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
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
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?
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
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
It’s that time of year to weatherize your house, your car—and your Medicare plan. If you’re 65 years of age or older, and there’s been a change in the last year to your health, the prescription drugs you take or your financial status, now’s the time to give yourself a health plan checkup. Start by
Have your parents slowed down? Complained of some aches and pains and wrinkles? Those are normal signs of aging. Have you noticed that your parents appear depressed or helpless? Have they lost interest in the hobbies they’ve always enjoyed? Are they overeating or have they lost their appetite? As a physician, I can tell you
Original Medicare (Parts A and B) doesn’t cover everything; you generally have to pay your deductible, 20% of your Part B medical bills and all of your prescription drug cost. Medicare Advantage insurance is designed to be the only health care plan you need. Here are the details on how your Medicare parts add up.