A conversation: Medicare and Colonoscopy Alternatives

A conversation: Medicare and Colonoscopy Alternatives

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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 […]

Medicare Portability or, Am I Covered When I’m Away From Home?

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With a middle schooler at home, retirement remains a few years away for me.  Still, I am looking forward to when the schedule may be a little less hectic and there’s more free time to travel and explore. (And with cell coverage and internet access I will still be serving clients like you, perhaps with […]

Medicare Supplement Plan

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

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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 […]

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 Extra Help: “The savings are a godsend…”

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]