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The Advisor, September 2012

Protecting MEDICARE

Calls Continue For Major Medicare Changes

Proposals are under debate that would transform Medicare to a program that would not guarantee coverage for a fixed set of benefits. According to a new poll conducted by TSCL, seniors overwhelmingly oppose the widely – debated Medicare plans. 70% of respondents said Medicare should not be changes, and only 13% supported changing the system. Read more »

Millions Stolen From Medicare Traced To Cuban Banks

In an unprecedented case, federal prosecutors say that a massive money – laundering operation moved up to $63 million in money from Medicare schemes to Cuban banks. The case is the first that directly traces money allegedly received through defrauding Medicare to the Cuban banking system. Read more »


The Benefits You Deserve

New Obama Administration Policy Provides Path To Social Security Based On Illegal Work

A new Obama Administration immigration policy that was announced without a single vote of approval from Congress provides a path to Social Security benefits based on illegal work. Although the policy does not grant legal status, the young illegal immigrants affected may apply for and receive work permits, giving them access to Social Security numbers. Read more »

Benefit Bulletin

With Inflation Dropping — Low 2012 COLA Forecast

The prospects for an adequate Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) boost for 2013 are dimming. The rate of inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), is decelerating at the fastest pace in three years. A low COLA would leave the seniors, especially those with the lowest Social Security benefits, with less money to cover Medicare premiums that are automatically deducted from monthly payments. Read more »

Social Security and Medicare Questions

Q: Recently my husband became seriously ill and required surgery. Afterward we received several unexpectedly high bills. We learned that one of the surgeons, and the anesthesiologist, were not in our plan network. Can you tell me what doctors are allowed to bill people enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan? Read the answer »

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Rx for Medicare's Doctors' Pay Formula

Physicians who treat Medicare patients are threatened with scheduled pay cuts that Members of Congress consistently override. While doctors, patients, and lawmakers have grown accustomed to the "doc fix," the ritual has grown unpleasant for all involved. Read more »


The Next Big Cost To Knock A Hole In Your Nest Egg: Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners are more vulnerable to significant damage than ever imagined. Here are five ways to save money on Homeowners Insurance. Read more »


Transforming Medicare: Fixing a Broken Payment System

Nearly 50 years ago, we made a promise to ensure quality, affordable healthcare for all American seniors. In order to protect that promise, we must promote excellence and efficiency in Medicare, while being more fiscally responsible. Read more »


How Did the Supreme Court Decision About the Affordable Care Act Affect Medicare?

Recently, there have been news stories about the Supreme Court case over the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law. Was Medicare affected in any way? Read the answer »


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