FAQ's

  • Q & A: February/March 2017 Q: I recently received a notice from my Medicare supplement insurer that the claim for my annual mammogram was denied.  I thought Medicare covered this.  Is there anything I can do?  I was billed $483.  I became eligible for Medicare last fall and this was one of my first appointments. A: Medicare covers one mammogram screening ...
  • Q & A: September/October 2016 Should I Drop Medigap For Medicare Advantage? Q:  My Medigap premium is more than $250 per month.  I’m paying $104.60 for Medicare Part B and $40 per month for a Part D plan.  I’ve learned there’s a Medicare Advantage plan in my area that only charges a premium of $30 a month, and that includes Part ...
  • Ask the Advisor: February/March 2016 Q: I turned 65 in February 2015, and started Medicare last year. Prior to getting Medicare I received my healthcare through my employer. Can you tell me if Medicare Part B and Medicare Advantage premiums are a deductible health expense? What other Medicare expenses are deductible?   A: You can deduct Medicare Part B premiums and other ...
  • Ask The Advisor: November 2015 Can I Get My Old Medicare Supplement Back? Q: I’m in my 80s and I’ve been covered by a Medicare Advantage plan for several years. Recently I had to have a hip replacement and the costs were far greater than I thought they would be. My former Medicare supplement covered almost all out-of-pocket costs. Is it ...
  • Social Security & Medicare Questions: August 2015 Q: I’m helping my mother who is 70 with her doctor’s appointments. The doctor recommended a shingles, and a pneumonia vaccine. I know Medicare covers flu shots, but what about these? A: Medicare covers both, but like all things Medicare, vaccine coverage isn’t always simple. Pneumonia vaccines are covered under Part B, and shingles vaccines should ...
  • Social Security & Medicare Questions: July 2015 After Surgery What Can I Do About Unexpected Bills? Q: I’m new to Medicare and recently had surgery. I’ve received several unexpected bills, including one for $1,100 from the anesthesiologist. I thought these costs would be covered. What can I do? A: When you get surgery it’s often difficult to know the costs in advance. Medicare ...
  • Social Security & Medicare Questions: May 2015 Q: How do I enroll in Medicare if I’m not getting Social Security benefits? I turn 65, next month (June). I’m still working, but I don’t receive health benefits through my employer. I’ve been visiting the doctor at my local free clinic, and was told that I will no longer be eligible for that once ...
  • Social Security & Medicare Questions: January 2015 Q: I turn 65 in two months. I recently received my Medicare card and a letter stating that I might be eligible for Extra Help with prescriptions. I’m going to apply, but I’m still worried. My Social Security benefit is only $800 per month and I don’t have much other income. I can’t afford the ...
  • Administration Announces Plan To Remove Illegals From Medicare Rolls The Obama administration recently proposed new regulations to deny Medicare to illegal immigrants and remove them from Medicare rolls. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are proposing U.S. citizenship or lawful presence in the United States as a new requirement for getting Medicare. The move is a long time coming. Legislation passed in ...
  • What Would Food Cost Today If Prices Increased As Fast As Medicare? Take A Look At This New Chart From The Senior Citizens League Alexandria, VA: Today’s seniors are living longer and spending more years in retirement — which is why a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) that keeps up with rising costs is essential protection, says The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). Yet Social Security benefits have been ...
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