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“‘Super-utilizer’ Medicare, Medicaid patients weigh heavily on hospitals”

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This February 19, 2015 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about a part of Medicare and Medicaid patients referred to as “Super-users” because they typically are admitted to the hospital 5 or more times per year with one of the most common reasons being mental health issues.

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“Gov’t to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals”

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This January 26, 2015 Herald-Standard article offers some brief and relatively vague information about changes that Obama has proposed to make to the Medicare Program which provides health care

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coverage to Seniors and people with disabilities.

I found a Fact Sheet on the CMS website that offers more information about the changes being made to Medicare

“A Letter to Rand Paul re: Disability Benefits for Mental Illness”

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This January 19, 2014 open letter found on the Healthy Place website talks about the struggles faced by people who are disabled by a mental illness.  I tip my hat to the author of it …. I live what you described though with a handful of different dx which includes anxiety disorder among others.

“Mental Health Advocates Decry Forced Treatment Provision in “Doc Fix” Bill”

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This March 28, 2014 Digital Journal article talks about the Medicare Reform bill now in the senate pointing out that it includes provisions for the forced or coerced treatment of people with mental illnesses.

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“Medicare backtracks on planned limit to prescription drugs for seniors”

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This March 11, 2014 article on the GantDaily.com website talks about a decision by Medicare to continue covering medications and not going with their plan to decrease the number of covered medications.

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“3 proposed changes to Medicare Part D you should know”

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This March 3, 2014 ydr.com article from York, PA talks about changes in Medicare Part D that people on Medicare should keep an eye on and be aware of.

 

 

 

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“Proposed Medicare drug change stirs access worries”

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This January 11, 2014 article on the Centre Daily Times website talks about changes to Medicare Part D the will have an impact on people being treated for mental illness.

 

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