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​Q: Are there some medications not covered by Part D?

Monday, December 5, 2016

A: There are some medications not covered by Part D plans.  Medicines covered by Part A or Part B won’t be covered by Part D. Any medications you get while in the hospital as an inpatient or in a skilled care facility are covered by Part A. Par ...

Q: Is there such a thing as a Medicare plan with a zero dollar premium?

Monday, November 28, 2016

A: There are three general types of insurance to go along with your Medicare – Medicare Supplement plans (also called Medigaps), Part D drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans (also called Part C). A few Medicare Advantage plans do have zero dollar ...

Q: Can I use mail order for my diabetic testing supplies?

Monday, November 21, 2016

A: You can order your test strips and lancets through Medicare’s National Mail Order Program for diabetic testing supplies. Although oral diabetic medications and injectable insulin are paid for by Part D, diabetic testing supplies are paid for by M ...

Q: My doctor just told me I have diabetes. She told me that I need to make changes to my diet and get more exercise and stop smoking and…

Monday, November 14, 2016

A: November is National Diabetes Month. It’s a good time to make sure you understand how you can prevent complications from this disease. A diabetes diagnosis brings with it an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, nerve damage and kidney disease. ...

Q: Can I switch from one Medicare Supplement to another?

Monday, November 7, 2016

A: You can switch from one Medicare Supplement to another Medicare Supplement at any time during the six month period following your Part B effective date.  Your ability to switch supplements after that time depends on your ability to pass medical un ...

Q: Do Medicare Supplement policies use networks?

Monday, October 10, 2016

A: Medicare Supplement policies do not use provider networks. If your doctor or hospital accepts Medicare, they will accept your Medicare Supplement. Keep in mind that doctors are not required to accept Medicare. You’ll want to verify your doctor do ...

Q: Can I have Medicare and a Health Savings Account (HSA) at the same time?

Monday, October 3, 2016

A: Some employers offer a Health Savings Account (HSA) in conjunction with a high deductible health plan. Employee contributions are tax-free and can be used to pay for qualified health expenses.Once you are enrolled in Medicare, you can continue to use f ...

Q: How can I find a doctor that accepts Medicare?

Monday, September 26, 2016

A: The Physician Compare tool on Medicare’s official website will identify doctors in your area that accept Medicare. Enter your zip code and the medical condition for which you need treatment. If you don’t have access to a co ...

Q: Does Medicare cover those people on HGTV who move to those Caribbean locations?

Monday, September 19, 2016

A: I find that watching Beachfront Bargain Hunt and Island Hunters on Sunday afternoons on HGTV is a nice way to wind down the weekend. Do the same two questions pop into your mind that pop into mine? How the heck to they come up with all that money to af ...

Q: Will Medicare pay for a second opinion?

Monday, September 12, 2016

A: Thankfully, yes! Original Medicare will pay for a second, and sometimes even a third, opinion for any surgeries or major diagnostic procedures recommended by your doctor. The service must be medically necessary and you’ll want to check in ad ...

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