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Medicare Open Enrollment: Are you ready to pick a plan?

Fall is picking season – pumpkins, apples, Halloween candy…and a Medicare health or drug plan. Today’s the start of Medicare Open Enrollment! Picking a plan is an important and personal decision. Now’s the time to think about what matters to you, and to pick the Medicare plan that meets your needs. Here are some things […]

Improved quality of Medicare plans and steady premiums are great news as Open Enrollment set to begin on Oct. 15

By Marilyn Tavenner, CMS Administrator As we approach the beginning of Medicare open enrollment on October 15, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants everyone to know that for most seniors who have Original Medicare, the 2015 Part B premiums will remain unchanged for a second consecutive year. This means more of seniors’ […]

Cutting-edge colorectal cancer screening now covered

Did you know colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among cancers that affect both men and women? More than 90% of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older. More men than women get colon cancer, and 1 or 2 out of every 100 […]

Now’s the perfect time to get your free flu shot

It’s that time of year again. Protect yourself and the ones you love this flu season with your free flu shot. Get your flu shot early and stay healthy! Flu viruses change from year to year, so it’s important to get a flu shot each flu season. It’s free for people with Medicare, once per […]

Medicare Open Enrollment is coming soon – do you need to make a change?

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, you can already see the leaves starting to change. Like the changing leaves, the fall also brings your chance to make changes to your Medicare coverage. That’s because October 15 – December 7 is Medicare Open Enrollment. It’s your chance to review your health care […]

Did you get your mammogram this year?

Mammograms are breast cancer screening tests that can detect a lump before you or your doctor can feel it. This helps to detect breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable. All women over 40 should have a mammogram every 12 months – and Medicare covers it at no cost if your doctor accepts assignment. Talk […]

Need therapy services? Be sure you know Medicare’s limits

Are you getting physical therapy after a hip replacement? Speech-language pathology services after a stroke? Anytime you get outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech-language pathology services, be sure you know the limits for how much Medicare will pay. Medicare helps pay for medically-necessary outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services. There are […]

Go Green with “Medicare & You”

Love your red, white, and blue “Medicare & You” handbook but love the convenience of getting information on your computer, tablet, or phone even more? You can get all of the same information in your printed handbook online at Medicare.gov. Learn what’s new, get Medicare costs, and find out what Medicare covers. Even better, the […]

Get yearly prostate cancer screenings

Did you know prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men? Help prevent prostate cancer from affecting you or the men in your life. If you’re a man who’s 50 or older, make sure you get screened for prostate cancer every 12 months. Your Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers 2 tests to help […]

Getting shots doesn’t have to be a pain

Are you taking precautions to make sure you stay healthy?  Just like you take your car for scheduled maintenance, it’s important to do what you can to take care of your body.  Medicare covers many preventive services, and we make it easy for you to get these 3 shots: Flu Shots—Covered once a flu season in […]

Medicare protects you on World Hepatitis Day and every day

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 […]

As Your Insurance Agent, How Can We Help?

Insurance is not a simple topic. And, it is an ever-changing landscape. That’s where we come in. We’re here to help answer your questions about the different types of insurance you might be considering. Even if you have health insurance through your job, there is a good chance you will still need to consider how […]

Take charge, take the test for HIV

Did you know that approximately 1 in 5 of the more than 1 million Americans infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) don’t know they’re carrying the virus? Medicare covers HIV screening for people with Medicare of any age who ask for the test, pregnant women, and people at increased risk for the infection (such as […]

Star Ratings Coming Soon to Compare Sites on Medicare.gov

By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer When buying a product or service, looking at ratings can often help narrow down the choices. Some websites offer “star” ratings that give information about the quality of the products and services they offer. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have […]

Go paperless and help the environment

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