If you're on Medicare, chances are you had a bit of a shock when hearing the 2022 Medicare Part B premium amount. It went up from $148.50 in 2021 to $170.10 in 2022. That's a 14.5% increase, and is one of the steepest increases in Medicare's history. So why was there such a significant increase, particularly when there was only a $3.90 increase between 2020 and 2021? The answer … [Read more...] about Why Did Medicare’s Part B Premium Rise 14.5% in 2022?
Earlier this month, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Xavier Becerra extended the Public Health Emergency declaration due to COVID-19. This extension marks two years of a global pandemic response. It is set to expire on April 16, 2022, yet can extended an unlimited amount of times. All associated authorities and flexibilities with the PHE declaration are … [Read more...] about HHS Secretary Becerra Extends Public Health Emergency
A misleading letter, from an unknown source, is circulating online that mentions a $1,200 special Social Security earnings credit for people who served in the military. We're helping the Social Security Administration (SSA) make sure that veterans with active and inactive service have the appropriate information that they need and do not take unnecessary action. Here are the … [Read more...] about Clarification on Military Service and Increased Social Security Benefits
Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule with needed and welcomed changes for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. Some of the changes include: lowering Part D out-of-pocket costs for beneficiaries starting January 1, 2023, increasing marketing oversight and holding plans accountable for misinformation - including information … [Read more...] about Proposed Rule Would Lower Part D Drug Costs, Increase MA Plan Oversight & More
Great news! The Biden Administration launched a new website where you can easily order 4 free at-home COVID tests. These tests are available for all Americans, one set of 4 tests per household. Orders take only 30 seconds to place and usually ship within 7-12 days. Visit www.covidtests.gov to order your tests. The website also lists a number of resources to find a test … [Read more...] about Free At-Home COVID Tests Are Here