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HELP THE ENVIRONMENT—GO PAPERLESS!

June 5th is World Environment Day – a day for encouraging awareness and action for the environment that’s celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide.  How can you make your voice heard this year?  One great way is to sign up to get your “Medicare & You” handbook electronically. If you have an eReader (like an iPad, […]

Traveling abroad? Check health coverage off your to-do list first!

If you’re planning a vacation abroad, you already know that there’s a lot to do before you leave. There are suitcases to pack, an itinerary to plan, and perhaps a passport to renew. We want you to have a fun, relaxing trip – so don’t forget to include health coverage on your to-do list. If […]

Health screenings save men’s lives

Are you the type of guy who puts off doing a task and later wishes he’d just done it? If you’re a man with Medicare, now’s the time to talk with your doctor about whether you should get screened for prostate cancer, for colorectal cancer, or for both. Screening tests can find cancer early, when […]

Just say “no” to tobacco!

Are you or a loved one hooked on tobacco? Join the millions who’ve found a good reason to give it up—tobacco use is the second leading cause of death worldwide, responsible for 1 in every 10 adult deaths. Medicare can help you quit smoking. Part B covers up to 8 face-to-face visits in a 12-month […]

Don’t let the pressure get to you

Did you know about 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure? You can have it for years without seeing any signs or symptoms of it. During this time, though, it can damage your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of your body. Not sure if you’re at risk? You […]

Protect yourself from hepatitis

Did you know that hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus, affects millions of people worldwide, resulting in acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year? Hepatitis is contagious. For example, the Hepatitis B virus spreads through contact with the blood or other body fluids of […]

Making complaints easier

We hope every healthcare experience you have is a positive one. That’s why we offer you a variety of tools to express your concerns. One of those tools is the ability to file a complaint (sometimes called a “grievance”). Do you have a complaint or an appeal? A complaint is different than an appeal. A […]

Older Americans Month 2015: Get into the Act.

Did you know that by the year 2020, more than 55 million U.S. adults will be over the age of 65? Older adults are a vital part of our society. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May.  This year, in honor of the 50th anniversary […]

Protect your bones—Medicare can help

Will a silent disease shatter your life?  Every year, a growing number of Americans are finding out that they have osteoporosis—a disease that causes bones to weaken and be more likely to break. You may not know that you have this “silent” disease until your bones are so weak that a sudden strain, bump, or […]

Choosing a hospital just got easier

Are you the kind of shopper who reads reviews or looks at ratings before you make a purchase? Wouldn’t it be helpful to have the same kind of ratings when choosing a hospital? Choosing a hospital can be overwhelming. Hospitals differ in the safety and quality of care they provide.  That’s why we’ve made it […]

Rethink the drink

Did you know that 9% of elderly people with Medicare drink more than 30 drinks a month? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines “risky drinking” as more than 14 drinks per month for men, and 7 drinks per month for women. There are lots of changes that happen with age, and some […]

At risk for diabetes? Take this quick test.

Diabetes affects millions of people – are you one of them? Tuesday, March 24 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day – a great time to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes – a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels caused by either a […]

This spring, put prevention into practice

The start of spring is a reminder of new beginnings – the longer hours of daylight, sprouting tulips and warmer weather are all indicators of a new season, and a new reason to be proactive with your health. One simple way to manage your health is to practice preventive care. Preventive services can find health […]

5 ways to become an informed Medicare consumer

Each day, you make important choices about your finances, health, privacy, and more. During National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), the first week of March, non-profit organizations and government agencies focus on helping you take advantage of your rights and make better-informed choices. Medicare has 5 things you can do to help you become an informed […]

Medicare helps you with better nutrition

The saying may go “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but that’s not the whole truth. While apples are healthy and delicious, there are many other important factors in having a nutritious diet. 69% of U.S. adults are considered overweight or obese. An unhealthy body weight puts you at a greater risk for […]