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Medicare Enrollment: Disenrolling in Medicare Advantage

Great question from a senior who needs to disenroll in Medicare Advantage and find a Medicare Supplemental (Medigap) plan:

The first week my wife and I had moved to Houston, I had a wonderful surprise in the Spring newspaper in my front yard and there was your Medicare column discussing different Medicare options for someone . . . → Read More: Medicare Enrollment: Disenrolling in Medicare Advantage

Will Medicare Run Out in Your Lifetime?

Something to think about this morning:

The government said Friday that Medicare’s giant hospital trust will not be exhausted until 2026, two years later than projected last year, while the date that Social Security will exhaust its trust fund remained unchanged at 2033.

The latest projections were included in the annual report of trustees of . . . → Read More: Will Medicare Run Out in Your Lifetime?

Medicare Scams: Could Your Parents Be Victims?

Have your parents been receiving suspicious calls about their Medicare? Tell us about it in our discussion forum!

The Medicare Scooter Scam: Could You Be a Target?

Yep, Medicare scams are up this year, and medical equipment is playing a big part in those scams:

Dr. Charlotte Kennedy first became suspicious earlier this year when she received a fax from a medical supply company asking her to authorize a back brace for a 92-year-old patient.

The doctor from Chesterfield, Mo., had recently . . . → Read More: The Medicare Scooter Scam: Could You Be a Target?

Scam Alert: Medicare Scams on the Rise!

Medicare scams are waaaayyyyy up, so if your parents are on Medicare, it might be time to check in with them.

The misperceptions many people have about the health care overhaul law leave a wide-open space for crooks to slither through and scam unwary consumers.

That’s what’s happening as the federal Affordable Care Act . . . → Read More: Scam Alert: Medicare Scams on the Rise!

Medicare Scam Alert: Bogus Health and Welfare Department Calls

If you thought we were out of the woods with Medicare scams now that Open Enrollment is over, well, it doesn’t look like it. A new scam has come to our attention, one involving a fictitious “Health and Welfare Department.”

The way this new Medicare scam goes, the Medicare beneficiary will get a phone call . . . → Read More: Medicare Scam Alert: Bogus Health and Welfare Department Calls

Alzheimer’s Disease: Is Anyone Prepared For How Much It Could Cost?

And no, Medicare will not cover everything you may need:

Alayna Tillman’s mother and aunt both have Alzheimer’s disease and live with Tillman, her husband and two sons in Lake View Terrace.

Tillman says Medicare pays for many of the medical costs her mom and aunt incur. But other services, such as home care or . . . → Read More: Alzheimer’s Disease: Is Anyone Prepared For How Much It Could Cost?

Can We Learn Something From Arizona’s Government-Run Healthcare?

If you only identify Arizona with Governor Jan Brewer wagging a finger in President Obama’s face or Sheriff Arpaio and his posses, you’re only getting half of the picture. We may be able to learn a valuable lesson from Arizona on healthcare:

In a low-slung building in the vast desert expanse east of Phoenix, a . . . → Read More: Can We Learn Something From Arizona’s Government-Run Healthcare?

Where Are the Doctors Taking Medicare Patients?

Are you a Medicare patient? Tell us about it in our Medicare discussion forum!

Medicare Scammers Target Banking Information

Sadly, we have a new Medicare scam alert today:

A new scam is targeting senior citizens — a caller claiming to represent Medicare asking verification of personal information for a new medical card.

A 72-year-old Oxford Township man, who asked to remain anonymous, said he was recently contacted by the phone number 409-574-1214. The caller . . . → Read More: Medicare Scammers Target Banking Information