Social Security Announces 2.8 Percent Benefit Increase for 2019

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable...

CMS announces 2019 Medicare Parts A & B premiums and deductibles

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for Medicare Parts A and B. “CMS is committed to empowering beneficiaries with the information they need to make informed decisions about...

What if you didn’t get your new Medicare card?

Your new Medicare card should have arrived in the mail by now. If you didn’t get it, here’s what to do: Remember that your new Medicare card will come in a plain white envelope from the Department of Health and Human Services. If the card didn’t arrive, call...

New Medicare Advantage Tool To Control Drug Prices Could Narrow Choices

Health insurers who offer Medicare Advantage plans have permission to soon require patients to try less expensive alternatives to some before receiving pricier drugs.  Starting next year, Medicare Advantage plans will be able to add restrictions on expensive,...