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4 observations from the 2018 medicare advantage call letter

BY LESLIE SMALL: Each year, when the federal government releases its Medicare Advantage rate notice and call letter, the main focus is often on the average rate increase for health plans. (read more)

Another GOP state talks medicare expansion, avoiding term

BY EMERY P. DALESIO: RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Five years after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling gave states the option of expanding Medicaid coverage to more of the poor, North Carolina remains among the 19 holdouts despite promises that Washington would cover 90 percent or more of the cost. (read more)

Medicare’s payments system affects the whole US healthcare sector

BY JEFFREY CLEMENS and JOSHUA GOTTLIEB: The United States health care system is known for the private sector’s uniquely large role. Of the $3.2 trillion that the U.S. spent on health care in 2015, private individuals and private insurance directly financed at least 44 per cent, or $1.4 trillion. In a recent paper, we ask whether this system is as different as it might seem from one dominated by the public sector. (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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