FAQ's

  • Ask the Advisor: August 2017 How Would My Son’s Caregiver Be Affected By Medicaid Cuts? Q:  How would the healthcare replacement legislation in Congress affect homecare and long-term care services covered by Medicaid?  My 44-year old son was born with cerebral palsy and is homebound.  He receives both Medicare and Medicaid.  My mom, age 93, also lives with me.  My husband ...
  • Q & A: July 2017 Why Am I Paying So Much For My Medicare? Q:  I think I’m paying too much for my Medicare Part B premium.  My husband started Medicare and Social Security in 2014 at age 65.  This year he pays about $110.00 per month for his Part B coverage.  I signed up for Medicare Part B in March ...
  • 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 ...
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