If you’re moving to a new home and Medicare coverage isn’t at the top of your list, it should be. If you’re moving within your plan’s service area, you can keep your plan. You can find out whether your new home is in your current plan’s service area by calling your plan’s customer service number. If you’re moving to a location outside of your Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan’s or Part D plan’s service area or if you’re moving to an area covered by your plan but more plans are available to you in your new area, you will need to make some changes. The time period in which you can make changes is called your Special Enrollment Period (SEP). During your SEP, you can make the following changes:
Some diseases don’t fight fair. Why do we say that? Well, some diseases affect women at a higher rate than men. Take, for example, these three:
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 15.8% of adults age 50 and older had a mental illness in 2012. Yet historically, Medicare has paid a smaller share of the cost for mental health visits than for other medical services.
It’s hard to imagine anything better for your health than being physically active. The list of positive paybacks seems to hit every major body system, from your heart to your bones to your brain. Even your breasts can benefit.
Hearing loss is a common problem in older adults, especially in men. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an estimated one-third of people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74, and close to one-half of those 75 and older have some degree of hearing loss.
Perhaps no preventive screening test is put off more often—or for longer periods of time—than a colonoscopy. Common responses after finally having the test include: “I’m glad that’s over!” and “That wasn’t so bad.” Indeed, both may be true.