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Medicare News Articles

Medicare Now Covers Opioid Addiction Treatment for Qualified Beneficiaries

Published Jan. 27, 2020 Medicare is joining the fight against the opioid epidemic. Under a new rule that took effect in January 2020, Medicare will now be offering coverage for select servi...
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Medicare Will Now Cover Coronavirus Tests

Published March 9, 2020 Follow our Medicare Coronavirus News page for related information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on Medicare beneficiaries. Vice President Mike Pence an...
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Survey Finds Medicare Beneficiaries Fear Surprise Medical Bills More Than Anything Else

Published Feb. 25, 2020 What is the biggest fear facing most Medicare beneficiaries? According to one recent study, it’s surprise medical bills . Medicare beneficiaries were asked about...
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Study Highlights Medicare Advantage Plan Cost Effectiveness

Published Jan. 27, 2020 A new study shows that Medicare Advantage plans can deliver a significant cost value when compared to traditional Medicare (also known as fee-for-service Medicare, or F...
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Medicare Advantage Enrollment Sees Strong Start to 2020

Published Feb. 28, 2020 Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) enrollment is off to a hot start in 2020. Federal data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) show that 202...
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Medicare Will Now Cover Acupuncture for Chronic Lower Back Pain

Published Jan. 28, 2020 There may be some relief on the way for Medicare beneficiaries suffering from lower back pain. On January 21, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...
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Coronavirus News and Resources for Medicare Beneficiaries

Last Updated: 3/2/2021 Below is a guide to help Medicare beneficiaries stay informed and better protect themselves against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), includi...
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Government Proposes Increased Payment Rate to Medicare Advantage Carriers

Published Feb. 11, 2020 Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) insurance carriers are set to see an increase in government reimbursement rates in 2021. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...
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If Hospital Infections and Injuries Rise, Medicare Reimbursement Rates Fall

Published Feb. 5, 2020 Hundreds of hospitals across the U.S. may see a decrease in their Medicare reimbursement rates due to high rates of infections and patient injuries. A total of 786 ho...
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Most Beneficiaries Stay With Their Current Medicare Plan, Even During AEP

Published Jan. 22, 2020 The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP, also known as the fall open enrollment period) is period when many beneficiaries may be able to switch their Medicare covera...
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