Monthly Archives: August 2012

A Family Member HomeCare, a Hallandale, Hollywood and Miramar Home Health Care Agency, Notes Affordable Care Act’s Independence At Home Project Could Help Broaden Home-Based Care Services

U.S. News and World Report: Health Reform Testing Home-Based Care August 17, 2012 By Phil Moeller, U.S. News and World Report “The Best Life” Blog The health reform spotlight usually focuses on the 2014 requirement that most people buy health insurance, the creation of new state health insurance exchanges, and whether states will participate in the law’s big increase in Medicaid services. But under the radar, the law has also triggered a flurry of new programs searching for better and cheaper ways to provide healthcare. One of them, the Independence at Home (IAH) demonstration project, could have a huge impact on seniors with chronic illnesses. With growing numbers of older Americans, many of whom will post impressive longevity gains, rising […]

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A Family Member HomeCare, a Ft. Lauderdale, Broward Florida Home Health Care Agency Notes: Medicare prescription drug premiums to remain steady for third straight year

Coverage improves and out-of-pocket savings grow as a result of the health care law Average basic premiums for Medicare prescription drug plans are projected to remain constant in 2013, Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius announced on August 6, 2012.  The average 2013 monthly premium for basic prescription drug coverage is expected to be $30. Average premiums for 2012 were projected to be $30 and ultimately averaged $29.67. At the same time, since the law was enacted, seniors and people with disabilities have saved $3.9 billion on prescription drugs as the Affordable Care Act began closing the “donut hole” coverage gap. “Premiums are holding steady and, thanks to the health care law, millions of people with Medicare are saving […]

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A Family Member HomeCare, a Miramar, Pembroke Pines Home Health Care Agency Advises U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) partners with pharmacies to educate Medicare beneficiaries about new health benefits

HHS partners with pharmacies to educate Medicare beneficiaries about new health benefits On August 15, 2012, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced partnerships with several pharmacies to help customers learn about new Medicare benefits available to them under the Affordable Care Act – the health care law.  These partnerships – with CVS Caremark, Walgreens, Thrifty White, Walmart, and Sam’s Club – will provide Medicare beneficiaries a range of educational materials on newly available preventive services, as well as savings on prescription drug spending in the “donut hole” coverage gap.  At a CVS in Jacksonville, Secretary Sebelius discussed the new preventive services and received a free blood pressure reading at the CVS MinuteClinic. “Our pharmacy partners are helping their customers […]

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