Turning 65 and Medicare Open Enrollment

I got a call from a woman who is turning 65 in March. She said her friend told her she has to sign up for Medicare Part D or a Medicare Advantage plan before December 7th. That is the end of the Medicare Open Enrollment Period. Her friend is [...]

Medicare Questions: Sorry, I can’t help you.

It’s the Medicare Open Enrollment Period and I’ve been busy talking to lots of people about their Medicare choices.  I’ve had to tell several people I cannot help them.  Here are two true stories: Shopping for a lower Medigap [...]

Medicare Part D: So many choices!

There are 1,736 Part D prescription-drug plans available to people on Medicare. In Arizona, seniors have 26 plans to consider.  According to a recent study by Health Affairs, seniors on on average overspend by $368 more per year on their Medicare [...]

Medicare Advantage Plan Ratings: How good are Tucson plans?

The latest Medicare star ratings are available for Medicare Advantage plans – and there are changes for plans in Tucson. One company’s plans that received 4 stars for 2012 are now rated 3.5.  Health Net plans are now rated 4 stars, [...]

Medicare Advantage problems? Speak up!

I recently wrote about a client of mine who got a $715 bill for durable medical equipment (DME). She was shocked to learn that she owed $715 for a machine she assumed she was renting – but she did not fight the charge.  She arranged with [...]

Durable Medical Equipment and Medicare: Read the small print!

Read the small print when signing for durable medical equipment.  If you don’t pay attention, it could cost you a lot of money. Not reading the small print is costing a client of mine $715.08 – and I don’t think this is right. Alana [...]

Should you change your Medicare Advantage plan?

October 15 – December 7 is the Open Enrollment Period for Medicare Advantage and Part D.  Everyone on Medicare is getting mailings from multiple companies promoting their “new and improved” Advantage plan. Some post cards [...]