Medicare Open Enrollment Begins, and Some Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans Are Actually Offering Lower Premiums

Medicare open enrollment begins this coming week, on October 15th. It’s your annual opportunity to reexamine your plan and see what’s changed – and decide if there’s a better way to meet your health care needs. During this important “open season” which continues through December 7th, we’ll do our best here on the AgingOptions blog…

Medicare Open Enrollment Brings Opportunities and Challenges, and Preparation is Essential, says Forbes

As we’ve been reminding you in our blog and on the radio, Medicare open enrollment is arriving very soon, along with autumn leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. The official opening date is October 15th, but the window that allows you to change or upgrade your coverage without penalty only stays open for a fairly brief…

Medicare Plan Finder Confusion

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins in a Month, and the Time to Start Gathering Information is Now

Fall officially begins soon, and with it come all the autumn traditions: football games, chilly nights, falling leaves, and, of course, Medicare open enrollment. Whether you’re completely satisfied with your current coverage or eager to make a change, this is the season when you really need to do your homework and make your choices. One…

Doctor with digital tablet talking to family

Opponents of Medicare “Observation Care” Loophole Will Finally Get Their Day in Federal Court

We’ve written about the problem of what hospitals and doctors call “observation care” multiple times before here on the AgingOptions blog. When most people hear about this Medicare rule, they respond with angry disbelief – but in spite of new regs designed to curb the practice, the problems associated with what amounts to a giant…

Kaiser Health News Report: Genetic Testing Scam Targets Seniors and Defrauds Medicare

Genetic testing is booming in popularity. Industry statistics show that as of late 2018 more than 12 million Americans had submitted their DNA samples for analysis, and at the rate these firms are expanding, the value of the global DNA testing market should hit $10 billion by 2022. But unfortunately, with that much money at…

Medicare Plan Finder Confusion

Medicare Advantage Changes Are Driving Increased Enrollment, Posing Challenges for Traditional Medicare

Early last year we wrote that Medicare Advantage plans were about to change, bringing policy-holders a wide range of new services and benefits. (We wrote about it on the Aging Options blog back in April 2018.)  Since then we’ve seen other articles, not to mention an endless stream of glossy marketing materials, touting these new…

Counting on Medicare When Retiring Abroad? New York Times Warns Overseas Retirees That “Medicare Doesn’t Travel Well”

It’s a growing trend, statistics say: more and more Americans are finding their dream retirement by moving abroad. They are drawn by lower living costs, beautiful scenery, a more leisurely pace, and the cultural appeal of living in a foreign city or town. But if you’re about to retire and looking outside of the U.S.…

Medicare Plan Finder Confusion

Medicare Mistakes: Sorting Out Some of the Misunderstandings that Can Affect Your Coverage and Cost You Thousands

Few things are more important to retirees than Medicare. Tens of millions of Americans, most of them 65 and older, rely on Medicare to keep them healthy, pay for all or most of their prescriptions, and help them deal with chronic medical conditions that can become much more serious with age. Yet for a program…

AgingOptions Follow-Up: Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare Web Tool Now Includes Short-Stay Rehab Facilities

For several years families looking for nursing home care for a loved one have relied on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website. This site provides quality ratings for more than 15,000 facilities nationwide, awarding grades of one to five stars in three evaluation categories – health inspections, staffing levels, and clinical data – plus an “Overall”…

More Beneficiaries, Fewer Workers: New Report Confirms Pessimistic Outlook for Social Security and Medicare

Another year, another pessimistic report about Social Security. This past week the annual report from the trustees for the federal government’s Social Security and Medicare programs was released, and while it showed some slight improvement in short-term outlook, the long-range forecast remains gloomy. As the rapidly-growing number of retirees collides with a shrinking labor force,…