doctor’s office charges a monthly fee and doesn’t take insurance — and it could be the future of medicine

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Yahoo Finance reports:

“Dr. Bryan Hill spent his career working as a pediatrician, teaching at a university, and working at a hospital. But in March 2016, he decided he no longer wanted a boss.

He took some time off, then one day he got a call asking if he’d be up for doing a house call for a woman whose son was sick. He agreed, and by the end of that visit, he realized he wanted to treat patients without dealing with any of the insurance requirements.

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No one thinks the GOP health bill is a good idea for Illinois

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Crains Chicago Business reports:

“There are not many things that Republicans and Democrats in Illinois agree on. But there’s near universal consensus that House Republicans’ proposed Obamacare replacement would do serious harm to Chicago and the state as a whole.

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Is Medicare Tax-Deductible?

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The Motley Fool reports:

“Medicare provides critical health benefits to countless senior citizens, and while Part A, which covers hospital visits, typically does not impose a premium, Parts B and D, which cover preventative services and prescription drugs, respectively, come at a cost.

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4 Surprising Things Medicare Doesn’t Cover (and How You Can Pay for Them)

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The Motley Fool reports:

“Medicare covers more than 54 million beneficiaries, around 77% of whom are happy with their insurance. Yet this vital social program doesn’t cover every single beneficiary’s needs. If you’re covered by Medicare, or will be soon, it’s important to understand both its benefits and its limitations.

Medicare Part A pays for inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing care, hospice care, and home healthcare. Part B covers 80% of most routine care, but many Medicare recipients eventually experience a health need Medicare won’t cover. It helps to know what kinds of things Medicare won’t pay for and plan ahead for costs.

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