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 […]

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 […]

Aetna and Albany Medical Center announce new Medicare agreement

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Albany Medical Center and Physicians Aetna and Albany Medical Center announced that the two organizations have signed a new contract that results in an expansion of Aetna’s current Medicare Advantage network to include Albany Medical Center and its employed physicians.   Aetna Medicare Advantage Plans Aetna offers HMO and Local PPO Medicare Advantage products throughout […]

A conversation: “Having this EPIC plan was a miracle; an absolute miracle.”

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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, […]

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 […]