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...]

Critter Corner: What Medicare Covers

Dear Angel, I am a little confused about what Medicare actually covers. Can you provide details for me about this? Does Medicare pay for long-term care, at all? Thanks for your help! Metta Kayer ------ Dear … [Read more...]

Implications of ACA Repeal for Seniors

Q. It is clear that the Republican congesss wants to pass a measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) outright. In my view, the ACA has been good for seniors because it eliminates pre-existing condition exclusions, keeps … [Read more...]

Hospice Care for Healthier Patients. . . Something Isn’t Right!

Linda Rodgers was shocked to see her father in so much pain when she visited him at his hospice facility. In a letter she wrote to the editor of USA Today, she described how her father had his pain controlled by medication while … [Read more...]