Susan Jaffe

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Name: Susan Jaffe
Date registered: August 10, 2012
URL: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org

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  1. Social Security Error Jeopardizes Medicare Coverage For 250,000 Seniors — June 6, 2019
  2. Social Security Error Jeopardizes Medicare Coverage For 250,000 Seniors — June 6, 2019
  3. Trumpeted New Medicare Advantage Benefits Will Be Hard For Seniors To Find — November 9, 2018
  4. New Medicare Advantage Benefits Are Supposed To Help Seniors Stay Out Of The Hospital — November 9, 2018
  5. No More Secrets: Congress Bans Pharmacist ‘Gag Orders’ On Drug Prices — October 10, 2018

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Social Security Error Jeopardizes Medicare Coverage For 250,000 Seniors

The problem affects private drug policies and Medicare Advantage plans that provide both medical and drug coverage and substitute for traditional government-run Medicare. It could leave plan members without coverage.

Social Security Error Jeopardizes Medicare Coverage For 250,000 Seniors

A billing glitch could cause lapses in private drug policies and Medicare Advantage plans that provide both medical and drug coverage. Premiums weren’t deducted from some Social Security checks.

Trumpeted New Medicare Advantage Benefits Will Be Hard For Seniors To Find

Federal officials are hailing the introduction of services such as transportation to medical appointments, home-delivered meals and installation of wheelchair ramps as a way to keep beneficiaries healthy and avoid costly hospitalizations. But not many plans are offering the services in 2019.

New Medicare Advantage Benefits Are Supposed To Help Seniors Stay Out Of The Hospital

To help seniors stay healthy and independent, some Medicare plans will soon cover things like home-delivered meals or rides to the doctor, but finding plans that include the coverage is not easy.

No More Secrets: Congress Bans Pharmacist ‘Gag Orders’ On Drug Prices

Congress approved two bills last month that prohibit provisions keeping pharmacists from telling patients when they can save money by paying the cash price instead of the price negotiated by their insurance plan.

New Medicare Advantage Tool To Lower Drug Prices Puts Crimp In Patients’ Choices

Federal officials are allowing the private insurance plans to use “step therapy” for drugs administered by doctors. In step therapy, patients must first use cheaper drugs to see if they work before receiving more expensive options.

New Medicare Advantage Tool To Control Drug Prices Could Narrow Choices

Federal officials will allow private Medicare insurance plans to require patients who are candidates for certain expensive drugs to try cheaper drugs first.

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