Medicare Part A

Medicare Extends Equitable Relief Deadline

Medicare Extends Equitable Relief Deadline Because Its The Right Thing To Do. Medicare Part B penalties can disappear – in some cases Equitable Relief Can Help You had healthcare coverage under a Marketplace Exchange plan. This was made possible under the Affordable Care Act for people who didn’t have insurance with their employers. Then you …

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Medicare Reform

Medicare Reform through Accountable Care Organizations

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which have been around for several years, are an attempt to provide quality medical care for less money. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMA) define an ACO as “an organization of health care practitioners that agrees to be accountable for the quality, cost, and overall care of Medicare beneficiaries who …

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Telehealth Services

Telehealth Services Becoming More Accessible

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 signed into law on February 9 includes the CHRONIC Act (Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic Care). The goal of CHRONIC is to improve care of people with serious chronic illnesses or with functional limitations. Theoretically, the bill will not only improve disease management but will …

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Medicare Advantage

Medicare and the New Congressional Budget

Congress just passed a two-year budget that has some Medicare provisions that you should know about. The bill, which had passed the House, passed with a 91-8 vote in the Senate. Until now, Medicare has not covered long-term supports and services. With a growing number of aging seniors, a model of care that helps to …

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What to Know about Your Medicare Card

You are a card-carrying Medicare member Just what you need – another card to add to all the other ones in your wallet: another membership card! Whether you are a long-time card-carrying Medicare member or this is your first year, you will need to guard this card as carefully as your credit or debit cards. …

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Medicare Open Enrollment

The End of Medicare Open Enrollment is near! Make your changes now.

Procrastination is not covered by Medicare! If you have waited until now to take advantage of Medicare Open Enrollment – that grace period when you can change a program – then you only have a few days left. December 7 at midnight is the last hurrah. If you want to make a change, do it …

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Medicare Advantage

The Medicare Alphabet: Part C {Medicare Advantage} – The most complicated of all!

Now, from recent blogs, you know about the benefits and costs of A, B and D. So, here is Part C. C stands for complicated! There are many decisions you have to weigh when you sign up for C, either when you first enroll in Medicare or during the Open Enrollment Period, which is now …

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True or False? I’m 65 and Still Working – I Don’t Need Medicare

You can delay but there are IFs and BUTs If you are over 65 and still working, you are not alone. Warren Buffet is still at it and he just turned 87! In August of this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said there are 9,205,000 U.S. senior citizens in the same boat. Retirement used …

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How Do I Get Started with Medicare?

“Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?” Remember those Beatle lyrics? Chances are when you heard them, 64 sounded old! But, now that you have passed that landmark by a year, 65 seems young. You can retire. You can get senior discounts. And, you are eligible to sign up …

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