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2011-10-20 08:41:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Data released today by S&P Indices for the S&P Healthcare Economic Composite Index indicate that the average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare programs increased by 5.73% over the 12-months ending August 2011. This is a marginal increase over the +5.69% annual growth rate posted in July 2011 and the fourth consecutive increase since the index hit its lowest annual growth rate of +5.32% in April...

2011-10-19 15:15:00

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Entrepreneur Center Bestow Awards Nashville, TN (PRWEB) October 19, 2011 HealthSpring, a leading Medicare Advantage plan, announced today that the company and its CEO, Herb Fritch, were honored at the inaugural NEXT Awards on October 18 for their entrepreneurial spirit and leadership within the Nashville business community. HealthSpring was named a finalist in the Market Mover category for the healthcare sector, while Fritch was named the winner...

2011-10-19 17:49:00

Proposed legislation produces wins for Medicare beneficiaries, the Medicare Trust Fund and businesses resolving claims. Coalition applauds Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rob Portman (R-OH) for their bipartisan leadership. WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition (MARC) today announced its support for The Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act - S. 1718. U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are...

2011-10-19 07:30:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., and DENVER, Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthAmerica and CafeWell(TM) today announced the formal launch of Race to the Moon*, a new statewide wellness program for HealthAmerica members to promote exercise and better health. Beginning today, through accumulated participant miles, the goal is to collectively walk the distance to the moon (238,857 miles). Race to the Moon offers its participants free pedometers, chances to win prizes, and fun activities, such as...

2011-10-18 12:51:00

"Savings" Must be Weighed Against Additional Costs to Medicare Program Such as Rehospitalizations WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, a coalition of 12 leading post-acute and long term care organizations providing skilled nursing care in approximately 1,400 facilities in 44 states nationwide, today warned that proposals to shift skilled nursing facility (SNF) Medicare costs to beneficiaries themselves could have serious...

2011-10-18 08:45:00

The Hospital Industry Wants to Shift the Cost of Care onto the Elderly by Convincing Congress to Raise Medicare Eligibility from Age 65 - 67 BOSTON, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Members of the Massachusetts Senior Action Council (MSAC), along with other health care and consumer advocates, will hold a demonstration today at 1 p.m. outside the Boston offices of the Massachusetts Hospital Association to protest the industry's recently announced campaign to push Congress to raise...

2011-10-17 16:21:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Concord Coalition said today that a new ad campaign by AARP is misleading, divisive and an abdication of responsible leadership. At a critical moment, when hard decisions must be made about our nation's future, AARP is demanding that current and future benefits for seniors be maintained at the expense of all other national priorities. It is interest group politics at its worst and should be soundly rejected. The AARP ad features a...

2011-10-17 07:00:00

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- It's back! Congress is once again considering reinstituting patient co-insurance for Medicare lab testing. But that's only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Congress is debating other equally damaging proposals to substantially reduce reimbursement for laboratory testing. The "big-three" threats to lab-test reimbursement under discussion are: A reinstatement of the 20% Medicare patient lab-test co-pay/co-insurance requirement. A...

2011-10-14 17:00:00

Reminder: Seniors must make their part D enrollment selections by December 7 for coverage that begins January 1, 2012. Madison, WI (PRWEB) October 14, 2011 With Medicareâs Annual Enrollment Period (October 15 through December 7 this year) now underway, WPS Health Insurance, Wisconsinâs leading not-for-profit health insurer and creator of the stateâs top-selling Medicare supplement plan(1), continues to offer Wisconsin seniors affordable access to some...

2011-10-14 10:21:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Aging Brian Duke is reminding older Pennsylvanians that Medicare annual enrollment will start earlier this year, running from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. "The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has moved up the annual enrollment dates this year to help them to process plan choices and ensure recipients' coverage will begin without interruption on Jan. 1," Duke said. "Medicare enrollees have a lot of choices available...