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February, 2018

New Medicare Changes and Proposals in Washington

Medicare Rights Center

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 just passed in Washington. There are many Medicare changes you should know about. It includes changes to Medicare Part-D coverage regulations, and to premiums paid by higher-income beneficiaries. There are also a few proposals suggested by President Trump, in addition to those we reported in a recent blog. The […]

How to Get Dental Coverage

Teeth need fixing? Don’t call Medicare. How many times did your mother say to you “did you brush your teeth?” Was there ever a dentist visit when you didn’t get the question “are you flossing?” Most of us have been brought up with the idea that we need to take care of our teeth. This […]

President Trump’s (de)Funding of Medicare and Medicaid

President Trump has sent his funding recommendations to Congress. These are his wish lists for fiscal year 2019 (from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019). His suggestions are not binding on Congress, but he is letting his priorities be known. Unfortunately, if his dreams come true, they will be nightmares for the millions of […]

Watch Your (Medicare and Medicaid) Language!

If, as many Washington polls do, you call Medicare an “entitlement” and Medicaid “welfare,” people are more likely to want to see cuts in funding. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation conducts a Kaiser Health Tracking poll to take the temperature of Americans when it comes to healthcare programs. A January 2018 poll revealed some […]

Medicare and the New Congressional Budget

Medicare Advantage

Congress just passed a two-year budget that has some Medicare provisions that you should know about. The bill, which had passed the House, passed with a 91-8 vote in the Senate. Until now, Medicare has not covered long-term supports and services. With a growing number of aging seniors, a model of care that helps to […]

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