All Medicare Advantage Plans Not Created Equal

I was recently doing some research for a new client turning 65 to determine what Medicare Advantage Plan(s) would be a good choice for him. As an independent agent, I do not “push” one plan over another. I look at the client’s doctors, what hospitals or labs he/she prefers to use and of course his/her current drug list. Why? Because not all Medicare Advantage Plans are created equal. And now […]

Review your Annual Notice of Change!

By now, if you are currently enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan, you would have received your Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) from your Medicare Advantage Provider. Although your inclination may be to toss it in the junk mail pile, this would not be your best move. Every year, from October 15 through December 7, you have the ability to change your Medicare plan options. Your ANOC will let you […]

Medicare Open Enrollment is around the corner

For those of you currently enrolled in Medicare, an important time of year is approaching. Medicare open enrollment starts October 15 and runs through December 7th. This may also be referred to as the Annual Enrollment Period or AEP and it is at this time that you may elect to change your plan. How do you know if you wish to change your plan? Take the following steps: Review your […]

Beware Fake Medicare News

I was recently reading an article titled “3 Smart Medicare Advantage Moves” in an online publication called Madison.com. The author was “pushing” Medicare Advantage plans over traditional Medicare.The reasons stated in the article could be summed up as: Many Medicare Advantage plans cover hearing, vision, and/or dental care. Most also include your prescription drug coverage. A Medicare Advantage Plan can cost you less. And I quote from the article “While […]

Medicare, Diabetes and Nutritional Counseling

Diana DeGette, D (CO), has introduced a bill, H.R.3124 – which would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reduce the occurrence of diabetes in Medicare beneficiaries by extending coverage under Medicare for medical nutrition therapy services to such beneficiaries with pre-diabetes or with risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. If you are at risk of type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and are interested in […]