Medicare Basics

  • Changes in Medicare Summary Notices Will Help Prevent Improper Billing

    By on August 21, 2018

    Providers, suppliers and pharmacies serving Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program are not allowed to bill these beneficiaries for Medicare Part A or B deductibles, coinsurance or copays. Yet, repeatedly we and other advocates hear of QMB beneficiaries being improperly billed for these Medicare costs. To help provide...

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  • Ask Congress to Support Medically Necessary Oral Health Care

    By on August 16, 2018

    We need your help getting Members of Congress to sign on to letters asking CMS to provide Medicare coverage for medically necessary dental care, as authorized by law. Right now there is an opportunity to encourage your delegation to sign on to these letters. Call (202) 224-3121 to be connected with your Senators...

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  • Administration Imposes Deep Cuts to Grants Helping Americans Buy ACA Plans…Again

    By on July 30, 2018

    Earlier this month the Trump Administration took more actions towards sabotaging the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and people’s access to quality health care suitable for their needs. The Administration is eliminating almost all the funding for “navigators”, the grass roots groups that help Americans “navigate” the health insurance marketplace to buy coverage, and, at...

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  • Medicare’s Trust Fund Is Projected to Deplete in 8 Years; Social Security in 16

    By on June 18, 2018

    The Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees released their financial reviews of the programs earlier this month and the news is not good. Medicare’s Trust Fund has sufficient funds to pay out full beneficiary benefits for its Hospital Insurance (Part A) for only 8 more years, until 2026. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)...

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  • New Medicare Cards, Same Old Scammers

    By on June 6, 2018

    Medicare is mailing new, more secure Medicare cards with a Medicare Number that’s unique to every person with Medicare. Medicare is getting rid of the old card because the old Medicare Number was based on a person’s Social Security Number. Scammers sometimes use Social Security Numbers to try to steal someone’s identity, open new...

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  • CMS Expands Eligibility for Time-Limited Equitable Relief from Part B Penalites

    By on June 1, 2018

    This week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded those beneficiaries eligible for time-limited equitable relief from Part B penalties to people who are in Marketplace plans and missed signing up for Medicare Part B during their Special Enrollment Period following the loss of their or their spouse’s employer covered health insurance....

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  • Report Exposes Major Shortcomings in Medicare Plan Finder

    By on May 16, 2018

    Medicare beneficiaries and those becoming newly eligible for Medicare are repeatedly told to turn to the federal government’s Medicare Plan Finder (MPF) for unbiased, accurate information on Medicare coverage options. They are advised to go to this comparison tool to find their best coverage choices regarding Medicare fee-for-service, Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) and...

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  • May is National Osteoporosis Month

    By on May 8, 2018

    Did you know that approximately 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime? That’s half of all women and a quarter of all men. Also, over 40 million Americans already have osteoporosis, or are at high risk of developing osteoporosis due to low bone mass....

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  • Find Out the Status of Your New Medicare Card

    By on May 7, 2018

    California Medicare beneficiaries should receive their new Medicare card sometime between now and during the summer months. Yet, if you notice you don’t get your card at the same time as your neighbors, hang tight and not to worry. The mail takes time and you may receive your card at a slightly different time...

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  • Choose Medicare Act Would Make Medicare Available to All Americans

    By on May 1, 2018

    Mid April, Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Choose Medicare Act. This Act would essentially open up traditional Medicare to all Americans via a new plan, Medicare Part E. In the proposed legislation, the new Part E plan would be self-sustaining and fully paid for by its premiums. It would be...

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