Medicare insurers are starting to offer big Apple Watch discounts & 14 more stories

Medicare insurers are starting to offer big Apple Watch discounts, by Jay Peters, published 2019-10-08T18:56:41Z

Top Story: In a major step in Apple’s push to market its Apple Watch as a health and fitness device, a private Medicare insurer is now subsidizing the cost of the Watch for its members, as first reported by CNBC.

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In a major step in Apples push to market its Apple Watch as a health and fitness device, a private Medicare insurer is now subsidizing the cost of the Watch for its members, as first … [+1789 chars] [read the full story]

This Is the Strongest Argument Against Medicare for All

Peter Suderman, 2019-10-09T17:41:26Z

Overview: A deep-blue state’s failure to enact a single-payer system shows why a national version is unlikely to succeed.

Yet by 2014, Mr. Shumlins own estimates found that employers would have to pay taxes equal to about 11.5 percent of payroll, while families would have to pay as much as 9.5 percent of their annual income to make the financing work. The plan would have nearly … [+1945 chars] [read the full story]

Apple Watch scores its first Medicare Advantage coverage agreement

feedback@businessinsider.com (Zachary Hendrickson), Zachary Hendrickson, 2019-10-09T13:56:00Z

Overview: This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Health Pro subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they’re published on Business Insider, click here. Massachusetts-based insurtech …

Massachusetts-based insurtech Devoted Health will offer its Medicare Advantage (MA) members a $150 reimbursementtoward the purchase of an Apple Watch. Apple has reportedly been in conversations with payers like Devoted about bringing its watch to senior membe… [+3950 chars] [read the full story]

Phone Scammers And ‘Teledoctors’ Charged With Preying On Seniors In Fraud Case

Victoria Knight, 2019-10-07T09:01:21Z

Overview: Officials warn that schemes devised to steal from Medicare have embraced telemedicine. One man was prescribed $4,000 of medical equipment he didn’t need and never asked for.

While prescriptions for durable medical equipment, such as orthotic braces or wheelchairs, have long been a staple of Medicare fraud schemes, some alleged scammers are now using telemedicine and unscrupulous health providers to prescribe unneeded equipment to… [+8210 chars] [read the full story]

AOC fights back after being accused of… paying for a reasonably priced haircut

Morgan Sung, 2019-10-10T19:24:03Z

Overview: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now being accused of spending an average amount of money on her hair. The Washington Times, a conservative daily paper, exposed Ocasio-Cortez’s reasonably priced hair maintenance on Wednesday night. According to “sources famil…

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now being accused of spending an average amount of money on her hair. 
The Washington Times, a conservative daily paper, exposed Ocasio-Cortez’s reasonably priced hair maintenance on Wednesday night. According to “sources fam… [+3159 chars] [read the full story]

Andreessen Horowitz hires Julie Yoo as general partner

Kate Clark, 2019-10-09T17:31:59Z

Overview: Julie Yoo will make investments out of the firm’s bio fund.

Julie Yoo has joined Andreessen Horowitz as its newest general partner. She will make investments out of the venture capital firm’s bio fund, which closed on $450 million in 2017.
Yoo spent the last eight years as a co-founder and chief product officer of Ky… [+2057 chars] [read the full story]

UnitedHealthcare is adding to its list of digital benefits

zlarock@businessinsider.com (Zoë LaRock), Zoë LaRock, 2019-10-10T14:15:00Z

Overview: This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Health Pro subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they’re published on Business Insider, click here. Private insurers touting Medic…

Private insurers touting Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are gearing up for the 2020 Medicare enrollment period, and UnitedHealthcare is kicking digital offerings for its MA members up a notch, according to FierceHealthcare.
Business Insider Intelligence
As… [+1759 chars] [read the full story]

How Can Democrats Keep Themselves From Overreaching?

Thomas B. Edsall, 2019-10-09T10:00:08Z

Overview: And is that even the right goal for 2020?

Democrats, in Begalas view,
should do all they can to reduce their losses among high-school educated, rural and exurban voters, but with Dems solidifying their hold on the rising American electorate (people of color, younger voters and unmarried women), addi… [+5985 chars] [read the full story]

Sanders Says He Will ‘Change the Nature’ of His Campaign After Heart Attack

Sydney Ember, 2019-10-08T23:49:13Z

Overview: The Vermont senator vowed to slow his grueling campaign pace. He also acknowledged that voters would take his health into account when deciding whether to support him.

In recent weeks, the race has become more of a two-person contest between Senator Elizabeth Warren, a fellow liberal who shares many of the same goals as Mr. Sanders, and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., whose policy positions are generally more mod… [+1651 chars] [read the full story]

Apple reaches first deal to subsidize Apple Watch costs through private Medicare plans

Chance Miller, 2019-10-07T21:40:52Z

Overview: We’ve seen Apple Watch catch on with a handful of insurance providers so far. Now, CNBC reports that Devoted Health has become the first health insurer with private Medicare plans to offer a discounted Apple Watch as a benefit. more… The post Apple reaches fi…

Weve seen Apple Watch catch on with a handful of insurance providers so far. Now, CNBC reports that Devoted Health has become the first health insurer with private Medicare plans to offer a discounted Apple Watch as a benefit.
Devoted Health is a start-up he… [+1719 chars] [read the full story]

Apple Watch subsidized for those on Devoted Health Medicare Plan

AppleInsider, 2019-10-07T22:24:02Z

Overview: Devoted Health, a Florida-based plan for senior citizens, is the first private Medicare plan to cover the Apple Watch as a benefit.

Devoted Health, a Florida-based plan for senior citizens, is the first private Medicare plan to cover the Apple Watch as a benefit.Devoted Health, founded by Todd and Ed Park, specializes in private Medicare Advantage Plans for targets senior citizens. The co… [+1126 chars] [read the full story]

Trump signed an executive order about how much he hates Medicare-for-all

Tara Golshan, 2019-10-07T23:10:00Z

Overview: The executive order promotes private insurance’s role in Medicare.

President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, for his annual visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, on October 4, 2019 | ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images The executive order promotes … [+6523 chars] [read the full story]

What Benefits Does Medicare Advantage Offer Over Original Medicare?

newsfeedback@fool.com (Maurie Backman), 2019-10-08T10:36:00Z

Overview: You’ve no doubt heard of Medicare Advantage — but does it pay to sign up for it?

Healthcare is always a hot topic, both for investors and for those who need health coverage. With Medicare’s open enrollment period quickly approaching, millions of seniors will soon find it’s time to elect their coverage for the upcoming year. If you’re used… [+3661 chars] [read the full story]

Devoted Health Becomes First Private Medicare Provider to Offer Apple Watch Benefit to Members

Juli Clover, 2019-10-07T23:16:35Z

Overview: Devoted Health, a private medicare provider that offers Medicare Advantage plans in Florida, now provides the Apple Watch as a benefit to its members, reports CNBC. Devoted Health says it is the first private Medicare provider to offer the Apple Watch …

Devoted Health, a private medicare provider that offers Medicare Advantage plans in Florida, now provides the Apple Watch as a benefit to its members, reports CNBC.
Devoted Health says it is the first private Medicare provider to offer the Apple Watch as a f… [+1375 chars] [read the full story]