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Benistar Retiree Medical Plans News Summer 2014

Here are some of this summer’ss trending news in the Retiree Medical Plans.

Connecticut Medicare Beneficiaries Saved On Drugs Due To ACA (Click to read more about this article on Retiree Medical Plans)
The Norwich (CT) Bulletin: (4/13, Benson) reports that “a lesser-known part of the Affordable Care Act has resulted in more than $14 million in savings on prescription drug costs for 12,000 Eastern Connecticut Medicare beneficiaries in 2013,” an amount that is expected to increase “through 2020.” Then, the “so-called ‘doughnut hole’” for drug costs will be “phased out of Medicare Part D coverage.” The Bulletin adds that “in 2013, Medicare beneficiaries who reached the Part D doughnut hole received a 52Se.5 percent discount on brand-name drugs and a 21 percent discount on generic drugs.” 

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WPost: Medicare Payment Information Release Is “Just What The Doctor Ordered.” (Click to read more about this article on Retiree Medical Plans)
The Washington Post: (4/13) editorializes that the Obama Administration’s release of doctor-specific information about Medicare payments made last week “a breakthrough week for health-care transparency,” illuminating “the workings of a complex system of fee-for-service medicine whose seemingly uncontrollable costs have challenged U.S. policymakers for decades.” The Post expects that the pressure caused by the police should present no problem “for the vast majority of doctors who play by the rules,” and is “just what the doctor ordered” for those who don’t.

WPost: Medicare Payment Information Release Is “Just What The Doctor Ordered.” (Click to read more about this article on Retiree Medical Plans)
The Washington Post: (4/13) editorializes that the Obama Administration’s release of doctor-specific information about Medicare payments made last week “a breakthrough week for health-care transparency,” illuminating “the workings of a complex system of fee-for-service medicine whose seemingly uncontrollable costs have challenged U.S. policymakers for decades.” The Post expects that the pressure caused by the police should present no problem “for the vast majority of doctors who play by the rules,” and is “just what the doctor ordered” for those who don’t

CMS To Test New Hospice Program (Click to read more about this article on Retiree Medical Plans)
Reuters: (5/15, Belisomo) reports on a new CMS program, the Medicare Care Choices Model, which may make it easier for patients to receive hospice care while still receiving curative care. CMS, in testing the program, will assess whether offering hospice services earlier can improve quality of life and cut Medicare costs. The program will be limited to those with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, and HIV/AIDS.