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Medicare Advantage May Be the Ticket to Dental and Eye Care

 
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By UnitedHealthOne

Good oral health may be linked to good overall health; therefore, lack of proper dental may affect a person’s individual health, and strain the entire health care system as well.

Medicare Open Enrollment: Where to Get Help

 
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Medicare Open Enrollment ends at midnight on December 7. Which of the following describes your situation?

Emergency Health Care Coverage While Out of Town

 
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A common concern for older adults is if their health care costs will be covered while traveling out of town, particularly in the event of a health emergency. The answer: “It depends.”

Beware of Medicare Open Enrollment and Other Financial Scams

 
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Anybody can be the victim of a scam. But older adults seem to be the target more often than other people. One reason is because older adults tend to trust people to do the right thing. Unfortunately, scammers are aware of this and will use this trust against them. Another reason is, it’s thought seniors have lots of “extra” money just sitting around in their bank accounts.

Medicare Drug Costs: You Have Choices

 
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Prescription medications that you take regularly are a constant and visible health care expense. Each time you fork over your share of the cost for a refill, you are reminded that Medicare doesn’t pay for everything.

Vitamin D: It’s Good for More Than Just Your Bones

 
Vitamin D

Vitamin D, or the “sunshine vitamin,” is not really a vitamin at all. It’s part of a hormone called “calcitriol” that is produced in the skin after exposure to direct sunlight. Calcitriol works with other nutrients and hormones in your body to help build bones and keep them healthy. It also maintains hormonal balance and regulates the immune system.

Drinking can be Risky Business for Some Older Adults

 
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The holidays have arrived and for a lot of people that means more drinking — and more problems. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted in 2010 found that nearly 40 percent of adults age 65 and older drink alcohol.1

Medicare: HMO vs PPO

 
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Before choosing a Medicare Advantage plan or a Medicare supplemental plan, it’s important to understand the difference between an HMO and a PPO.

One Piece of Medicare Mail You Don’t Want to Toss

 
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You may have amassed a mound of mail about Medicare over these past weeks. Your Medicare plan, other plans in your area and Medicare itself may have sent you materials and information.

Proper Foot Care for People with Diabetes

 
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People who have diabetes are usually at greater risk of developing foot problems than people who don’t have it.  Even a seemingly minor problem on the foot of person with diabetes should be dealt with because it can quickly turn into a serious infection. It is important that you see your doctor right away if you notice something on the foot that doesn’t seem quite right. There are several causes of foot problems in people with diabetes.

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