Moeller: Two seismic shifts in Medicare, and what they mean for you

Did you feel the ground shift beneath your feet last week? Let me rephrase that to include West Coast readers: Did you feel the ground shift a lot beneath your feet last week? Well, it did, at least in terms of Medicare benefits and how the agency goes about its core job of paying health care providers for the care they provide to Medicare beneficiaries.

These were really important changes, and while the Maven does admit a tendency to go overboard about tremors and such, you need to know this stuff.

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Philip Moeller

Journalist Philip Moeller, who writes widely on health and retirement, is here to provide the Medicare answers you need in “Ask Phil, the Medicare Maven.” Send your questions to Phil.

Moeller is a research fellow at the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College and co-author of “How to Live to 100.” He wrote his latest book, “How to Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security,” with Making Sen$e’s Paul Solman and Larry Kotlikoff. He is now working on a companion book about Medicare. Follow him on Twitter @PhilMoeller or e-mail him at

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