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 […]

Air Ambulance Bill of the month

Missourians face large bills, aggressive collection tactics from air ambulance transports

Missourians are frequently subjected to aggressive collection efforts by air ambulance providers totaling tens of thousands of dollars in a practice called balance billing, according to a detailed report released today by the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP). To assess the scope of the problem, the DIFP initiated a data call for […]

Healthcare

New report on the Health Insurance Market in Missouri released by Missouri Department of Insurance

A new report on the health insurance markets in Missouri was recently released by the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions, and Professional Registration. The report, which focuses on major medical coverage, makes use of diverse data sources to provide an overview of Missouri’s health insurance market. In addition to data possessed by the DIFP, […]

Medicare

Medicare open enrollment deadline is December 7th

The Missouri Department of Insurance is reminding seniors that Medicare open enrollment ends on Wednesday, December 7th and seniors who have not yet made their plan selections for 2019 are encouraged to contact CLAIM. CLAIM provides seniors and their caregivers free and unbiased help from certified counselors. Seniors can ask questions by phone or arrange […]

Health News

Grundy County Health Department to offer flu vaccines

The Grundy County Health Department of Trenton will offer flu vaccines without an appointment. Vaccines will be available for individuals of all ages Tuesdays from 9 o’clock in the morning to 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The health department asks participants to bring their Medicare, Medicaid, or health insurance cards for billing purposes. Donations are […]

Attorney General Josh Hawley and Senator Claire McCaskill Debate

Full Debate: Attorney General Josh Hawley and Senator Claire McCaskill Debate in St. Louis

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley said Thursday night that he opposed cutting Social Security and Medicare to help erase the nation’s ballooning deficits and debt. Breaking with a suggestion by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Hawley said that if cuts needed to be made, lawmakers should look at taking federal dollars from the Affordable […]