Medicare Website Can Help In Choosing A Nursing Home

When you hear about Medicare, you probably think of the federal program that helps pay for older adults’ health care. What you may not realize is that another of Medicare’s major responsibilities is to inspect health care facilities to make sure that patients receive safe and high-quality care. Among those facilities are the nation’s more than 15,000 nursing homes.

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CMS Projects Health Costs To Rise Over Next Decade

National health expenditure growth is expected to average 5.5 percent annually from 2018-2027, reaching nearly $6.0 trillion by 2027, according to a report published today by the independent Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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See What Medicare Covers With Free App

Let’s say you go for your annual physical and your doctor recommends that you get a hearing and balance test. Or an electrocardiogram (EKG). Or a Hepatitis B screening.  Does your Original Medicare cover these services? Now there’s a quick way to find out, using your smartphone or tablet.  It’s Medicare’s new “What’s Covered” app and it’s free. You can use the app right there in the doctor’s office, hospital, or anywhere else you use your phone or tablet.

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What You Need To Know About 2018 Medicare Part B Rates and IRMAA

If you have higher income, the law requires an adjustment to your monthly Medicare Part B (medical insurance) and Medicare prescription drug coverage premiums. Higher-income beneficiaries pay higher premiums for Part B and prescription drug coverage. This affects less than five percent of people with Medicare, so most people don’t pay a higher premium. Continue reading “What You Need To Know About 2018 Medicare Part B Rates and IRMAA” »

Unseen face of the opioid epidemic: drug abuse among the elderly grows

Unseen face of the opioid epidemic: drug abuse among the elderly grows

The face of the nation’s opioid epidemic increasingly is gray and wrinkled. But that face often is overlooked in a crisis that frequently focuses on the young. Consider this: While opioid abuse declined in younger groups between 2002 and 2014, even sharply am…

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Medigap or Medicare Advantage: Which Should You Choose?

Those who are eligible for Medicare but aren’t fully satisfied with Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) alone are faced at a crossroads. One way leads to Medicare Advantage. The other to Medicare Supplement Insurance. The hope is that whichever one you choose will end at a destination booming with comprehensive and affordable health care. Continue reading “Medigap or Medicare Advantage: Which Should You Choose?” »

2018 Medicare Changes You Need To Know

2018 has brought many new changes for Medicare patients. If you have a Medicare plan, you should be aware of these changes. Here are some of the biggest changes that you will see this year, including information and resources regarding new Medicare cards that will begin to be mailed out in April. Continue reading “2018 Medicare Changes You Need To Know” »