Medicare

It’s Open Season – er, um – Open Enrollment Time (How to Choose the Right Health Plan for You)

It’s ironic, don’t you think? Fall is both Open Enrollment for choosing your healthcare insurance plan, and Open Season for hunters, too. They’re both about stalking prey. Right? So now that I’ve put that vision in your head, it’s time to get a bit more practical. No matter that we would rather have a tooth pulled or pay our taxes, it’s the annual Fall Rite of Passage that we must take time to consider, or …

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Did You Get Something That Looks Like a Medicare Card in the Mail?

The envelope says its from Medicare. The card inside looks very official. It’s got your name on it, and a bunch of numbers and letters that don’t look at all familiar. But – can you trust it? Is this new Medicare card for real?  Can you use it with your doctor and other medical needs? Why on earth, after all these years, would they just send you a new Medicare card for no apparent reason? …

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What’s the Difference Between Hospital Patient Advocates and Independent Advocates?

Francine reports:  After my husband Leonard had surgery last week, he stayed in the hospital four more days. I stayed by his side as much as I could and waited every day for the surgeon to check on him. I had a million questions! But I never saw the surgeon again once the surgery was over. I waited patiently for the first day after the surgery. No surgeon. I called the surgeon’s office and they …

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Medicare Patients Beware: Hospitals Take Advantage to Take Your Money

It’s been a bitter pill to swallow for the generation that grew up always trusting that the healthcare system was set up to help them get exactly what they needed, for little or no cost.  That bitter pill comes in the form of the realization that the purpose of the healthcare system is to maximize its profits. (Picture me smacking the palm of my hand against my forehead!) If they also happen to help a …

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