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How Does the Government Shutdown Affect Medicare? (Kiplinger)Will the government shutdown affect Medicare? How about Veteran’s healthcare? The answer (fortunately) is no. Both are funded through 2019.

Apple is in talks with private Medicare plans about bringing its watch to at-risk seniors(CNBC.com) As if healthcare wasn’t expensive enough, now Apple is trying to convince private Medicare Advantage plans to buy Apple Watches for seniors. The race for wearable healthcare technology heats up!

Medicare Advantage Industry Sees Slower Growth in 2019  (Modern Healthcare) The numbers are in, and Aetna/CVS Health are the big winners from the AEP, up 23% from this point last year. Humana Medicare Advantage enrollment grew by double digits as well, with United Healthcare coming in at 3rd place. However, industry analysis see slower growth through 2019.

Senator Presses UPMC, Highmark CEOs to Answer Questions Over Coverage Change (Becker’s Hospital Review) The years-long fight between UPMC and Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield in the Pittsburg, PA area continues. Now the politicians are involved.

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Author Bio: Ben started Prepare for Medicare in 2014 to help people help people get objective answers to questions about Medicare. He’s held leadership roles at numerous Fortune 500 Medicare health insurers in product development, sales, marketing and strategy for over 20 years.