Caregiving Tips for Boomers: 5 Tips for Decreasing the Cost of Caring for Elderly Parents

Over 30 million Baby Boomers provide countless hours of assistance to elderly parents at no charge. It is estimated that, using average hourly wages, the total amount of this uncompensated care is comparable to the entire Medicare budget. For the estimated 7 million Boomers who provide long distance care, actual out of pocket expenses amount … Continue reading

Elder Care Benefits and Social Security

Senior citizens receive a lot of elder care benefits and Social Security is just one of them. Social Security is one of the long term benefits that the elderly receive as well as Medicare. Receiving benefits usually starts at age 65 and continues until the death of the individual. Usually this is a long time … Continue reading

Finding the Best Medicare Advantage Plan

Did you know Medicare has a rating system that evaluates health plans based on dozens of quality measures and patient experiences? Very few plans receive the top Medicare rating. Out of 563 Medicare Advantage plans for 2013, only 11 plans with prescription drug benefits earned the top five-star rating. Six of those 11 were Kaiser … Continue reading

California Healthline: Changes Afoot for Orange County Duals

by David Gorn, California Healthline Sacramento Bureau range County is slated to start enrollment this week in the Cal MediConnect duals demonstration project. The Cal MediConnect demonstration project is designed to enhance care and integrate coordination for duals by combining the financing and services of Medicare and Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. It was launched with … Continue reading

California Healthline: Auditor’s Report Shows ‘Symbiotic Relationship’ in Medi-Cal Managed Care

by David Gorn The seeming reluctance by state officials to closely monitor Medi-Cal managed care plans is troubling, said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Reacting to a June report from the California State Auditor’s office that criticized the Department of Health Care Services for lax oversight of Medi-Cal managed care plans, … Continue reading

NY Times: Medicare and Medicaid at 50

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD Medicare and Medicaid, the two mainstays of government health insurance, turn 50 this month, having made it possible for most Americans in poverty and old age to get medical care. While the Affordable Care Act fills the gap for people who don’t qualify for help from those two programs, there are … Continue reading

Bloomberg View: Why Medicare Needs a Safety Net

By The Editors  It’s a little awkward to defend something that doesn’t yet exist. But the Independent Payment Advisory Board is in danger of being killed before it’s born, thanks to a vote in the House Tuesday, and that would be a mistake — an extremely costly one both for Medicare, the program it’s meant to … Continue reading

California Healthline: If Calif. Ends Coordinated Care Initiative, What Happens to Frail Senior Duals?

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by David Gorn Zelda Gamble of Long Beach, 74, has diabetes, high blood pressure and severe rheumatoid arthritis that keeps her confined to a motorized wheelchair all day. Gamble is one of roughly 12,000 frail seniors across California who depend on the Multipurpose Senior Services Program, or MSSP, for services and care that help them … Continue reading

California Healthline: CMS Settlement May Have Ripple Effect

by David Gorn MS officials this week approved a settlement officially halting a 10% Medi-Cal payment reduction from 2011 at California independent living centers. Federal approval came three years after the issue was settled in court. The state of California settled a series of lawsuits around the independent living centers’ Medi-Cal reductions in 2012, but … Continue reading

California Healthline: If Duals Project Is Curtailed, Future Is Cloudy for Program for Frail Seniors

by David Gorn Some advocates and legislators are urging the state to extend the timeline for transitioning the Multipurpose Senior Services Program into managed care plans within the seven-county duals demonstration project. The duals project, also known as Cal MediConnect, is part of the Coordinated Care Initiative that affects roughly two-thirds of the state’s duals population in seven … Continue reading

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