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Posts Tagged ‘preventive services’

Here’s What Medicare Part B Costs and Covers in 2016

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

According to The Motley Fool:

“Learn how this part of the Medicare program works. 

Retirees rely on Medicare to help them with their healthcare expenses, but getting a better understanding of how the program’s different components can be challenging. Medicare Part B plays a key role in the everyday aspects of healthcare, and below, you’ll learn more of the specifics of how much Part B costs and what it covers.

What Medicare Part B costs
Medicare participants pay a monthly premium to get Part B coverage, but one of the more confusing things about the program in 2016 is that different participants pay different amounts. The standard charge for most new participants this year is $121.80 per month. But because of a law that ties Medicare increases to cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security, the majority of existing participants will pay the $104.90 monthly premium they paid in 2015. (more…)

Feds close insurance loopholes on preventive care

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Yahoo Finance reports:

” From contraception to colonoscopies, the Obama administration Monday closed a series of insurance loopholes on coverage of preventive care.


Implementing Health Reform: Contraceptive Coverage Final Regulations

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Heath Affairs Blog reports:

“The most controversial single issue presented by the Affordable Care Act is arguably the regulatory requirement that group health plans and insurers cover contraceptive services.  The ACA requires non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurers to offer, without cost sharing, coverage of preventive services, including women’s preventive services, that are designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Based on an Institute of Medicine study, HRSA in 2011 identified as women’s preventive services “all Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity.”  Pursuant to this designation, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) listed contraceptives services and counseling as required preventive services.


5 Major Health Care Reform Changes Coming In 2013

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Business Insider reports:

“Health care reform in the coming year will go on a kind of shakedown cruise to test the seaworthiness of America’s evolving health care system as it becomes more cost-conscious and quality-focused under the Affordable Care Act.

In 2012, the health insurance law, also known as Obamacare, linked Medicare payments to the quality rather than quantity of care, started penalizing health insurers that charge too much in administrative fees and executive bonuses, and began rewarding good doctors who save Medicare money.


After The Election: A Consumer’s Guide To The Health Law

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Kaiser Health News reports:

“Now that President Barack Obama has won a second term, the Affordable Care Act is back on a fast track. Some analysts argue that there could be modifications to reduce federal spending as part of a broader deficit deal; for now, this is just speculation. What is clear is that the law will have sweeping ramifications for consumers, state officials, employers and health care providers, including hospitals and doctors.

While some of the key features don’t kick in until 2014, the law has already altered the health care industry and established a number of consumer benefits.

Here’s a primer on parts of the law already up and running, what’s to come and ways that provisions could still be altered.


Health Care Plans: Romney vs. Obama

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Insurance News Net reports:

“Aug. 27–Tampa this week becomes the epicenter of the campaign against the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which Republicans call Obamacare.

Most Americans are familiar with bits and pieces of the massive and detailed law, some of which already is in place. And they know expected Republican nominee Mitt Romney wants to repeal the federal law if he ousts President Barack Obama.

Still, it’s difficult to determine what it means to each individual and family. So here’s a breakdown of some key components of the law from the government’s website and the former Massachusetts governor’s positions as compiled by Kaiser Health News.


Humana Inc. : Humana to Voluntarily Preserve Key Health Care Reform Protections

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

4-Traders reports:

With a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act – also known as the federal health care reform law – expected later this month, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) issued the following statement:


Kaiser Analysis Estimates Cost-Sharing for Bronze Plans Under Health Reform

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Kaiser Foundation reports:

“The least expensive health plan that most Americans would be required to purchase in 2014 under the so-called ³individual mandate² would provide coverage largely for catastrophic medical expenses, finds a new Kaiser Family Foundation study. The study is available at:


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