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Upcoming Savings For Part D Premiums Costs

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Aug 18, 2017 10:11:40 AM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently released a report stating that the average basic Part D premium amount for 2018 is estimated to be $33.50 per month.

This projected average premium is a slight decrease from the average monthly premium in 2017 which is $34.70.

This meager decrease represents the continued stability of Part D premiums.

 

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Topics: Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Part D, Original Medicare, Part D Premiums

Skip the Doctors Office and Make Your Next Visit Online

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Aug 14, 2017 2:27:58 PM

We are privileged to live in a time where information is readily available at our fingertips.

With access to so much knowledge in the form of websites and search engines the options are limitless when it comes to the info we can find.

One major area of online search is health.

From rashes and allergic reactions, to coughs and fevers, many of us depend on the internet to self-diagnose.

However, this is not always a good idea as many online diagnosis come back far worse than what is really ailing you.

 

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Topics: Medicare Advantage plans, Original Medicare, medicare eligibility, online doctor visits

Being Happy is Good For You

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Aug 10, 2017 12:01:34 PM

Happiness doesn’t just feel good, it is also good for us!

When was the last time you intentionally tried being happy when things were not going right?

To be happy all the time you need to make happiness a habit and not just an act.

Try using some of the following points to try and stay happy no matter what comes your way.

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Topics: Medicare Advantage plans, Original Medicare, medicare eligibility, happiness

Estimating The Cost of Home and Residential Health Care

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Aug 10, 2017 11:30:35 AM

It is often assumed that money can be saved on health and nursing services for seniors by having them cared for at home.

There is logic to this.

It is possible that family members will chip in and assist with housekeeping and supervision, and home health care agencies could be hired to provide necessary services family members are not equipped to do.

While this could work to be a less expensive option than residential assisted living or nursing care, there is still going to be cost involved.

One would also need to consider if this is a feasible option for the unforeseeable future.

For instance, would there be a family member available to take off work at any given time to tend to the needs of an aging family member?

Will this person have the capabilities to handle care if it becomes a long term situation?

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Topics: Medicare Advantage plans, caregiver, Original Medicare

5 Power Foods For Summer

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Jul 31, 2017 12:00:00 PM

It’s Summer! This is one of the best times of year to add fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet.

Besides tasting good, by adding some of these to your menu, you will love knowing that you are taking care of your body by feasting on these power foods of Summer.

Here are 5 of our favorite Power Foods:

 

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Topics: Medicare Advantage plans, Original Medicare, medicare eligibility, medicare marketplace

A Breakdown Of Your Medicare Transition

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Jul 27, 2017 5:28:29 PM

If you have purchased your health insurance through the Marketplace and are about to become a Medicare eligible, you may be wondering how to transition from one system to the other-or even if you should.

Deciding what you need to do as you approach Medicare eligibility will depend on your unique circumstances.

We will break down your options for you:

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Topics: Medicare Advantage plans, Original Medicare, medicare eligibility, medicare marketplace

Senate Healthcare Vote

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Jul 26, 2017 2:22:42 PM

The Senate voted Tuesday in favor of beginning debate on a bill that would repeal some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, but hours later they suffered a setback as the plan to repeal and replace the health care law failed on a procedural vote.

The Tuesday night vote total needed to reach 60 in order to overcome a parliamentary objection- Instead the vote came to 57-43.  

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Topics: Medicare Advantage plans, Affordable Care Act, Original Medicare, senate

Taking The Anxiety out of Aging

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Jul 26, 2017 12:55:29 PM

Constant worry and anxiety that causes distress or interferes with daily activities is not a normal part of aging.

It used to be thought that as we got older we become less anxious, but researchers are finding out that anxiety and depression are just as common in old age as it is in younger age groups.

Mental health issues in older adults can often times go undiagnosed as older patients tend to place more emphasis on their physical ailments when they visit a doctor or hospital, often times dismissing a larger looming problem.

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Topics: Medicare Advantage plans, Original Medicare, anxiety, aging

Overcoming Caregiving Difficulties

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Jul 18, 2017 2:32:35 PM

The demands of taking care of a loved one with declining health may start out small, and care may be easy at first, but as the needs become greater, tensions and resentment may grow when it comes to issues such as communication, money and time.

What do you do if you suddenly find yourself in a difficult situation where family members find themseles at an impasse when it comes to how to care for a loved one?

We have some tips to help you try to prevent issues such as this happening within your family below:

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Topics: caregiver, family, life insurance

Can I File For Medicare without Social Security?

Posted by admin on Jul 18, 2017 11:09:45 AM

Can I file for Medicare without Social Security?

This is a common question we receive in our call center and on our social media accounts and it is a great question.

Social Security and Medicare are separate decisions, and you do not need to sign up for both programs at the same time. The Social Security full retirement age is 66, however the Medicare eligibility age is 65.

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Topics: Medicare, Health, seniors, Social Security