Paying for Long-Term Care . . . through Payroll?

Laurie Jinkins, a state representative in Washington state, has a mother-in-law who is 92, and who has dementia. She recently needed nursing home care, and qualified for Medicaid. Norm Johnson, also a state representative in … [Read more...]

Two Popular Medigap Plans are Being Shuttered — What It Means for You!

Q. A couple of years ago, my aunt Linda applied for a Plan F Medigap plan and the insurance company approved her. The following year, she saw a specialist about some hip problems she was experiencing, went for an MRI, and ended up … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Is Original Medicare Sufficient?

Dear Angel, My mom is eligible for Medicare this year and is exploring her options. She is not sure whether to get a supplemental plan, or if original Medicare is enough. What are your thoughts on this? Thanks, Iz … [Read more...]

Top 17 Articles of 2017

From the passing of the RAISE Family Caregivers Act to offer much-needed support to caregivers, to Trump’s tax overhaul, we covered a lot of ground in 2017. It was a year that included a massive data breach, the ACA almost being … [Read more...]

Watch Out for These Scams During Medicare Open Enrollment!

Joanna received a call last week from a man claiming to be from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Joanna was told that she was entitled to money back because of "changes” that were made by Medicare. The man on … [Read more...]

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...]