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.
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…
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?
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 …
Q. What is durable medical equipment?
Everyone hates being left out.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON — Just why is American politics so dysfunctional?
Finally, Congress has completed its budget process without another government shutdown and raised the nation’s debt ceiling without seriously threatening default.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once again, Medicare patients and their doctors are stressing out on the brink of the nation’s next fiscal cliff.
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…
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.