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Part D Prescription Drug

Does Medicare Pay for The Shingles Vaccine?

Unlike some common vaccines, like those for the flu, hepatitis B and pneumonia, shingles shots are not covered under Original Medicare Parts A or B. Medicare coverage for the two commercially available shingles vaccines, Shingrix and Zostavax, is provided only if you are enrolled in a stand-alone Part D drug plan or a Medicare Advantage […]

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Medicare

Get Questions Answered at “Medicare 101” Webinar

Are you going to be eligible for Medicare in the near future? Have you been enrolled in Medicare for awhile and want to better understand what it offers? Do you have a family member you help with Medicare issues? If you answered yes, then “Medicare 101” is for you. This no sales-pitch educational webinar, led […]

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Case Studies Part D Prescription Drug

New York State EPIC and Mary – a case study

“… a huge thanks for cluing us in to the EPIC ..program.” “…we now estimate yearly savings to be $7,000+/-”  “…we’d never heard of this program until one of your newsletter emails..” When Mary became eligible for Medicare I helped her enroll in the Medicare Supplement Plan G she selected as secondary to Original Medicare. […]

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Case Studies Part C Medicare Advantage Part D Prescription Drug

“Thank you for helping me change my insurance!”

This month I received this wonderful thank you note from Nancy. She had recently relocated and needed to find new doctors along with a Medicare Advantage plan covering those doctors and her medications. Nancy was concerned that she would have to remain on her current plan and wait until the Annual Open Enrollment Period in […]

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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

Medicare and Veterans

This spring I received calls for help from several veterans who were paying a monthly premium to be enrolled in a MAPD, a Medicare Advantage with Prescription Drug Plan. These veterans are not eligible for CHAMP or TRICARE, are enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and pay the Part B premium. Since these veterans […]

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Medicare A & B Medicare supplement Part D Prescription Drug

What is the “Medicare Savings Program?”

Individuals enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B may apply for the Medicare Savings Program. If eligible you will receive help paying the Medicare Part B premium, currently $135.50. In some instances, (QMB) the program will pay your Part A and Part B deductible and co-insurance amounts. (And possibly a percentage of your Part C […]

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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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Part D Prescription Drug

The $9 billion in Extra Cash From Medicare

On January 4, 2019 the Wall Street Journal published a powerful article written by Joseph Walker and Christopher Weaver describing how Medicare Part D insurers kept $9.1 billion more in taxpayer funds than they would have had their estimates been accurate from 2006 to 2015. In the WSJ  article, the writers do a deep dive […]

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Part D Prescription Drug

Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Deductible – How Does It Work?

A client called this morning and asked this question: “Dan, I went to refill my prescription and was quoted almost double what I paid in 2018.“ Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plans reset each year on January 1. What that means is the prescription drug benefit levels start over at what is called the Deductible […]