30 Second Insurance Tips©

Tip 217- The Medicare “Doc Fix”

A few months ago, a client told me he had attempted to get an appointment at a well-known out of state health center. He was not sick but wanted to get a complete physical and become an established patient.

Because he was enrolled in Medicare, he was told the primary care internal medicine physicians were not accepting new patients. Ouch!

This comes to mind in the wake of the news last month of long overdue legislation to dramatically change the way Medicare pays providers. The so-called “Doc Fix” Bill was signed into law by President Obama on April 16th.

If you are over age 65, or have parents or friends enrolled in Medicare, you need to spend more than 30 Seconds learning about the changes that are coming as a result of this legislation. I recommend The Kaiser Family Foundation Health News for a concise explanation, which includes FAQs. I’ll make it easy for you to find; just click here.

This week’s full page ads in the paper thanking Congress suggest docs should be more willing to take new Medicare eligible patients.

We’ll be watching.

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