The pharmacy counter is not the place where you want to learn that a drug you’ve been taking is not covered by your Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan. Yet it can happen. Fortunately, there may be a remedy.
The difference between a physical exam and a Medicare Wellness Visit is basically the difference between your doctor focusing on what’s wrong versus on what’s right. Each is important, depending on the situation.
Medicare provides certain time periods when you can change Medicare plans. The main one is the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (formerly known as Open Enrollment), which runs from October 15 to December 7 each year. Anyone on Medicare can make coverage changes during this time that then go into effect the following year.
Women over 65 may hear conflicting medical advice about getting a Pap smear – the screening test for cervical cancer. Current medical guidelines say the test is not necessary after age 65 if your results have been normal for several years. Recent research suggests otherwise.
Your Medicare Wellness Visit, also called a wellness exam, is when you and your doctor put your undivided attention on your health. You’re not there because you’re sick or in pain or needing a prescription. And your doctor is not there to diagnose or treat a health problem.
Medicare eligibility begins at age 65 for most people. (If you were born in 1954, you are next up to join the ranks of Medicare beneficiaries.) Here’s what you need to know about turning 65 and signing up for Medicare for the first time.
Do you have a Medicare Advantage plan? If you do, then you need to know about the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period. It’s new in 2019 and runs January 1 – March 31.
Signs of decline in an aging loved one can be easy to miss. Changes may be subtle and come on gradually. And sometimes it’s hard to see what we don’t want to see.
Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment is a new enrollment period starting in 2019. It’s specifically for Medicare Advantage plan members and runs from January 1 to March 31. You must be a member of a Medicare Advantage plan on January 1 to be eligible for this new enrollment period, which replaces the shorter Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (January 1 – February 14).