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SOS: Speaking of Seniors – Is This Medicare Advantage Fraud?

SOS: Speaking of Seniors – Is This Medicare Advantage Fraud?

On May 25, 2017, I met at my office with a couple from Merrillville, Indiana. The wife’s medical bill problems were routine and simple for me to resolve. But, the husband’s medical bill issues were something that I had never seen in my over 14 years of helping seniors with Medicare related medical bills.

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The America Healthcare Dialectic Cannot Stop Here

The America Healthcare Dialectic Cannot Stop Here

When we consider the rightness or wrongness of any federal government program or agency the discussion of its “rightness” must always begin with the question of authority. Does the federal government have the authority to do this thing in the first place?

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SOS: Speaking of Seniors – They Were Surprised!

SOS: Speaking of Seniors – They Were Surprised!

I brought the chart that I usually use when I speak about Medicare problems and what I do to fix them. I explained that the Medicare system breaks down hundreds of times every day. That is the most common problem with the Medicare system. It is the problem that government bureaucrats and government contractors don’t what to discuss.

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SOS: Speaking of Seniors – Retired Officer Down

SOS: Speaking of Seniors – Retired Officer Down

When the retired police officer delivered the bills to me, it did seem like he was being billed over $20,000 for medical and ambulance services. I am glad to say that I believe my letters and phone calls will result in a final balance on all bills combined of either zero or something close to zero.

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Bursting the Government Messiah Myth

Bursting the Government Messiah Myth

Ever since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, people have been seeking salvation by every means other than by the One True God. One of the modern forms of idolatry is statism, the worship of human civil government as god. Some aspects of this idolatry is the propaganda that civil government cares for all your needs.

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SOS: Speaking of Seniors – Silver Dollar Surprise

SOS: Speaking of Seniors – Silver Dollar Surprise

On May 1, 2017, a ninety year old client brought to me a medical bill and other papers to review with him. Also, he brought me a silver dollar as a gift. I had helped the client with other bills in the past. He knew that there was no charge for my help on those bills.

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SOS: Speaking of Seniors – Sloppy Bookkeeping

SOS: Speaking of Seniors – Sloppy Bookkeeping

On April 7, 2017, I wrote a letter to a medical service provider who uses a medical billing firm that has really sloppy bookkeeping habits. The client is an elderly man from Michigan City, Indiana.

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SOS: Speaking of Seniors – Ambulance Service was Kind

SOS: Speaking of Seniors – Ambulance Service was Kind

There are many rules in the Medicare system. This client got caught by a Medicare rule which caused an ambulance bill for $640 that Medicare would not help to cover. A few years ago, I warned seniors that the federal government would gradually change rules about Medicare to save the federal government money and push more medical costs back onto senior citizens.

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SOS: Speaking of Seniors – X Ray Firm Never Filed Claim

SOS: Speaking of Seniors – X Ray Firm Never Filed Claim

I phoned the client’s Medicare supplement insurance company to learn what it knew of these claims. It reported that Medicare never sent these claims to it. Then, with our client, I phoned Medicare to learn about these claims. According to the Medicare representative, the x-ray firm never filed the claims with Medicare at all. That is a serious error or fraud.

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Four Must-Haves for ObamaCare Replacement

Four Must-Haves for ObamaCare Replacement

It looks like the House debate on how to replace Obamacare is open again, with pressure mounting on conservative members to support the legislation proposed by House Speaker Paul Ryan. Before members rush ahead, however, given the current pause in the bill’s passage, this appears an opportune moment to note a few of the major shortcomings in the legislation’s current iteration, and potential changes that would improve it dramatically. Get rid of the 30 percent premium hike for 12 months for those whose insurance lapses 63 days. The House-proposed legislation included this new mandate that looks too much like the individual mandate and will be used by the left and the right to hammer members for raising premium rates, particularly on the uninsured. When rates go up, Republicans will get blamed for the government-mandated penalty, and this provision will loom large. Moreover, it does nothing to incentivize uninsured to go […]

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