Monday, July 24, 2017

Joni Schaff

‘Permanent doc fix’ set to impact Medicare beneficiaries

Senior Center News
The Medicare Access and CHIP (Child Health Insurance Program), known as MACRA, was passed by Congress and signed into law in April 2015. The law, also known as the “permanent doc fix,” will impact Medicare beneficiaries in several ways, some very visible and some more behind-the-scenes.
 
A primary driver of the legislation was the need to fix and reform the existing Medicare payment system for physicians. MACRA establishes new ways to pay doctors who treat Medicare beneficiaries and expands the emphasis on value-based care. It also appropriates approximately $200 billion over 10 years to fill in the funding gap that originally created the need for payment cuts.
 
Beneficiaries will also see a change in Medigap plans offerings as a result of MACRA. Starting in 2020, plans C and F will no longer be offered to newly-enrolled beneficiaries. Plan F, in particular, is a very popular option.
 
To prepare for these upcoming changes, physicians will bear the burden of efforts to incorporate the new payment systems into their practices. For beneficiaries considering Medigap plan options, those who enrolled in Plans C or F before 2020 will be grandfathered in and not lose access to these plan choices.
 
Information regarding Medicare changes is available on the website www.medicare.gov.
 
The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) has created this information and more in the “Care Share Newsletter” for July 2017.
 
The Fun For You Day was held at the Hardin Senior Center on June 28. Shirley Margheim returned as hostess. The patrons enjoyed the afternoon playing games and conversing.
 
Join us at the Big Horn County Historical Museum on Wednesday, July 12 at noon for a potluck picnic. We will provide the plates and utensils. Please bring a side dish. The bus is available for transport if you wish. Call us at (406) 665-2581.
 
This month’s birthday dinner is on Wednesday, July 19. Please make reservations early.
 
Bingo is played each Tuesday and blackout bingo is played on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Come and take part in your senior center’s activities and meals.
 
Hardin Senior Center menu:
Thursday, July 6 – sauerkraut, kielbasa, salad, dessert
Friday, July 7 – sloppy joes, Tater Tots, salad, dessert
Monday, July 10 – hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, dessert
Tuesday, July 11 – ham and bean soup, sandwich, dessert
Wednesday, July 12 – potluck at Big Horn County Historical Museum
Thursday, July 13 – spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert
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