Happy Birthday, Medicare!

48 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the bill that created Medicare.  Ronald Reagan, the American Medical Association, and most Republicans predicted “a thousand years of darkness” when Medicare was implemented. Medicare is now [...]

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 [...]

Does Medicare work overseas?

I got a phone call yesterday from Germany. I think it’s pretty cool that someone in Germany found my blog – though I have also been contacted by Americans  living in France, Costa Rica, and Mexico.  Jeff, who lives in Germany, [...]

What home health services does Medicare cover?

An article by David Sayen, Medicare Regional Administrator: Medicare covers a variety of heath care services that you can receive in the comfort and privacy of your home. These include intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language [...]