Medicare Cards are Changing

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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 […]

The “Medicare and You” 2018 Guide is Available

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The 2018 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period begins October 15 and ends December 7, 2017. During this period, I will be hosting a complimentary, no-obligation, Community Meetings to discuss Original Medicare, Medicare Supplement and Prescription Drug plans as well as Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) plans including the difference between HMO and PPO. The “Medicare & […]

Long term care

A Medicare pilot program raises questions about care…

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In this September 2017 Washington Post article (link below), the writer shares the story about a Medicare pilot program after his 90 year old mother fell, and the resulting hospital and rehabilitation facility experience. The writer legitimately questions whether the hospital and rehabilitation facility fast tracked his mother who, suffering from dementia, wasn’t progressing quickly […]

Annual Enrollment Period

What to know about the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)

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Mark your calendar. October 15th to December 7th is the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP.) During this time Medicare beneficiaries can change Medicare Advantage ( Part C) or Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) plans with ease. Plan or coverage changes go into effect January 1, 2018. If you are enrolled in a Medicare Plan C or Plan D […]

Medicare for All or State Control: Competing Senate Health Care Plans

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This New York Times article (here’s the link) suggests the competing US Senate health plans, Federal Medicare for All vs. Block Grants to States, are polar opposites. Years ago in Canada, these very opposites met in the middle. Canadian Tommy Douglas is considered by many the “Father of Medicare” for introducing the first provincial hospital insrance program […]

Questions to ask your doctor.

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My thoughts on some of the six excellent questions Elizabeth Rosenthal, author of “An American Sickness,” suggests you should ask at every doctor’s appointment to make sure your medical bills are what you expect. Question #1. How much will this cost?  Your provider’s office staff will know the fee a procedure, or series of procedures are billed […]