Medicare Coverage & Costs | Tue, Mar 05, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Does Medicare Cover a Colonoscopy?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Colonoscopy is a screening test for colon and rectal cancer. During the procedure, the doctor checks for and removes any polyps. A polyp is a small growth on the inside of the colon that can turn into cancer. Removing them helps prevent cancer from developing.

Medicare Eligibility & Enrollment | Tue, Feb 26, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

When Can You Start Getting Medicare?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

A somewhat cynical old saying declares that only two things in life are guaranteed: death and taxes. But there’s also something positive you can count on, and that’s Medicare.

Health & Wellness | Tue, Feb 19, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

What Is a Transition Refill?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

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.

Health & Wellness | Tue, Feb 12, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

What’s the Difference Between a Physical Exam and a Medicare Wellness Visit?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

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 Eligibility & Enrollment, OEP | Tue, Feb 05, 2019 @ 08:05 AM

Can I Change My Medicare Plan?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

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.

Health & Wellness | Sat, Jan 26, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

How Often Should a Woman Over 65 Have a Pap Smear?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

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.

Medicare Tips & Resources | Tue, Jan 22, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Reasons You Should Schedule an Annual Medicare Wellness Visit

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

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 & Enrollment | Tue, Jan 15, 2019 @ 12:54 PM

5 Tips for Enrolling in Medicare for the First Time

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

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.

Medicare Eligibility & Enrollment, OEP | Tue, Jan 08, 2019 @ 08:20 AM

What Can I Do During the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

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.

Caregiver Information | Tue, Dec 18, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

How to Spot Signs of Decline in an Aging Loved One

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

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.