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Dear Rajiv, I currently have a Regence MedAdvantage policy that I began when I turned 65. My Medicare card shows a start date of 1-1-2013; thus I am outside of the one year period for new enrollees that would allow me to just switch to any plan I chose. I am currently considering changing my…

Nursing home chain agrees to pay $38 million to settle government claims of deficient care

The nursing home chain, Extendicare, which owns 150 nursing homes in 11 states including 15 facilities in Washington, has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve federal claims that it inappropriately billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care and unnecessary therapy. A federal investigation found that the company failed to provide appropriate care, follow safety…