government

GOP blasts Medicare mailer on health reform

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted June 7, 2010

Print  |   Email  |   Respond  |   Reprints  |   Like Facebook  |   Share Twitter  |   Tweet Linkedin

A new brochure being mailed out by the Obama administration to Medicare beneficiaries has drawn the ire of some Republican lawmakers who are characterizing some of its contents as false and misleading.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced May 24 that beneficiaries soon would be receiving a brochure detailing benefits they could expect to receive as a result of the health system reform package being enacted earlier this year. "Your guaranteed Medicare benefits won't change -- whether you get them through original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan," said Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

But Sen. Pat Roberts (R, Kan.) took issue with the statement, saying that Medicare Advantage pay cuts would result in less generous benefits packages for those enrolled in the private plans. "This document contains several statements that directly contradict the findings of CMS's own chief actuary," Roberts said in a May 26 letter addressed to Sebelius. The senator requested clarification and also asked that CMS disclose how costs for the mailing were financed.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/06/07/gvbf0607.htm.

Back to top


ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE


Featured
Read story

Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story


Read story

Goodbye

American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story


Read story

Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story


Read story

Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story


Read story

Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story


Read story

How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story


Read story

Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story


Read story

Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

  • Stay informed
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS
  • LinkedIn