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  • City plans to stop paying for Medicare prescription drugs

    City plans to stop paying for Medicare prescription drugs
    Baltimore officials this week sent about 40,000 letters to city employees and retirees, telling them the city will no longer pay for prescription drugs under Medicare as of 2020. City officials are touting the move -- which they say is made possible...
  • Simply Healthcare leaving Broward, Palm Beach counties next year

    Simply Healthcare leaving Broward, Palm Beach counties next year
    Some seniors with Simply Healthcare Medicare Advantage plans will need to start shopping around for new medical coverage this month. The Coral Gables-based insurer, one of the few to offer special needs plans for elder or disabled South Floridians...
  • Letter: The advantages of advantage plans

    What is making Medicare Advantage increasingly popular for people with Medicare? With these plans, you get all the benefits of Original Medicare and more. For instance, some Medicare Advantage plans offer: - choice of a primary care physician in the...
  • Mosher tells Mathews NAACP he wants to protect 'social safety net'

    MATHEWS — Democrat Norm Mosher told the NAACP in Mathews County on Monday night that the three legs of the "social safety net" — Medicare, Social Security and the Affordable Care Act — continue to be under attack by Republicans....
  • Know your deadlines

    Know your deadlines
    Knowing your enrollment deadlines can keep you from getting stuck with a plan you don't want, shut out of coverage you do want until next fall, or even cost you a penalty. Some deadlines and dates: Fall open enrollment, through midnight, Dec. 7: You can...
  • Getting help

    Getting help
    You can compare plans in your area on Medicare's Plan Finder at medicare.gov. Or call 800-633-4227. Florida's Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) volunteer counselors can give you unbiased guidance in browsing plans and can answer...
  • Key to charts

    Key to charts
    All plans with a drug benefit will offer what's called "catastrophic coverage" after you have paid $4,700 out of pocket in 2015, or you and your plan together have paid $6,680. You then will pay $2.65 or 5 percent for generic drugs, whichever is greater....
  • What's new this year?

    What's new this year?
    You'll enter the "doughnut hole," or the coverage gap during which you must pay a higher percentage of your drug costs, later – unlike the current plan year, when you came up against the gap sooner than in 2013. You hit the gap in 2014 plans when...
  • Choices and challenges

    Choices and challenges
    Senior and disabled Floridians shopping for privately run Medicare health care and prescription coverage probably won't find many big changes between this year and 2015. But there are some subtle differences – some which will benefit consumers....
  • New prostate cancer test under consideration by Medicare; public comment period open

    New prostate cancer test under consideration by Medicare; public comment period open
    Each year, almost 250,000 men in the U.S. are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Currently, the standard test is a PSA blood test (prostate specific antigen). There is a new genetic test that's under consideration for Medicare coverage; the public comment...
  • Dold, Schneider debate 10th District issues

    Dold, Schneider debate 10th District issues
    A debate Saturday between the rivals in the north suburban 10th Congressional District — Rep. Brad Schneider, the first-term Democrat, and GOP challenger Bob Dold — grew tense on the topic of Medicare. Dold assailed Schneider as a partisan...