The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently opened the much-anticipated federal Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) Portal, a component of the No Surprises Act section of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the Act) that protects people covered under group and individual health plans from receiving surprise medical bills when they receive most emergency services,…

Guidance on choosing healthcare facilities and providers is frequently skewed by online search engines and paid advertisements, but real data doesn’t lie. Medicare collects star rating data and patient survey information to provide this valuable information for you to shop and compare. Find and compare doctors, nursing homes, hospitals, home health, hospice care, and other…

We are thrilled that as of July 1, 2022, the asset limit for Medi-Cal (California Medicaid) serving older adults and people with disabilities will be $130,000 for an individual and $65,000 for each additional family member. This huge increase should allow many people to get on or stay on Medi-Cal without having to impoverish themselves….

At some point in our lives, about 60 percent of us will need assistance with things like getting dressed, driving to appointments, or making meals. Planning is critical, but many people are not sure what is covered by insurance, and people are often misinformed about what is covered by Medicare. Things You Should Know Long-term-care…

Do you know that if you’re unhappy with your current Medicare Advantage Plan (Medicare Part C) you still have options to change the plan? Each year, there’s a Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period from January 1 – March 31. During this time, if you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan and want to change your health…

Retaining a good Medicare plan means understanding how all the parts fit together to choose your tailor-made coverage. If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan or Stand Alone Drug Plan, this is your special time of year to review your plan or make a plan change to better meet your needs. Medicare health…

As you have probably noticed, the amount of Medicare marketing through many channels such as TV, mails, and social media has increased closer to the Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP). A lot of these ads promote many rich benefits such as transportation, dental, vision, even premium part B rebate to reduce your part B premium….

Losing your Medicare card can cause you to panic.  That’s why knowing in advance what to do if your Medicare card is lost or stolen is important and can save you a headache. Luckily, getting a replacement Medicare card is easy. To know how this article “What to Do if Your Medicare Card is Lost…

Open Enrollment (AEP) for Medicare begins today, October 15th until December 7. During this time you may join, switch or drop a Medicare Advantage plan (Part C) or a prescription drug plan (part D). In some cases, you can also drop your Medicare Advantage plan and switch to a Medicare Supplement with a Part D plan. Every…

CMS has released the 2019 Medicare Advantage and Part D Call Letter which provides the Part D benefit parameters and policy changes to the Prescription Drug Benefit Program. The table below compares the standard benefit for a Part D plan for 2019 to the amounts for 2018. There were also many updates to other aspects…

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