This past Tuesday, December 13th, was a landmark day for Trusted Senior Specialists (TSS) and its Houston Senior Outreach program, capping off an award-winning year for our nationwide Medicare, Health, and Life insurance agency. Mr. Ed Kelly, Senior Coordinator for Texas State Representative Dr. Alma A. Allen’s office, visited TSS headquarters that historic afternoon, during our annual Winter Wonderland Luncheon for staff, local agents, and esteemed industry guests.
For most people who are on Medicare, it is very likely that they have heard the phrase Annual Enrollment Period, or it’s abbreviation AEP. Many Medicare beneficiaries may wonder what this Annual Enrollment Period means for them and their current coverage. Medicare coverage year AEP runs from October 15 to December 7 every year. This will be the only opportunity a beneficiary has to review, renew and/or change their current Medicare plans for the upcoming year, unless they fall under an SEP (Special Election Period. (which is only available when significant life events occur) In order to be fully prepared for AEP it is important to do some homework first.
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Medicare announced that the average basic premium for a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2017 will remain fairly stable at a projected $34 a month. This new estimate represents an increase of nearly $1.50 over the average premium of $32.56 for 2016.
Did you know that Medicare has a star rating for hospitals?
The program called Hospital Care gives comprehensive information regarding the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare certified hospitals across the country. The information available on Hospital Care is available to help you make decisions as to where you receive your healthcare, and it is also available to encourage hospitals to work to improve the quality of care they provide.
The American Psychological Association recently released a study regarding a possible link between improved health in older Americans and social media.
Earlier this year, CMS considered dropping certain medications off the protected class list. But pressure from beneficiaries and the media helped form the final decision to allow these medications to remain. For patients who are in need of such mental health medications such as antidepressants and antipsychotics, the CMS ruling comes as a sigh of relief.
Do you know the history of Medicare? Enjoy this video from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
As part of Parkinson's Awareness Month, we'd like to share with you a few facts about this debilitating disease. Check out the infographic below!