According to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report private insurers who offer Medicare Advantage plans need tougher oversight.
“Federal investigators have found Medicare officials rarely enforce rules for private insurance plans intended to make sure beneficiaries will be able to see a doctor when they need care.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees Medicare Advantage, requires the plans to have doctors in sufficient numbers and specialties who are near enough — in distance and travel time — so seniors can reach them.
But the GAO found CMS checked the provider networks of less than 1 percent of the plans since 2013 — serving just 2 percent of Medicare Advantage members — and only when the plans expanded to a new county.” ... Kaiser Health News & Conn. Health I-Team
In 2013, United Healthcare, which is the nation’s biggest health insurance company and a provider of private Medicare ...
First pulished on Huffington Post by Max Richtman, NCPSSM President/CEO
Any good magician will tell you, the best tricks depend on misdirection. So while all eyes are on the spectacle of the House GOP’s in-fighting, its search for a new Speaker and the never-ending “who-insulted-who” shenanigans of the GOP Presidential primary, it’s easy to forget that Congress is now also quietly working on legislation that could impact virtually every American family, especially those that depend on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The American people must not be distracted by the ongoing political show to the point that they miss the real action occurring behind the scenes.
Before leaving for recess in December, Congress faces legislative deadlines to avoid a government shutdown, a default, an extension for transportation funding and tax breaks. While the shutdown has been narrowly averted, the annual appropriations process continues as the President and Congressional Democrats pus ...
One of the favored political tropes repeated often by the billion-dollar anti-Social Security lobby and its supporters in Congress as a justification to cut Social Security is: “Americans are living longer so they should just work longer.” That’s usually followed up with a personal anecdote like “Everyone I know plans to keep working into their 70’s.” Maybe that’s true for hedge-fund billionaires like Pete Peterson and politicians like Alan Simpson. Rich, white men live longer, healthier lives and no doubt it’s easier to consider working until 70 if the boardroom or committee room is where you spend your work day.
However, for the rest of America the “you can work until your 70” claim is built on the lie that “Americans are living longer.” Multiple studies have shown the opposite to be true. All Americans are definitely not living long. Yet another report from the National Academy of Science this wee ...
The Office of Management and Budget is monitoring congressional actions and preparing to instruct agencies when they should begin implementing shutdown plans as funding our nation’s programs languishes amid the GOP-led Congress’ squabbling over defunding Planned Parenthood. One week prior to a potential lapse in appropriations, the OMB is expected to hold a meeting with senior agency officials to begin planning for the shutdown.
With the clock ticking, Congress is scrambling to not only avoid a government shutdown and default but also pass an extension for transportation funding and tax breaks. Will the sequester continue or can Congress find a better way to manage our nation’s finances? This political gamesmanship and inability to get anything done impacts far more than one federal program. Seniors programs like Social Security and Medicare are also in the cross-hairs.
“America’s seniors have become especially weary of these Congressional dramas as they have lear ...
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and a good time to highlight just how important Social Security is to Americans of all ages, but especially Hispanics. Our National Committee Policy experts explain why:
Almost three-fourths (74%) of Hispanic beneficiaries rely on Social Security for at least half their income compared to almost two-thirds (64%) of all beneficiaries.
Approximately 53% of Hispanic beneficiaries rely on Social Security for 90% or more of their income.
Approximately 46% of Hispanic beneficiaries rely on Social Security for all of their income.
Minorities rely more heavily on Social Security due to a lack of other income in retirement. Few elderly minorities receive income from pensions and assets. The greatest disparity is in the receipt of income from assets.
In 2012, 25% of Hispanics received income from private assets, compared with more than 55% of whites
In 2012, 13% of Hispanics 65 years old and over reported receiving income from pr ...
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