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Hundreds Charged in Massive Medicare Fraud Sweep

A number of national and local outlets cover the government’s nationwide crackdown on Medicare fraud, which resulted in charges brought against 243 people. The sweep was led by the Justice Department, HHS, and the FBI. The Washington Post reports that in the … Continue reading

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New Cards for Medicare Recipients Will Omit Social Security Numbers

FINALLY! Finally the government is planning to correct the horrible mistake of putting your Social Security number on your Medicare card. This has been an absurd policy for many years. Identity theft is running rampant and your Social Security number … Continue reading

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Six Things You Should Know About Medicare

Timing Is Everything The majority of people are eligible for Medicare when they turn 65, and many sign up for Medicare at that time to prevent late penalties. If you currently get Social Security benefits, you’ll be instantly registered. Otherwise, … Continue reading

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Medicare Appeals Office Has Cut Beneficiaries’ Backlog In Half

The Washington Post reports that the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeal, which is “responsible for appeals for Medicare coverage, has cut in half the waiting time for beneficiaries who are requesting a hearing before a judge.” The Post notes that “the … Continue reading

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How Do You Choose a Medicare Supplement Insurance Policy?

I know from experience that choosing a Medicare gap insurance policy is complicated and confusing. I recommend you do this through an experienced insurance agent. But if you want to get some good basic information, a private site can give you … Continue reading

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Featured Link — Medicare Information

For those of you about to become eligible for Medicare, or those who just want to learn more about it, the Internet has tons of information for you. The first place to look is the government’s own excellent site, Medicare.gov. Consumer … Continue reading

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Medicare Fraud Seen as Expensive, Evolving Problem

McClatchy reports that Medicare fraud has continued “as criminals morph their schemes to stay ahead of the law.” In testimony, Brian Martens, described as “assistant special agent in charge based in Miami for the government’s Medicare agency,” testified about Medicare fraud … Continue reading

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CMS Broadens Medicare Payment Policy Following Settlement

The New York Times reports on evolving Medicare policy for treatments like physical therapy and occupational therapy. For years, “the prevailing approach was that if the therapy was not helping to improve a patient’s condition, then it was not eligible for coverage.” … Continue reading

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Important New Definition of Medicare Coverage of Long-Term Care

Beginning this year there was an important change in the way Medicare covers the costs of nursing home care. This was a result of a class action suit against the government. Details were reported in a Reuters article. Here are … Continue reading

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Seniors Struggle With Social Security Cost of Living Adjustments

For years now, the cost of living adjustment in various government benefits has not quite kept pace with the rate of inflation in the goods and services that seniors use. Obviously this creates problems for seniors on fixed incomes. This … Continue reading

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