Medicare

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 […]

Medicare

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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Long term care insurance

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 […]

Medicare A & B

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 […]

Part D Precription Drug

Is the new Novo Nordisk “improved” insulin worth a 60-70% price hike? The market says ‘no.’

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My clients regularly ask why brand name medications are so expensive. This great article by WSJ reporter Denise Roland helps explain the game. “In traditional marketing, a product line extension is the use of an established brand name for a new item with new flavors, forms, colors, added ingredients, package sizes.” Novo Nordisk repackaged its […]