Colonoscopy Legislature aims to Save Medicare Patients’ Money and Lives

Colonoscopy is a valuable, recommended screening for colorectal cancer, and recently introduced legislation aims to ensure that colorectal cancer screening is free for all Medicare beneficiaries. Although the coinsurance and deductible for many cancer screening tests (including colonoscopy) are waived under the Patient Protection…

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Could You Be Paying Less for Premiums and Prescriptions?

Medicare plans can be confusing to navigate, and many times there are ways you could be saving money, but you need some expert help to get there.  There are several Medicare Savings Plans that might help you save money if your income is less…

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Home Healthcare – What Medicare Patients Are Saying May Help You

Choosing the right home healthcare provider is an important decision.  When you are ready to make a transition from hospital care to treatments, services and care at home, how do you know which agency to choose? Medicare has created a survey for home care…

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Current Facts about Medicare Advantage Plans

Recent figures released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show that Medicare Advantage premiums have dropped by 7%, while enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans has grown by about 10% in just one year.  Plan enrollees increased from 11.7 million to 12.8 million…

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Avoid Medicare Part D Surprises

Did you know that Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) plan terms can change yearly?  This can come as a surprise when deductibles are added or changed, or drug lists change.  Suddenly the medication you’ve been taking is no longer on…

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Mutual of Omaha Plan F Rate Increase Planned for April 2012

As we mentioned in our last blog post, Medicare Plan F coverage is standardized, and really the only difference between policies is what rates are offered. Some policy rates are scheduled to go down in April; however, Mutual of Omaha is planning a price…

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Time to Review Lower Medicare Part F Rates

Some Medicare Supplement Part F policies will be offering lower rates this April.  Plan F is the most popular Medicare Supplement plan and the most comprehensive Medigap coverage.  The coverage of Plan F is standardized, but rates from different companies can vary, so it…

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Taking a First Look at Medicare Advantage Plans

If you are enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Part B, you may want to check into the Medicare Advantage plans that are available in your area.  These plans, also known as Medicare Part C, combine the hospitalization coverage of Part A and…

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The ABC’s of Medicare

Understanding Medicare doesn’t have to be challenging. Basically, Medicare is insurance for individuals age 65 or older, provided by the federal government. Medicare is available to certain younger individuals who have disabilities, permanent kidney failure or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Medicare can be broken…

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Medicare Advantage Annual Notice Of Change Letters (ANOC)

Medicare Advantage Annual Notice Of Change Letters (ANOC) Seniors should keep an eye on their mailboxes this week. Medicare Advantage plans will be mailing their notices of how their benefits and costs will change in 2012. It’s early this year because Medicare moved up…

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