MHI – Medicare Blog

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 ...


Q: Can I sign up online for SSA and Medicare?

Monday, February 6, 2017

A: You can sign up online for your Social Security retirement and Medicare benefits. You can sign up for both at the same time or you can sign up separately. That’s a good thing since Medicare eligibility is still 65 and the age at which you can acc ...


Q: What happens if my Medicare Advantage plan doesn’t renew their contract with Medicare?

Monday, January 30, 2017

A: You still have options if the Medicare Advantage (MA) plan you had last year did not to renew their contract with Medicare. I’m not talking to those of you who already joined a plan during the October 15 – December 7 Medicare Open Enrollmen ...


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