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Why I hate Medicare Part D

I have written in the past about why I hate Medicare Part D. It is kind of a rip-off for seniors – especially those who take only generics. Yesterday I talked with a man who is paying over $50 per month for his Part D plan – yet [...]
Medicare Open Enrollment Period

Medicare Open Enrollment Period

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is October 15 – December 7.   What can you do during this period? Review your drug plan during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period. If you have a Part D plan along with a Medicare supplement, you should [...]

Tucson Medicare Advantage Enrollment

Who were the winners and losers in Tucson Medicare Advantage enrollment from 2016 to 2017? Each year at this time, I look at Medicare Advantage enrollment data provided on the CMS website (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). Below I [...]
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Medicare Help in 2017

The income requirements for getting Medicare help in 2017 have been announced by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid). People in Arizona can use an online application at www.healthearizonaplus.gov To get Medicare help in 2017, people must [...]
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Confused by Medicare Alphabet Soup?

Are you confused by the Medicare alphabet soup?  Many people are confused by all the letters that apply to parts of Medicare as well as Medicare supplements.  

Turning 65 and Medicare

If you’re turning 65 and Medicare is on your to-do list, here is what you need to know: How you enroll in Medicare depends on your current situation related to Social Security. 1) If you are receiving Social Security payments, you will [...]

Part D Late-Enrollment Penalty

I got a call yesterday from a client who signed up for a Medicare Advantage plan three years ago.  He has had Part D as part of his Medicare Advantage plan for the last three years, but he just got a letter saying he must pay a premium from [...]

Obamacare: Medicaid Expansion does not apply to people on Medicare.

Under Obamacare Medicaid is being expanded for people with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level.  But this expansion does not apply to people who have Medicare. There has been a lot of talk in the last few months about how Medicaid [...]

Working Past 65 and Medicare Part B

In the last few months, I’ve helped four or five people who continued working after they turned 65.  Some had kept their employer health insurance while others had enrolled in Medicare. They all had questions, and the answers depended [...]

Obamacare and Medicare: Confusion

I received an interesting press release this morning that seems worth sharing. New research finds many seniors wrongly think public health insurance exchanges are replacing Medicare plans. ST. LOUIS, September 17, 2013 – As the nation approaches [...]

Are Tucson doctors accepting new Medicare patients?

My primary care doctor is not accepting new patients, whether they are on Medicare, Medicare Advantage, or any health insurance.  But he is kind of old and his Physician Assistant takes new patients – but I don’t know how much longer [...]

Working Past 65: Delayed Medicare Enrollment

People can delay enrollment in Medicare Part B if they are working beyond their 65th birthday or are covered by their spouse’s employer health insurance. But once they want to get their Medicare started there can be some confusion. Steps to [...]

24-Hour Hospital stay: $126,000 bill !

When you spend the night in the hospital, you would assume you had been “admitted” to the hospital – but you could be wrong.  And this definition of your status could cost you thousands of dollars if your Medicare Advantage plan has a [...]

Medicare Preventive Screening: How often can you get these tests?

Medicare now has a long list of preventive screenings that are covered at no cost to the patient.  But how often can you get these preventive screening tests?  The answer varies from test to test. I had a call today from a man who is new to [...]

Inpatient or Outpatient? It Makes a Difference with Medicare.

I recently received an article from Medicare that explains the difference between being treated in a hospital as an “admitted” patient versus being treated as an “outpatient”. This article applies to people who use their [...]