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2014 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines: 2014-2015 LIS Qualifications and Benefits
The 2014 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Guidelines determine the income level requirements for people applying for the Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy (LIS) program, also known as the "Extra Help ...

Medicare Part D Special Enrollment Periods (SEP)
In certain situations, people with Medicare may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to join a plan that provides Medicare prescription drug coverage, or switch to a different plan. A Spe ...

2015 Low-Income Subsidy Benchmark Premium Amounts (includes 2015 - 2006 for comparison)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2015 low-income premium subsidy amounts (or Benchmark) for Medicare Part D plans on July 31, 2014. The benchmark is the maximum m ...

Does Medicare Cover Vitamin B-12 Injections (Shots)?
In specific cases, Medicare will cover Vitamin B-12 injections.  Please read the excerpt below from Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Chapter 7 - Home Health Services. Intravenous, intramuscular, ...

Medicaid "Spend Down" and Medicare Part D
People with Medicare who are also eligible for Medicaid because of high medical expenses can get Medicare prescription drug coverage no matter if they are in the Original Medicare Plan or a Medicare A ...

The Medicare & You Handbook is online and available for download
If you are a Medicare beneficiary, you should have received a printed version of the Medicare & You Handbook prepared by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS or Medicare) som ...

Slightly higher Income Related Medicare Adjustment Amounts (IRMAA) in 2015 for Medicare beneficiaries with higher annual incomes.
Medicare Part D beneficiaries with an income above a certain level (see charts below) have an increase in their monthly Medicare Part D prescription drug plan premiums, based on the implementation of ...

Fifty-Four (54) New Generic Equivalents Added to Medicare Part D in May 2014
The most recent (May 2014) Medicare Part D plan formulary data (or drug lists) updates include the addition of 285 new National Drug Codes  (NDC) to the Medicare Part D program.  These repre ...

WellCare Medicare Plan 2014 Pharmacy and Provider Search Tools
The WellCare stand-alone Medicare Part D (PDP) plan pharmacy search tool is available at: https://www.wellcarepdp.com/our_pharmacies/default. The WellCare Medicare Advantage plan pharmacy, service ...

CMS Tip Sheet - Calculating the Late Enrollment Penalty (2014 Revision)
What is the Part D late enrollment penalty? The late enrollment penalty is an amount that is added to a person’s Part D premium. A person enrolled in a Medicare drug plan may owe a late enrol ...

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The Donut Hole Discount Increases in 2015 (and What This Means to You)
The 2015 Donut Hole discount will increase 55% for all brand-name medications purchased in the Donut Hole (you pay 45% of the retail cost and get 95% credit toward TrOOP) and the 2015 generic Donut ...

Your 2015 Late-Enrollment Premium Penalties Will Increase by 2%
If you have accrued a Medicare Part D late-enrollment premium penalty (LEP), you can expect to see a 2% increase in your 2015 penalty payment. How high of a late-enrollment penalty could someone pay ...

August 2014 Formulary Changes to the Top 10 Medicare Drugs
The most recent (August 2014) Medicare Part D plan formulary data (or drug lists) updates included 87 new drug codes.  See August 2014 Summary of the Most Recent Updates for the Medicare Part D P ...

Twenty-Five (25) New Generic Equivalents Added to Medicare Part D in August 2014
The most recent (August 2014) Medicare Part D plan formulary data (or drug lists) updates include the addition of 87 new National Drug Codes  (NDC) to the Medicare Part D program.  The NDCs ...

August 2014 Summary of the Most Recent Updates for the Medicare Part D Plan Formularies (Drug Lists)
The most recent (August 2014) Medicare Part D plan formulary data (or drug lists) updates include the addition of 87 new National Drug Codes (NDC) to the Medicare Part D program.  These NDCs repr ...

CMS Press release: "Medicare prescription drug premiums projected to remain low"
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  announced that average monthly Medicare Part D premiums should increase slightly in 2015.  Based on the Medicare Part D plan carrier bid ...

CMS Tip Sheet - Calculating the Late Enrollment Penalty (2014 Revision)
What is the Part D late enrollment penalty? The late enrollment penalty is an amount that is added to a person’s Part D premium. A person enrolled in a Medicare drug plan may owe a late enrol ...

Slightly higher Income Related Medicare Adjustment Amounts (IRMAA) in 2015 for Medicare beneficiaries with higher annual incomes.
Medicare Part D beneficiaries with an income above a certain level (see charts below) have an increase in their monthly Medicare Part D prescription drug plan premiums, based on the implementation of ...

2015 Low-Income Subsidy Benchmark Premium Amounts (includes 2015 - 2006 for comparison)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2015 low-income premium subsidy amounts (or Benchmark) for Medicare Part D plans on July 31, 2014. The benchmark is the maximum m ...

CMS Releases Medicare Part D Donut Hole Savings Summary for 2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the "to-date" Donut Hole savings for Medicare Part D beneficiaries. The chart below provides a national and state-by-state view ...




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