If you’ve got a chronic condition that requires a lot of medication, chances are you’ve got your prescription drug plan figured out. If you’re in tip-top shape and don’t take a single pill, what’s the point? When it comes to prescription drug coverage and Medicare, if you don’t sign up when you’re first eligible, you could pay more down the road through penalties.
Blood sugar testing is a way to keep track of how well diabetes is being managed. Test results help to show how food, physical activity and diabetes medications affect blood sugar.
As you’re enjoying the splendid fall season and pumpkin-spice everything, don’t forget that autumn also means open enrollment for health insurance. And if you’re eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, you should know about an option that could offer a convenient, affordable approach to managing your health care.
One question many Medicare beneficiaries ask is, “Will Medicare pay for my hearing aid?” The short answer is “No.” Original Medicare does not cover routine hearing exams, hearing aids or hearing aid fittings. Medicare Part B (medical insurance) does cover diagnostic hearing and balance exams if your doctor or other health care provider orders these tests to see if you need medical treatment for a recent injury or illness, such as vertigo or other balance problems.
- Enroll in or change your Medicare Advantage plan
- Enroll in or change your Part D drug plan
- Drop your existing Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare
How to Enroll in a New Plan
To make changes to your Medicare Advantage plan or Part D plan, you’ll need to find out what your plan options are in your new area. You can get information about these plans from the Medicare website or the online Medicare Plan Finder tool. You can also learn about a specific plan by calling the customer service number at the private company that offers it.
A Medicare Medical Savings Account plan (MSA) is a special type of Medicare Advantage plan (Part C). This type of plan may offer the freedom of choice for people who want more control over their health care dollars and decisions. And along with the freedom come some responsibilities.