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2012-01-12 11:34:24

Because healthy enrollees cost them less, Medicare Advantage plans would profit from selecting seniors based on their health, but Medicare strictly forbids practices such as denying coverage based on existing conditions. Another way to build a more profitable membership is to design insurance benefits that attract the healthiest patients. In a study published in the Jan. 12, 2012, edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, Brown University researchers report that plans have managed to do...

2012-01-09 11:17:00

Enrollment in "five star" plan available throughout 2012 EAGAN, Minn., Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medicare's open enrollment period ended on December 7, 2011, but those who are eligible for coverage can still enroll in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota's MedicareBlue(SM) Rx prescription drug plan throughout 2012. MedicareBlue Rx is the only prescription drug plan in Minnesota and one of just four Part D plans in the country to receive the top rating of five stars...

2011-12-12 14:00:00

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2012 Annual Election Period to choose a Medicare health plan ended December 7, but eligible seniors have another opportunity to join a high-quality Medicare Advantage plan. For the first time ever, the U.S. government's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will allow Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in a 5-star Medicare Advantage plan during a Special Enrollment Period from now through November 30, 2012. Seniors...

2011-11-29 13:20:00

Don't Delay--Shop Around and Make Any Changes by December 7; Free Resources from NCOA Can Help WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One week from tomorrow, December 7, marks the end of the Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage annual Open Enrollment period, which started on October 15. During this time, people with Medicare can select or change their Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or change...

2011-11-21 09:57:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many of the current "restricted network" Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, which limit patients to a small number of pharmacies, are deceptively marketed to patients and lack adequate pharmacy access for rural Americans, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) said today. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100106/DC33253LOGO) The 2010 announcement of the Humana Walmart plan introduced restricted...

2011-11-15 12:00:00

CAMP HILL , Pa., Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the selection of Highmark Medicare Services Inc. as the new Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for handling both Medicare Part A and Part B fee-for-service claims in the states of Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico. Highmark Medicare Services will process Medicare fee-for-services claims and other administrative services for...

2011-11-11 14:00:00

For Medicare annual open enrollment, Allsup compiles answers to questions posed by seniors, caregivers and people with disabilities who rely on Medicare Belleville, IL (PRWEB) November 11, 2011 To help make Medicare annual enrollment easier for the 48 million people who rely on Medicare for their healthcare coverage, Allsup has launched Allsup Medicare FAQs 2012, at http://medicarefaqs.allsup.com. The free online database includes more than 100 common questions Allsup Medicare Advisor...

2011-11-09 12:30:00

BOSTON, Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From the packed Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston, Sue Rummel of Danvers exclaimed, "I can't afford any cuts to my benefits!" The 64-year-old AARP member who is self-employed and still working, added her voice to thousands of others saying, "Stop the Cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid!" More than 2,000 seniors and workers attended today's rally to put pressure on the congressional Super Committee,...

2011-11-02 07:01:00

Different plans may offer more savings and coverage WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their prescription and health plans once a year. These changes could result in savings on medical costs, or increased access to new benefits such as wellness visits and preventive care services. Changes to Medicare health plans can only be made between October 15 and December 7, 2011. They will take effect on January 1, 2012. Saving...

2011-10-28 07:00:00

AdvoCare Insurance Services, a Bay Area company offering health insurance and Medicare advantage plans, features their new MedicareAgentOnline.com, the website of the division of the company with services designed for mature citizens. San Leandro, CA (PRWEB) October 28, 2011 The website was created to be an independent, comprehensive source for health, life, and disability insurance information for persons 50 years of age or older. The new senior products division offers individual health,...