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Medicare meetings clear confusion for “almost” retirees

They came to the meeting with a great deal of uncertainty, admitting they didn’t know much about their post-retirement health insurance options. Patricia and Marcus Rasmussen will both turn 65 this year and came to the Medicare meeting hosted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) to get advice and answers. “We’re confused

By |2019-05-02T13:13:42-05:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Medicare meetings clear confusion for “almost” retirees

Medicare coverage options are plentiful but enrollment choices generate lots of FAQs

Navigating Medicare can be overwhelming. Especially this time of year, during the annual open enrollment period. If you’re considering a Medicare plan, you probably have a lot of questions. I’ve worked with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s Medicare plans for several years. Here are some frequently asked questions. Q: What should I know

By |2018-11-19T09:42:45-05:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Insurance 101|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Medicare coverage options are plentiful but enrollment choices generate lots of FAQs

Here’s what you need to know if you’re a caregiver to someone who’s Medicare eligible

There are nearly 44 million unpaid caregivers to loved ones in the United States, and 72 percent are taking care of a family member age 50 or older. If you are a caregiver to someone who is Medicare eligible, here's a guide to assessing plan options and advocating on their behalf, especially during the Annual

By |2018-11-12T08:50:33-05:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Here’s what you need to know if you’re a caregiver to someone who’s Medicare eligible

New to Medicare? Make sure you understand prescription drug coverage

Deductibles. Copayments. Coverage Gaps. For those new to Medicare, how prescription drugs are covered is important. Yet the language we use can be confusing. This guide provides some important things to know about drug coverage for those on Medicare ahead of the annual election period, Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.          

By |2018-09-17T11:23:30-05:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New to Medicare? Make sure you understand prescription drug coverage

Deciphering Medicare: What you need to know as election period nears

For those new to Medicare, the pieces and parts of the various plans can be confusing. This 10-point primer is just what the doctor ordered to help anyone age 65 and older through the annual election period, Oct. 15-Dec. 7.                         Courtesy Jay Reilly

By |2018-09-10T11:21:01-05:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Our Take|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Deciphering Medicare: What you need to know as election period nears

New Medicare ID cards being mailed

In April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin a year-long process of mailing new ID cards to everyone covered by Medicare. CMS will mail the new cards by geographic location and other factors, with the goal of having all cards replaced by April 2019. For people in Iowa and Nebraska

By |2018-04-09T13:20:07-05:00March 29th, 2018|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Medicare ID cards being mailed

Options are out there for Medicare recipients

Medicare’s annual enrollment period runs from now until Dec. 7.  During this time, Medicare recipients can evaluate their current plans and shop around for other options. Doing a little homework now can save you a lot of time and hassle down the road — and it might save you some money. The first step is

By |2017-11-01T11:23:51-05:00October 26th, 2017|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Options are out there for Medicare recipients

Retirement nowadays means staying healthy

You don’t think about it until you have to:  retirement.  As the time creeps closer, the questions keep popping up from your family and friends.  When are you going to retire?  What are you going to do after you retire? As a physician, the first thing that comes to mind is, Why would I retire? 

By |2017-10-26T14:55:41-05:00October 24th, 2017|Categories: Health and Wellness, Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Retirement nowadays means staying healthy

Go generic and save money

When shopping at the grocery store, do you automatically reach for the familiar brand name item you recognize from a TV commercial or magazine ad? When it comes to medications, you might be able to save money—without sacrificing safety or effectiveness—by choosing a generic drug. Generics: What’s the Difference? If your doctor prescribes a brand-name

By |2017-09-13T13:26:25-05:00July 11th, 2017|Categories: Insurance 101|Tags: |Comments Off on Go generic and save money

Thinking about retiring? Do your homework now

When you think about retiring, do you picture sleeping in? About no longer having to get up at 6 a.m. and braving icy roads to get to work on time? Are your thoughts filled with plans for more time with grandchildren, travel and maybe the occasional afternoon nap? Changing your health insurance  probably won't cross

By |2017-09-13T13:27:40-05:00June 27th, 2017|Categories: Insurance 101|Tags: |Comments Off on Thinking about retiring? Do your homework now