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MEDICARE ANNOUNCES 2011 FUNDING FOR STATE HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that nearly $46.5 million for basic grant funding will be distributed to State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) on April 1, 2011, to help people with Medicare, and those who care for them, receive information and counseling about their health benefits and choices.
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CMS PROPOSES IMPROVEMENTS TO MEDICARE

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has proposed revisions to the Medicare Advantage program and prescription drug benefit program (Part D) that would implement new benefits under the Affordable Care Act and increase patient protections.
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MEDICARE ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE TO INSURANCE COMPANIES ON MEDICARE MAILINGS

Medicare today called on Medicare-contracted health insurance and prescription drug plans to suspend potentially misleading mailings to beneficiaries about health care and insurance reform.
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ROBUST MEDICARE HEALTH AND DRUG PLAN COVERAGE CONTINUES IN 2010 BENEFICIARY PROTECTIONS STRENGTHENED

Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare health and prescription drug plans will continue to have a wide range of plan options in 2010, and those beneficiaries who decide to change plans should find choosing a new plan simpler than in previous years.
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2010 OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG AND HEALTH PLAN COVERAGE BEGINS NOVEMBER 15TH

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is encouraging Medicare beneficiaries to take advantage of the annual Open Enrollment period to make sure they have the best coverage available to meet their healthcare needs in 2010.
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MEDICAID GRANTS TO HELP IMPROVE ACCESS TO PRIMARY CARE AND AVOID UNNECESSARY ER VISITS

CMS today announced grants of $50 million to 20 states to help improve access to primary medical care so that Medicaid beneficiaries could avoid improper use of costly hospital emergency rooms.
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THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: STRENGTHENING MEDICARE IN 2011

In 2011, millions of seniors and people with disabilities enjoyed lower costs and improved benefits thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  This report details how over 25.7 million Americans in traditional Medicare received free preventive services in 2011.
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CMS PROPOSES NEW COVERAGE CRITERIA FOR WHEELCHAIRS, SCOOTERS

In its continuing effort to improve Medicare coverage and payment for power wheelchairs and scooters, while protecting the Medicare program and taxpayers from abuse, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released draft coverage criteria for these devices, as well as new codes to ensure proper payment.
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MEDICARE IMPROVES ACCESS TO POWER WHEELCHAIRS AND SCOOTERS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced new national coverage criteria for mobility assistive equipment (MAE) including power wheelchairs and scooters.
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CMS PROPOSES PAYMENT INCREASES, POLICY REFINEMENTS FOR INPATIENT REHABILITATION FACILITIES

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today proposed its inpatient rehabilitation facility payment (IRF) rule for 2006 to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have access to intensive inpatient rehabilitation services when they are needed.
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