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Trouble with your Medicare Part D prescription denial?

If you are having trouble with your Medicare Part D prescriptions, especially if you have been denied a prescription at the pharmacy counter, you’ll want to read this statement issued today from the nonprofit consumer group Medicare Rights Center: Today Senate and House cosponsors of the Medicare Part D Beneficiary Appeals Fairness Act (S.1365 and [...]

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ER Wait Watcher: Which ER will see you the fastest?

Heading to the emergency room? ProPublica provides a great tool to help. You may wait a while before a doctor or other treating professional sees you — and the hospital nearest to you might not be the one that sees you the fastest. Click here to look up average ER wait times, as reported by hospitals [...]

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Consumer Watchdog Asks All Health Insurers To Give 90 Day Reprieve On Cancellations

Consumer Watchdog issued the following release today, in reaction to the action by Blue Shield of California that it is delaying its cancellation of individual-market health policies for 90 days: In response to the news that Blue Shield is delaying its cancellation of policies for 90 days, following a demand by the Department of Insurance, [...]

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Medicare premiums and deductibles holding steady for 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the 2014 Medicare Part B premium will remain $104.90 per month, the same as in 2013, as will the Part B deductible at $147, according to Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center. The news that Medicare premiums and deductibles are virtually unchanged is welcome [...]

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Class action suit filed against Kaiser over denial of timely mental health services

Under the letterhead of the Oakland law firm of Siegel LeWitter Malkani, the following press release spells out their class action lawsuit served today against Kaiser “for systemic denial of timely access to mental health services.”   October 24, 2013 — Today, the law firm of Siegel LeWitter Malkani served a class action lawsuit against [...]

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