KFF: Paying a Visit to the Doctor: Current Financial Protections for Medicare Patients When Receiving Physician Services

Cristina Boccuti  With the recent decision to enact a 17th short-term “fix” to avert deep cuts in Medicare payments to physicians, Congress will likely return within the year to the question of whether and how to replace the widely-criticized formula that Medicare uses to calculate payments for physician services, called the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system.1  … Continue reading

KFF: Newly Released Calculator and Fact Sheets Explain Obamacare in Spanish

The Kaiser Family Foundation today launched a new Spanish-language consumer resource center to explain how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may impact individuals and families throughout the United States. The center features a new Spanish-language subsidy calculator, which allows consumers to estimate health insurance premiums and tax credits within the ACA marketplaces according to their … Continue reading

Kaiser Family Foundation: Medicare Part D: A First Look at Plan Offerings in 2014

Jack Hoadley, Juliette Cubanski, Elizabeth Hargrave and Laura Summer The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released information about the Medicare Part D stand-alone prescription drug plans (PDPs) that will be available in 2014.1   Of the 36 million beneficiaries enrolled in Part D plans, about 63 percent (22.7 million) are in PDPs; the others are … Continue reading

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