SOCIAL SECURITY: INFORMATION & UPDATES Medicare Medical (Part B) premium varies with income
Medicare Medical (Part B) coverage helps pay for doctors services and outpatient care along with other services.
Most people incorrectly think that the costs of providing Medicare Part B coverage are... Posted on 5/20/13 at 3:49 PM
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD NORTH DAKOTA Got a Medicare supplement? It’s time to put on your sneakers!
By Denise Pinkney
Were excited to offer the SilverSneakers Fitness Program to our Medicare supplement members.
SilverSneakers is an exercise program designed to keep older adults active and healthy.... Posted on 11/28/12 at 10:44 AM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Rural Reflections Radio
Here is this week's Rural Reflections Radio program, Deb's Retirement... Posted on 10/5/12 at 7:17 AM
STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Today's Ask Your Government
My question is: Is there a way to have a different number on ones Medicare card? My concern: After years of locking up my Social Security number, I was amazed to find it is now my Medicare... Posted on 2/4/12 at 9:29 PM
HEALTHBEAT The next big health story
What's going to be the big health story of 2012 - health care reform? The impact of state and federal health spending cuts?
Nope. The next attention-grabbing story could well be about the future of M... Posted on 1/12/12 at 2:42 PM
Retired city worker Sheila Pugach lives in a modest home on a quiet street in Albuquerque, N.M., and drives an 18-year-old Subaru. Pugach doesn't see herself as upper-income by any stretch, but President Barack Obama's budget would raise her Medicare premiums and those of other comfortably retired seniors, adding to a surcharge that already costs some 2 million beneficiaries hundreds of dollars a year each.
When it comes to the automatic spending cuts that began taking effect this month, federal lawmakers spared programs that serve the nation's most vulnerable — such as food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans' assistance — from hard hits.
Over dinner at a swank hotel a few blocks from the White House, Republican senators wanted to know if President Barack Obama would support a gradual increase in the age of eligibility for Medicare, set at 65 since the program's inception more than four decades ago.
President Barack Obama’s second Inaugural Address offered a lot for progressives to like. There was the spirited defense of gay rights; there was the equally spirited defense of the role of government, and, in particular, of the safety net provided by Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
The current administration front-loaded the popular provisions, such as keeping children on their parents’ plan until age 26 and prohibiting insurance companies from denying insurance for pre-existing conditions.
Then the administration left the harder parts — the mandate, the Independent Payment Advisory Board and the powers of the IRS — until 2014.
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