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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.

Health & Wellness | Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

STDs and the Sexually Active Senior

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Getting older doesn’t mean your chance of getting a sexually transmitted disease is less than that of a younger person. Any person who is sexually active, regardless of age, may be at risk of diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital herpes, hepatitis B, and genital warts. Sexual activity may also put you at risk for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. According to NIH National Institute on Aging, the number of older people with HIV/AIDS is growing.1

Medicare Tips & Resources | Tue, Jun 23, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Picking a Primary Care Provider for Yourself or a Loved One

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You might not think about a doctor until you need one. But a relationship with a primary care physician who serves as your first point of contact might help you live a healthier life.

Medicare Coverage & Costs | Thu, Jun 18, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Disability vs Age: Is Medicare the Same for Each Group?

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Many people want to know if Medicare is the same for people who are eligible due to disability verses people who are eligible when they turn 65 years old.

Health & Wellness | Tue, Jun 16, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Want to Stop and Smell the Roses, but You Can’t Smell a Thing?

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You know the old saying, “Stop and smell the roses.” You may want to smell the roses but you may not be able to because you may have lost your sense of smell.

Health & Wellness | Thu, Jun 11, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Senior Center Membership May Mean a Happier, Healthier Life

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Senior centers are an important part of many communities. In the United States alone, there are approximately 11,000 senior centers that serve about one million older adults every day.1

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

A Migraine Without Pain is Still a Migraine

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Migraine headaches are unique. Some hurt, some don’t. For people who do have painful migraines, the pain can be moderate or severe. The person may feel sharp pain or throbbing pain. The pain may be located on one side of the head or on both sides of the head. Or, the person may feel like their head is in a vice grip. Many people may also experience migraine auras or visual disturbances a few minutes to 24 hours before the pain starts.1 For many people, this is a warning sign a bad headache is about to happen.

Medicare Coverage & Costs | Thu, Jun 04, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Avoid the Sticker Shock of Medicare Billing

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If you’re scheduled for surgery or a medical procedure, learning how Medicare billing works may help prevent a serious case of sticker shock later.

Medicare Tips & Resources | Tue, Jun 02, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Scheduled for Surgery? Ask About Centers of Excellence.

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When you’re in need of a medical procedure or surgery but it’s not an emergency, you have time to ask questions and search out the right doctor and the right facility for you.

Medicare Tips & Resources | Thu, May 28, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

8 Tips to Help Fight Health Care Hacks

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Medical ID theft and fraud is on the rise — and the statistics are staggering. These crimes have nearly doubled in the last five years. From 2013 to 2014, 500,000 new cases were reported.1 Medical ID theft and fraud costs the 2.3 million victims about $20 billion in out-of-pocket expenses.1