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SHIP Q&A: Medicare deductibles and co-pays for 2015

SHIP Q&A: Medicare deductibles and co-pays for 2015

Your questions on Medicare and Medicaid answered by the local State Health Insurance Assistance Program an objective, not-for-profit counseling, assistance and advocacy service sponsored by DPHHS of Montana and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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November 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Wyoming Medicare costs expected to drop

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Federal officials say Wyoming residents on Medicare are expected to pay $1.5 million less than expected for health care in 2015 under the Affordable Care Act.

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Lewis says Zinke wants to cut Medicare; Zinke disagrees

Lewis says Zinke wants to cut Medicare; Zinke disagrees

HELENA — Returning fire with fire, Democratic House candidate John Lewis is airing a new TV ad that accuses Republican Ryan Zinke of backing a plan to cut Medicare, while protecting tax breaks for billionaires and out-of-state corporations.

September 19, 2014 9:21 am Video

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Guest opinion: Why House debates matter to Montanans

Guest opinion: Why House debates matter to Montanans

Debates are a proud part of the Montana tradition and I intend to put myself out there for folks to judge whether I meet their high standards. In an era of unprecedented campaign spending, debates remain a bastion for the free exchange of ideas where voters can size up the candidates out in …

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Guest opinion: TV ad misrepresents Daines relationship with unions

Steve Daines ran a TV ad with a person saying he’s a union democrat — with a union logo prominently displayed — announcing support for Daines. However, the person in the ad has been actively promoting Republicans for years, is not a dues-paying member of any union in Montana, does not serve …

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SHIP Q and A: Time to start pre-enrollment planning for 2015

Your questions on Medicare and Medicaid answered by the local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) — an objective, not-for-profit counseling, assistance and advocacy service sponsored by DPHHS of Montana and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Guest opinion: Reasons to celebrate anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid

In 1965, almost half of America’s seniors had no health insurance. For the men and women who survived two World Wars and the Great Depression, retirement often meant insecurity and hopelessness. Our nation’s seniors reached their most medically vulnerable years with few, and sometimes no hea…

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SHIP Q&A: Different programs can help with Medicare billing problems

Q. I have heard there are programs that will help me if I’m having trouble with my Medicare billing. How do I get some help?

June 17, 2014 11:45 pmLoading…
SENIOR SOLUTIONS: Reader wonders why father was discharged from 'skilled care'

SENIOR SOLUTIONS: Reader wonders why father was discharged from 'skilled care'

Q: My father was recently in the hospital and discharged to a nursing home for rehab and skilled care. The hospital discharge planner told me that Dad would have 100 days of Medicare benefits in the nursing home. I just recently received a letter from the nursing home stating that they were …

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SHIP Q&A: Tips to watch for, stop durable medical equipment fraud

Q. What is durable medical equipment?

May 20, 2014 11:45 pmLoading…
PLASTIC SURGERY: Medicare should cover basic, proven medical care

PLASTIC SURGERY: Medicare should cover basic, proven medical care

Everyone hates being left out.

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Guest opinion: Non-labor income grows more important to West

As an economist who loves the West and our open spaces, I think a lot about what makes our small towns tick. To better understand how our economies work and how to strengthen them, we first have to ask where our money comes from. The answer — non-labor income — might surprise many readers.

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Feds release Medicare payment database; Billings rheumatologist received $3.6 million in 2012

Feds release Medicare payment database; Billings rheumatologist received $3.6 million in 2012

HELENA — Federal health officials released a huge database Wednesday of Medicare payments to individual health care providers, including $163 million paid in Montana in 2012 to nearly 3,300 providers.

April 09, 2014 6:35 pm
Daines describes his voting record as pragmatic; others label it very conservative

Daines describes his voting record as pragmatic; others label it very conservative

HELENA — Montana’s U.S. Rep. Steve Daines — a Republican running this year for the U.S. Senate — has fashioned a very conservative voting record in his first 15 months on the job, independent analyses show.

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Robert J. Samuelson: America's future hinges on fearsome mega-trends

WASHINGTON — Just why is American politics so dysfunctional?

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Guest opinion: Congress must reform tax, benefit laws to reduce nation's long-term debt

Finally, Congress has completed its budget process without another government shutdown and raised the nation’s debt ceiling without seriously threatening default.

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Affordable Care Act has increased the number of preventative services

Q. I have heard that Medicare has changed how it covers some preventative-care services. What has changed and how much do they cost now?

February 11, 2014 11:45 pmLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Will U.S. health costs continue slowing?

WASHINGTON — Call it the $2.8 trillion enigma. That’s what Americans spent on health care in 2012. The good news is that health spending slowed unexpectedly for the fourth consecutive year. The enigma is that no one really knows why. Despite many theories, there’s no expert consensus.

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Medicare recipients need to keep Benefit Notification Letter close at hand

Did you miss the annual enrollment period for Medicare Part D and Advantage Plans? Here are special enrollment periods that might allow you to still change.

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