December 4, 2013 View Web Version | Text Only Version | Print-Friendly Version
In This Issue
Our Goal
Government Report
Tough Medicare Decisions Await Bipartisan Budget Panel
2014 Medicare Resources
Did you know?
Early Retirees and the ACA
Can I use a generic scope of appointment form for Medicare Advantage or must it be carrier specific?
Is it legal to garnish Social Security income?
Does a client need to go to an exchange for Medicare products?
Medicare Supplement Clients Labeled Outpatient or Observation Status
Client Story - The Power of Congress
The Brokerís Corner (Q & Aís)
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Our Goal

NAHU's Senior Issues and Medicare Advisory Group support the thousands of NAHU members that are committed to working in the Medicare marketplace. The goal of this newsletter is to push out timely information and offer resources to the professional agents serving their consumers with Medicare Solutions... Read more

Government Report
by John Greene

NAHU continues to work with its Medigap coalition partners on Capitol Hill. The coalition’s focus has recently been on Senators from both sides of the aisle. The message has been the value of supplemental plans, the lack of networks in rural areas and medical necessity provisions of policies that prevent payment for unnecessary or inappropriate services... Read more

Tough Medicare Decisions Await Bipartisan Budget Panel

The deal President Barack Obama, Republican and Democratic lawmakers reached to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling includes a bipartisan panel charged with producing a long-term budget agreement... Read more

2014 Medicare Resources

Access the 2014 Medicare Part B Premiums and Part A and Part B Deductibles.

Also, now available is the 2014 Medicare & You handbook... Read more

Did you know?

Almost 80% of U.S. Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older don't know the last day for Open Enrollment to make changes in their insurance plan is December 7... Read more

Early Retirees and the ACA
by Jesse Patton

The marketplaces (exchanges) set up under the ACA are not for Medicare products, but a segment of retirees under 65 will see companies dropping retiree group coverage plans and letting those folks look to marketplaces to get the subsidy (provided the early retiree is not on Medicare Parts A and/or Part B)... Read more

Can I use a generic scope of appointment form for Medicare Advantage or must it be carrier specific?
by Robert Fitzgerald

After checking with multiple carriers, they all say they do accept generic scope of appointment forms. I have not found anyone yet that will not. I still think it is wise to ask, just to avoid any confusion... Read more

Is it legal to garnish Social Security income?
by Anthony Halby

The federal Consumer Credit Protection Act helps protect workers from having all of their wages garnished to pay a debt. Generally, for any workweek, the most that can be garnished is... Read more

Does a client need to go to an exchange for Medicare products?
by Dwane McFerrin

The simple answer is NO! You know the answer, but many seniors see the news about signing up for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Adding to the confusion is that the enrollment periods overlap with the Medicare Open Enrollment Period... Read more

Medicare Supplement Clients Labeled Outpatient or Observation Status

Do you have Medicare Supplement clients who were labeled outpatient or observation status even though they stayed in the hospital for several days?... Read more

Client Story - The Power of Congress
by Len Barend

I had an issue with Medicare cutting off my drug from Part B to Part D. There were several other drugs in that same situation. I had my doctor write a letter explaining the situation and I sent it to Congressman Heck... Read more

The Brokerís Corner (Q & Aís)

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Medicare News. Please take our survey by clicking here to help us improve our next edition... Read more

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