Category Archives: Medicare/Medicaid

How to Plan for Aging Parent Care

By Carol Marak Last month we discussed whether seniors are getting the information they need to make the best choices for their healthcare needs in the article, “Does Web Content Empower Aging Seniors and Family Caregivers?”We received interesting responses from our readers. Stan Cohen, summed it up quite well with his comment; “The issue I…
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Medicare and Medicaid in the News

Medicare and Medicaid are in the news almost daily.  Here are some snippets of what we've seen and heard: Biden Debt Limit Talks Today to Cover Medicare, Medicaid | FDL ... Bipartisan talks on increasing the nation's debt limit, which have morphed into a wider discussion about deficit reduction, resume today. Francine Hardaway: Can Berwick…
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What is Medicare?

Medicare What is Medicare? How and when will I use it? Watch this short and easy to understand video about Medicare Part A, B, C and D. -Stay Smart Stay Healthy See more videos at: www.youtube.com Stay Smart Stay Healthy was created by Edward Batchelor at Hum...
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How to Apply for Medicare

Sometimes we forget to let people know how to apply for Medicare and instead write about Parts A, B, C and D. For some beneficiaries, Medicare benefits are not automatic. (more…)
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Medicare Fraud Awareness

by Mary Jane Stern A few weeks ago I was asked to process a couple of credit cards through a person’s credit card processing service and they were going to pay their friend back in cash. I was given the information and decided not to proceed because somehow it felt like I was participating in…
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Privatizing Medicare

by Mary Jane Stern Every few years when the federal budget is in trouble, talk begins about privatizing Medicare. Today it’s a hot topic. Medicare, in my opinion, is one of the best and affordable healthcare programs we have here in the USA. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is proposing a new program to…
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Questions to Ask when Enrolling in a Medicare Advantage Plan

By Mary Jane Stern During 2011 2.8 million baby boomers will turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare and with the different plans available this can become overwhelming when trying to make a decision. Do you just enroll in Original Medicare Part A, Part B and the Prescription Drug Plan (Part D)? Or do you…
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Mary Jane Stern – Top Ten 2010 Posts

Reducing Drug Costs Tools to Use during Medicare Open Enrollment What is the Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Program No Pre-existing Condition Clause with Medicare Silver Sneakers for Older Adults Not On Medicare How To Report Medicare Fraud Another Part D Provider Sanctioned by Medicare Medicare Preventive Services Medicare Requirements for a Skilled Nursing Facility Keep Your…
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Medicare Preventive Screenings: Physical Exam

If you are new to Medicare you are entitled to a one-time preventive physical exam within the first 12 months and you have Medicare Part B. Medicare calls this the “Welcome to Medicare” physical exam.  What does the exam include? Medical history Social history Review of your health Educational counseling about preventive screenings Shots Referral…
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