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 […]

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 […]

Annual Enrollment Period

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

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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, 2018. If you are enrolled in a Medicare Plan C or Plan D […]