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 […]

The Changing Landscape of Medicare Advantage Plans in 2014

By Holly Cassano, CPC, CEO ACCUCODE Consulting LLC, in partners with Tactical Management Inc., (TMI) Medicare Advantage Plans have existed now for nearly a decade and since their inception in 2006, when they covered approximately 8 Million lives, they have grown to about eight times that size, as of 2013, to approximately 46 Million lives. […]

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 […]

Ensuring access to care for state seniors

By Rep. Nick J. Rahall Rahall Report I am absolutely committed to protecting Medicare. It is crucial to helping ensure that our seniors, especially those on fixed incomes, have access to quality and affordable health care, and can live and retire in dignity. Seniors have a moral claim on the benefits they have earned over a […]

The Medicare Part D Analogy

Responding to my weekend column, which gently pushed back against the sudden burst of liberal optimism about HealthCare.Gov, Ezra Klein gently pushes back against my point that Obamacare’s quest to enroll the young and healthy faces bigger hurdles than did its model, Romneycare, in Massachusetts: Medicare Part D is left off this list, as often happens. But it’s […]

Retirement: Appealing a Medicare claim

There are steps you can take before going through the task of appealing the denial of a Medicare claim. First, talk with the doctor, hospital and Medicare to see if you can spot the problem and get the claim resubmitted. If you can’t fix the problem that way, look on the back of the Medicare […]

It’s reassessment time for Medicare Part D beneficiaries

By JIM MILLER SPECIAL TO THE LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL Dear Savvy Senior: I have been enrolled in the same Medicare prescription drug plan for three years now, but my pharmacist told me I should look for a new plan during the open enrollment period that would fit my needs better. What’s the easiest way to […]

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 […]