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TSS Best of 2016

Posted by admin on Dec 28, 2016 12:00:00 PM

by Lesley Couch 

With the spirit and excitement of a new year upon us, all of us at Trusted Senior Specialists (TSS) wanted to take this opportunity to let our clients and colleagues know just how much we appreciate them. As the daughter of Michael Wilhelm, and the “bonus” daughter of Melinda Wilhelm, the two visionary founders of TSS, it my honor to relay the heartfelt gratitude of the  entire TSS family--founders, staff, call center agents, and field agents. We truly have had a remarkable 2016, and we could not have done it without each and every one of you. Before we completely usher in 2017 and wrap this year, we thought it would be wonderful to pause and shine a light on key moments TSS has experienced during these past 12 busy months, from our own perspective.  

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Topics: Medicare, health insurance, Better Business Bureau, Awards, senior community, community outreach, Pinnacle Awards, Community, Ft.Bend

The Trusted Love Story

Posted by admin on Nov 4, 2016 12:26:02 PM

In 2001, Michael and Melinda Wilhelm set out to create a company that embodied their commitment to the senior community and access to quality health care. Recognizing a void in the marketplace for an entity that truly assisted Medicare beneficiaries in making the right choice for their health care needs, the Wilhelms launched Trusted Senior Specialists (TSS), from a small home office in Houston, Texas. TSS rapidly became the missing link in the Medicare chain, a revolutionary agency dedicated to serving as a trusted source for sound, comprehensive, customized advice and enrollment assistance for Medicare beneficiaries.  “People are searching for a place to turn to for trusted help,” Michael Wilhelm says.

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Topics: medicare health insurance, Medicare, health insurance, What is Medicare?

Will There be Medigap Reform?

Posted by admin on Jun 30, 2015 12:21:50 PM

One traditional way for Medicare beneficiaries to control the large gaps in coverage left by Part A and Part B of traditional Medicare has to been to purchase a Medigap policy, also called a Medicare supplement. One good thing about these policies is that they have been pretty standard in most states since the last big overhaul in 1992. Only three states have their own plan levels and don’t use the standard ones set by CMS. Still, there has been some talk recently of overhauling the standard Medigap plan levels again.

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Topics: Medicare Supplement Plans, Medicare, health insurance, Health, medicare supplements explained, applying for Medicare, Medigap, how medicare works, medicare supplemental insurance, explain medicare

Medicare Statistics for 2015

Posted by admin on May 26, 2015 10:30:36 AM

The first interesting fact to share about Medicare is that this program will celebrate its 50th birthday on July 30th of 2015! This large federal health insurance program has grown and evolved quite a bit in the last half of a century. The original plan only had Part A and B, and today’s seniors can choose between Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare Part D. On this anniversary, it is a good time to check some key facts to see where Medicare is today.

At any time, we at Trusted Senior Specialists are here to supply you with the facts about Medicare health plans. Give us a call to tell us what you want to know: 1-855-474-6234 or info@ilovetss.com.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s report, “A Primer on Medicare: Key Facts About the Medicare Program and the People it Covers,” these are some critical statistics about Medicare in 2015:

  • Virtually all US seniors receive Medicare benefits in one form or another.
  • In the US, 55 million people receive Medicare benefits.
  • Out of all beneficiaries, over 46 million are 65 and over, and about 9 million are disabled and under 65.
  • Medicare pays just about twenty percent of all US health expenses.

Because Medicare impacts such a large portion of the population and overall health costs, it is likely to remain an important topic of political discussion in the future. As we look forward to Medicare’s 50th anniversary in July, it is easy to assume that our descendants will be having these same discussions when Medicare celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2065!

Let’s Make Good Use of Your Medicare Benefits

At Trusted Senior Specialists, we hope to be here to have discussions about your Medicare benefits with you. Please contact us at any time for help and answers: 1-855-474-6234 or at info@ilovetss.com.

 

 

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Topics: Medicare, medicare advantage, applying, Medicare Part A, Medicare Part D, health insurance, CMS, Medicare.gov, seniors, how medicare works, enrollment, explain medicare, Part D

Assistance for grandparents raising children

Posted by admin on Jan 12, 2015 5:48:06 PM

If you raise or provide a household for your grandchildren, your situation is more common than you might think. In the United States, almost 8 million children live in their grandparent's or other relative's homes. Sometimes parents also live in these homes, but sometimes parents are absent.

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Topics: family health insurance, ACA/Obamacare, Obamacare explained, health insurance

What is long-term care? Planning ahead

Posted by admin on Aug 29, 2014 3:52:30 PM

Some seniors and disabled people need extra help with their care. In some cases, they might just need a little bit of help with daily care activities, usually called activities of daily living (ADLs). In other cases, they may need medical monitoring, supervision, or therapy.

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Topics: Medicare, health insurance, long-term care

Is your family health insurance ready to go back to school?

Posted by admin on Aug 25, 2014 6:05:02 PM

These days, many children need required vaccines and health insurance cards to attend school and outside activities. The good news is that health insurance companies usually determine their rates by age, so you can find affordable health insurance for kids. Even better, private health insurance companies cannot decline children because of preexisting health conditions anymore. Many families cover both adults and children, but this is not always possible or even ideal.

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Topics: family health insurance, ACA/Obamacare, Obamacare explained, health insurance

Popular Medicare Supplements: Plan F, G, and N

Posted by admin on Aug 18, 2014 12:28:27 PM

All supplement plans have to be standardized, and the different levels are named Plan A through Plan N. You can visit Medicare.gov to see a chart that outlines the benefits of each of these Medicare supplement plan levels. However, it might be faster and more helpful to simply compare a few different plans at a time. Three pretty popular and comprehensive plan levels are called Plan F, G and N, so we'll start with those.

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Topics: www.medicare.gov, Medicare, medicare advantage, health insurance, TSS, Medicare Supplements, Medicare.gov, Medigap, Medicare explained, medicare solutions, how medicare works, What is Medicare?, Medicare Plan N, Medicare Plan F, Medicare Plan G

Do I need travel insurance with Medicare?

Posted by admin on Aug 6, 2014 6:43:36 PM

Are you planning to travel or even live overseas during retirement? This might be a great time to see the world. Just be aware that your Medicare benefits, or any US-based health insurance plan, may not really provide adequate medical coverage after you leave the country. Original Medicare (Part A & B) only covers medical care outside of the US in some very specific circumstances that does not apply to the majority of elderly travelers. Some Medicare plans offer emergency services outside of the country, but this may not be sufficient for an extended trip.

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Topics: www.medicare.gov, Medicare, travelling, medicare advantage, health insurance, TSS, Medicare explained, medicare solutions, how medicare works, explain medicare

How to prevent senior dehydration

Posted by admin on Jul 9, 2014 6:09:08 PM

As a proud part of the Houston community, those of us at Trusted Senior Specialists experience plenty of hot and sunny summer days. If you have reached retirement age or help care for a senior, you should take particular care to avoid senior dehydration as the days get hotter. Actually, people of any age need to be sure to stay hydrated on hot days, but young children and senior citizens might be particularly vulnerable.

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Topics: Medicare, ACA/Obamacare, health insurance, TSS, Health, medicare solutions, nutrition