MHI – Medicare Blog

Q: How can COBRA “bite” those new to Medicare?

Monday, April 24, 2017

A:  COBRA may “bite” you if you do not enroll in Part B within eight months of leaving your active employment. Although COBRA covers the same benefits that your employee group health plan (EGHP) covered while you were still working, Medic ...


Q: Is it true that Medicare has no vision benefits?

Monday, April 17, 2017

A: Yes. And no. Medicare will not pay for a routine eye examination to see if you need new glasses. And they won’t pay for your glasses or your contacts either. Medicare will pay to treat diseases of the eye such as macular degeneration and cataract ...


Q: What is NOT covered by Medicare?

Monday, April 10, 2017

A: There are quite a few services not covered by Part A and Part B.  Lack of routine dental and vision benefits may come as an unpleasant surprise to people transitioning from employer group health plans who have become accustomed to these benefits d ...


Q: What is a PACE program?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A: Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE programs, target people on Medicare and who need the level of care normally provided in a nursing home but prefer to receive the services in their community or their own home. The goal is one sha ...


Q: What is a Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program?

Monday, March 20, 2017

A: Medication Therapy Management (MTM) programs sponsored by Part D drug plans target members who take medications for multiple chronic diseases. MTM programs teach members how to maximize the benefit of their medications through a comprehensive medicatio ...


Q: Can I change my Medicare Advantage plan if my doctor is dropped from the network outside the Open Enrollment Period?

Monday, March 13, 2017

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 10.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} A: Possibly, but not likely. Medicare Advantage plans can change their networks during the plan year. In most instances, this will not provide an opportunity for you to switch plans o ...


Q: What are Medicare demonstration projects?

Monday, March 6, 2017

A: Think of Medicare demonstration projects as laboratory experiments in a controlled environment. They provide opportunities to try out new policies in healthcare and payment delivery systems before making any permanent changes to the Medicare program. T ...


Q: Where can I learn more about Medicare’s quality ratings?

Monday, February 27, 2017

A: You’d probably not be surprised to learn that quality ratings for Part D and Medicare Advantage plans can be found at www.medicare.gov. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) use a five star rating system to categorize these plans a ...


Q: Are Social Security numbers being removed from Medicare cards?

Monday, February 20, 2017

A: Yes, but not right away. Social Security numbers will be removed from Medicare cards starting in April 2018.  This change is designed to protect private health care and financial information tied to Social Security numbers. People who qualify for ...


Q: How can I find out if Medicare covers a particular service?

Monday, February 13, 2017

A: The Medicare & You book provides general information about services covered under Part A and Part B.  If you are comfortable going online, go to www.medicare.gov and click on “Is my test, item, or service covered?” on the home page ...


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