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The Chief Actuary of CMS is responsible for providing accounting information and cost-projections to the Medicare Board of Trustees in order to assist them in assessing the financial health of the program. The Board is required by law to issue annual reports on the financial status of the Medicare Trust Funds, and those reports are required to contain a statement of actuarial opinion by the Chief Actuary. 3 4 Since the beginning of the Medicare program, CMS has contracted with private companies to operate as intermediaries between the government and medical providers. 5 These contractors are commonly already in the insurance or ...
It is important to understand whether we are there already or nearing the age of 65 years. Just because you become eligible for Medicare, it doesn’t mean your worries about health care bill will be over. Let’s first look at traditional Medicare. Part A (hospital insurance): It costs nothing to enroll and you don’t pay monthly premiums (with a few exceptions to eligibility), but there is no annual cap on out-of-pocket expenses. The more services you use, the higher your expenses in the form of co-payments for outpatient care (usually 20 percent of the cost) and inpatient care. ... Read More
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