Medicare Telehealth

Medicare telehealth expansion could be here to stay. Here’s where things stand Key Points At least 10 million Medicare beneficiaries have used telehealth since early March, compared with about 13,000 weekly appointments pre-pandemic. Lawmakers and regulators are looking at making some of the current expansions permanent. Among the issues that policymakers would need to address … Read more

Three Medicare Improvements for 2019

Now 53 years old, Medicare, has higher rates of satisfaction from its 60 million members than almost any other form of health insurance and it is getting better. Here are three Medicare improvements for 2019: 1. Shrinking the Doughnut Hole The Part D doughnut hole, or the coverage gap, begins when the enrollee reaches the … Read more

New Medicare Numbers and Cards are Coming!

Beginning in April, and continuing for a year, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will mail new identification cards to Medicare’s 55 million beneficiaries. These cards will replace the version in effect since 1965. (Historical note: The first Medicare card was issued to former President Harry S. Truman by then-President Lyndon B. … Read more

Top 7 Benefits for Texans 65 and Better

Top 7 benefits for Texans 65 and better What are the top 7 benefits for Texans 65 and better? When Texans turn 65, they qualify for many well deserved perks like Medicare Part A and B, Social Security, Property Tax Exemptions, and numerous other discount programs. Let’s take a closer look at these benefits. 1. … Read more

Can I pay for Medicare premiums with my HSA?

Yes, you can use your Health Savings Account (HSA) distributions to pay for Medicare Part B premium, Medicare Advantage plan (Part C), and prescription drug plan (Part D). You can also continue to use you HSA to pay for Medicare expenses such as co-payments, co-insurance, deductibles, and even long-term care insurance. However once enrolled in … Read more

How much will my Medicare Part B cost in 2016?

How much will my Medicare Part B premium amount for 2016? Your Medicare Part B premium will be $121.80 (or higher depending on your income). However, most people who get Social Security benefits will continue to pay the same Part B premium amount as they paid in 2015. This is because there wasn’t a cost-of-living … Read more

Texas Dropping PPO Plans for 2016

Open Enrollment For Individuals Is November 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016 If you are looking to buy your own health insurance plan or change your current coverage for 2016, you can do so during this time. In order to help you better understand your options for 2016, I will highlight the current status of each … Read more