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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, ...

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 ...

What does the letter after my Medicare number mean?
We have been getting more questions from people asking what the letters mean in their Medicare claim number.  Here is an explaination and chart of the letter meaning provided by the Social Securi ...

MEDICARE Part A, B, C, & D PREMIUMS, DEDUCTIBLES FOR 2011
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has set the Medicare premiums, deductibles and coinsurance amounts to be paid by Medicare beneficiaries in 2011. :: Click here for the 2012 change ...

CMS Publishes National List of Poor-Performing Nursing Homes, Key Tool for Families Seeking Quality Care
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    ( November 29, 2007) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released the first ranking of the nation’s poor-performing nursing ...

CMS Fact Sheet: Medicare Premiums and Deductibles for 2012
Medicare Part A:Medicare Part A premiums will be increasing by just $1 per month, and the deductible will increase by just $24.  For Medicare Part A, which pays for inpatient hospital, skilled ...

Changes in 2013 Original Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B Premiums, Plus Changes in IRMAA
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the standard premium for Medicare Part B (coverage for specific doctors’ services, outpatient care, medical supplie ...

Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (Public Law No: 110-275) Section I - Table of Contents
SECTION 1. Short title; table of contents.(a) Short title.—This Act may be cited as the “Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008”. (b) Table of co ...

CMS Press Release: 2009 Medicare Part B Premiums Remain Unchanged from 2008
For Immediate Release:     Friday, September 19, 2008Contact:     CMS Office of Public Affairs 202-690-6145 CMS ANNOUNCES MEDICARE PREMIUMS, DEDUCTIBLES FOR 2009 The ...

Medicare Part B premiums increase for 27% of Medicare beneficiaries
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the changes in 2010 Medicare Part A and B premiums and deductibles, and the good news is that about 73% of Medicare beneficiaries will no ...

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CMS announces: No change in 2015 Original Medicare Part B premiums, a slight decrease in Medicare Part A premiums, and no changes in Part B IRMAA payments.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that the standard premium for Medicare Part B (coverage for specific doctors’ services, outpatient care, medical supplies, DM ...

Social Security Press Release: Social Security Announces 1.5 Percent Benefit Increase for 2014
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 63 million Americans will increase 1.5 percent in 2014, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1. ...

Medicare has redesigned your Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B Summary Notice
Medicare has announced that, based on input from the Medicare community,  they have redesigned the Medicare Summary Notice (or MSN) and the MSN should be easier to understand. What is the MSN? ...

Do I need to keep paying my Medicare Part B premiums even after I have joined a 2013 Medicare Advantage plan?
Yes.  You must be enrolled in Medicare Part B in order to join a Medicare Advantage plan and you need to keep paying your Medicare Part B premiums along with your Medicare Advantage plan premiu ...

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, ...

Changes in 2013 Original Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B Premiums, Plus Changes in IRMAA
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the standard premium for Medicare Part B (coverage for specific doctors’ services, outpatient care, medical supplie ...

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 ...

Social Security Press Release: Social Security Announces 1.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2013
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 62 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2013, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1. ...

CMS Updates Medicare.gov Homepage
August 2012 Updates to Medicare.gov Homepage The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today the redesign of the Medicare.gov website.  CMS noted that their new Medicare ...

What does the letter after my Medicare number mean?
We have been getting more questions from people asking what the letters mean in their Medicare claim number.  Here is an explaination and chart of the letter meaning provided by the Social Securi ...


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