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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 […]

Medicare Open Enrollment: is Medicare still on your “to do” list?

“To do” lists are very helpful during this hectic time of year. If something important isn’t written down, it’s easy to forget. If you still haven’t crossed off “Compare Medicare coverage” from your to do list, time is running out! Medicare Open Enrollment ends this week on December 7. To help you sort through your […]

Support World AIDS Day – wear your red ribbon

Did you know that every year 50,000 people are diagnosed with HIV? Of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States, 1 in every 6 doesn’t even know they have it. December 1st 2014 is World AIDS day and the theme is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.” HIV is the virus […]

Medicare is ready to help you quit smoking

Every year, more people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer and smoking is the leading cause. Don’t become a statistic – Medicare is ready to help you quit smoking. Talk to your doctor today and cross one thing off your list. Besides being famous for Thanksgiving, November is also Lung Cancer […]

Prescription drug plan premiums: make it automatic

We like when things are automatic. From smart phone reminders to automatic coffee makers – it’s nice when something’s done before we even need to think about doing it. Whether you’ve already picked a new plan for 2015, or decided to keep the plan you had in 2014, one thing you might not have thought […]