Help for Medicare Costs

Low-income Medicare beneficiaries get help with their Medicare Part B premium and their prescription drug costs.  Income levels that qualify for help have been raised for 2013. Anyone on Medicare with monthly income below $1,313 (individual) [...]

Turning 65, Medicare, Junk Mail

If you are turning 65 in the next four months, you are getting lots of mail from Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement companies. Not all of this mail is junk, but some pieces have some questionable information in them. Anne is turning [...]

Medicare and Medicaid: Arizona Dual Eligibles

Medicaid is a state/federal program providing health insurance for low-income Americans. In Arizona, Medicaid is known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS, pronounced “access”). People on Medicare, who have [...]

Medicare Advantage Billing Mistakes

Most Medicare Advantage plans have set co-pays for services like doctor visits and outpatient surgery.  This plan design should make it simple for people to understand the bills they receive from doctors, hospitals, and outpatient surgery facilities. Yesterday [...]

Turning 65: Medicare Enrollment details

I recently wrote about who needs to enroll in Medicare and who doesn’t.  For some people, enrolling in Medicare is very straightforward, but this is not the case for everyone.  Here are some details that can cause confusion about enrolling [...]

Big Medicare Advantage cuts won’t happen.

I recently wrote about the potential for Medicare Advantage mayhem this fall because of significant payment cuts that were announced in February by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). Insurance companies that run Medicare Advantage [...]

Turning 65: Do you enroll in Medicare?

Every day 10,000 American baby-boomers turn 65 .  Most will enroll in Medicare, but many will not. Not everyone needs to enroll in Medicare because some people continue working and are covered by their employer’s health insurance.  A person [...]

Expanding Medicaid in Arizona

Medicaid in Arizona is known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS (pronounced “access”).  The Affordable Care Act provides federal money to expand AHCCCS health insurance coverage to 57,000 more low-income [...]

Medicare Humor

I received an email the other day and thought I’d share it with you. Teenagers have their short texting codes like: LOL – laugh out loud;  OMG – oh my God;  TTYL – talk to you later;  BFF – best friend  forever. Not [...]