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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 …

May 20, 2014 11:45 pmLoading…

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.

April 22, 2014 11:45 pmLoading…

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.

February 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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.

December 24, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
Billings Clinic opens 1st ExpressCare clinic at Albertsons

Billings Clinic opens 1st ExpressCare clinic at Albertsons

Billings Clinic has joined the explosion of health care providers across the nation who are providing patients with quick access to medical care at a location that’s convenient to them — the neighborhood grocery store.

December 11, 2013 10:05 am Video Photos

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Some disabled individuals may see changes due to changing insurance rules

Due to the changing health insurance rules, some disabled individuals under 65 who have Medicare and get some of their health insurance through the Montana Comprehensive Health Association may see some changes.

November 19, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Despite website glitches, ACA helping Montanans

As former president of the Montana Hospital Association and a member of many Montana task forces on health care, I know just how sick Montana’s health care system was before the Affordable Care Act.

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Gazette opinion: Congress must scale Medicare fiscal cliff

Once again, Medicare patients and their doctors are stressing out on the brink of the nation’s next fiscal cliff.

November 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Liberals make Grandma their poster child

WASHINGTON — Two analysts at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis have produced an important study that should (but probably won’t) alter the climate for Washington’s stalemated budget debate. The study demolishes the widespread notion that older Americans need exceptional protection agains…

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SHIP Q&A: Changes coming to Medicare plans for 2014

Information for the new 2014 plans for Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans are now available. The following is a list of the major changes we will see in our area.

October 22, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: The entitlement hang-up obscures real debate

WASHINGTON — Let’s drop the whole notion of “entitlement.” Just eliminate it. Politicians, pundits and academics who talk about entitlements would then have to name the actual programs and argue their merits and demerits. This would encourage clarity and candor. Of course, that’s why it won…

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Guest opinion: Government debt monstrous threat to economy

As Halloween approaches, an old familiar monster rises from the grave like Freddy Krueger in “Nightmare on Elm Street.” But, unlike the famous fictional character, this beast is real and threatens to choke off our children’s future, consigning our great grandchildren to lifetimes of bondage.…

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