Medicare Enrollment Periods

Submitted by Eric Gonzalez, Benefits in Action ~ It seems like Medicare is never ending. Open enrollment just ended, but we are only a couple weeks away from General Enrollment. Everyone also has an initial enrollment period. Are you confused about the difference between these three periods? If so, pay close attention to this article. […]

5 Medicare Mistakes That Could Cost You

By Dr. Matthew Lewis, Senior Medical Director of Primary Care with New West Physicians, part of Optum ~ For those already on Medicare or anyone who is about to be eligible, one of the best times to reevaluate your plan or sign up for one is during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), October 15 […]

Medicare Open Enrollment 2022

Tis the season! That’s right. Medicare Open Enrollment is upon us once again. Medicare Open Enrollment occurs annually from October 15 until December 7. However, the alphabet soup that is Medicare is sometimes difficult to navigate. That is why Benefits in Action is here to help. Our experienced Medicare navigators can make the open enrollment […]

State Health Insurance Assistance Program helps demystify Medicare

Free enrollment support available with certified counselors ~ (Denver, CO) – Medicare can be complicated. But navigating the insurance options for it does not have to be with the help of the Area Agency on Aging’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) at the Denver Regional Council of Governments. Certified SHIP counselors offer Medicare beneficiaries free, unbiased and in-depth information and enrollment aid. 

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 […]

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