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Which Medicare Plans Have Silver Sneakers In 2014?

Which Medicare Plans Have Silver Sneakers In 2014? | Medicare Information | Scoop.it
SilverSneakers is a fitness program that is specifically targeted to seniors in order to help them stay fit and healthy. In participating fitness and
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Seniors on Medicare - here is how to stay fit and healthy with Silver Sneakers!

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What Is New For Medicare Part D Prescription Drugs Plans In 2014?

What Is New For Medicare Part D Prescription Drugs Plans In 2014? | Medicare Information | Scoop.it
Even in case you don't take a lot of medication now, having a Medicare Part D prescription drugs plan is important for every person on Medicare. The purpose of
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Will Obamacare Replace Medicare? - PARADE

Will Obamacare Replace Medicare? - PARADE | Medicare Information | Scoop.it

“PARADE Will Obamacare Replace Medicare? PARADE Under Obamacare, individual seniors making more than $85,000 and couples making over $170,000 will pay more for their prescription coverage, called Medicare Part D.”


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Seniors to get first look at 2014 Medicare plans - Sun-Sentinel

Seniors to get first look at 2014 Medicare plans - Sun-Sentinel | Medicare Information | Scoop.it
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Seniors shopping for Medicare coverage through privately run managed care and stand-alone prescription plans can get an electronic sneak peek of what's out there.
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What To Do If Your Doctor Won't Take Medicare - Forbes

What To Do If Your Doctor Won't Take Medicare - Forbes | Medicare Information | Scoop.it
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Have you noticed that as we age, we seem to have more conversations around medical issues — whether we like it or not?

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Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Plans 2013

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Medicare Supplement plans, also referred to as supplemental insurance, or Medigap, were designed to help pay the costs that original Medicare does not cover. It
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Lowering Medicare Bills

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Are you paying higher Medicare premiums because of your income? Now is the time to try to reduce next year's bill.

The federal health-benefits program for older adults and the disabled has started its annual open-enrollment period, which runs through Dec. 7.

Re-evaluating Medicare coverage is as important as rebalancing an investment portfolio. As your needs change, make adjustments—while ensuring you get the same services at the best price.

But very few people do it. Only 15% of 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries who are 65 or older said they had changed their Medicare plans in the past year or plan to do so in the next 12 months, a recent Allsup survey found. Each year, people who use Medicare have to choose at least a few areas of their coverage. In traditional Medicare—comprising parts A (mainly hospitalization), B (outpatient care, including doctor visits) and D (prescription drugs)—you have to choose a drug plan. You also can buy a separate Medigap policy to help insure costs that otherwise aren't covered. Instead of using parts B and D, you can choose a Medicare Advantage plan—technically Part C—which has a set group of providers and might also cover drugs, dental work and eye appointments.


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RESOURCE: Medicare Coverage of Speech Generating Devices | via ALS Association

RESOURCE: Medicare Coverage of Speech Generating Devices | via ALS Association | Medicare Information | Scoop.it

Medicare Coverage of Speech Generating Devices (SGD)Medicare will cover the cost of a SGD if you have Medicare Part B services.

 

1. You must live in your family home or an assisted living facility

 

2. Medicare will not cover the cost of a SGD if you are in a hospital, skilled nursing facility, or on hospice.

 

*Medicare will cover 80% of the allowable cost of the device.  Secondary insurance should pay the remaining 20% but that is not always the case.  If you do not have secondary insurance, you will be responsible for the 20% co-pay.  There are funds available from charitable organizations that may help pay for any deductible or co-pay that insurance does not cover.

 

*Medicare classifies SGD’s as “durable medical equipment” (DME) and will cover the device under this classification.

 

*An assessment by a speech-language pathologist is required to document that this device is needed to meet your daily functional communication needs.  80% of the cost of the assessment is covered by Medicare.  The remaining charge can be billed to secondary insurance (if applicable) or will be billed to the client.

 

*A doctors prescription is required.

 

*Once the assessment has been completed, appropriate paperwork will be submitted to the vendor of the device.  This process usually takes approximately one to two months.

 

*If the vendor feels all the paperwork is in order, they will ship the device directly to you. 

 

Training on your device can be provided by:

 

 > Vendor—many vendors offer training sessions at no cost.

 

> Facility—the facility where you received your device can provide training. The cost of the training session is covered by Medicare.

 

> Chapter—the ALS Association may have resources available for training.


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Howard Mason's curator insight, July 17, 2013 10:53 PM

We just bought some medical equipment last week for my grandfather. It is very important to him since, he easily get sick. The good thing that I like about this home medical equipment is, they are easy to use. 

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Thank you Howard for your input! What device did you purchase?
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How to use the Medicare Part D Plan Finder - Tampabay.com

How to use the Medicare Part D Plan Finder - Tampabay.com | Medicare Information | Scoop.it
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Medigap vs Medicare Advantage: Which is the Best Medicare Supplement?

Medigap vs Medicare Advantage: Which is the Best Medicare Supplement? | Medicare Information | Scoop.it

For many seniors considering health care, the pivotal question is in deciding between Medigap vs Medicare Advantage. Finding the best option depends on a variety of factors, but it also depends on ...


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How Does The Government Shutdown Affect Medicare?

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Many Medicare beneficiaries and seniors turning 65 these days have questions now how the government shutdown on October 1st, 2013 impacts Medicare services and
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This article talks about seniors that are turning 65 have questions now about how the government shut down impacts Medicare. Some questions that they are asking are can I apply for Medicare? Will I receive Medicare benefits? Which effects does the government shutdown have on seniors for Medicare? Where do I get the up to date information? also in the article it includes the effects it has on the government like social security benefits and other health care shut downs

 

to me this article is important because it dicusses the main negative points the shut down has in the country itself. Seniors at the age of 65 have the biggest concern because the things they need the most are shut down.

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When Can I Cancel Or Switch Medicare Advantage Plans?

In most cases, you are enrolled in a Medicare advantage plan for a year. Before the new year begins, your provider will have to inform you in case there will be
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How Medicare Can Save Money on Drug Costs - | Medicare News Group

How Medicare Can Save Money on Drug Costs - | Medicare News Group | Medicare Information | Scoop.it
For policymakers eyeing Medicare providers, cutting drug prices paid by Medicare and beneficiaries is becoming the ultimate low-hanging fruit.

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Medicare Supplement Plans California - Learn About Medigap Insurance CA

Check http://www.medicareanswers.org/supplement-plans/ for more information and Medicare supplement plans that are currently available in California. Medicar...
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Los Angeles leads nation in Medicare spending on end-of-life care - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles leads nation in Medicare spending on end-of-life care - Los Angeles Times | Medicare Information | Scoop.it
Los Angeles leads nation in Medicare spending on end-of-life care Los Angeles Times More money was spent in the Los Angeles area on chronically ill patients in their final years than anywhere else in the United States, according to new data on...
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