Philip's Recent Stories
Economy Aug 05Which Medigap plan should you get?
What are the differences between the plans? Our Medicare expert explains.
Economy Jul 29What the annual Medicare and Social Security reports miss
Trustees of the Medicare and Social Security programs released their annual reports last week. What wasn't included? How to put these critical senior support programs on sustainable trajectories.
Economy Jul 22Medicare coverage for aging parents’ care is not nearly enough
Medicare does cover skilled nursing care, which can be delivered in a home setting. But its coverage was never designed to be a long-term solution.
Economy Jul 15Two seismic shifts in Medicare, and what they mean for you
Beginning in 2016, doctors will get paid by Medicare for having voluntary consultations with patients and their families about end-of-life medical planning and needs. Medicare will also set standard fees for all hip and knee replacements. Phil Moeller explains what…
Nation Jul 08This week’s trifecta of unpleasant Medicare surprises
Ready for the unpleasant news? Medicare does not cover long-term care. It does not set which drugs are covered. And lastly, Medicare is not voluntary, but mandatory. Phil Moeller explains how to address such unwelcome surprises.
Economy Jul 01Medicare woes: Why the meds your doctor prescribes are outrageously expensive
If there's one area of Medicare that needs fixing it's how doctors prescribe medications and the Medicare rules under which we pay for them. While your doctor should know better than to prescribe you a drug that costs an arm…
Nation Jun 24What happens to your Medicare when you marry?
You may not even need Medicare right now, and contrary to folklore, it is perfectly legal to leave the program if you become newly entitled to employer group health insurance.
Nation Jun 17Don’t overlook the benefits of ‘free’ Part A Medicare coverage
Part A Medicare gets less attention, but it plays an important role in hospital, nursing and home health care.
Nation Jun 10Why Wall Street loves Medicare Advantage (and why this should bother you)
A top issuer of Medicare Advantage plans has put itself in play for an acquisition, triggering largely bullish Wall Street reports about the investment appeal of this sector.
Nation Jun 03Should I be paying for this? And more of your Medicare questions
You can't sleep. Your doctor prescribes you a durable medical device to help—one that Medicare usually covers. But what do you do when the bill falls on you?…