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10 Medicare Advantage plans ranked by member satisfaction

BY MORGAN HAEFNER: For the third year in a row, Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente topped J.D. Power‘s Medicare Advantage plan rankings for member satisfaction. The J.D. Power 2017 Medicare Advantage Study featured responses from 3,442 members of Medicare Advantage plans nationwide. Policyholder satisfaction scores were measured by six factors, listed in order of importance: coverage and benefits, customer service, claims processing, cost, provider choice and information and communication. (read more)

Related: Medicare Advantage: A Spotlight

Some Medicare beneficiaries could see higher premiums in 2018

BY JOHN GROBE: Though the new Medicare Part B premiums will not be set until at least October, the levels at which higher premiums kick in have been lowered in all but the first two tiers.

This change was made as part of the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act”, which eliminated the annual battle over reimbursements made to physicians. (read more)

Related: Medicare Part D Premiums to Decrease

Bernie Sanders knows his Medicare-for-all bill won’t pass. That’s not the point.

BY SCOTT DETROW: The point of the bill, Senator Bernie Sanders says, is to force a conversation: “Excuse me: why is the United States the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all people? Why are we spending far, far more per capita on health care than any other nation? Why do we pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs?”

Single-payer was a major policy plank of Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, and he’s been ready all year to put it into legislation. He was just waiting, first, for Republicans to wrap up their effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. (read more)

 

The new Medicare Plus Card saves you up to 75% on things not covered by Medicare

Medicare doesn’t cover everything. Luckily, those on Medicare can now start saving on out of pocket expenses like prescription drugs, dental, vision, hearing, and more. Over 1 million people have already received their free Medicare Plus Card.  

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