News & Announcements

Plan year 2020 and 2021 Medicare enrollment dates at a glance

Posted:January 24, 2020

A guide to the most important dates for enrolling in – or changing – Medicare coverage Medicare 2020 and 2021 enrollment dates: Key takeaways The plan-year 2020 Medicare open enrollment period has ended. The next open enrollment period will run from October 15, 2020 to December 7, 2020, for coverage effective in 2021. The annual five-star…

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2020 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles

Posted:November 19, 2019

On November 8, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. Medicare Part B Premiums/Deductibles Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and certain other medical and health…

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CMS Proposes to cover Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain for Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in approved studies

Posted:August 16, 2019

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to cover acupuncture for Medicare patients with chronic low back pain who are enrolled participants either in clinical trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or in CMS-approved studies.  Currently, acupuncture is non-covered by Medicare.  CMS conducted evidence reviews to inform today’s proposal, and…

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CMS Expands Coverage of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)

Posted:July 25, 2019

CMS Expands Coverage of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) Decision increases access by extending Medicare coverage to additional diagnostic applications   Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its national coverage policy for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM).  ABPM is a non-invasive diagnostic test that uses a device to track blood pressure over…

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Prescription Drug Rebate Rule Withdrawn

Posted:July 11, 2019

  HHS Secretary Alex Azar warned in April that any policy that fails to address drug rebates “will simply not get list prices down.” | Alex Wong/Getty Images White House kills drug rebate rule The Trump administration has withdrawn its sweeping proposal to eliminate rebates from government drug plans, a White House spokesperson confirmed to…

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Medicare Launches App to Help Beneficiaries Find Out What’s Covered

Posted:June 6, 2019

At the doctor’s office and want to know if a procedure is covered by Medicare? There is an app for that. Medicare has launched a free app that gives beneficiaries a quick way to see whether the program covers a specific medical item or service. The “What’s Covered” app allows you to search or browse…

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CMS Opioids Roadmap

Posted:May 15, 2019

Although some progress has been made in efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate the crisis is not slowing down. However, it is important for our beneficiaries across the country to know that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is exploring all…

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New Medicare Card

Posted:February 18, 2019

Social Security Numbers have been removed from Medicare cards to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and keep taxpayer dollars safe.

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Toys for Tots 2018

Posted:December 13, 2018

Once again, Labor First participated in the Marine  Toys for Tots Foundation toy collection. The mission of this foundation is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute them.

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2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Posted:November 11, 2018

The Alzheimer’s Walk is the largest event in the world that raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Over 600 communities all over the world participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s every year. The Labor First team was no exception. Braving the wind and cold weather, showed up to support the…

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