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NMEW: Get Help Paying for Medicare

Posted:September 21, 2018

If you have limited income and assets, you may qualify for help with medical costs for care you receive under Medicare. Here are a few of the programs you can look into if you need financial assistance. Medicaid helps pay costs not covered by Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). It may also include…

NMEW: Who Can Get Medicare?

Posted:September 19, 2018

Age – Turning 65 is a big life event, and thousands of baby boomers are doing it every day. *Here’s what you need to know right off the bat: You must be 65 to enroll in Medicare—your spouse’s age doesn’t count. You may enroll in Medicare even if you’re not collecting Social Security yet. You…

National Medicare Education Week: Medicare Coverage & Costs

Posted:September 17, 2018

It’s National Medicare Education Week (NMEW) until Sept 21st. The goal is to keep people informed when it comes to choosing a plan. To get you started here is are The Basics of Medicare. There are four basic parts of Medicare: A, B, C and D. Each part helps pay for certain health care services.…

The Buzz on Bugs

Posted:June 7, 2018

Summer is here and with it comes the opportunity to venture outside and explore nature. Unfortunately these warmer temperatures aren’t just attractive to people, but also to mosquitoes and ticks. Mosquitoes can transmit West Nile Virus, St. Louis Encephalitis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and even dengue and ticks can transmit Lyme disease and other serious infections.…

Medicare and Stroke Recovery

Posted:May 21, 2018

Did you know that more than half a million people over the age of 65 suffer a stroke each year? If you’re recovering from a stroke and suffering major side effects, like problems with hearing or vision, paralysis, balance problems, or difficulty walking or moving around in daily life, Medicare covers rehabilitation services to help…

Four Things You Need to Know Before Getting a Knee Replacement

Posted:May 9, 2018

If you need a knee replacement, you have plenty of company. Some 2.5 million Americans, including 3 percent of people over the age of 60, have a knee they weren’t born with. Knee replacement surgery is common, but it’s still a major procedure. The weeks and months leading up to the operation may be a bit…

Let Medicare Help You Practice Preventative Care

Posted:March 7, 2018

Medicare.gov says that Spring is a season of new beginnings and growth, bringing us longer hours of daylight, sprouting tulips, and warmer weather. It’s the perfect time to renew your commitment to better health, and practice preventive care. Preventive services are valuable to your wellbeing, because they can help you keep from getting sick and…

Flu Versus Cold: Which do you have?

Posted:February 26, 2018

Are you waking up with a sore throat, cough or even a fever? Most people immediately assume they are flu symptoms, but sometimes it’s not as bad as it seems. The common cold and Influenza share extremely similar symptoms that are sometimes indistinguishable. How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?…

Understanding the 2018 Medicare Part D Coverage Gap or Donut Hole

Posted:February 13, 2018

  The Donut Hole or Coverage Gap is a term used to describe a gap or pause in your Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan coverage where, prior to 2011, you were 100% responsible for the cost of your prescription drugs – unless your Medicare plan provided some brand-name or generic…

Early Cervical Cancer Detection

Posted:January 30, 2018

With Cervical Cancer Awareness month coming to an end, here are a few facts on how to detect the cancer before it’s too late. According to the American Cancer Association, the best way to find cervical cancer early is to have regular screening with a Pap test (which may be combined with a test for…