MHI – Medicare Blog

Q: How can I get Medicare to talk to me about Mom’s plan?

Monday, December 17, 2018

A: You’ll need a permission slip from your mother if you want Medicare to talk to you about her plan. Actually, it’s not exactly a permission slip. It’s CMS Form 10106, otherwise known as an “Authorization to Disclose Personal Health Information”.

Q: Are there changes to the Part D program in 2019?

Monday, December 10, 2018

A: The big change to Part D in 2019 is the elimination of the Donut Hole (also called the Coverage Gap) on brand-name medications.

Q: Is it too late to change drug plans?

Monday, December 3, 2018

A: You still have time to make a change to your Part D drug plan. The Open Enrollment Period is October 15 – December 7.

Q: Should I be worried about the Donut Hole?

Monday, November 26, 2018

A: If you’re a professional worrier, I probably can’t stop you from worrying about the Donut Hole. Having said that, there is some encouraging news on the horizon.

Q: What happens if my doctor prescribes a drug not on my plan’s formulary?

Monday, November 19, 2018

A: You might want to ask your doctor to prescribe another medication if the one he or she prescribes is not on your drug plan’s formulary. If your doctor prefers not to prescribe a different medication, then you could submit a coverage exception to your plan.

Q: What happens if I take no action between October 15 and December 7?

Monday, November 12, 2018

A: The Medicare Open Enrollment Period takes place every fall between October 15 and December 7. This is the time for people on Medicare who are enrolled in a Part D drug plan or a Medicare Advantage plan to make sure their current plan will still be a good choice for them next year.

Q: What is all the ruckus about the F plan?

Monday, November 5, 2018

A: There is a bit of a ruckus about the Plan F Medicare Supplement. There are rumors that this very popular plan is “going away”. Don’t you believe it! Congress passed legislation that prohibits anyone becoming eligible for Medicare on o ...

Q: Why should I sign up for Part D if I don’t take any medications?

Monday, October 29, 2018

A: That’s a fair question. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) says that Part D is voluntary. Here is what Paul Harvey would call “the rest of the story”.

Q: How hard is it to use the Plan Finder tool to compare the cost of drug plans?

Monday, October 22, 2018

A: You won’t find the drug plan comparison process difficult if you are comfortable using a laptop or a computer. Since the 2019 pricing information is now showing on, let’s do a quick run-through of that process.

Q: Wouldn’t the Part D plan with the lowest premium be the least expensive plan for me?

Monday, October 15, 2018

A: Unless you take no medications at all, there is a good chance the plan with the lowest monthly premium is not the least expensive drug plan for you. Let’s think about this for a minute. You really want to consider ALL the costs related to your pl ...

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