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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 […]

Even “healthy” men need health screenings

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 forprostate cancer, for colorectal cancer, or for both. Even if you’re feeling fine, screening tests can […]

Traveling abroad this summer? Plan a worry-free vacation.

If you’re planning a vacation abroad this summer, 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 the most relaxing vacation possible, so before you go don’t forget to: Look into Medicare […]

Open Payments Data Collection Moves Forward

By Dr. Shantanu Agrawal, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of Center for Program Integrity By now, you may have heard about the Open Payments program (previously known as the Sunshine Act) and wondered what it is and what it means for you. This program offers patients the opportunity to know if their doctors have a […]

Protect your bones, protect your life

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.  Medicare can help you prevent or detect osteoporosis at an early stage, when treatment works best.  Learn the facts so you can […]

Older Americans Month: Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.

Have you ever had an injury from a fall or another kind of an accident? Each year, accidents like falls result in at least 6 million medically-treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths. Many of these unintentional injuries happen to older Americans. Every May, we recognize older Americans for their contributions and demonstrate our nation’s commitment to […]