Tag Archives: Medicare

CMS Prohibits Cigna Unable to Sign New 2017 Medicare Beneficiaries

Cigna is not able to sign up new Medicare members for the 2017 enrollment period due to ‘widespread and systemic failures‘ in how Cigna administers coverage and benefits.  While other insurers have also faced similar allegations, Cigna is an outlier in that they have yet to remedy the deficiencies.

Will this have any impact on Anthem’s acquisition plans for Cigna?

Read more here.

Trivia Topic: How Well Do You Know Medicare and Medicaid?

This is surely to never be a topic on a Trivial Pursuit card (how fun would that be????).  Many of us who have been in healthcare for a while know some basic tenants of Medicare and Medicaid but how well do we really know them?  Here are some fascinating tidbits:

  1. Former President Truman was the first Medicare enrollee;
  2. Medicare was instrumental in desegregating hospitals across the country;
  3. Medicare coverage was greatly expanded during President Nixon’s term;
  4. President Clinton’s term in office saw the creation of CHIP (Child Health Insurance Program) where Medicaid covered low-income children;
  5. In 2001 under President George W. Bush’s term, HCFA (Health Care Financing Administration) that regulates Medicare and Medicaid was renamed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid or CMS.
  6. There are 4 parts to Medicare currently.  Parts A and B are considered ‘original’ Medicare and administered by the federal government and Parts C and D are run by private industry.
  7. Medicaid is the largest coverage source for Americans with over 64 million lives covered.  A little under half are children under the age of 18.