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Saving money on health care costs: Extra Help

If you have limited income and resources, you may qualify for Medicare’s Extra Help program. You might be able to get help paying your Medicare drug plan’s monthly premiums, yearly deductibles, and prescription copayments. Drug costs in 2018 for most people who qualify will be no more than $3.35 for each generic drug and $8.35 […]

Know when to use antibiotics

It’s that time again—flu season! If you get sick, antibiotics won’t always help you. If you get a cold or flu, antibiotics could do more harm than good. That’s because these are viral infections, and antibiotics only cure bacterial infections. Every time you take antibiotics, they kill sensitive bacteria, but resistant germs can survive to grow and […]

Caregivers need help, too

Are you caring for an aged, ill, or disabled family member? If so, you’re one of about 43.5 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness, disability, or frailty. Family caregivers provide an average of 24 hours of care per week – when you’re the caregiver, that can make it hard to […]

Medicare Open Enrollment: The Value of Convenience

When choosing a health plan, sometimes convenience matters. In addition to cost, coverage, and benefits, here are some other things you may want to consider as you compare Medicare options this year: Doctor and hospital choice Do your doctors accept the coverage? Do you pay less if you choose your hospital and health care providers […]

Hospice care: Supporting you and your family

There are many difficult decisions that come with a terminal illness, like considering whether hospice is right for you. The thought of hospice can be scary, but it’s important to learn about your options. Medicare covers hospice care to help terminally ill patients spend the last moments of their lives with dignity and comfort, among […]

Hospice care: Supporting you and your family

There are many difficult decisions that come with a terminal illness, like considering whether hospice is right for you. The thought of hospice can be scary, but it’s important to learn about your options. Medicare covers hospice care to help terminally ill patients spend the last moments of their lives with dignity and comfort, among […]

Hospice care: Supporting you and your family

There are many difficult decisions that come with a terminal illness, like considering whether hospice is right for you. The thought of hospice can be scary, but it’s important to learn about your options. Medicare covers hospice care to help terminally ill patients spend the last moments of their lives with dignity and comfort, among […]

Fight lung cancer with Medicare

More men and women in the United States die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. More than 220,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year. The best way to lower your chances of developing lung cancer is to quit smoking and stop using tobacco products. If you use tobacco, Medicare Part […]

Fight lung cancer with Medicare

More men and women in the United States die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. More than 220,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year. The best way to lower your chances of developing lung cancer is to quit smoking and stop using tobacco products. If you use tobacco, Medicare Part […]

Diabetes—Are you at risk?

Millions of Americans have or are at risk for diabetes, one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The disease can lead to kidney failure, amputations, and blindness. November is American Diabetes Month, the perfect time for you to find out if you’re at risk and learn about the benefits Medicare covers […]

Medicare Open Enrollment: Peace of Mind with Medicare Coverage

Having health insurance with covered benefits that you can count on can bring peace of mind. If you have Medicare, you get benefits like: A host of preventive tests and screenings — including cancer screenings — most at no cost to you A discount of 65% on covered brand-name drugs with Part D if you […]

Medicare Open Enrollment: Be a smart shopper

It’s always a good idea to shop around. Cost is an important factor in any purchase, especially when it comes to health insurance, but it’s not the only thing to consider. There may be dozens of Medicare plans in your area, all with different costs and levels of coverage. How much are each plan’s premiums […]

Love your bones

About 25% of women and 6% of men 65 and over will get osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition where your bones become weak and puts you at a greater risk for broken bones. In fact, many people don’t know they have it until they break a bone. However, there are steps you can take to […]

Medicare Open Enrollment: ready to choose a plan?

Medicare Open Enrollment starts today! Choosing a plan is an important and personal decision. Now’s the time to think about what matters to you, and find the Medicare plan that meets your needs. Here are some things to think about: Does the plan cover the services you need? Think about what services and benefits you’re […]

Take care of your mental health

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world. In the US, it affects 5% of people 12 and over. People with depression can suffer from many different symptoms, including: Feelings of sadness or hopelessness Loss of interest in activities Change in weight Being more or less active than usual Difficulty sleeping or sleeping […]