News & Announcements

CMS proposes to enhance the medical workforce in rural and underserved communities to support COVID-19 recovery and beyond

Posted:May 4, 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (CMS-1752-P) today for inpatient and long-term care hospitals that builds on the Biden Administration’s key priorities to close health care equity gaps and provide greater accessibility to care. Major provisions in the proposed rule would fund medical residency positions in hospitals in rural…

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We’ve Moved!

Posted:February 26, 2021

Labor First is excited to announce OUR NEW OFFICE MOVE!! Stay tuned for updates over the next few months and please notice our new address as well!!

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Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D Will Provide Better Coverage, More Access and Improved Transparency for Medicare Beneficiaries

Posted:February 8, 2021

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that further advances the agency’s efforts to strengthen and modernize the Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug programs. The changes finalized today are generally effective for the 2022 plan year and will potentially lower enrollee cost sharing on some of the…

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CMS Updates Medicare Payment Policies for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

Posted:August 5, 2020

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is finalizing a Medicare payment rule that further advances our efforts to strengthen the Medicare program by better aligning payments for inpatient rehabilitation facilities. Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities The final rule updates Medicare payment policies and rates for facilities under the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System…

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Coronavirus (COVID 19) Announcement

Posted:March 15, 2020

We would like all of our clients to know that there will be no disruption of services for you or your retired members. Labor First has contingency plans in place to allow for our team to work remotely, in a safe environment, and still deliver the same services & help you and your members have…

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Plan year 2020 and 2021 Medicare enrollment dates at a glance

Posted:January 24, 2020

A guide to the most important dates for enrolling in – or changing – Medicare coverage Medicare 2020 and 2021 enrollment dates: Key takeaways The plan-year 2020 Medicare open enrollment period has ended. The next open enrollment period will run from October 15, 2020 to December 7, 2020, for coverage effective in 2021. The annual five-star…

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2020 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles

Posted:November 19, 2019

On November 8, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. Medicare Part B Premiums/Deductibles Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and certain other medical and health…

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CMS Proposes to cover Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain for Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in approved studies

Posted:August 16, 2019

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to cover acupuncture for Medicare patients with chronic low back pain who are enrolled participants either in clinical trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or in CMS-approved studies.  Currently, acupuncture is non-covered by Medicare.  CMS conducted evidence reviews to inform today’s proposal, and…

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