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2010-09-30 23:01:00

LOUISVILLE, Ky. and BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) announced an innovative Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, co-branded with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) or ("Walmart"), that can provide significant savings on monthly plan premiums and prescription medicine copayments and cost-shares for Medicare beneficiaries, including seniors and people with disabilities. The Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan (PDP) offers one low national monthly...

2010-09-22 13:01:00

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today highlighted the early success of the federal Affordable Care Act - better known as health care reform - as tens of thousands of Medicare enrollees in Pennsylvania are receiving federal rebate checks for $250. The rebates help people who have reached the so-called "donut hole" coverage gap in their Medicare Part D prescription benefits. "Many older adults living on fixed incomes have trouble paying...

2010-09-21 14:30:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that, on average, Medicare Advantage premiums will decrease by 1 percent in 2011, while benefits remain the same. Moreover, contrary to expectations, CMS reported that enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans is projected to rise 5 percent next year: "Seniors who choose Medicare Advantage plans received great news...

2010-08-30 14:25:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Department of Health and Human Services announced that more than 1 million Medicare beneficiaries have received one-time, tax-free checks of $250 to help pay for prescription drug costs. These checks will continue to be mailed out as seniors enter the 'donut hole' prescription drug coverage gap, with an estimated 4 million seniors and people with disabilities receiving this...

2010-08-12 09:30:00

SHELTON, Conn., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Plan One, a general agent in the online health insurance market, seeks to guide seniors to choose carefully when selecting their Medicare Advantage (MA) or Medicare supplement (Medigap) plan. Seniors will have only one opportunity to make changes to their Medicare plans during the Annual Enrollment Period this November 15 through December 31. Here are five tips for seniors researching their plan options from the experts at Medicare...

2010-08-09 10:07:00

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has offered C Plus® to Medicare-eligible Alabamians since the beginning of Medicare in 1966. Beginning in June 2010, Blue Cross expanded its line of Medicare Select options with the addition of C Plus Plan F. In addition to everything covered by original C Plus, the new Plan F covers the $137.50 per day copayments for days 21-100 in a skilled nursing facility, the $155 Part B deductible, and...

2010-08-06 10:14:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Providers of home medical equipment and services across California are proposing a fiscally responsible alternative to the mislabeled "competitive" bidding scheme currently under way in Medicare that will actually discourage competition, reduce access to care for many of California's 4.6 million Medicare beneficiaries, and put thousands of California homecare providers out of business. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...

2010-08-05 14:05:00

ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Providers of home medical equipment and services across New York are proposing a fiscally responsible alternative to the mislabeled "competitive" bidding scheme currently under way in Medicare. The bidding program will actually discourage competition, reduce access to care for many of New York's nearly three million Medicare beneficiaries, and put hundreds of homecare providers in the state out of business. "As a result of CMS' inability to...

2010-08-03 15:10:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Providers of home medical equipment and services across Ohio are proposing a fiscally responsible alternative to the mislabeled "competitive" bidding scheme currently under way in Medicare. The bidding program will actually discourage competition, reduce access to care for many of Ohio's 1.9 million Medicare beneficiaries, and put hundreds of Ohio homecare providers out of business. The bidding process for home medical equipment and...

2010-07-30 11:48:00

WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today to mark the 45th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid being signed into law. To mark the anniversary, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a new ad featuring Andy Griffith discussing the Affordable Care Act: "In enacting health insurance reform this year, Democrats in Congress and President Obama followed in the footsteps of the architects of Medicare and...