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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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7 Healthcare Expenses Medicare Won’t Pay For — The Motley Fool

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Yahoo Beauty reports:

“If you’re looking forward to getting Medicare because you think this health insurance for seniors will provide comprehensive coverage, you may end up disappointed. Studies have shown seniors with high-prescription drug needs could incur as much as $350,000 in out-of-pocket spending on healthcare during retirement, even with both Medicare and a supplementary Medigap policy.

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Amid Trumpcare’s Demise, Public Option Emerges Ahead Of 2018 Elections

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Forbes reports:

“A public option as an alternative or addition to subsidized private individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act is gaining momentum on the campaign trail ahead of next year’s 2018 midterm Congressional and gubernatorial elections.

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How Safe Is Your Medicare?

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The Fool reports:

“There are several popular misconceptions about the financial condition of Medicare, which virtually all American senior citizens rely on to cover healthcare expenses in retirement. Many people believe Medicare is broke, or that there’s virtually no chance that Medicare will still be around by the time they retire. Spoiler alert: Neither of these assumptions are true.

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Obamacare rates in Illinois could climb next year

Friday, August 4th, 2017

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Health insurers want to raise premiums next year for Illinois consumers who buy coverage through the Obamacare exchange — in many cases citing uncertainty surrounding the health care law as a reason for the proposed jumps.

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Illinois’ stack of unpaid medical bills now reaches $3.5 billion

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Crain’s Chicago Business reports:

“The state budget stalemate, which has stretched on for nearly two years, is putting lives on the line, according to emotional testimony out of the Illinois House yesterday.

That’s because the state’s now $12.6 billion backlog also includes months and months of unpaid medical bills on behalf of state workers and retirees. At last count, the state owed $3.5 billion in medical bills for its employees, according to a spokesman for the Illinois comptroller. In early March, a dental lobbying group said dentists who treat state employees were owed a collective $174 million.

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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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