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Medicare and the New Health Law Guide

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Tags: Medicare

Medicare beneficiaries will soon be receiving "Medicare and the New Health Law - What it Means for You" in their mailboxes. The mailing from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) outlines key provisions of the Affordable Care Act for people with Medicare as well as members of their families.

 

 

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Cost of Brand Drugs Rise for those in Medicare

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Tags: Medicare Part D

If you are a Medicare beneficiary and have a chronic medical condition that requires a brand name drug you've probably seen the price of that drug rise dramatically in the past year. A new report from AARP confirms that brand name drug prices are rising faster than than prices on other goods and services we buy.

AARP estimates that for the past 12 month period there has been a 9.7% jump in manufacturer prices for brand name drugs widely used by people on Medicare. At the same time, general inflation has been flat.

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A Pension is No Guarantee

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Tags: Retirement, retirement planning

If you are lucky enough to have a pension (a defined benefit plan that sends a check every month) then it's increasingly important to know about the health of your pension plan. Just like individuals and their 401 K's, pension plans got hit hard by the recession. That left many underfunded and unable to meet their pension obligations to individuals.

This article from Kiplinger's points out that the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) took over 129 plans last year and 2010 looks like it will be event worse.

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3 Tips About New Medicare Supplement Plans

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Tags: Medicare supplement plans

There are changes underway in Medicare Supplement plans, often called Medigap, beginning June 1, 2010. Here are the two big changes:

1. Two new Medicare Supplement plans - Plan M and Plan N.

2. Four plans will no longer be offered: Plans E, H, I and J.

Now, if you purchase your own Medicare Supplement insurance, here's what you need to know whether you have a policy or will be purchasing a policy for the first time:

1. If you currently have a Medigap plan, you don't have to change anything.

2. If you are purchasing a policy that will be effective after June 1, your choices will be limited to these plans- Plan A, B, C, D F, G, K, L, M, N.

3. If you are interested in purchasing Plan E, H, I or J, you must do it before June 1, 2010.

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