Category Archives: Medicare/Medicaid

Medicare Part D Retiree Drug Subsidy

by Mary Jane Stern With the overhaul of healthcare and a 2,000+ page document there are many items that have not made the “front page” yet.  It has been well publicized over the next 10 years the donut hole in Medicare Part D will be closed. However, recent articles are talking about a tax loophole…
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No Pre-existing Condition Clause with Medicare

by Mary Jane Stern If you are a Medicare beneficiary the one thing you know is that Medicare has never discriminated against anyone who had a pre-existing condition.  You were accepted and had quality-affordable healthcare. With the historic passage of Healthcare Reform in the USA on March 21, 2010, now everyone in the USA can…
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Fox Insurance Co. Terminated as a Medicare Provider

by Mary Jane Stern After an ongoing audit, on March 09, 2010, Medicare announced they terminated their contract with Fox Insurance Company effective immediately: “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today terminated its contract with Fox Insurance Company.   After an onsite review of the plan and its services, CMS determined that the plan’s…
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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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What Caregivers Should Know About Medicare and Alzheimer’s

by Mary Jane Stern When my husband and I were living in New England we met a wonderful couple, Morley and Ruthie.  At that time, Morley was 94 and Ruthie was 78, a second marriage for both. Morley was a dedicated husband and took wonderful care of Ruthie who had Alzheimer’s disease. Of course both…
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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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Humana Scares Seniors about Losing Medicare Benefits

by Mary Jane Stern On Tuesday, September 29th many seniors enrolled in Medicare protested at the local Humana Insurance office here in Palm Beach County Florida because of a letter recently sent out by Humana. The Humana letter used scare tactics and warned seniors that health insurance reform could cause many to lose benefits, which,…
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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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Too Many Lies about Healthcare Reform and Medicare

by Mary Jane Stern Have you been watching all of the statements being made about the changes in Medicare if healthcare reform is passed? Do you believe them? Some of the statements being made are just cruel and inhuman.  It’s like what Sarah Palin, Senator Grassley wrote and said about how President Obama is going…
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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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