MEDICARE AND RISING PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS

MEDICARE AND RISING PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS

Are you worried about rising health care costs? There are many ways to save money, available to you. One of these is our new Price Check My Rx tool. You can also learn how to save money by using generic drugs. Know your prescription cost and options As a soon-to-be or...
3 New Ways That Medicare Is Supporting Family Caregivers

3 New Ways That Medicare Is Supporting Family Caregivers

‘So often caregivers are often unseen and unsung heroes,’ head of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says Family members, often thrust into caregiving with little notice, also must navigate a complex medical system without any training or guidance. “I feel...
MEDICARE AND MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS – WHAT MEDICARE COVERS

MEDICARE AND MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS – WHAT MEDICARE COVERS

As you grow older, life and tough circumstances can lead to issues such as depression, anxiety and more. The human body is a complex and highly sophisticated system that has many delicate parts working in harmony. The command center for this entire system is, of...
How Long Do Medicare Enrollees Wait to See a Doctor?

How Long Do Medicare Enrollees Wait to See a Doctor?

A third face month-long delays for appointments, but most are happy with their overall care A survey of beneficiaries enrolled in both original Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA) plans revealed a common problem: More than a third of those polled had to wait a month...
Does Medigap Plan G Pay Doctor Visits?

Does Medigap Plan G Pay Doctor Visits?

Medicare beneficiaries have lots of options when it comes to Medicare plans. One of the most popular choices is Medigap Plan G. It’s known for its comprehensive coverage and predictable costs. One question we often get asked is, “Does Plan G pay doctor visits?” We’ll...
Does Medigap Plan N Raise Its Rates Slower than Other Plans

Does Medigap Plan N Raise Its Rates Slower than Other Plans

The rate increases for Medigap (Medicare Supplement) plans, including Plan N, can vary based on several factors and may differ from one plan to another. However, it’s not accurate to categorically state that Medigap Plan N increases its rates slower than other plans...
Manage your Medicare benefits

Manage your Medicare benefits

You’ll sign up for Part A and Part B through Social Security. Once enrolled, you’ll manage your benefit plans through Medicare. Your Medicare Information Get your Medicare number To find your Medicare number, sign in to your Social Security account and view your...
Medicare Advantage Updates and Trends for 2024

Medicare Advantage Updates and Trends for 2024

The recent robust growth of Medicare Advantage plans brings challenges, opportunities, and new regulations for home health agencies. As we head into 2024, here’s a summary of the latest news, updates, and anticipated trends for Medicare Advantage. The Rising...
If You’re on Medicare, You Could Save Money on Drugs This Year

If You’re on Medicare, You Could Save Money on Drugs This Year

Federal law set caps on some spending for seniors who are enrolled in Part D prescription drug plans. Those paying for high-cost medicines will benefit. It’s the best news that few people seem to know about: Prescription drug costs are falling this year for more than...
Does Medicare Cover Heart Disease?

Does Medicare Cover Heart Disease?

February is American Heart Month – a way to bring awareness to heart disease and help spread tips on heart disease prevention. That means now is the perfect time to review some of the facts about cardiovascular disease (CVD), along with tips to combat it. Then...
What is the Medicare ‘Donut Hole,’ or Part D Coverage Gap?

What is the Medicare ‘Donut Hole,’ or Part D Coverage Gap?

The Medicare Part D ‘donut hole’ coverage gap goes away in 2025. Until then, here’s how it works. Nerdy takeaways You enter the donut hole when you and your plan spend a total of $5,030 in 2024. In the donut hole, you pay up to 25% out of pocket for all covered...
Seven Ways You Can Avoid Higher Medicare Premiums

Seven Ways You Can Avoid Higher Medicare Premiums

Changes in income, marital status, work hours and other life events can exempt enrollees from surcharges Most people who enroll in Medicare Part B, which covers doctor visits, diagnostic tests and other outpatient services, pay a standard monthly premium, $174.70 in...

OCTOBER 16: DEADLINE FOR CORRECTING 2022 IRA CONTRIBUTIONS

By Sarah Brenner, JD Director of Retirement Education Follow Us on X: @theslottreport Maybe you made a Roth IRA contribution for 2022 and then discovered your income was too high. Maybe you contributed to a traditional IRA but later discovered that the contribution...

Top Tips for Grilling in the Rain – The Barbecue Must Go On

I believe you can grill all year round, whatever the weather. Though going by many of the complaints I see in Facebook groups about rain preventing play, it’s evident not everybody agrees. So in this article, I’m going to give you some guidance on how to master the...

HOW THE SECURE ACT IMPACTS SUCCESSOR BENEFICIARIES

By Sarah Brenner, JD IRA Analyst The SECURE Act has upended the rules for inherited IRAs. One area the new law completely changes is the rules for successor beneficiaries. Here is what you need to know: Who are successor beneficiaries? The successor beneficiary is the...

Is a Fixed Indexed Annuity Right for Me?

Ensure you have the financial security to be in control of your retirement. Before determining if an FIA is right for your portfolio, make sure you understand the specific product features and if the benefits ladder into your goals. If you… have a retirement plan in...