Rethink the Drink

There are a lot of changes that happen with age, and some of them, like physical pain, loss of mobility, and loneliness can lead to alcohol misuse. As people age, they become more sensitive to the effects of alcohol. Over time, someone’s drinking habits may become a problem. Older adults who drink may be at [...]

By | October 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Strengthening Medicare: Halting Cuts to Medicare Payments

It’s important to protect the high-quality health care currently available to people with Medicare. Unfortunately, the 23% cut in Medicare payments to doctors that is scheduled to go into effect at the end of November has the potential to disrupt the health care that millions of Medicare beneficiaries rely on. Today, in a speech to [...]

By | September 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cutting-Edge Colorectal Cancer Screening Now Covered

Did you know colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among cancers that affect both men and women? More than 90% of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older. More men than women get colon cancer, and 1 or 2 out of every 100 [...]

By | September 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Go Green with “Medicare and You”

Love your red, white, and blue “Medicare & You” handbook but love the convenience of getting information on your computer, tablet, or phone even more? You can get all of the same information in your printed handbook online at Medicare.gov. Learn what’s new, get Medicare costs, and find out what Medicare covers. Even better, the [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Getting Shots Doesn’t have to be a Pain

Are you taking precautions to make sure you stay healthy? Just like you take your car for scheduled maintenance, it’s important to do what you can to take care of your body. Medicare covers many preventive services, and we make it easy for you to get these 3 shots: Flu Shots—Covered once a flu season [...]

By | August 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Protect Yourself from Pneumonia and Other Infections

Did you know that 900,000 Americans get pneumonia every year? Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by pneumococcal disease, which can also cause blood infections and meningitis. The bacteria that causes pneumococcal disease is spread by direct person-to-person contact. Medicare can help protect you from pneumococcal infections. The best way to prevent these infections is [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Transitioning to Dual Medicare and Medicaid Coverage and Getting Help with Costs

If you’re enrolled in Medicaid and will soon have Medicare eligibility, it’s not too soon to start planning ahead. Once Medicare eligibility begins, you’ll have a 7 month Initial Enrollment Period to sign up. For most people, this is 3 months before, the month of, and 3 months after their 65th birthday. Once you have [...]

By | August 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Filing a Complaint is Easier than Ever

We hope that all of your health care experiences are positive. But if they’re not, we want filing a complaint to be as easy as possible. That’s why we offer you a variety of tools to express your concerns. One of those tools is the ability to file a complaint (sometimes called a “grievance”). Is [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Even “Healthy” Men Need Health Screenings

Did you ever put off doing a task or getting a test and later wished you’d just gotten it over with? If you’re a man with Medicare, now’s the time to talk with your doctor about whether you should get screened for prostate cancer, for colorectal cancer, or for both. Screening tests can find cancer [...]

By | July 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Get Protected from Hepatitis

Did you know that hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus, kills nearly 1.4 million people worldwide every year? Hepatitis is contagious. For example, the Hepatitis B virus spreads through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person. People can also get infected by coming in contact with [...]

By | July 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments