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14 May

Social Security Payee Program

Fighting Senior Poverty through Law

Acknowledgements/Introduction Central to Justice in Aging’s mission is ensuring that our nation’s most vulnerable seniors are protected from misuse of their modest incomes. Currently there are over ten million older adults who rely exclusively on Social Security benefits as their primary source of income.1 To protect seniors from financial exploitation or interruption in their benefits, it is vital that advocates...

20 Aug

AIDS patients fear discrimination in Affordable Care Act exchange

MIAMI — Patient advocates said some insurance companies are making HIV and AIDS drugs unaffordable in plans issued through the Affordable Care Act by shifting much of the cost to customers. Read more: AIDS patients fear discrimination in Affordable Car

By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press While the issue applies broadly to all patients with chronic illnesses that require expensive medication, HIV and AIDS advocates said they were the first to file a formal complaint with the government about pricing.  Under President Obama’s health law, insurance companies are forbidden from turning away consumers with pre-existing conditions. But advocacy groups allege insurance companies are...

13 Aug

If You Are a Senior - A Question You Should Ask When You Go To The Hospital.

When I am at the Hospital, am I in Observation status or Admitted in the hospital? It is a difference of thousands of dollars.

Read the pitfalls and the difference between them. ASK https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/11435.pdf   Do not fall in the pit. ASK http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/research/public_policy_institute/health/2013/rapid-growth-in-medicare-hospital-observation-services-AARP-ppi-health.pdf  ...

5 Aug

Negative PPACA opinion hits all-time high

Negative public opinion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has abruptly hit an all-time high, ending months of continued support and gradual increases in positive opinion of the law.

BY KATHRYN MAYER The latest Kaiser Family Foundationtracking poll, out Friday, found that 53 percent now have an unfavorable view of PPACA, up eight percentage points from June. Just 37 percent expressed a positive view of the law in July, down two points from June. Support for PPACA was at its peak when it was first signed into law in March 2010; it was then at...

14 Jul

Mary Beth Franklin: How to undo early Social Security claiming decisions

Mary Beth Franklin: How to undo early Social Security claiming decisions There are two strategies that can help delay Social Security and allow benefits to grow by up to 32%, even after a retiree has already claimed. InvestmentNews contributing editor Mar

  How to undo your social security - click link below  http://bcove.me/tqfhr663 The ultimate revenge: Social Security benefits for divorced spouses People whose marriages lasted for at least 10 years are eligible for as much as 100% of their former mate's benefits. InvestmentNewscontributing editor Mary Beth Franklin discusses when and how to claim. Click link below http://bcove.me/th1h49qv  ...

8 Jul

FAQ: Hospital Observation Care Can Be Costly For Medicare Patients

Some seniors think Medicare made a mistake. Others are stunned when they find out that being in a hospital for days doesn\'t always mean they were actually admitted

By Susan Jaffe Instead, they received observation care, considered by Medicare to be an outpatient service. The observation designation means they can have higher out-of-pocket expenses and fewer Medicare benefits. Yet, a  government investigation found that observation patients often have the same health problems as those who are admitted. More Medicare beneficiaries are entering hospitals as observation patients every year. The number rose 88 percent over...

20 Jun

13 arrested in medical kickback scheme that generated hundreds of thousands in profit

The owner of a network of New Jersey diagnostic imaging centers was arrested for allegedly leading a criminal enterprise that provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal kickbacks to doctors and chiropractors in exchange for referring patient ref

By Beth Fitzgerald Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman on Thursday announced the arrest of Rehan “Ray” Zuberi, owner of Diagnostic Imaging Affiliates (DIA) of Hackensack; 12 others were also charged. According to the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the defendants allegedly submitted fraudulent applications to the New Jersey Medicaid program and Department of Health, evaded paying...

13 Jun

Feds to spend $60 million on navigators

Navigators are going to get a big boost in the 2015 enrollment period — to the tune of $60 million.

BY KATHRYN MAYER The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Tuesday the availability of the funds to support navigators, people that provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the exchanges and public programs including Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “Navigators have been an important resource for the millions of Americans who enrolled in coverage in 2014,” CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner...

10 Jun

EDITORIAL: ACA has left medical centers in need of help

Ever since the Supreme Court gave the Affordable Care Act its blessing, the hand-washing at many hospitals has been replaced by hand-wringing as administrators have complained ceaselessly about the various requirements they\'re forced to take on to comply

Ever since the Supreme Court gave the Affordable Care Act its blessing, the hand-washing at many hospitals has been replaced by hand-wringing as administrators have complained ceaselessly about the various requirements they're forced to take on to comply with the law.   So we’re pleased to see what’s going on at Morristown Medical Center, where the foundation for the hospital is working...

2 Jun

Workers believe

Obamacare will cause delay in retirement

BY LISA BARRON Less than a year after the rollout of Obamacare, one-third of American workers think that the healthcare reform law will lead to higher health costs and force them to delay their retirement, according to a poll from MoneyRates.com. The survey of 2,000 people, conducted by Op4G, found that 33 percent believe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will...

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