The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rates the relative quality of the private plans that are offered to Medicare beneficiaries through the Medicare Advantage program. CMS rates Medicare Advantage plans on a one to five-star scale, the highest quality being five stars. This star rating provides an overall measure of the plan’s quality and is an indication of the quality of care, access to care, responsiveness, and beneficiary satisfaction provided by the Medicare Advantage plan. This means that the higher the star rating a plan receives, the more likely you are to receive the care you need, when and where you need it - and most of all, you are more likely to be satisfied with your plan.
“Lucy” is a completely inconsequential movie. You watch it, shrug your shoulders with a “meh,” walk away, and forget about it the next day. That’d be all well and good if “Lucy” was simply aspiring to be another run-of-the-mill blockbuster. The film actually seems to have greater ambitions, though, trying hard to tackle a number of complex ideas and theories. On one hand, the film’s ambition at least makes it more admirable than mindless entertainment. On the other hand, the fact that the film can’t deliver on its ambition ultimately makes it more disappointing.
I'm a sucker for a film that shoots for infinity but barely scrapes into the atmosphere. I appreciate the effort and the willingness to do something a little different in order to bring a modicum of ingenuity and interest into a medium that thrives and lives on repetitiveness and creature comfort.
Gilbert Softball Little League's 10-11 all-stars team was one of two from the league to take home a state championship this year. It was the second title in a row for the 10-11 squad. [Photo courtesy Brian Schmidt]
If you have Medicare coverage, you are probably familiar with a time of year known as the Annual Enrollment Period. This is a timeframe, typically from mid-October to early December, when people who are eligible for Medicare can enroll in, disenroll from or change their Medicare Advantage plan for the upcoming year.
If there’s one movie that every new adult should see this year, it’s “Boyhood.” While we’ve gotten a lot of great coming-of-age stories in the past couple years like “The Spectacular Now” and “The Way Way Back,” Richard Linklater’s extraordinary film takes the genre to unfeasible new levels.
Former Arizona State star Will Sutton, now a rookie with the Chicago Bears, returns to the Valley on Saturday to meet fans and sign autographs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at a sports card show at North Phoenix Baptist Church, located at 5757 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.
Ahwatukee's Brennan Pongratz (4) safely slides into home past Chandler's Luke Thiele (24) during the AZ District 13 10&11s All-Stars championship game between Ahwatukee and Chandler National North at Tempe Sports Complex on Thursday, July 10, 2014.
Ahwatukee's Daniel Rusanowski (12) hits a home run during the AZ District 13 Majors All-Stars championship game between Ahwatukee and Chandler National South at Tempe Sports Complex on Thursday, July 10, 2014.
Ahwatukee's first baseman Nathan Ward (15) looks at the ball stuck in his mitt after getting an out during the AZ District 13 Majors All-Stars championship game between Ahwatukee and Chandler National South at Tempe Sports Complex on Thursday, July 10, 2014.
Ahwatukee's Daniel Rusanowski (12) slides safely into 3rd past Chandler's Ryan Lucero (21) during the AZ District 13 Majors All-Stars championship game between Ahwatukee and Chandler National South at Tempe Sports Complex on Thursday, July 10, 2014.
The Ahwatukee Foothills News hosts a forum with the 9th Congressional District US House of Representatives candidate Andrew Walter.For more from this forum, see our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8ZTVzyUoWKlnx1J8_dcjjX94IwjMgeS5[Video: Vincent Cota/Ahwatukee Foothills News]