Understand the changes in Medicare plans for next year, what to consider when evaluating your options, and Medicare tools to find plans.
If there is a way to scam you out of money, thieves will be all over it. Unfortunately this is happening with the rollout of the new Medicare cards. Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. By April 2019, all Medicare participants will receive a replacement insurance card with a new, unique number. […]
Medicare and Medicaid are both government-sponsored medical insurance programs funded by taxes. They sound almost the same and are easily confused. They differ, however, by several factors: Eligibility Medicare is a medical insurance program with eligibility to enroll based primarily on age. It is available to individuals aged 65-years and older of any income level. […]
At long last, Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards. For any years the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the Medicare health insurance program, resisted pressure to make this change. In 2015, however, Congress passed the Medicare Access and ChiP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) requiring CMS to replace the […]
More than 95 percent of Americans aged 65 and older depend on Medicare for their health insurance coverage. With over 55 million people utilizing Medicare, you would think it would be simple to navigate. But, it is not. “There can be little about Medicare that is automatic or clear or, especially in the midst of […]
Two government issued cards display Social Security numbers: Social Security, and Medicare insurance. To help prevent identity theft, the Social Security Administration recommends you take your Social Security card out of your wallet; keep it at home in a safe place. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the organization that administers Medicare, prints […]
“I’m worried I lost my Medicare coverage,” Beverly told me. She went to her chiropractor. When her chiropractor billed Medicare for services, the claim was denied. Both Beverly and her provider called Medicare to learn why the claim was rejected. Both came away believing Beverly was not insured. “How can this be?” Beverly asked. “My […]
Medicare, with its many programs and options, can be confusing – especially if you are new to the program or are trying to help a loved one. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, referred to as SHIP, can help you navigate the Medicare waters. SHIP offers free one-on-one, personalized counseling and local workshops. It helps […]