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Medicare Eligibility & Enrollment | Tue, Jul 28, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Help! I Have a Disability and I Want to Enroll in Medicare.

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You’ve just been diagnosed with a disability and may qualify for Medicare. Now what? The type of disability has everything to do with when your coverage begins, and whether you are automatically enrolled or if you need to take steps to start the enrollment process.

Medicare Tips & Resources | Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Say Bye-Bye to Social Security Numbers on Medicare Cards

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Have you heard the news? The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will start removing Social Security numbers from all newly-issued Medicare identification cards going forward — though, it won’t happen overnight. Due to the large number of cards needing changes, HHS has four years to issue modernized cards to new beneficiaries, and another four years to issue updated cards to existing beneficiaries.1

Medicare Eligibility & Enrollment | Tue, Jul 21, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

How to Transition From the Health Marketplace to Medicare

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Did you buy your health insurance through the Health Marketplace? If you did, you’ll be happy to know it won’t affect you at all when you’re ready to sign up for Medicare.

Health & Wellness | Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Is it Skin Cancer or Just a Mole?

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Have you ever noticed a strange spot on your skin and wondered if you should get it checked out? If you have a strange lump, bump, spot or other mark on your skin, it could be a normal or pre-cancerous growth or skin cancer.

Medicare Coverage & Costs, Medicare Tips & Resources | Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Medicare Costs Got You Down? You May Qualify for Financial Help.

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Do you have trouble paying your monthly Medicare premiums or other Medicare costs? If you have limited income and assets, you may qualify for help with medical costs for care you receive under Medicare. Your income includes money you get from retirement benefits or other money that you report for tax purposes. The income eligibility levels vary by state and program.

Health & Wellness | Tue, Jul 14, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Poll Shows Older Adults and Professionals Disagree on Seniors’ Needs

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The fourth annual United States of Aging Survey finds that older Americans’ concerns about their later years differ from those of the professionals who support them. The top three concerns about growing older include:

Medicare Tips & Resources | Thu, Jul 09, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Where’s My Original Medicare Card?

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When will your red, white and blue Original Medicare member card arrive in the mail? It depends on a number of factors.

Health & Wellness | Tue, Jul 07, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Acid Reflux and GERD: Lifestyle Changes May be All That’s Needed

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Most of us have had a bout of acid reflux at some point in our lives. It’s unpleasant and may be painful. Some people may even have gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. Though many people often confuse one term for the other, these conditions are not interchangeable.

Medicare Coverage & Costs | Thu, Jul 02, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Take a Lot of Meds? See if You Qualify for a Medication Review.

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Do you take more than one medication and find the whole experience confusing? If you have a Medicare drug plan and take medication for more than one chronic health condition, you may qualify for Medication Therapy Management (MTM) at no additional out-of-pocket cost to you.

Medicare Coverage & Costs | Tue, Jun 30, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Like to Travel? It May Affect Which Medicare Plan You Choose.

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You may not have considered your vacation plans when choosing healthcare coverage. But knowing if you will be away from home and for how long is an important consideration as you choose a Medicare plan or re-evaluate your Medicare coverage.