MHI – Medicare Blog

Q: Will Medicare pay for a program to help me stop smoking?

Monday, June 12, 2017

A: Medicare Part B pays for eight counseling sessions per year for those of us battling addiction to tobacco products. If you’ve not been diagnosed with an illness caused by smoking, the sessions are considered a preventive service. You will not be ...

Q: Can I “go paperless” with Medicare?

Monday, June 5, 2017

A: You can help save trees by going paperless with some Medicare publications. Consider signing up for an electronic version of the Medicare & You handbook. The eHandbook version is searchable and updated throughout the year. Follow the “Go pape ...

Q: What is Medicare Easy Pay?

Monday, May 22, 2017

A: Medicare Easy Pay is a way to pay your Part B premium if you are not yet accepting Social Security benefits. You won’t have to worry about how to pay your Part B premium if you are already receiving monthly Social Security payments. The federal g ...

Q: Are vaccinations covered by Part B or Part D?

Monday, May 15, 2017

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 10.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} A: Part B covers preventive services so you’d expect it to cover the flu, pneumococcal and hepatitis B shots. And it does.  The shingles shot, however, is covered under Par ...

Q: Are you familiar with Medicare’s coverage of mental health benefits?

Monday, May 8, 2017

A: Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s take a moment to discuss how Medicare covers mental health benefits. Having a mental health issue is nothing to be ashamed of and it is not a sign of weakness. Many of the issues we struggle with ...

Q: Are some providers required to “accept Medicare assignment”?

Monday, May 1, 2017

A: A provider, such as a doctor or a hospital, who accepts Medicare assignment agrees not to charge more for a service than the Medicare approved amount (typically 20 percent once the Part B annual deductible is paid). Approximately 97 percent of all Medi ...

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 ...

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