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2014-03-27 08:34:35

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded First Coast Service Options (First Coast) the A/B Medicare Administrative Contractor contract for Jurisdiction N (JN), formerly Jurisdiction 9, which includes Florida, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. This Medicare claims administration contract is anticipated to be operational in July 2014, and it will be serviced out of First Coast's Jacksonville headquarters...

2013-12-05 12:28:51

HealthPocket analyzes out-of-pocket costs in Medicare drug plans SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- HealthPocket analyzed Medicare's 2014 drug coverage of the top 10 medications (as determined by U.S. dollar sales) and found these drugs were widely covered but some drugs carried tremendous out-of-pocket cost burdens despite Medicare drug insurance. Four of the top 10 medications were specialty drugs with out of-pocket costs in excess of $1,000 per prescription. Using...

2013-11-07 12:28:17

Results Indicate Potential Challenges Ahead for Open Enrollment SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new HealthPocket Medicare survey finds that 78 percent of Medicare beneficiaries do not know when the last day for open enrollment season ends, and many mistakenly think they have until the end of the year to make changes to their plans. When asked, "When does Medicare's annual enrollment period (when you can change your prescription drug or Medicare Advantage...

2013-10-15 12:39:14

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Medicare.com recently launched a new and improved website. The new Medicare.com website provides you with all of the information you may need to make changes to your Original Medicare insurance, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans. The Medicare Annual Election Period, also known as open enrollment, is from October 15 through December 7. If your medical needs have changed and you now require additional Medicare coverage or...

2013-09-12 12:29:20

- 91% of North Carolina seniors more likely to support lawmakers who preserve Medicare funding - RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina and Bring the Vote Home today released new polling data demonstrating a majority of North Carolina seniors support funding for Medicare healthcare services for North Carolina's 1.56 million Medicare beneficiaries. North Carolina seniors also overwhelmingly oppose proposed cuts to...

2013-09-10 16:24:28

- 91% of Louisiana seniors more likely to support lawmakers who preserve Medicare funding - LAFAYETTE, La., Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- HomeCare Association of Louisiana and Bring the Vote Home today released new polling data demonstrating a majority of Louisiana seniors support funding for Medicare healthcare services for Louisiana's 718,000 Medicare beneficiaries. Louisiana seniors also overwhelmingly oppose proposed cuts to Medicare funding for treatment services on which...

2013-06-03 12:29:15

Diabetics on Medicare Need to Act before July 1, 2013 LAKE NORMAN, N.C., June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- "It has come to our attention that the government put out a competitive bid that may drastically affect a benefit for people that are diabetic and use their Medicare Insurance to help receive supplies for testing their blood sugar levels and staying healthy," said John White, The National Association of Conservative Seniors (NAOCS) founder and president. "Our goal is to provide them...

2013-05-13 12:51:20

Instead of being more efficient, private insurers have cost Medicare almost $300 billion more over the life of the program A study published online today finds that the private insurance companies that participate in Medicare under the Medicare Advantage program and its predecessors have cost the publicly funded program for the elderly and disabled an extra $282.6 billion since 1985, most of it over the past eight years. In 2012 alone, private insurers were overpaid $34.1 billion....

2013-01-30 20:22:19

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pricing data released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will result in the government's poorly designed bidding program continuing to disrupt Medicare patients' access to vital home medical equipment such as oxygen therapy, power wheelchairs, and hospital beds. While CMS, which administers the Medicare program, alleges it will save an average of 45 percent on certain medical equipment by extending its...

2012-12-21 20:20:53

Passage of 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, Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition (MARC) today applauded the United States Senate for passage of The Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act - H.R. 1063, now renumbered as H.R. 1845....