AgingOptions Follow-Up Report: Federal Judge Rules Medicare Patients Can Challenge “Observation Care” Status

Here at AgingOptions we’ve written several times about the trap of being hospitalized under what’s called “observation care” status, or just “observation status.” Many unwitting beneficiaries have been discharged from the hospital and sent to a rehabilitation facility for recovery, only to discover that Medicare has declined to pay the rehab cost. The reason: the…

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New York Times Report: Medicare Advantage Plans Are Gaining in Popularity, but Some Policy-Holders Discover a Downside

Americans turning 65 – if no longer receiving workplace insurance – have three basic health insurance options. They can take traditional Medicare, potentially leaving themselves exposed to high co-pays and deductibles. They can choose Medicare plus a supplemental plan, referred to as a Medigap plan, offered by private carriers – plans which (as the name…

If You’re Comparing Nursing Homes, CMS’s Nursing Home Compare Website is a Good Place to Start – But You’ll Have to Dig Deeper

If you find yourself in the predicament of choosing a nursing home for someone you love, you’ll soon discover that the process is complicated, even daunting.  We’ve written about this subject before on the AgingOptions blog, but this recent article on MarketWatch provides an updated view of this important topic, so we thought it was…

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Open Enrollment is Finished – or Is It? Controversy Over Medicare’s Website Has Some Legislators Demanding a Do-Over

Over the past several weeks we’ve presented several articles here on the AgingOptions blog intended to help readers navigate the challenging decisions that had to be made during Medicare open enrollment. Officially this period ended December 7th. However, complaints over Medicare’s Plan Finder website have led several legislators and advocates for the rights of Medicare…

Open Enrollment Alert from PBS: If You Rely Too Much on Medicare’s New Prescription Plan Finder, You Could End Up Paying More

As the Medicare open enrollment season winds down – it ends officially on December 7th – we wanted to revisit a topic we wrote about here on the AgingOptions blog just a few weeks ago. A big part of open enrollment involves shopping for Part D prescription drug plans, a process which can be confusing…

Open Enrollment Update: Medicare-Eligible but Still Employed? Here Are Some Things You Need to Know

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2019 (for coverage beginning in January 2020) is winding down. Americans 65 and older have until December 7th to either enroll in Medicare or to switch from one plan to another. But what if you’re Medicare-eligible and still employed full-time, receiving health care benefits through your employer? Does Medicare affect you?…

Open Enrollment: It’s Open Season for Medicare Scam Artists, so Beware – They’re After Your Data and Your Money

By now you would have to be living on another planet not to know that Medicare open enrollment is winding down. This year’s open enrollment ends on December 7th, so the clock is ticking for you to enroll in Medicare, Medigap or Medicare Advantage plans, or to review the coverage you already have. Unfortunately, according…

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Open Enrollment: Several Bills Now Before Congress Would Boost Medicare Benefits, Reduce Drug Costs, According to CNBC

With four weeks (more or less) to go in the open enrollment season, many Medicare beneficiaries are shopping for plans for the first time. One of the biggest surprises for those who haven’t done their homework is the discovery that basic Medicare doesn’t cover dental, vision or hearing services: these important benefits require additional policies…

Open Enrollment Report: If You Ignore Your Drug Coverage, You Could Face Higher Out-of-Pocket Costs in 2020

We’re approximately at the halfway point for Medicare’s open enrollment period for this year. In case you haven’t been paying attention, most of us have until December 7th to make changes in our Medicare, Medicare Advantage or Medigap policies. Today on the AgingOptions blog, we want to take a look at an often-overlooked component of…

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Open Enrollment Report: is a Medigap Policy Your Best Choice for Medical Coverage in Retirement?

Open enrollment for 2019 continues for several more weeks, until December 7th, and if you’re like many you may have been putting off making some important decisions concerning your health coverage. Last week, in order to help our radio listeners and readers be better informed, we presented this AgingOptions blog article describing the advantages (and…