- Married same sex couples now have coverage for Medicare and Medicaid under the same rules as opposite-sex married couples.
- Transgender individuals have protection from discriminatory treatment in health care.
Every January, many Medicare beneficiaries change their Part D prescription drug coverage. Even those who don’t switch may find that their current plans have made changes in the drugs they cover or the utilization management restrictions they impose.
Medicare Open Enrollment is in full swing now. It began October 15 and closes December 7. If you have Medicare, now is the time to brush up on your coverage and understand your options. Here are five tips to get you started…
For the first time, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a plan to address health equity in Medicare. The plan, developed by the Office of Minority Health, will focus on populations that experience barriers to accessing care and lower quality of care. These include rural residents, Limited English Proficiency (LEP) individuals, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBT individuals. The plan aims to reduce health disparities in four years, and focuses on six priorities.
Last week, when 15 firefighter-paramedics arrived at a nursing home in Lake Zurich, Illinois, they were not responding to a crisis. Their purpose was purely educational, as the firefighters embarked on a training day to learn about Alzheimer’s disease. “There’s a large handful of people that have dementia in this area, and we have to deal with them all the time, and care for them, and it’s important that we know how to do it properly,” Fire Department training chief, Mickey Wenzel reported to the local news.