Social Security COLA Increases; Expect Part B Premiums to Increase

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO –  Congress announced the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Social Security will rise 5.9% in 2022, a significant increase for retirees and the disabled.  This raise will likely result in a significant increase, maybe as high as $158.50 per month, in Medicare Part B premiums.  Congress has […]

How to Find Health Plan “Perks” During Open Enrollment Season

By Rebecca Madsen, chief consumer officer, UnitedHealthcare ~ When it comes to health benefits, many people may often think about the financial protection provided in the event of a serious medical issue, illness, or accident. While that is a valuable aspect of having major medical coverage, some health plans may also offer a slew of […]

Medicare Monday Is Virtual Again

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~  Changes in prescription drug benefits, increases in deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance, changes for Medicare Advantage members, and new benefits will be the subject again of the Colorado Gerontological Society Annual Medicare Monday virtual events.

Low Income Subsidy Plans

By Eric Gonzalez ~ Are you on Medicare? Are you having trouble paying for your prescription drug costs or Medicare Part D premiums or deductibles? Do you live on a fixed income and have little to no assets? If so, you may be eligible for the Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), also known as Extra Help. Does […]

Free Service for People with Medicare

It has been more than a year since COVID-19 reached the United States, and seniors continue to have questions and concerns about this virus that has been particularly troubling for people over 65. As Medicare beneficiaries, they can get help by using free resources provided by the federal government through Kepro, the Beneficiary and Family […]

Happy 56th Anniversary to Medicare and Medicaid

Washington, DC–Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure released the following statements celebrating the 56th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid on July 30, 2021:

Heart Stents and Informed Consent

Since the first human heart stent was implanted in 1986, stents have been used millions of times to open blocked coronary arteries in people who have just had a heart attack. For these people heart stents are lifesaving. However, heart stents have also been implanted in millions of people who have stable heart disease and […]

Choosing a Medicare Part D Plan in the COVID Era

By Kelle Turner, Medicare Part D Expert, Express Scripts ~ 2020 has been a year like no other. The global pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives. From entertainment and sporting events, to travel and family celebrations—everything has changed. Selecting a Medicare prescription drug plan (also known as Medicare Part D) will also look […]

Puzzled by Medicare?

By Steve Seely, Integrity Health Advisors ~ Since we are in the Annual Enrollment Period, October 15th – December 7th, you may be thinking about your Medicare coverage and wondering: Is the Medicare plan that I got years ago still the best for me? Is there a less expensive alternative or one with more coverage […]

Medicare Open Enrollment

Are you turning 65 soon? Congratulations! You have accomplished a lot in your life, and now it is time to ensure a healthy and happy future. For most of us, turning 65 means our health insurance changes to Medicare. By learning about Medicare health insurance coverage, you can help ensure you choose the options that […]

Medicare Savings Programs

Medicare is extremely important for older adults. It helps with hospital visits, routine care, specialty visits, and prescription drug costs. However, it isn’t free. Medicare, just like any other type of insurance, requires individuals to pay premiums, deductibles, and co-pays. These costs can be a huge financial obstacle for individuals living on fixed incomes. Luckily, […]

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