Medicare Update

Thousands of FEHBP members are Medicare eligible. OPM offers a useful website that discusses the relations between the two programs.  This post builds on that information.

The open season for enrollment in Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription drug plans (“PDP”) begins on October 15. Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the Star ratings for those plans “which comes on the heels of the recent release of [2019 Medicare Advantage and PDP] benefit and premium information.”

The Chicago Tribune today projects Medicare Part B premiums for 2018. The article advises that the government will announce Part B premiums and other traditional Medicare cost sharing amounts for 2018 in the next four to six weeks.

U.S. News and World Report ranks the best States in the U.S. for aging. The FEHBlog’s state, Maryland, is 28.