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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 […]

Saving Dollars Makes Sense, with Medicare

With rising prices on essentials like groceries, you’re not alone if you’re keeping a close eye on your wallet. Many Americans are facing financial challenges today, and health care costs are no exception. Luckily, there are many ways you can save money on your health care costs if you have Medicare. If you have limited […]

This Valentine’s Day, give yourself the gift of a healthy heart

Although popular love songs might tell you otherwise, a broken heart can’t kill you – but heart disease can. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, taking 600,000 lives each year. You might not be able to avoid Cupid’s arrow, but you can take steps to lower your risks and […]

Choosing a dialysis facility 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 dialysis facility? It can be overwhelming when you’re faced with having to choose a health care provider. Providers and facilities differ in the […]

Protect yourself – get screened for cervical cancer

Did you know all women are at risk for cervical cancer, and it occurs most often in women over 30? Fortunately, Medicare covers 2 types of screening test – the Pap smear and human papilloma virus (HPV) test – that can help find cancer and other health problems early and improve recovery and survival rates. […]

Are you at high risk for glaucoma?

Do you have diabetes or a family history of glaucoma? Are you African American and 50 or older, or are you Hispanic American and 65 or older? If so, your risk of getting glaucoma may be higher, but don’t worry – Medicare covers a glaucoma test once every 12 months for people at high risk […]

Get your Medicare ready for 2015

Do you make resolutions for the new year? Here are some easy ones you can keep that will help get you ready for 2015: 1. Check to see that you have the right insurance card to use when you go to the doctor in 2015. Did you change your health or drug plan during Medicare […]