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2010-12-08 18:47:00

Calls on U.S. House to join Senate and stop Medicare doctor pay cut CHICAGO, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP Illinois Senior State Director Bob Gallo today released a statement applauding the U.S. Senate for passing legislation that will preserve access to doctors for people in Medicare by stopping a scheduled 25 percent cut in reimbursement. The statement follows: "We thank the U.S. Senate for working together on a bipartisan basis to stop a drastic pay cut to physicians...

2010-12-08 11:17:00

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) is introducing its "Zero, Zero, Zero" Medicare Advantage Local Preferred Provider Organization (LPPO) product to four counties in the Milwaukee area for plans effective Jan. 1, 2011. This popular plan offers zero dollar premiums, zero copayments at in-network primary care doctors, zero dollar preventive services and zero dollar copayments for preferred generic prescriptions. The "Zero, Zero, Zero" plan -...

2010-12-07 16:36:00

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) is introducing its "Zero, Zero, Zero" Medicare Advantage Local Preferred Provider Organization (LPPO) product to Clark and Washoe counties in Nevada for plans effective Jan. 1, 2011. This popular plan offers zero dollar premiums, zero copayments at in-network primary care doctors, zero dollar preventive services and zero dollar copayments for preferred generic prescriptions. The plan is sold under the name...

2010-12-06 11:52:00

Survey Shows Overwhelming Support for Long Term Solution to Protect Access to Medicare Doctors CHICAGO, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Access to doctors is critical to 39 million older Americans on Medicare - including over 1.5 million Illinoisans. But this access might be gravely compromised if Congress takes no action by January 1st, 2011, to prevent a severe cut in pay for Medicare physicians. Today, AARP released a survey of Illinois members, showing overwhelming support for...

2010-12-03 15:23:00

Ensuring Power Mobility is Available for People Living with Disabilities LENEXA, Kansas, Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For 12 years, Gerald Sloan, owner of Progressive Medical Equipment, LLC, has provided home medical equipment to Medicare patients from his retail outlets near Kansas City and St. Louis, and he is also vice president of the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES). Today, Sloan is concerned that the elimination of the first month purchase option...

2010-12-01 10:44:00

DETROIT, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health Alliance Plan (HAP) has received the highest star ratings in Michigan for all three Medicare Advantage products from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The five-star rating system is used by CMS to monitor plans to ensure that they meet Medicare's standards for quality of care and customer service. The ratings provide Medicare beneficiaries with a tool to compare Medicare Advantage plans. The star ratings are...

2010-12-01 00:41:01

Allsup outlines key questions when choosing a prescription drug plan Belleville, IL (PRWEB) November 30, 2010 More than 1,100 Medicare prescription drug (Part D) plans are available for 2011. Most consumers have about 33 plans to choose from in their area during annual enrollment, which is Nov. 15 to Dec. 31. However, Part D plans with the lowest premiums may not be the best match for Medicare beneficiaries' individualized needs, according to Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security...

2010-11-18 09:42:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A recent survey of Minnesota physicians suggests that the instability and uncertainty in the Medicare program is harming seniors' access to doctors and clinics. About one-quarter of physician respondents to a recent survey said that because of the unpredictability of Medicare payments, they have placed new or additional limits on accepting Medicare patients in the last two years. The Minnesota Medical Association conducted the survey...

2010-11-17 15:57:00

CHARLESTON, S.C., Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Southeast Community Care, provided by Arcadian Health Plan, Inc., is recognized as the number one plan in the Charleston and Columbia areas for excellent value among Medicare Advantage plans as the recipient of the 2011 Senior Choice Gold Award. The award is given out by HealthMetrix Research Inc., a national independent managed care research firm that has provided independent information to a national audience of managed care organizations...

2010-11-17 14:35:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --Windsor Health Plan is one of 30 Medicare plans nationally to be recognized for cost-sharing effectiveness and value in the design of their 2011 medical and Part D prescription drug benefits for Medicare beneficiaries. Windsor Health Plan's Windsor Medicare Extra Gold Plan is the only Medicare Advantage plan to qualify for the 2011 Senior Choice Gold Award in these markets: Nashville, Tenn. Memphis, Tenn. Chattanooga, Tenn. Knoxville,...


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