• Explaining Cuts to Medicare by Bonnie Burns, Guest Contributor

    By on November 22, 2017

    No, cuts to Medicare are not actually required in the proposed tax bill. However, previously Congress passed legislation known as PAYGO. This legislation requires automatic across the board spending cuts to federal programs when the current deficit is exceeded. The current proposed tax cut bill is projected by the Joint Committee on Taxation to...

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  • FTC Alerts Consumers: If Scammers Had You Pay Them Via Western Union, You Can Now File a Claim to Get Money Back

    By on November 15, 2017

    On November 13, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent a press release alerting consumers who lost money to scammers who told them to pay via Western Union’s money transfer system between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, that they can now file a claim to get their money back by going to FTC.gov/WU before...

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  • 4 Ways the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act Threatens Health Care for Older Adults

    By on November 13, 2017

    The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, the Republican leadership’s bill to overhaul the tax code, calls for enormous tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and large corporations that would cost $1.5 trillion.  To pay for this $1.5 trillion in lost revenue, Congressional leadership will look for ways to cut spending and is likely to...

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  • #GivingTuesday, 11/28 ~ A Day to Do Good & Give

    By on October 24, 2017

    Giving feels good. We can see infinite examples all around us – the sun gives its rays and warmth to nourish us, grow food, and grow our forests. The clouds give water to bring life to all creatures. The birds give their songs to lighten our hearts and bring music and joy to the...

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  • Extension of Equitable Relief for Beneficiaries Dually Enrolled in Medicare and Marketplace

    By on October 17, 2017

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is extending the deadline through Sept 30, 2018, for equitable relief assistance to Medicare beneficiaries currently enrolled in Medicare Part A and the Marketplace for individuals or families. This assistance provides eligible individuals with an opportunity to enroll in Medicare Part B without penalty. Further, CMS is offering assistance to...

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  • Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period Begins on Oct 15!

    By on October 3, 2017

    Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period offers an important opportunity each year to review and make changes to your coverage. It runs from October 15 – December 7 and any plan or coverage changes you make, become effective as of January 1. Below are 3 helpful tips for knowing the changes you can make and how...

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  • Do’s & Don’ts to Avoid Fraud

    By on September 26, 2017

    While our Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) focuses on Medicare fraud and ways to protect yourself, detect and report health care fraud, there are also many other types of scams out there. One of our partners in the Stop Senior Scams℠ Acting Program, Sherry McCoy recently published some helpful tips to follow that can help...

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  • Protect Your Medicare by Protecting Your Medicare Number

    By on September 22, 2017

    Are you a bargain hunter? Always looking for the best deal or ready for the next best thing? If someone offered you a state-of-the-art arthritis kit and said Medicare would cover it, would you be interested? There are lots of benefits that come with aging, and discounts are one of them. But discounts and...

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