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Part C Medicare Advantage

Ellis joins Aetna Medicare Advantage Network

  On February 1, 2020, Medicare beneficiaries in New York’s Central and Capital Regions will have even more providers to choose from when they select a 2020 Aetna Medicare Advantage plan. On that day, Ellis Medicine and its affiliated physicians will be part of Aetna’s Medicare Advantage preferred provider network – including the following facilities: Bellevue Women’s […]

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Medicare Part C Medicare Advantage

Help, I Missed the Medicare Deadline!

October 15 through December 7 (Annual Enrollment Period) is when individuals enrolled in Medicare may change their Medicare Advantage or Part D Prescription drug plan selection. This is a good time to share some of the questions I have been receiving in case you, a neighbor or family member missed that deadline: Q: I missed […]

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Part C Medicare Advantage

Bassett Healthcare joins Aetna Medicare Advantage Network

On January 1, 2020, Medicare beneficiaries in New York’s Central, Upstate and Capital Regions will have even more providers to choose from when they select a 2020 Aetna Medicare Advantage plan. On that day, Bassett Healthcare Network and its more than 400 affiliated physicians and other advanced practice clinicians will be part of Aetna’s Medicare Advantage preferred […]

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Part D Prescription Drug

Eli Lilly Will Sell Half-Price Version of Humalog Insulin

This is a step in the right direction. Drug manufacturer Eli Lilly is introducing Insulin Lispro, a generic version of Humalog – an insulin to treat Type 2 diabetes. However don’t expect for this to appear on your health insurance generic drug formulary anytime soon. “…those with drug coverage will either experience no change or […]

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Case Studies Part D Prescription Drug

A Medicare Advantage case study.

If you, a loved one, friend or neighbor has experienced “sticker shock” with your Medicare Part D prescription drug co-payment, the following case study may interest you. Earlier this week, I received this message from an Albany New York County couple: “We were talking with our neighbor Kathy about the sudden and unaffordable cost of […]

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Medicare A & B Medicare supplement

Medicare 2019 Part A and Part B: Premium and Deductible Changes

On October 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. Medicare Part A Deductible Medicare Part A covers covers inpatient hospital, skilled nursing facility, and some home health care services. The annual inpatient hospital deductible that […]

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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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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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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 […]