Simplifying the Medicare Process

Q. I am a few months away from my 65th birthday, and I am aware that it is time to begin thinking about enrolling in Medicare. I started researching Medicare online, and I realized that enrollment is much more confusing than I … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Does Medicare Really Not Care About Long-Term Care?

Dear Bebe, I read in a couple of Mr. Farr’s blogs that Medicare doesn’t cover long-term care. I thought that it did cover some long-term care services. Can you clarify? Thanks! Metta Caire ---- Dear Metta, Medicare … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When Will I Receive My Replacement Medicare Card Without my Social Security Number?

Dear Bebe, I heard Medicare will be replacing our current cards with cards that don't have our Social Security number on them. Do you know the timeframe for getting a replacement card? Thanks, Ann Nucard --- Dear … [Read more...]

575,000 People Are Using This Medicare Benefit. Are You?

Q. My friend Kate’s 93-year-old mother, Sue, was recently in palliative care. Sue had her Advance Medical Directive in place and the doctor had access to them. The documents clearly conveyed that she didn’t want aggressive … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Does Medicare Cover Diabetes Screenings and Treatments?

Dear Magic, My mother is pre-diabetic, and we’re worried that she could develop diabetes. Does Medicare cover diabetes screenings and treatments? Di Abeeties ----- Dear Di, Unfortunately, a large number of Americans … [Read more...]

How Does Medicare Work When You Have Existing Coverage?

Q. I love my job, and don’t have any plans to retire anytime soon, unless my wife insists on me doing so, so we can travel. We are both turning 65 this year, and will be eligible for Medicare soon. Since Medicare is health … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Questions to Ask About Medicare if You Have Other Insurance Coverage

Dear Baxter, I am turning 65 this year, and will be eligible for Medicare soon. However, I still work and have insurance through my job. I am unsure how things work in this situation, and although I have read about it, I need … [Read more...]

Medicare Doesn’t Care About Home Care

Jane’s mother, Anne, suffered a stroke and a broken pelvis, and will be leaving the rehabilitation center she was staying in this week. When she returns home, she desperately needs a health aide to assist with bathing, … [Read more...]

Comparing Aging-in-Place vs. Assisted Living

Q. My father passed away last year, and my mother has lived alone ever since. Her colonial-style home is becoming difficult to navigate due to her mobility issues. She has fallen several times and we are worried about her.  She … [Read more...]

“Confusion Over Medicare Improvement Standard Persists”- Case Reintroduced and New Settlement Reached

Q. My father had a pretty major stroke several weeks ago. After being hospitalized for about 4 days, he was sent to a nursing home for rehab and has been receiving physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.  He is … [Read more...]