Part C Medicare Advantage

Medicare and Veterans

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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 […]

Medicare A & B

What is the “Medicare Savings Program?”

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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 […]

Medicare

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 […]

Long-Term Care

A Medicare pilot program raises questions about care…

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Long term care insurance

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 […]

Part D Precription Drug

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 […]

Long-Term Care

Family Caregivers Kit: 9 Free Publications

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Manage a loved one’s finances and health care with knowledge and confidence. The Family Caregivers Kit is a collection of publications that help you understand your duties as an agent under a power of attorney, keep track of medications, protect your loved ones from scams, and more.   PUBLICATIONS FEATURED IN THE FREE FAMILY CAREGIVERS KIT […]

Part D Precription Drug

NY State EPIC Drug Plan for Seniors

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EPIC, (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) is a New York State program for seniors administered by the Department of Health. It helps eligible seniors supplement their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D drug plan costs.  Eligibility requirements are: Resident of New York State Age 65 or older Income up to $75,000 (single) or $100,000 if married. EPIC offers two plans, […]