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No Surprises Act Saves Consumers From Unexpected Medical Bills

The No Surprises Act will took effect on January 1, 2022. This act protects consumers from surprise medical bills, whether they receive coverage through their employer (including a federal, state, or local government), through the Health Insurance Marketplace, or directly through an individual health plan. According to federal estimates, it will apply to 10 million […]

Government announces surprising hike in Medicare Part B premiums

Yikes. As I was extolling the virtues of Social Security’s 5.9% COLA, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they were increasing the premium for Medicare Part B by 14.5%.   As a reminder, Medicare is composed of two programs. Part A, Hospital Insurance (HI), which covers inpatient hospital services, skilled nursing facilities, home healthcare, […]

Illinois is the Nation’s First State to Extend Health Coverage to Undocumented Seniors

Illinois is the Nation’s First State to Extend Health Coverage to Undocumented Seniors

As a nurse manager for one of Chicago’s busiest safety-net hospitals, Raquel Prendkowski has witnessed COVID-19‘s devastating toll on many of the city’s most vulnerable residents — including people who lack health insurance because of their immigration status. Some come in so sick they go right to intensive care. Some don’t survive. “We’re in a bad […]

Congress Passes No Surprise Billing Act

The Deal to End Surprise Medical Bills Finally Gets Approved Scope Of The Protections Consumers would be protected from surprise medical bills when they receive care in both emergency and nonemergency settings; the protections would extend to out-of-network air ambulances. As a result, patients would be protected from surprise bills in situations where they have […]