Medicare

Missouri program offers free help during Medicare open enrollment

Roughly 10,000 people age into Medicare healthcare coverage each day in the United States. In Missouri, about 1.16 million individuals are Medicare beneficiaries. Each year, an open enrollment period gives Missourians on Medicare the chance to review their prescription drug and healthcare coverage options. The state Department of Commerce and Insurance offers free help to […]

Veterans Affairs website

Veterans Affairs offers debt relief to Veterans impacted by natural disasters

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced the commitment to extend debt relief to Veterans adversely impacted by natural disasters. The department recognizes Veterans and beneficiaries are negatively impacted by the wildfires and hurricanes prompting the offering of financial debt relief. “Veterans and their families should be focused on their health and safety during the […]

Audio: Monthly Social Security benefits to increase in Missouri

This month retired Missouri residents will see a 1.6% cost of living adjustment in their Social Security benefits.     About 75% of the increase is paid out to beneficiaries listed as retired workers, and about 13% is paid to disabled workers. According to the most recent Social Security Administration data, there are 1,293,897 Missourians […]

Medicare

Carroll County Memorial Hospital launches Medicare Insurance helpline

Carroll County Memorial Hospital announces the launch of a toll-free Medicare Insurance helpline, which is designed to help Medicare beneficiaries receive education about Medicare and select a health plan that fits their needs and budget, while also retaining their existing hospital and doctors. The free helpline connects callers with licensed agents who can assist in […]

SMP or Senior Medicare Patrol website

Volunteers needed for Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol

The Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol is seeking volunteers in the northwest Missouri area to help seniors protect their Medicare benefits. The SMP needs more volunteers for its team. The statewide SMP has a mission to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report healthcare fraud, errors, and abuse through […]

Missouri Hospital Association

Missouri hospitals’ community benefit exceeded $3.3 billion In 2017

New data from the Missouri Hospital Association reveals that in 2017, the state’s hospitals provided more than $1.4 billion in uncompensated care and exceeded $3.3 billion in total community benefit — record totals for both categories. The report and hospital-specific data are available on the association’s consumer data site, FocusOnHospitals.com. “Hospitals are committed to building […]

Medicaid Missouri

Missouri hospitals sounding the alarm about new Medicaid reimbursement policy

A new state policy in the Medicaid managed care system could threaten hospitals. It allows insurance companies to reimburse providers at 90% of the Medicaid managed care rate if the provider is not “in network” with the insurer. Tim Wolters with Citizens Memorial Hospital in southwest Missouri’s Bolivar says the insurance companies now have an […]