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Medicare

Medicare policy on antirejection drugs imperils kidney transplants

“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 […]

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Medicare A & B Patient Health

Questions to ask your doctor.

My thoughts on some of the six excellent questions Elizabeth Rosenthal, author of “An American Sickness,” suggests you should ask at every doctor’s appointment to make sure your medical bills are what you expect. Question #1. How much will this cost?  Your provider’s office staff will know the fee a procedure, or series of procedures are billed […]

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Part D Prescription Drug

NY State EPIC Drug Plan for Seniors

EPIC, (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) is a New York State program for seniors administered by the Department of Health. It helps eligible seniors supplement their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D drug plan costs.  Eligibility requirements are: Resident of New York State Age 65 or older Income up to $75,000 (single) or $100,000 if married. EPIC offers two plans, […]

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Part D Prescription Drug

NY State Budget and Senior Drug Plan expansion

The Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program is a New York State program for seniors administered by the Department of Health. It helps income-eligible seniors aged 65 and older to supplement their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D drug plan costs. The New York State 2014-15 budget included the expansion of the program to cover the prescription needs of […]