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Will the Sequester Cuts Hit Your Healthcare?

And chances are, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”:

…no part of the budget other than defense will take a bigger hit than healthcare.

And the so-called sequester appears likely to have a disproportionate effect on areas of the health system already hobbled by years of retrenchment or underfunding, including public health and medical research.

. . . → Read More: Will the Sequester Cuts Hit Your Healthcare?

Are You A Legal Immigrant Without Health Insurance? Medicaid Can Help!

With all the questions about what healthcare illegal immigrants can receive (if any), sometimes it’s hard for legal immigrants to ask the questions of what healthcare they may be entitled to receive.  Well, don’t forget that despite all the loud shouting that seems to going on, legal immigrants are still entitled to get health insurance . . . → Read More: Are You A Legal Immigrant Without Health Insurance? Medicaid Can Help!

Help for the End of Life: The Medicare Hospice Benefit

We are usually the first ones to remind people that Medicare generally does not help with long-term care. Folks either have to plan ahead for their own long-term care or work with Medicaid. However, that’s not to say that Medicare is useless as a loved one nears the end of life. The Medicare Hospice benefit . . . → Read More: Help for the End of Life: The Medicare Hospice Benefit

The ABCs and Ds of Medicare… or “What Is Medicare Advantage Anyway?”

 With all the talk lately about the budget and whether Medicare and Social Security will have to be cut back, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about Medicare and what it is. So we thought we would revisit our primer on what exactly Medicare is, and what exactly people mean when they’re referring to Medicare . . . → Read More: The ABCs and Ds of Medicare… or “What Is Medicare Advantage Anyway?”

Do You Need Help Paying for Your Prescription Drugs? Extra Help Is Available for Medicare Recipients!

We’re halfway through the year, and if you’re having trouble paying for all of your prescription drugs, Extra Help may be available!  Literally.   If you are on Medicare and are having trouble paying for your prescription drugs, you may qualify for the Medicare/Social Security Extra Help prescription drug program which can help you pay for your . . . → Read More: Do You Need Help Paying for Your Prescription Drugs? Extra Help Is Available for Medicare Recipients!

Does Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” Really Dismantle Medicare?

By now we’ve all heard about House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan to cut the federal budget and put the country back on the “Path to Prosperity,” especially since Ryan provided a chillingly dramatic illustration of what might happen if the country continues on its current path to not-prosperity: 

Dramatic, no?  But since . . . → Read More: Does Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” Really Dismantle Medicare?

Medicare: Should You Sign Up If You’re Still Working and Have Health Insurance?

Sometimes we get emails from seniors who have already turned 65 and qualified for Medicare, but they’re still working and have affordable health insurance through work. Do they have to sign up for Medicare, they ask? Most of these seniors enjoy working and really would prefer not paying additional health insurance premiums for Medicare when . . . → Read More: Medicare: Should You Sign Up If You’re Still Working and Have Health Insurance?

Arizona Moves to Cut 280,000 From Medicaid

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is still on her quest to make up much of the state’s $1.1 billion budget shortfall from cuts to Arizona’s Medicaid program. Even though the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka healthcare reform) requires states to keep their current Medicaid eligibility requirements, Governor Brewer has signed emergency legislation which authorizes . . . → Read More: Arizona Moves to Cut 280,000 From Medicaid

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment May Be Over, But Extra Help For Prescription Drug Costs Still Available

Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage may be over, but extra help paying for your prescription drugs is still available. If you are on Medicare and are having trouble paying for your prescription drugs, you may qualify for the Medicare/Social Security Extra Help prescription drug program which can help you pay for . . . → Read More: Medicare Part D Open Enrollment May Be Over, But Extra Help For Prescription Drug Costs Still Available

States Receive More Than $200 Million for Adding Uninsured Children to Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Department of Health and Human Services SecretaryKathleen Sebelius awarded a total of more than $200 million to 15 states who have made strides in enrolling uninsured children in health insurance programs, specifically the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

“Today’s announcement highlights the ongoing and committed efforts by states to improve access to health coverage programs . . . → Read More: States Receive More Than $200 Million for Adding Uninsured Children to Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)