Tips for getting on Part A and B of Medicare

BY BETSY VIPOND The Senior Health Advisor Published: May 4, 2014 Getting on Medicare can be confusing so I would like to share some simple tips about ways you can go about it. Part A is hospitalization coverage and Part B is the medical benefits. There is no charge for Part A and the base […]

Medicare is the best care for those 65 or older

BY JOHNNY PROFFITT (SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION) Published: January 20, 2014 If you are age 65 or older and haven’t signed up for Medicare Part B (medical insurance), now is the time to consider doing so. The general enrollment period for Medicare Part B runs from Jan. 1 through March 31 each year. Before you make […]

Recipients of Medicare not affected by ACA

Q: What is Medicare, and is it changing because of the Affordable Care Act? A: It is important to note that people who have Medicare coverage are not affected by the Affordable Care Act. Medicare is not a part of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace. If you are a Medicare beneficiary, your Medicare benefits are not […]

Many Medicare offerings canceled; others tweaked

Medicare’s eight-week open-enrollment period begins today, allowing senior citizens to tweak their benefits plans for 2014 — and in Pittsburgh, there will be much tweaking, not all of it by choice. “This is going to be one of our busiest enrollment years,” said William McKendree, lead counselor with the Allegheny County Apprise Program, a Medicare-funded […]

GRAY MATTERS: Medicare annual enrollment information: It’s not junk mail

Medicare’s Part C and D annual enrollment period is just around the corner, which means it’s time to take a good look at the enrollment information that arrives in mailboxes the first week of October. Failure to do so could lead to hundreds of dollars in unexpected prescription drug costs in 2014, warns the Health […]