Medicare

Medicare Savings Plans Update

Are you transitioning from Medicaid to Medicare? Have you noticed a deduction of approximately $170.10 from your Social Security check for your Medicare premiums? Are you unable to afford your Medicare deductibles and co-pays? Do you live on a fixed income and have little to no assets? If so, you may be eligible for a […]

Medicare Beneficiaries Face New Changes In 2023

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo.  – It is Medicare Open Enrollment season again! Starting October 1, 2022, Medicare beneficiaries find themselves swamped with mailings, phone calls, invitations by insurance agents to attend educational programs, 60-second television ads endorsing Medicare products by well-known movie stars, and full-page newspaper ads promising benefits that sound too good […]

A Momentous Day for ALL Older Coloradans

AARP Colorado Thanks Colorado Delegation for Historic Vote Toward Real Relief on Prescription Drug Pricing, Bill Allows Medicare to Negotiate Lower Drug Prices and Caps Out-of-Pocket Spending on Medications for Seniors ~ Aug. 12, 2022 – Earlier today the House voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, a bill that includes several key provisions to […]

The Inflation Reduction Act Will Cut Health Care Costs for Coloradans

President Biden believes that health care should be a right, not a privilege. Every American deserves the peace of mind that quality, affordable health insurance brings, and Americans facing illness should never have to worry about how they are going to pay for their treatment or face a choice between buying life-saving medications and putting […]

Biden Administration Passes Medicare Prescription Drug Improvements

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo.  –  The Biden administration has reached a milestone to curb the cost of prescription drugs.  Only three of the provisions will go into effect in 2023, with the majority of the provisions going into effect in the next seven years. There are three cost-cutting provisions that will go […]

How to Prevent Medicare Fraud 2022

For those of you who are regular readers of PrimeTime Seniors, you may recall our article on how to avoid Medicare scams. We originally published the article right before the pandemic began. However, we understand if you don’t remember the article, especially considering everything that has happened since we originally published it. Regardless, we think […]

Medicare Supplement “Medigap” Insurance Policies

Are you new to Medicare? Do you think that Medicare will cover all your medical expenses? If so, think again. Medicare does not cover all treatments or procedures. It also requires you to pay premiums, deductibles, and copays. This can be a huge financial burden, especially for those with lower incomes. There are Medicare Savings […]

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 […]


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