Monthly Archives: October 2019

 

Medicare open enrollment is underway. Here’s what’s new and what to watch out for

KEY POINTS While Medicare.gov’s revised Plan Finder tool is intended to be more user-friendly than the one it replaced, the new version has required a number of fixes and changes since its release in August, and more could be coming. Some plans will offer supplemental benefits next year that go beyond traditional medical care, although […]
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Navigate 2020 Medicare Changes During Open Enrollment

Beneficiaries can shop for new health coverage starting October 15. Find out what’s new and perhaps less costly for the coming year. Jeff Goldberg is happy with his health coverage—a mix of traditional Medicare, a Part D prescription-drug plan and a high-deductible supplemental Medigap policy. The premiums are affordable, he says, and his out-of-pocket costs have […]
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Medicare open enrollment deadline is Dec. 7

Medicare users have until Dec. 7 to make their choice for plans in 2020. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rebuilt and relaunched their Plan Finder tool for this year’s enrollment season, enabling the more than 60 million Americans enrolled in Medicare programs in 2019 to find and compare plans more easily. There are […]
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Tips for seniors to ensure a healthy road trip

When thinking about road trips, you might envision college kids heading on adventures, but older adults take road trips, too, according to a recent survey by Cigna. Travel is a top priority for 37 percent of older adult respondents in the survey. In fact, more than 30 percent said they take three or more trips […]
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Medicare open enrollment begins; help is available

SALEM, Ore. – The annual open enrollment for Medicare started Tuesday, and the Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) Program in the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is ready to help. Medicare annual enrollment is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Medicare is health insurance for people 65 years or older or younger than 65 with Social Security […]
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You may pay less in 2020: Changes coming to Covered California

As the saying goes, nothing is so constant as change. There are many changes in health insurance in California for 2020. Readers may recall the federal government issued a statement it would not enforce the individual health insurance mandate in 2019. However, California passed legislation requiring that individuals have health insurance in 2020. Non-compliance will result […]

HEALTH ADVOCATES READY FOR COVERED CALIFORNIA

By Dianne Anderson Everything community residents need to take charge of their health is now ready for the Westside of San Bernardino. All they have to do is show up and sign up. Local community health advocates are mapping out strategies for the biggest time of their year starting October 15, when open enrollment for […]
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Making changes to Medicare coverage

Q: I have a Medicare Advantage Plan, and I keep receiving all this mail from different health-care companies. Do I need to make changes during open enrollment? SH Answer: Great question! Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to review their health insurance on an annual basis. Changes to your health, prescription drugs and possible new plan options […]
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Two Ways To Get Your Medicare In California

Do you know the difference between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage? Did you know that there are two different ways to receive your Medicare benefits? The most popular way is Original Medicare. With Original Medicare, you can choose any doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider you want, as long as they accept Medicare. When you […]
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Flexibility resulting from Medicare changes could be good for some, CEO says

The devil is in the details, as the saying goes, but President Trump’s call for changes to the Medicare program could mean some good things for senior living residents and the providers who serve them, Juniper Communities founder and CEO Lynne Katzmann told McKnight’s Senior Living. The executive order signed by the president on Oct. 3 gives the […]
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