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Medicare Heads Up: January 10, 2020

January 10, 2020 – In this edition Over 90% of Medicare Advantage plans offering fitness benefits in 2020 Medicare Advantage plans to offer hospice coverage… Read more

Medicare special enrollment period for people affected by recent severe weather.

Medicare Heads Up: December 20, 2019

December 20, 2019 – In this edition of Medicare Heads Up: Medicare open enrollment extended due to extreme weather; Justice Department files suit against CVS… Read more

The House of Representatives this week passed legislation expanding Medicare benefits to include dental, vision, and hearing coverage.

Medicare Heads Up: December 13, 2019

December 13, 2019 – In this edition of Medicare Heads Up: Consumer advocates raise flags over transparency of Advantage plans; Medicare open enrollment ends… Read more

A revamped Medicare Plan Finder tool has been widely criticized as being difficult to use, not providing accurate cost estimates, and presenting incorrect information. CMS has denied technical issues, but says it's assisting beneficiaries who may have enrolled in the wrong plan.

Medicare Heads Up: December 6, 2019

December 6, 2019 – Headlines in this week's Medicare Heads Up: open enrollment is ending this week, but you still have options; most beneficiaries didn't… Read more

Beginning in 2020, Medicare will cover treatment services for opioid use disorder. Between 2010 and 2015, opioid-related hospitalizations increased 34% for those 65 years of age and older.

Medicare Heads Up: November 22, 2019

November 22, 2019 – In this edition of Medicare Heads Up: Medicare will start covering treatment of opioid use disorder in 2020; Medicare Advantage searches… Read more

Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with certain forms of ovarian and breast cancer may soon have coverage for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) diagnostic tests.

Medicare Heads Up: November 8, 2019

November 8, 2019 – Medicare Heads Up is a regular feature intended to deliver state and national Medicare-related headlines that will keep consumers abreast… Read more

In a step to combat drug costs, the full U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the recently renamed Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which – if signed in to law – would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices with manufacturers for the top 250 brand name drugs that lack generic options. The bill would also cap annual out-of-pocket Medicare prescription costs at $2,000.

Medicare Heads Up: November 1, 2019

November 1, 2019 – Welcome to Medicare Heads Up, a regular feature intended to deliver state and national Medicare-related headlines that will keep consumers… Read more

The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program is a 16-week core curriculum focused on exercise, nutrition, and behavior.

Medicare Heads Up: October 25, 2019

October 25, 2019 – Medicare Heads Up is a regular feature intended to deliver state and national Medicare-related headlines that will keep consumers abreast… Read more

President Trump's plan to 'inject competition' into Medicare would result in higher rates paid to providers and high-end care at top prices for wealthy seniors.

Trump’s great Medicare deal: Pay more, get less

October 14, 2019 – President Trump's plan to 'inject competition' into Medicare aims to do exactly what Trump charges his opponents with doing: ending the… Read more

Why ‘Medicare for all’ sounds so good to so many

September 19, 2019 – Why do three quarters of Americans feel that everyone should have access to Medicare, however they understand the program as it currently… Read more