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

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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 […]

Fidelis is terminating some Medicare Advantage Plans in NY

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Fidelis Legacy Plan has informed thousands of Eastern New York State Medicare beneficiaries that their Medicare Advantage Flex HMO plan won’t be offered in 2019. Click Here for Copy of Notice in PDF Format. So what happens next?   Individuals who don’t take action before December 31, 2018 will lose their prescription drug coverage and […]

Medicare’s Observation Status Makes Inpatients Into Outpatients (via NPR)

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Beware of the “Admitted for Observation” Billing Code A daughter’s story: “An ER doctor examined her, saw that she couldn’t move her leg, couldn’t really even hold her body upright and had trouble with her memory. He said he would admit her to the hospital’s observation unit to figure out what was going on. He […]

Q&A: Help, I Missed the Medicare AEP Deadline!

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This year’s Medicare October 15 through December 7 AEP (Annual Enrollment Period) was a busy time for me and I’m grateful for the scores of individuals and couples who permitted me to help with their 2018 Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage or Part D Prescription drug plan selection. Still, as I am fielding calls for help […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 & […]