Category: INFO

Medicare Does Not Cover Long Term Care

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Medicare does not cover long term care. Yet 38% of Americans in a recent survey thought Medicare would help with nursing home care or home care. An article from McKnight’s reported: Thirty-eight percent of people surveyed as part of the…

Medicare Advantage Report

A Medicare Advantage report by the Kaiser Family Foundation examines the enrollment growth in Medicare Advantage plans around the country.  Enrollment in the private plans reached 17.6 million in 2016 and is increased in almost all states over the past year.…

Diabetes Rose 400 Per Cent in 25 Years

The world has seen a nearly fourfold increase in diabetes cases over the last quarter-century, driven by excessive weight, obesity, aging, and population growth.  In 2014 422 million people were affected by diabetes worldwide. Nearly 10% of Americans have some…

See your claims at mymedicare.gov

If you use your Medicare card when you see your doctor (you are not enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan), you can set up an account on mymedicare.gov.  This account will allow you to see what Medicare has paid for…

Medicare costs for 2016

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Medicare Part B premium in 2016: Most people on Medicare will not see an increase in their Part B premium. But…  people who are new to Medicare in 2016, or who are not collecting Social Security, will pay a higher…

Pols Fix Medicare Premium Problem

OCTOBER 30, 2015:  Congress approved a budget deal that stops the Medicare Part B premium from going up to $159 in January 2016.  It will only go up to $120 (from $104.90). Most people on Medicare will not get hit with…

Part B Premium Is Going Up in 2016

The Medicare Part B premium is going up in 2016 – way up. But this increase will not affect everyone on Medicare.

For 2016 the Part B premium is supposed to go up to $159.30 because of a complicated formula connected to what Medicare spends on Part B services.

Social Security Overview

I attended a meeting in which Social Security employees talked about Social Security and how it works, how benefits are calculated, and special situations.

Medicare and the TPP

The Trans Pacific Partnership is a free trade deal being negotiated in secret. Some of the rules, written in secret, affect Medicare, Medicaid VA drug costs. When it comes to Medicare and the TPP, it will mean higher drug costs for seniors and perhaps the end of discounted prices for those who go into the donut hole.

Help with Medicare Costs

help with medicare costs includes paying the Part B premium and, for qualified medicare beneficiaries, the state will pay their co-pays and deductibles.