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Medicare Part C Medicare Advantage Part D Prescription Drug Uncategorized

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

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 […]

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Medicare A & B

Medicare 2018: Part A and Part B Changes

On November 17, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. [Link to press release.] Medicare Part B Premiums The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $134 for 2018, the same amount as […]

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Medicare

Medicare Telephone Scam (please share)

Criminals try to scam seniors year-round however the Annual Enrollment Period (October 15 – December) is a prime time for scammers to impersonate a government agency, as older Americans are more likely to be dealing with Medicare related issues. The latest scam focuses on the new Medicare ID card being sent to all Medicare recipients […]

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Part C Medicare Advantage

Aetna and Albany Medical Center announce new Medicare agreement

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 […]

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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 […]

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Case Studies Medicare supplement Part C Medicare Advantage

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

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 […]

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Case Studies Medicare supplement

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

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 […]

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Medicare A & B Part D Prescription Drug

What to know about the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)

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. If you are enrolled in a Medicare Plan C or Plan D it […]

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Medicare A & B Patient Health

Medicare for All or State Control: Competing Senate Health Care Plans

This New York Times article (here’s the link) suggests the competing US Senate health plans, Federal Medicare for All vs. Block Grants to States, are polar opposites. Years ago in Canada, these very opposites met in the middle. Canadian Tommy Douglas is considered by many the “Father of Medicare” for introducing the first provincial hospital insrance program […]