Medicare Part B Premium: Who Pays What, and Why?

May 4, 2010

One of the topics we are most frequently asked questions about is the Medicare Part B premium.  This has been particularly true since the Part B premium became related to a beneficiary's income.  In 2010 additional complications arose from the so-called "hold harmless" provision.  This edition of Medicare Minutes will discuss this provision, who it affects, who it doesn’t affect, and what it does to premiums in general.


Some Real Facts on Health Care Reform

April 7, 2010

Today, on our April, Twenty-Ten edition of Medicare Minutes, we want to help you understand how the recently passed health care reform law will affect you.


Medicare for People with Chronic Conditions

March 8, 2010

On our March, 2010 edition of Medicare Minutes, we will discuss Medicare coverage for people with long-term, or chronic conditions.

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Medicare Beneficiaries: Don’t be Afraid of Health Care Reform

February 9, 2010

Medicare beneficiaries already have good access to comprehensive health care.  Why, then, would the Center for Medicare Advocacy, whose mission is to advocate for Medicare beneficiaries, support such an undertaking?  There are several answers:  First, there are many specific improvements to the Medicare program for beneficiaries; second, it will improve the solvency of Medicare itself; and finally, health care reform is a matter of fundamental fairness.

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January 11, 2010

Today, on our January, 2010 edition of Medicare Minutes, we offer a basic examination of the issue of health disparities.


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December 2009 - A Trio of Medicare Updates

December 7, 2009

On our December, 2009 edition of Medicare Minutes, we offer updates on current Medicare topics including cost-sharing, therapy caps, and some timely news for residents of skilled nursing facilities.


Medicare Minutes November, 2009

November 9, 2009

When Medicare Advantage Plans Do Not Renew Their Contracts

This month on Medicare Minutes we offer advice to those beneficiaries whose private Medicare plans have chosen to leave the Medicare market.  We discuss what these individuals need to do, and the rights they have.

For more on Private Medicare plans, see our "Medicare Privatization (and Occasional Reform)" page.


Medicare Minutes, October 2009 - Medicare Enrollment Periods

October 9, 2009

On this edition of Medicare Minutes, we will explian the upcoming Medicare enrollment periods.


Medicare Minutes, September 2009 - the Myth of Medicare Cost Shifting, and Facts on Private Profits

September 25, 2009

On this edition of Medicare Minutes, we will examine the myth of so-called "cost shifting" in Medicare, one of the arguments being used to denounce calls for a public plan option in health care reform.

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Medicare Minutes, August, 2009 - The Indispensible Dozen

August 17, 2009

The President made it clear that the country needs health care reform now – this year. For the health of the people and the economy. This month on Medicare minutes we discuss essential elements for real reform.

For more on Medicare reform, visit our Medicare Privatization (and Occasional Reform) page.