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May 1, 2013

Mapping MIPPA successes

MIPPA mapIn three years, Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) grantees helped hundreds of thousands of low-income seniors to access benefits that make Medicare affordable. Now we’ve mapped some of their successes—including personal stories and fact sheets outlining each state’s achievements. Our accompanying report highlights some of the lessons learned over the past three years, as well as the achievements and challenges that remain in improving benefits access for vulnerable people with Medicare.
View the MIPPA map | Download the report

Webinar: Using social media to advance your mission and program reach

This month, we’re teaming up with NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging to sponsor a webinar on using social media. Join us on May 29 as we look at Facebook, Twitter, and other tools that can help you communicate with consumers, share ideas with professionals in your network, and more.
Register for the webinar

Get data about today’s older adults

healthy seniorsOne in eight Americans is over age 65. Over 3.6 million seniors lived in poverty in 2011. That same year, almost 50% of older householders spent more than a quarter of their income on housing costs. These are just a few of the facts included in the data set Profile of Older Americans 2012, now available online from the U.S. Administration on Aging.
Find the key statistics

CMS suspends enrollment and marketing for SmartD Rx plans

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has imposed intermediate sanctions on the SmartD Rx drug plan contract S0064. These sanctions will consist of suspension of enrollment and all marketing activities to Medicare beneficiaries.
Read the sanction notice

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Find out the latest on Medicare spending cuts

money cutLike most other federal programs, Medicare is subject to across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequestration. CMS recently issued notices advising providers and plans just how these April 1 spending cuts will affect Medicare payments. Will your clients face more out-of-pocket costs? Find out the impact of these payment reductions and what beneficiaries can do to avoid paying more in our newest publication.
Read Medicare and Sequestration


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