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8 Frequently Asked Questions about Medicare

Posted by Lesley Couch on Mar 14, 2018 12:05:00 PM


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Topics: Medicare, Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, Social Security, disability, Employee Benefits, Employer Insurance, Special Enrollment Period, initial enrollment period, creditable coverage, medicare advantage, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplements, Medicare Supplement Plans, prescription drug coverage, Prescription drug plans, Medicaid, LIS, Medicare Enrollment, final expenses

How to Get Help with Medicare for Seniors with Low Incomes

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on May 4, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Medicare is a the federal health insurance program for people aged 65 and older, certain younger people plagued by a disability, and those with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD is permanent kidney failure that requires dialysis or a transplant). While Medicare helps qualified people with some of their medical expenses, those enrolled in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) will still have to pay coinsurance, copayments, and deductibles for covered services. Part B also comes with a premium amount of $134 a month for the year 2017. Some essential health services and products are not covered at all. All of this could be frightening for someone on a fixed income. We are here to let you know that there are some options that may be available to Medicare beneficiaries with low incomes. Many may be eligible to receive additional help for important doctors, prescriptions and needed services.

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Topics: www.medicare.gov, SLMB, Medicare, medicare advantage, Medicare Part A, Medicare Part D, low-income, Medicare Part B, Medicare Part C, QI, Extra Help, QMB, medicare solutions, Prescription drug plans

6 Important Facts About Medicare Advantage PPO Plans

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on May 3, 2017 12:00:00 PM

In part 3 of our 6 part series on the types of Medicare Advantage plans we tackle the subject of Medicare PPO’s. PPO, or Preferred Provider Organizations, must offer all the same benefits as Original Medicare Part A and Part B.  Here's a quick recap:

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Topics: medicare advantage, ppo, Medicare Advantage plans, What are Medicare Advantage Plans?, Medicare Part D, What is Medicare Part D?, prescription drug coverage, Prescription drug plans, Medicare Premiums

Medicare & Diabetes: 3 Things You NEED to Know

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Apr 25, 2017 12:00:00 PM


Diabetes is a lifelong disease that affects the way the body handles glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood.  There are about 27 million people in the United States with diabetes, approximately  25% of those are people aged 60 and over. Living with diabetes as you get older can pose some unique challenges, but with proper care it can be effectively managed. Those who struggle with not only their chronic illness but also with the rising cost of prescription drugs used to treat them know that it is very important to have good prescription drug coverage.  

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Topics: Medicare, diabetes, Prescription drug plans, Compare Medicare Plans, What is Medicare Advantage?, What is Medicare Part B?, What is Medicare Part D?, Medicare Part B, Medicare Part D, medicare advantage, Medicare Coverage, what does medicare cover?

Which is Better for you: Medicare Advantage vs. Original Medicare?

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Apr 24, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Medicare Advantage has become a popular alternative to just having original Medicare Part A and Part B coverage. As you may already know, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans serve as an alternative to traditional Medicare, and they are supposed to provide plan members with coverage that is “as good or better” than original Medicare.

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Topics: Medicare, Medicare Part A, Medicare Part D, TSS, Medicare Part B, Medicare Part C, medicare solutions, how medicare works, medicare advantage, Original Medicare, What is Medicare?, What is Medicare Advantage?, What is Original Medicare?

Stay Healthy with Medicare Preventative Services

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Apr 18, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Did you know that Medicare covers a full range of preventive services? We want all of our friends and clients to stay healthy and to help with that we wanted to take some time to make sure our readership is aware about the preventative services offered to them through Medicare.

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Topics: Part B, Medicare, medicare advantage, Medicare Supplements, Medicare Part B, Medicare Part C, Health, Medigap, Medicare explained, medicare solutions, how medicare works, explain medicare, Part C, preventative care

6 Types of Medicare Advantage Plans

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

You may be interested to know that there are ways you can expand on your Medicare coverage outside of just enrolling in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). A Medicare Advantage plan is one of the ways you can do that. Medicare Advantage plans (also referred to as Part C or MA plans) offer at least the same level of coverage as Original Medicare, except one major benefit of Medicare Part C is that plans can provide a range of benefits not included in Part A and Part B such as routine vision, dental, prescription drugs and health wellness programs.

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Topics: Medicare Advantage plans, What are Medicare Advantage Plans?, medicare advantage, Medicare Part A, What is Medicare Part A?, Medicare Part B, What is Medicare Part B?, Original Medicare, What is Original Medicare?, Medicare Premiums, hmo, ppo

7 Frequently Asked Questions about Medicare

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Apr 4, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Medicare can certainly be confusing! We decided to compile a list of some of the more commonly asked questions we receive through our call center, website and social media accounts and put all of the answers in one place for you here. Are there any we missed? Please let us know if there is a question (or questions) we can answer for you!

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Topics: Medicare, Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, Social Security, disability, Employee Benefits, Employer Insurance, Special Enrollment Period, initial enrollment period, creditable coverage, medicare advantage, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplements, Medicare Supplement Plans, prescription drug coverage, Prescription drug plans, Medicaid, LIS

3 Ways to Protect Yourself From Medicare Excess Charges

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Apr 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

If you have not, it is a term you may want to become familiar with. One of the components of Medicare Part B is the excess charge. These Part B charges can come about if an enrollee goes to see a physician or receives services from a hospital or facility that does not accept Medicare. If they do not accept Medicare, and the Medicare approved amount for service is lower than what they charge, then the doctors or hospitals can claim excess charges. This means that depending on what your plan pays- you could be left responsible paying the difference between what Medicare pays versus what the doctor charges.

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Topics: medicare costs, what does medicare cover?, Medicare Part B, What is Medicare Part B?, hospital, inpatient hospital care, Medicare Supplement, Medicare Supplement Plans, medicare advantage, Medicare Advantage plans, hmo, Original Medicare

5 Ways Medicare Can Help Cover Dental, Vision and Hearing

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Mar 28, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Regular dental, vision and hearing exams are important when it comes to maintaining your overall health. The bad news is that preventative screenings for the 3 are not covered under Original Medicare, which means that you will pay out of pocket when you go to see a dentist, eye doctor, or when you go to have a routine hearing test. Paying out of pocket means that your expenses can really start to add up!

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Topics: medicare advantage, Medicare Supplements, Original Medicare, What is Original Medicare?, Mediare Part A, What is Medicare Part A?, Medicare Part B, What is Medicare Part B?, What are Medicare Advantage Plans?, What are Medicare Supplements?, senior dental, dental coverage, senior hearing, Hearing Coverage, vision, vision insurance

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