Central Minnesota Senior Federation and
our allies have actively and aggressively pursued
solutions to the high and ever-growing cost of
prescription drugs in Minnesota. We will continue our
campaign until fair and adequate solutions have been
Minding the Store? The GMHCC report on
Medicaid misuse by HMO's in Minnesota. To view, download, or print,
use this link.
Senior Partners Care
a state-wide program run by our Central MN Senior
Federation and all of our partners together, to form a
state-wide coverage. Health care providers that
contract with our organizations will then waive whatever
part of the bill Medicare A or B does not pay.
Here is a
comparison of SPC and other Medicare programs.
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Do Your Part
You can protect
your identity and benefits
- Never give out your Social
Security, Medicare, health plan numbers, or banking information
to someone you don't know.
- Carefully review your Plan
Statement to ensure all the information is correct.
- Know that free services DO NOT
require you give your plan or Medicare number to anyone.
- Share this information with your
are you 55 to 64 and on ma or minn
Look at this link to a
YouTube clip about the claw back DHS is doing, calling it an
"Estate Lien", which means when you die your estate will pay DHS
back for any and all insurance premiums paid by them, plus an
interest. Some are up to $40,000.
The bill including a correction of this was Omnibus package
(HF2749) so contact your representative and senator and get them to
Healthcare at the
along the newer accompanying video titled Big Pharma: Market
Failure, are the products of Richard Masters, CEO of a $200M
company that makes table top and wall decor. Both videos may be
accessed through the above link.
From the website: The film (FIX IT) was two years in the
making, with more than forty voices advocating for reform,
including: activists, health policy experts, economists,
physicians, nurses, patients, business and labor leaders.
This documentary takes an in-depth
look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our
economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and
negatively impacting on the nation's health, while remaining
un-affordable for a third of our citizens.
From the website, about the second video:
Big Pharma: Market Failure is a documentary that makes an
effective business case for realizable change. It digs deep to
answer key questions. How much do pharma companies really spend on
research and development of truly innovative drugs? Do "free market"
principles impact on drug prices and help control cost? Do the
normal rules of business apply to the pharma industry? How do TV ads
impact consumers and doctors?
Big Pharma: Market Failure proposes a solution that makes
business sense for employers and health sense for employees. It is a
compelling drama that reveals the truth of pharma cost and what we
can do about it.
of Richard Masters explaining briefly (4:41 video) why the
current system with health insurance companies controlling health
care delivery is making our country go broke and why he supports
Medicare for All.
- We advocate on State and Federal issues and
promote your participation in the decision making process.
We have been advocates of Single Payer (Medicare for Everyone).
further information. We hope others will join us.
- Our mail order RX program can help
reduce the cost of your prescription medicines. Use this
GMHCC link to
find the drug program and the toll free number.
- Our monthly newsletter keeps you up to
date on news and issues important to seniors.
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HealthCare Coalition (GMHCC)***
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity
Itasca County Committee on Aging
MN Universal Healthcare
For any complaints with your Medicare coverage:
Hotline: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or
For Medicare Managed Care or Prescription Drugs:
Did you know that reducing Medicare fraud is one step
towards making sure your grandchildren will have Medicare when they
need it? You can do your part by being on the look out for
fraudulent schemes such as:
• People going door to door to sell
you healthcare items or services (only your doctor knows what you
• People calling you to ask for your Medicare or health
• People offering you money or other incentives for
health care services you don't need
A Minnesota Health Plan
Healing Health Care
The Case for a Commonsense Universal Health System
by Senator John Marty
In this new book (2016), Minnesota
Senator John Marty provides the most complete, well-researched,
thoroughly documented proposal for universal health care; a
blueprint not only for Minnesota but for people across the country
who are eager to create a health care system that works.
People who read this short book
cover-to-cover will come away with
a fundamentally different understanding of our health care crisis,
and a belief that we really can fix our health care system.
Go here to
read - download, or copies are available on Amazon.com for
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Mail to: CMSF, PO Box
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with David Feinwachs about Medicaid fraud in Minnesota 5-1-2013
Democracy Interview with David Feinwachs 7-12-2013
8 minute explanation of why health care costs are so high in the
US--use the Closed Caption button--he talks fast
about Medicaid controversy
Web link to Segal Report--can read online or download.
Suggested reading of first 25 or so pages.
Summary (2013) of reports from Segal Company, David Feinwachs,
GMHCC, and MN-DHS's response to the findings on managed care.
Caring for Mom & Dad
A video through PBS
If you are able to see this video, it shows the struggle that
family members go through to be a caregiver to a relative, in
this case a parent, and still be able to support themselves and
those they care for.
In the 54
minute video, you will hear of many problems with the
current situation, but also ways that communities large and
small have developed to lend help to the working caregiver. (You
have to be a member of PBS or a local station to view it.)