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Observation Status Rules-The Medicare Change That Could Cost Your Clients Thousands of Dollars

By Margie Barrie This information could be the best holiday gift you can give your clients. Here’s why: If your clients are on Medicare, this advice could save them thousands of dollars. I wrote the first draft of this article from my mother’s hospital room in Sarasota. My mother, who is 98, was taken by ambulance …

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How to Enroll in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

By Dan Wagener   If you’ve decided to get a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, reviewed your options, and chosen a plan, then the next step is to enroll. As you’ll see, it’s not as complicated as it seems. First, know that enrolling when you’re eligible is important because Medicare may charge you penalties if you don’t …

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President Trump signs executive order to protect traditional Medicare and MA plans

By Susan Morse President Trump on Thursday railed against the Democrat’s Medicare for All plan at a Florida rally where he signed an executive order to protect traditional Medicare and private Medicare Advantage while ramping up alternative payment models, time spent with patients, access to innovative technology and reducing the regulatory burdens on providers. “The proposed Medicare …

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Substance Abuse Among Medicare Beneficiaries

By Patrick Bailey Although young adults are typically the ones who struggle with the highest rates of addiction, substance abuse among Medicare beneficiaries has increased noticeably over the past two decades. Many older individuals continue to struggle with addiction to alcohol and other substances such as prescription drugs, which they are likely to be prescribed …

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 Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period in 2019

As the Open Enrollment Period and the Annual Enrollment Period are upon us for Under 65 and  Medicare health insurance respectively, it’s been very busy to say the least. As a reminder for Medicare beneficiaries, there will be some changes in the Open Enrollment dates starting next year: Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period in 2019 The Medicare …

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