Community Updates Blog: Medicare

Free 3-Part Seminar Series Designed for Those with Aging Parents

Don’t miss this evening seminar series curated exclusively to help those with aging parents. Finally—a series of free programs designed specifically to help children of seniors navigate through the challenging aging process. Programs take place on three consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning October 10th at 6:30 p.m. Guests are invited to attend all three programs or select the ones that best suit their needs. Click on the event names below for further information on each program: Save Yourself the Aggravation: Plan Now, ‘Cause Your Parents Don’t Want To Tuesday, October 10th 6:30 p.m. (light dinner will be served) RSVP required: Call 973-276-3070 or …Read More »

Understanding Medicare Changes: Part 4 of 4

Medicare fraud and abuse harms us all. You can be the front line in the fight against fraud. Here are some resources and information on how you can help. Medicare fraud and abuse are very sensitive, yet very important, topics. Our presenters at our recent “Medicare…What Now???” presentation did a wonderful job explaining more about Medicare fraud and how we can band together to help fight fraud. First, why fight fraud? Simply put, there is a pot of money for Medicare, and any time the system is abused, the money comes from that pot. Since that is money explicitly in …Read More »

Understanding Medicare Changes: Part 3 of 4

Hospital stays: what’s your status? The different between being under “observation” and being “admitted.” Many of us have found ourselves in a hospital for one reason or another. Sometimes for a scheduled surgery, other times an emergency room visit, and sometimes even in an urgent medical situation brought in via an ambulance. When you have a stay at a hospital, your doctor will mark your status as either under “observation” or have you formally “admitted” to the hospital. The difference, however, isn’t always clear. In fact, you may be under observation for days, sleep in a hospital room, in a …Read More »

Understanding Medicare Changes: Part 2 of 4

How will the Affordable Care Act affect seniors? Where can you get more information to help address your individual situation? We learned some helpful information about Medicare from our presenters from SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program). For instance, there is a lot of confusion about the Affordable Care Act, also known as “ObamaCare,” and how it will effect seniors. Thankfully, according to our expert presenters and Medicare.gov, there is some really great news for seniors included in this article: Top 5 things to know about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if you have Medicare In short, your Medicare coverage …Read More »

Understanding Medicare Changes: Part 1 of 4

Here are some helpful resources to help you with changes to Medicare for 2014. Recently, Crane’s Mill hosted a medical lecture entitled “Medicare…What Now???” The program featured members of SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) and discussed some of the upcoming changes concerning Medicare. The Crane’s Mill Courier was on-hand for the presentation, and we have some information, as well as additional resources, that you may find useful. First and foremost, Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Plans) for 2014 runs from October 15th through December 7th, and new coverage begins on January 1, 2014. You should have …Read More »