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Medicare Part C Medicare Advantage Part D Prescription Drug Uncategorized

Q&A: Help, I Missed the Medicare AEP Deadline!

This year’s Medicare October 15 through December 7 AEP (Annual Enrollment Period) was a busy time for me and I’m grateful for the scores of individuals and couples who permitted me to help with their 2018 Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage or Part D Prescription drug plan selection. Still, as I am fielding calls for help […]

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Part D Prescription Drug Uncategorized

Part D Late Enrollment Penalty

Q: “Dan, I just received a letter stating I will have to pay a Part D late enrollment penalty next year for not having a drug plan during the months of February through December, 2017. What’s this all about?” A: “Sam, after you turned 65 in October 2016 you had individual coverage with prescription drug […]

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Medicare A & B

Medicare 2018: Part A and Part B Changes

On November 17, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. [Link to press release.] Medicare Part B Premiums The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $134 for 2018, the same amount as […]

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Part C Medicare Advantage

Aetna and Albany Medical Center announce new Medicare agreement

Albany Medical Center and Physicians Aetna and Albany Medical Center announced that the two organizations have signed a new contract that results in an expansion of Aetna’s current Medicare Advantage network to include Albany Medical Center and its employed physicians.   Aetna Medicare Advantage Plans Aetna offers HMO and Local PPO Medicare Advantage products throughout […]

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Case Studies Part D Prescription Drug

“Having this EPIC plan was a miracle; an absolute miracle.”

Only a fraction of the nearly 3 million New York State residents aged 65 and older are enrolled in the state’s pharmaceutical assistance program known as New York EPIC. When I meet with New York Medicare Part D clients, I ask if their individual income is below the $75,000 threshold, $100,000 if married. If so, […]

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Case Studies Part D Prescription Drug

“You Made it Easy.”

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, which runs from October 15 through December 7, is upon us. So Sybil, from New York’s Capital Region area, asked me to review whether her Medicare Part D prescription drug plan was the best fit for her three generic and one brand name medications.  After doing some research, I met […]

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Interviews Medicare Patient Health

A conversation: Medicare and Colonoscopy Alternatives

A few months ago Argie, my Medicare client, called asking whether her Medicare Advantage plan with $0 copay for preventative screening included a recent alternative to a colonoscopy. I hadn’t heard of this procedure and don’t like to guess so we both did some research. We learned, yes, since Medicare recognized this new screening as […]

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Case Studies Medicare supplement

A conversation: Focus the fight against cancer instead of the HMO

In this nearly 16 minute conversation Greensboro North Carolina residents, Bob and Signe Foxworth, talk about their frustration and anxiety of trying, unsuccesfully, to obtain HMO approval for Bob’s preferred out of network prostate cancer treatment. Listen as Bob and Signe explain how peace of mind came when Dan counseled them to revert to Original […]

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Medicare Medicare A & B Medicare supplement Uncategorized

Medicare Cards are Changing

Medicare is removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards Congress in 2015 passed a law requiring Medicare to stop using Social Security numbers and come up with a way to protect seniors from identity theft. The new Medicare numbers will be a randomly generated sequence of 11 numbers and letters. Beginning April 2018, Medicare will […]

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Case Studies Part D Prescription Drug

Medicare Extra Help: “The savings are a godsend…”

Medicare Extra Help I was delighted to assist this New York based beneficiary who is on a limited income and was not aware of the Medicare Extra Help Savings Program available through a New York State program for Medicare Part B premium or that Social Security offers “Extra Help” with Part D premium and prescription […]