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 [...]

Turning 65: Enrolling in Medicare

If you are turning 65:  Are you collecting Social Security?  Are you working and covered by your employer health insurance?  These are important questions I ask people who are soon to be 65 because how you enroll in Medicare Part B (or whether [...]

AHCCCS: Changes Coming for Some Dual Eligibles

Letters will be going out this week to low-income Medicare beneficiaries in Arizona who have Medicare and AHCCCS (Arizona Medicaid).  As of October 1st, all dual eligibles must have the same AHCCCS health plan as their Medicare Advantage plan. [...]

Do VA Health Care Benefits qualify as insurance under Obamacare?

The Obamacare mandate says everybody must enroll in health insurance starting in 2014.  But 80 – 85% of Americans already have health insurance, so the mandate does not affect them.  Is your health insurance good enough so you don’t [...]