Latest Medicare health plans News

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Dec. 05, 2022 07:17 AM EST

Lincoln Journal Star. December 1, 2022. Editorial: State’s hospitals face pressure on multiple fronts Nebraska’s hospitals are facing a financial crunch that will soon impact every taxpayer in the state. Put at its simplest, costs for hospitals from...

FDA change ushers in cheaper, easier-to-get hearing aids

Dec. 04, 2022 09:09 AM EST

It's now a lot easier — and cheaper — for many hard-of-hearing Americans to get help. Hearing aids can now be sold without a prescription from a specialist. Over-the-counter, or OTC, hearing aids started hitting the market in October at prices that can be thousands of dollars...

5 mistakes you’re making with Medicare open enrollment

Nov. 09, 2022 08:34 AM EST

Millions of retirees are in the thick of Medicare open enrollment, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, but many find the process challenging. Some don’t understand the difference between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage, many are overwhelmed by Medicare advertising, and only 4 in 10 people...

NP pleads guilty in $4.4M health care fraud scheme

Oct. 20, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A nurse practitioner has pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing commercial health insurers and Medicare nearly $4.4 million for services that he never provided to patients as he had claimed, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Alexander A. Istomin, 56,...

How to change Medicare plans — and why you might want to

Oct. 18, 2022 15:11 PM EDT

Medicare open enrollment starts soon, but 7 in 10 Medicare beneficiaries say they don’t compare Medicare plans during this period, according to a 2021 analysis by KFF, a health policy nonprofit. That’s not great, since Medicare Advantage plans — which operate much like the...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Oct. 17, 2022 11:36 AM EDT

Traverse City Record-Eagle. October 16, 2022. Editorial: Chief justice hails case management, other innovations Michigan’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack doesn’t stand on ceremony. She was listening to oral arguments in court...

Social Security boost seen as unlikely to help Dems at polls

Oct. 15, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The news that 70 million people will see an 8.7% boost in their Social Security checks next year came just weeks before Election Day, but it is unlikely to give Democrats the edge they are desperately seeking at the polls. In fact, the promise of bigger payments...

Social Security benefits to jump by 8.7% next year

Oct. 13, 2022 15:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Social Security recipients will get an 8.7% boost in their benefits in 2023, a historic increase but a gain that will be eaten up in part by the rising cost of everyday living. The cost-of living adjustment — the largest in more than 40 years —...

Exercise caution with zero-premium Medicare Advantage plans

Oct. 05, 2022 09:42 AM EDT

Health insurers will flood the Medicare Advantage market again this fall with enticing offers for plans that have no monthly price tag. The number of so-called zero-premium plans has been growing for years, and they can appeal to retirees who live on fixed incomes. Experts say...

Millions of Americans will save on Medicare fees next year

Sep. 27, 2022 18:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in a decade, Americans will pay less next year on monthly premiums for Medicare’s Part B plan, which covers routine doctors’ visits and other outpatient care. The rare 3% decrease in monthly premiums is likely to be coupled with a...