Medicare Tips & Resources, Videos, Tools & Interactive Media | Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Learn About Medicare in 30 Minutes or Less

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Most of us have been buying health insurance all our adult lives—through our employers or on our own. Then Medicare comes along, and it seems like a whole new ball game.

Caregiver Information | Tue, Nov 24, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Think Older Adults Don’t Abuse Prescription Drugs? Think Again.

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

In order for prescription drugs to work properly, they need to be taken correctly. The right dose has to be taken at the right time on the right day. Depending on the drug, it may need to be taken with food or on an empty stomach. If a person takes their medication incorrectly, it could spell trouble, especially for older adults. That’s because as a person gets older, it’s harder for the body to break down the drug, causing it to stay in the body longer than it would in a younger person. Depending on the type of drug, it may even put an older person at higher risk for falls and other injuries.

Medicare Coverage & Costs | Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Good News: Medicare Part B Covers Cataract Surgery

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

A cataract is an eye condition that commonly affects the vision of older adults. A cataract can happen in one or both eyes. Many people who have cataracts will eventually need surgery to get them fixed. Fifty percent of adults 80 years old and older have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.

Medicare Eligibility & Enrollment, OEP | Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

3 Simple Ways to Change Medicare Plans

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

It would be nice if Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plans could magically morph to meet each person’s changing health care needs or budget over time. You could pick a plan once and be done with it! Alas, that is not the way it works.

Medicare Tips & Resources | Tue, Nov 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

4 Types of Medicare Savings Programs and What They Cover

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) are programs that help pay Medicare premiums and out-of-pocket expenses, like Part A and Part B deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, and prescription drugs.

Health & Wellness | Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

This Just In: People 65+ May Now Need 2 Pneumonia Shots

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

The pneumonia vaccination guidelines for older adults have just been updated. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) now recommends people 65 years or older get vaccinated for pneumonia twice, 12 months apart, each time using a different type of vaccine, instead of getting vaccinated once.1 People who receive the two types of vaccines may be better protected against over 90 types of pneumococcal bacteria.

Caregiver Information, Medicare Tips & Resources | Wed, Nov 11, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Caregiver Resources to Help You Help Your Veteran

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Did you know that families provide 80 percent of the long-term, caregiver care in the U.S.?

Medicare Eligibility & Enrollment, OEP | Tue, Nov 10, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Why You and Your Spouse Might Need Different Medicare Plans

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

It’s not unusual for spouses to be covered under the same health plan for much of their married life—often an employer plan. This can be a wise and economical choice for many couples and families.

Health & Wellness | Thu, Nov 05, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Go Ahead and Fidget. It May be Good for Your Health

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

The current recommendations for the amount of physical activity needed by older adults to maintain health is a minimum of 30 minutes a day, five days per week1. Don’t worry if your schedule is too busy to allow for a 30-minute block of time to exercise. There are still ways to meet the guidelines. For example, instead of taking a 30 minute walk, take three 10-minute walks.

Medicare Coverage & Costs, OEP | Wed, Nov 04, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Medicare Plan Renewal: Not Deciding Is a Decision

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Your current Medicare coverage renews automatically each year unless you take action to change it. This ensures that you will have continuing coverage.