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New Book Offers Guidance Through the Medicare Maze

Posted on: April 8th, 2017
Medicare is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it provides guaranteed coverage for Americans over age 65 or who are disabled, and the program has improved the health of millions since it was created in 1965....

Hospitals Now Must Provide Notice About Observation Status

Posted on: April 3rd, 2017
All hospitals must now give Medicare recipients notice when they are in the hospital under observation status. The notice requirement is part of a law enacted in 2015 but that just took effect. ...

Medicare Coverage While Traveling Within the U.S.

Posted on: August 22nd, 2016
When people retire they often have more time to travel. Although Medicare coverage is generally not available when beneficiaries are overseas, what about coverage for those exploring our own varied and scenic land?...

Medicaid's Benefits for Assisted Living Facility Residents

Posted on: June 4th, 2016
Assisted living facilities are a housing option for people who can still live independently but who need some assistance. Costs can range from $2,000 to more than $6,000 a month, depending on location. Medicare won’t pay for this type of care, but Medicaid might. Almost all state Medicaid programs will cover at least some assisted living costs for eligible residents....

Underestimating the Risk of Disability - The Importance of Being Prepared

Posted on: January 21st, 2016
No one likes to think about the possibility of their own disability or the disability of a loved one. However, as the statistics below demonstrate, we should all plan for at least a temporary disability. This issue of The ElderCounselorTM examines the eye-opening statistics surrounding disability and some of the common disability planning options. Disability planning is one area where we can give each and every person and family we work with great comfort in knowing that, if they or a loved one becomes disabled, they will be prepared....

Medicare Announces Parts A and B Premiums and Deductibles for 2016

Posted on: December 1st, 2015
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has announced the Medicare premiums, deductibles, and coinsurances for 2016....
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