What Medicare Won’t Cover

Q. When my mom turns 65, she will enroll in Medicare, as most seniors do. My understanding about Medicare is that Part A is hospital insurance and Medicare Part B helps pay for doctors’ services and other medical services and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Do I Have to File for Medicare?

Dear Baxter, I will turn 65 soon, but am still working full time. I was planning on retiring, but my husband died suddenly two years ago at the age of 70, so I will still need to work for several more years. I have good health … [Read more...]

Medicare Recipients Will Be Less Vulnerable to Sticker Shock in Hospitals

Over the course of a day or so, Karen’s right arm began feeling weak and her speech began to slur. She was convinced she was having a stroke, so she called 911 and was rushed to the nearest emergency room. She remained in the … [Read more...]

Does Medicare Pay for Hearing Aids?

Sid watches the baseball game with the television turned really high. His wife has been noticing that it is getting louder and louder. In fact, she can hear it outside the house in her garden and the neighbor said he can even hear … [Read more...]

Is Social Security or Medicare Running Out of Money? What the 2016 Trustees Report Has to Say

Social Security is vital to Americans, providing workers and their families with retirement, disability, and survivors insurance benefits. Medicare is also an essential program for American seniors. Since its creation in 1965, … [Read more...]

Will Medicare Cover Telehealth?

  Laura, age 72, suffers from Parkinson's disease, arthritis, and diabetes. On a snowy afternoon, she sits on her bed watching her favorite court television programs. At 3:30 p.m., it’s time for her wellness appointment. … [Read more...]

Where Presidential Candidates Stand on Senior Issues

  Q. I am having a hard time following where the candidates stand on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. I watched all the debates so far, and typically vote based on the person, not the party. If you know more about … [Read more...]

Is it the End for Observation Status?

  Q. Late last year, you answered a question about a woman who spent a week in the hospital and was seen by doctors and nurses, given every kind of test imaginable, operated on, transferred to another room for … [Read more...]

State of the Union: Status of Senior Programs

Q. My husband and I watched the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, until we fell asleep. We heard a little bit about Social Security and Medicare, but couldn't get the complete gist of what President Obama was saying. If … [Read more...]

Balanced Budget Act: Good or Bad for Seniors?

Image source: Wall Street Journal On November 2, 2015, the Balanced Budget Act of 2015 (BBA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama. According to the President’s statement on the day of the signing, "Democrats and … [Read more...]