Medicare Q&A: What do I do if I need help paying for Medicare Part D Plan premiums, deductibles, and co-pays?

Medicare has a program called Extra Help to help reduce Part D premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and eliminate the coverage gap.  This program is income & resource based, even if your income & resources are slightly higher than the limits, you are encouraged to apply. There are other programs called State Pharmacy Assistance Programs that vary […]

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Medicare Q&A: What do I do if I am enrolled in Medicare but not enrolled in a Medicare Part D Plan?

It is important to sign up for a Medicare Part D Drug plan when you are first eligible. If you do not sign up when first eligible you will most likely have to pay a late penalty.  If you have creditable drug coverage (coverage that is as good as or better than Medicare coverage) you […]

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Medicare Q&A: What happens if I miss the enrollment deadline? What do I do?

Call your local SHIP program.  The phone number is listed on your copy of the Medicare and You handbook. In Missouri, call 1-800-390-3330.  We will evaluate your situation and see if you might qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.  No promises but we will try!

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Important tips for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's

Sometimes, you may feel that you don't know how to care for the person with Alzheimer’s. This is a common feeling among caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s because each day may bring different challenges. Learning about the disease can help you understand and cope with these challenges. Here is some information about Alzheimer’s and ways […]

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Proposed rule aims to prevent questionable providers, suppliers from entering Medicare program

Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process (CMS-6058-P) This proposed rule is part of CMS’s ongoing and continuous effort to prevent questionable providers and suppliers from entering the Medicare program and enhance our ability to promptly identify and act on instances of improper behavior. Summary: CMS is proposing new regulations that implement additional provider enrollment […]

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Healthcare fraud recoveries nets federal government $2.4 billion

The U.S. government recovered $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2015 from settlements and additional impositions in healthcare fraud cases and proceedings, according to a Feb. 29 combined report released by the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The recoveries were partially a result […]

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New laws mean new rules for claiming retirement benefits

Have you heard that some of Social Security’s rules about claiming benefits are changing? Well, it’s true. The Bipartisan Budget Act that passed last November closed two complex loopholes that were used primarily by married couples. We want you to know why this happened, how it might affect you, and what you should do next. […]

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Take steps to combat kidney disease

  You have two kidneys. They are bean-shaped and about the size of a fist. They are located in the middle of your back, on the left and right of your spine, just below your rib cage. The kidneys filter your blood, removing wastes and extra water to make urine. They also help control blood […]

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A million hearts beating as one!

This week, health professionals across the country are joining together to raise awareness about the importance of addressing health equity by taking part in two events organized by the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health is joining in this effort, along with other health leaders, and […]

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Take proper steps to ensure you have a healthy heart

Aging can cause changes in the heart and blood vessels. For example, as you get older, your heart can’t beat as fast during physical activity or stress as when you were younger. However, the number of heart beats per minute (heart rate) at rest does not change as you age. Many of the problems older […]

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