Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Clock is Ticking on the Debt Ceiling

It is time to get serious in Washington. Many people throughout the United States are waiting for a deal or compromise to be reached on the debt ceiling. The most sensitive population among those is the elderly that Medicare services. It is unfair for elected officials to rely on their votes to be placed into office, and then fail them when the going gets tough, so to speak. Everyone needs to adjust their thinking and keep in mind that people's parents or grandparents are sitting at home watching this calamity unfold in the media.

Many seniors have voiced a fear of losing their Social Security - which is their only source of income in many cases - as well as their Medicare benefits. As we know, a means test has been proportioned into Medicare via the Affordable Care Act. This test increases the premiums of the well off in Medicare. Invoking any additional increase to this means test at this point is uncalled for.

The Washington crowd needs to be open minded, roll up their sleeves, and serve up a solution that will work for all, and especially for our senior citizens who are fearful of losing at every turn.


Pam Argeris is a thought leader in the Healthcare Industry and possesses extensive, hands-on experience with CMS compliance, and multiple regulatory bodies such as NCQA, JACHO, and DOI. In her role at Merrill Corp., Pam focuses on developing solutions for compliance and quality assurance, delivered in a cost effective manner to improve beneficiary and prospect communications. You can contact Pam at

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