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CMS Takes Steps to Protect Georgians from Harmful Effects of Work Requirements and Premiums in the Medicaid Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Georgia will no longer have authority to require work activities as a condition of Medicaid eligibility, or charge premiums beyond those allowed under the Medicaid statute, in its Georgia Pathways to Coverage demonstration.

Medicare’s “Part B” premium jumping by $21.60 a month next year, one of largest increases ever

Medicare’s “Part B” outpatient premium will jump by $21.60 a month in 2022, one of the largest increases ever. Officials said Friday a new Alzheimer’s drug is responsible for about half of that.

CMS Reminds Eligible Consumers They Have Coverage for COVID-19 Booster Shots at No Cost CMS Reminds Eligible Consumers They Have Coverage for COVID-19 Booster Shots at No Cost

Oct 22, 2021

Following the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent action that authorized a booster shot of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines for certain populations and a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding eligible consumers that coverage is available under Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and in the commercial health insurance market for this critical protection from the virus, including booster shots from all three manufacturers, without cost sharing.

Get Ready – Medicare Open Enrollment Begins Next Month (10/15 – 12/7/2021)

Medicare’s Open Enrollment period – also known as the Annual Election Period or Annual Coordinated Election Period – runs from October 15 through December 7.  During this time all Medicare beneficiaries can reevaluate their coverage, and make changes, whether they are in Original/Traditional Medicare with separate Part D drug coverage, or in a private Medicare Advantage plan. Beneficiaries should review their coverage every year to determine if their current options meet their specific health care needs.

Medicare Upgrades: Biden Plan Would Enhance Dental, Vision, and Drug Price Coverage

Written by Roz Plater on August 17, 2021 — Fact checked by Maria Gifford

CMS Issues Guidance to Ensure Consumers Continue Receiving Financial Assistance for HealthCare.Gov Coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in coordination with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is releasing guidance to ensure consumers continue to receive the tax credits they are eligible for through their Marketplace plan.

Health Care Sign Ups Surpass 2 Million During 2021 Special Enrollment Period Ahead of Aug. 15 Deadline

Jul 14, 2021  Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new enrollment reports showing more than two million people have signed up for health coverage during the Biden-Harris Administration’s 2021 Special Enrollment Period (SEP), which opened on February 15, 2021 as the country grappled with the pandemic, and will conclude on the…

Caring for an Aging Nation

The number of Americans 65 and older is expected to nearly double in the next 40 years. Finding a way to provide and pay for the long-term health services they need won’t be easy.

Expanding Insurance Coverage Is Top Priority for New Medicare-Medicaid Chief

The new head of the federal agency that oversees health benefits for nearly 150 million Americans and $1 trillion in federal spending said in one of her first interviews that her top priorities will be broadening insurance coverage and ensuring health equity