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Are You Enrolled for 2019 Medicare or ACA Plan?

Medicare Plans and Obamacare – Wrapping up another busy year. Medicare Plan Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) ends on December 7th. Obamacare ends on December 15th. What does this mean to you? Medicare: If you are on Medicare and purchase your own Medicare insurance, you need to make plan selections or changes during AEP. The exceptions…
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On Medicare – Annual Enrollment Dos and Don’ts

Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) began 10/15 and will continue through 12/7. The AEP is when most people can change their Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Drug Plans (Part D).  So, that is the reason for the flood of commercials, mailings and perhaps phone calls you may be receiving.  What do you need to know?…
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Who is IRMAA and why do I need to know about Her?

Do you pay more than $134 per month for Medicare Part B? This may be the reason! The “Big Day” is fast approaching! You will be age 65 soon. You’ve done everything you need to begin this new life; notified your employer you’re retiring, contacted Social Security and filed for Social Security benefits and Medicare,…
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Is There More to Good Health than Good Genes?

Several years ago health insurance companies began to recognize good health is more than good genes. In fact, good health is fairly complex which is influenced by a number of factors including education, employment, housing and access to healthy food. Some social deterrents such as a person’s environment where individuals are born contribute to these…
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Bits & Pieces

Information Regarding Medicare Advantage Plans Want Your HMO Insurance Plan to Pay? Are you going to see a specialist such as an orthopedic doctor?  Did you get a referral?  Health insurance is changing.  With the exception of original Medicare and many of the pre-Affordable Care Act plans (ACA – also called Obamacare), many plans require…
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Are your Pain Points Covered?

Medicare Advantage Plans Higher hospital co-pays!  High co-insurance payments!! More out of pocket expense!!!  Some people call these “pain points” as they can take a bite out of a savings account.  What can a person do to control their “pain points”? The history: let’s first address Medicare Plans then health insurance for those under age…
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Medicare Enrollment Periods—It’s Complicated!

Medicare Enrollment Period By Beth Cooper Are you over age 65 and still working or your spouse is still working and have Health Insurance through an Employer Group Health Plan (EGHP)?  If so, you may be able to delay enrollment in Medicare Part B.  Again, I said MAY.  The rules for allowing you to refuse…
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Vets – How Are You Going To Pay For Assisted Living?

Veterans Assisted Living Are you a Veteran?  Hats off to you and thank you for your service.   Some say it seems that the US government does not help its veterans to the extent they should.  Now, good news for those qualified veterans who are in great need of help with activities of daily living.…
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CMS Changes May Improve Care for Chronic Illness

Medicare Changes Doctors have complained for years that they’re not paid adequately for time-consuming work associated with managing care for chronically ill older patients: talking with families; and consulting with specialists and pharmacists. Each year Medicare policies (or regulations) are reviewed and changes may be implemented. As of 1/1/2017, under the new rules, doctors will…
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Watch for Health Plan Changes

Have you noticed there seems to be a number of changes this year with health insurance? Whether you are on Medicare or have health plans through an Obamacare Affordable Care Act plan (ACA) or group insurance, it seems deductibles are up, out of pockets are up as are premiums for many. Now: what’s important; for…
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