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Senior citizens are fuming that Medicare won’t pay for Covid-19 tests at retailers

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “As a Medicare enrollee, I am enraged,” said the retired industry strategist from Denver, noting that more than three-quarters of Covid-19 deaths in the US are among the elderly. “If anyone needs to have these tests paid for, it’s......

Anyone at age 65 should evaluate how — or if — Medicare will fit into their health-care coverage. Here’s why

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here miodrag ignjatovic | E+ | Getty Images It’s not just retirees who need to think about Medicare. Anyone who plans to keep working when they reach the eligibility age of 65 should evaluate how — or if — Medicare will......

Biogen shares slide as Medicare proposal restricts coverage of Alzheimer’s treatments

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A sign marks a Biogen facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Medicare program’s proposal to severely limit coverage of new Alzheimer’s treatments including Biogen’s Aduhelm threatens to hurt sales of the......

Here’s what to know about your 2022 Medicare costs

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Phynart Studio | E+ | Getty Images When the calendar flips to 2022, certain Medicare costs will creep higher. For the program’s 63.6 million beneficiaries — most of whom are 65 or older — annual adjustments can affect premiums, deductibles......

With the future of Build Back Better in question, proposed Medicare changes are also in trouble

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here fizkes | iStock | Getty Images Medicare beneficiaries may not end up seeing improvements to the program they were hoping for — at least not anytime soon. With Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., saying Sunday that he cannot support his party’s......

Americans should soon be able to get free at-home Covid tests

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here JaruekChairak | iStock | Getty Images Who can get the free tests? The White House says that the 150 million Americans who have private health insurance will be eligible for full reimbursement after they buy an at-home Covid test. That......

Biden wants to improve Social Security’s online services. Here’s some changes beneficiaries may see

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A Social Security Administration office in Sebring, Florida. Jeff Greenberg | Universal Images Group | Getty Images Applying for Social Security benefits can be a complicated process. Now President Joe Biden wants to make it easier. This week, the president......

How record Social Security cost-of-living adjustment will be impacted by high inflation, Medicare premiums

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Liu Guanguan | China News Service | Getty Images News that inflation rose to a historic high in November probably comes as no surprise to retirees. But they may be in for another shock when they receive their monthly Social......

Here’s how one drug can be responsible for 50% of the hike in Medicare’s Part B premiums

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Dana Neely | Taxi | Getty Images Medicare beneficiaries may already be aware that the big jump in their 2022 Part B premiums is partly due to the cost of a single drug. Yet why all enrollees are picking up......

From ‘Physician Assistant’ to Medicare, Readers and Tweeters Mince No Words

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Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. On ‘Physician Assistant’: Watch Your Language I think this story left out a few critical pieces of information (“A Title Fight Pits Physician Assistants Against Doctors,”......

Medicare won’t let this 68-year-old cancer patient enroll in Part B. It’s costing her thousands of dollars

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Scarlet Poulet (right), pictured with wife Nadine Kujawa, before Poulet was diagnosed with cancer in 2019. Courtesy: Scarlet Poulet Medicare’s rules for signing up have put 68-year-old Scarlet Poulet in an unenviable situation. The New Orleans resident, who is recovering......

2/24: CBS Evening News

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here 2/24: CBS Evening News – CBS News Watch CBSN Live Harvey Weinstein to spend first night behind bars after conviction; Pioneering NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies at 101. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news,......

Your Social Security cost-of-living adjustment for 2022 may not go as far due to inflation and Medicare costs. These strategies can help

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Despite the biggest cost-of-living adjustment in decades, Social Security beneficiaries may still find it challenging to make their monthly checks stretch farther next year. The reasons: Inflation is continuing to drive up consumer prices, while standard Medicare Part B premiums......

Some Medicare beneficiaries will pay $578 a month for their 2022 Part B coverage

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Anchiy | E+ | Getty Images Medicare beneficiaries who pay monthly surcharges for premiums may want to take note of how much more they’ll be charged next year. With the standard monthly premium for Part B (outpatient care coverage) now......

Poll Reveals Changes to Seniors’ Lives Since the Pandemic – Health

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(NewsUSA) – The Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan annual enrollment period (October 15 — December 7) is open. If you’re eligible for Medicare, now is the time to think about how your life and health may have changed over the past year and whether switching your Medicare plan, including......

The ‘Build Back Better’ plan would be utter poison for a struggling economy

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Post Editorial Board Kamala Harris is the latest Bidenite to push the line that “Build Back Better” will fix the US economy. Hah! Source – For more click here To Return to the Main Aggregate News Page – click here Break’n Pics – Click here for Free Stock Photos...

Medicare Part B premiums for 2022 jump by 14.5% from this year, far above the estimated rise in cost

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Morsa Images | DigitalVision | Getty Images The standard premium for Medicare’s outpatient care coverage will jump by 14.5% for 2022, far outpacing an earlier estimate of 6.7%, according to the government. The standard premium for Part B, which covers......

Readers and Tweeters Find Disadvantages in Medicare Advantage

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Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. I’m a clinicianI have a PhD in policyNavigating this crazy maze for my mom annually leaves me feeling helpless/useless…Seems impossible for the average beneficiaryhttps://t.co/GJyvd1BmLo via @khnews......

Researcher: Medicare Advantage Plans Costing Billions More Than They Should

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Switching seniors to Medicare Advantage plans has cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars more than keeping them in original Medicare, a cost that has exploded since 2018 and is likely to rise even higher, new research has found. Richard Kronick, a former federal health policy researcher and a professor......

Here’s how Medicare beneficiaries can appeal income-related charges that result in higher premiums

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here bymuratdeniz | E+ | Getty Images Some older Americans may be all too familiar with sticker shock when it comes to their Medicare premiums. That is, instead of paying the standard premium for Part B (outpatient care coverage) and Part......

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