Tag Archives: Medicare help

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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Medicare Imposes Sanctions on Three Health and Drug Sponsors

On November 19, 2010 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid issued a notice to three Medicare health and drug plans. CMS has issued a notice to three Medicare health and drug plan sponsors imposing sanctions for violations of Medicare's rules and regulations. This action ensures that beneficiaries continue to have access to the essential Medicare…
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Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment – New Dates

by Mary Jane Stern Over the years people enrolled in Medicare Part C or Medicare Advantage usually had the opportunity to change their plans during the Advantage Plan Open Enrollment which is January, February and March. In 2011 all that changes and if you want to change your plan, you must change your Advantage Plan…
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Medicare Coverage of Medical Nutrition Therapy

You can pick up a newspaper or a magazine and you will find articles about diet and nutrition to help with the management of certain diseases.  Medicare covers Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) for people with diabetes or renal diseases to help them manage their conditions. What is Medical Nutrition Therapy? Medical Nutrition Therapy includes nutrition,…
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Top Ten 2009 EldercareABC Posts by Mary Jane Stern

By Mary Jane Stern Now Legal To Buy Canada Prescription Drugs Cautiously Wow great new from the US Senate.  They passed a bill making it legal to purchase prescription drugs from Canada over the Internet here in the USA. Extra Eldercare Help for Prescription Drugs The Medicare Prescription Drug program gives you a choice of…
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A Different Medicare Advantage Plan – PACE

by Mary Jane Stern If you are a caregiver and need some extra help without having to put your loved one in an institutionalized setting, nursing home consider PACE – Programs of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly.  It works like the Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C). The major difference, it’s a plan that focuses…
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Finding an Elder Law Attorney to be Your Medicaid Advisor

Many Medicaid advisors are elder law attorneys. When your parent owns property and has investments then a Medicaid advisor can guide you and your parent through options to preserve your parent’s estate.  In a recent post, I discussed the importance of planning for your parent’s smooth transition to Medicaid. A Medicaid advisor will guide you…
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Medicare Premiums Expected to Rise in 2010

by Mary Jane Stern The buzz is that Medicare premiums are expected to rise in 2010 and some will probably see a decrease in their monthly Social Security check.  Unfortunately, it is said that there will be no COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) in 2010 or 2011. The good news is that there is a…
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Avoiding Medicare Marketing Scams – Fraud and Abuse

by Mary Jane Stern The 2010 Medicare Marketing Season runs from October 1st through December 31st and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is very specific on how Parts C (Advantage Plans) and Part D (Prescription Drug Plans) can be marketed. One area of concern is marketing through unsolicited contact.  What does this…
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Medicare Open Enrollment Get Ready NOW

by Mary Jane Stern In just a few weeks Medicare open enrollment season starts.  You can make changes between November 15 and December 31, the “marketing season” starts around October 1st. Why Change? What’s the biggest reason for change?  Rise in premiums for Advantage and Part D plans. Another reason for change is you had…
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