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Turning 65 – Still Working – What you need to know about Medicare

Older adults are working longer. By 2018, 24 percent of men and about 16 percent of women ages 65 and older were in the labor force. These levels are projected to rise further by 2026, to 26 percent for men and 18 percent for women.  This is according to the   U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey;…
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When Does Helping a Parent Best Begin?

The month of love is here. Valentine’s Day changes for us over the years. Today it may be the celebration of a spouse who is now an angel. Everything changes and that’s where it’s important for family-parents, adult children, etc. to watch over their loved ones. As one changes physically and mentally they may withdraw…
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Oh No! I Don’t Even Have Medicare?

The following situations are real and very sad.  As everyone knows Medicare can be quite confusing especially for people working past age 65.  Imagine a 67 year old following exactly the correct process by gathering Social Security, Medicare and insurance information 2 1/2 months prior to retirement. Then at two months before retirement getting proper…
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Test Your Medicare Knowledge for AEP

Here are a couple of questions for you to check your basic knowledge: Medicare is free?  Yes  / No ? One is automatically enrolled in Medicare when they become eligible? Yes / No Disability - Some medical conditions allow for “Compassionate Allowance” to make application for Social Security Disability easier?  Yes / No Is the…
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On Medicare – Annual Enrollment Dos and Don’ts

Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) begins 10/15 and will continue through 12/7. The AEP is when most people can change their Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Drug Plans (Part D).  So, that is the reason for the flood of commercials, mailings and perhaps phone calls you may be receiving.  What do you need to know?…
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A Medical Office on Every Corner

In the near future, will your next visit to the doctor be as close as your pharmacy?  This is the new model CVS, Walgreens and other pharmacies are implementing in areas such as metro Detroit.  The concept is to offer more than prescriptions and in fact, one of the pharmacy chains has a trial to…
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Are You Turning 65? What about Signing up for Medicare?

Many people say: “I never thought I would be 65”. Some are very happy because their insurance premiums and coverage options are decreasing dramatically and coverage options increase. However, many questions may arise such as when do I start signing up for Medicare? How do I enroll in Medicare Part B? People who are still…
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Medicare Enrollment Periods—It’s Complicated!

Are you over age 65 and still working or your spouse is still working and have Health Insurance through an Employer Group Health Plan (EGHP)?  If so, you may be able to delay enrollment in Medicare Part B.  Again, I said MAY.  The rules for allowing you to refuse Medicare Part B during your Initial…
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