MHI – Medicare Blog

Q: Should I sign up for Part D if I get my drugs through the VA?

Monday, January 28, 2019

A: Although many veterans are satisfied with their drug coverage through the VA, some may also want to consider signing up for a Medicare Part D plan.

Q: Should I do something if I did not receive a new Medicare card?

Monday, January 21, 2019

A: According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, you should have received your new Medicare card by now. So, yes, you need to do something.

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

Monday, January 14, 2019

A: The Medicare & You book provides general information about services covered under Part A and Part B. 

Q: How many Medicare-covered preventive services can you name?

Monday, January 7, 2019

A: Excluding shots, the Medicare website lists 20 different preventive & screening services covered by Part B. 

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.

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