Medicare

Medicare policy on antirejection drugs imperils kidney transplants

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“Medicare spends $86,300 a year per patient on dialysis” “The upfront cost of a kidney transplant is about $110,000.” “…coverage of immunotherapy under Medicare Part B is approximately $2,300 per year.” But, apparently, Medicare Part B limits immunotherapy to three years after which the transplant patient must choose between i) paying for the immunotherapy out […]

Part C Medicare Advantage

Ellis joins Aetna Medicare Advantage Network

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Ellis Medicine joins Aetna Medicare

  On February 1, 2020, Medicare beneficiaries in New York’s Central and Capital Regions will have even more providers to choose from when they select a 2020 Aetna Medicare Advantage plan. On that day, Ellis Medicine and its affiliated physicians will be part of Aetna’s Medicare Advantage preferred provider network – including the following facilities: Bellevue Women’s […]

Medicare

Help, I Missed the Medicare Deadline!

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October 15 through December 7 (Annual Enrollment Period) is when individuals enrolled in Medicare may change their Medicare Advantage or Part D Prescription drug plan selection. This is a good time to share some of the questions I have been receiving in case you, a neighbor or family member missed that deadline: Q: I missed […]

Part D Precription Drug

The $9 billion in Extra Cash From Medicare

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On January 4, 2019 the Wall Street Journal published a powerful article written by Joseph Walker and Christopher Weaver describing how Medicare Part D insurers kept $9.1 billion more in taxpayer funds than they would have had their estimates been accurate from 2006 to 2015. In the WSJ  article, the writers do a deep dive […]

Medicare

Medicare Telephone Scam (please share)

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Criminals try to scam seniors year-round however the Annual Enrollment Period (October 15 – December) is a prime time for scammers to impersonate a government agency, as older Americans are more likely to be dealing with Medicare related issues. The latest scam focuses on the new Medicare ID card being sent to all Medicare recipients […]