CMS offers widespread support for Puerto Rico amid Earthquake

CMS offers widespread support for Puerto Rico amid Earthquakes The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced efforts underway to support Puerto Rico in response to recent earthquakes. On January 8, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency (PHE) in Puerto Rico that is retroactive to December 28, 2019. CMS is working to …

Inspector General Warns Public About New Twist to Social Security Phone Scams

Inspector General Warns Public About New Twist To Social Security Phone Scams Posted on January 9, 2020 by Tracy Lynge, Acting OIG Communications Director The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public that telephone scammers may send faked documents by email to convince victims to comply with their demands. The Social Security Administration Office of …

Medicare Part D Solicitations

Information about the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan is in the news just about every day. If you’re considering signing up for one of the plans being offered, chances are you are gathering lots of information about your drugs, your drug coverage, and the available prescription plan options, and making lists to determine your needs. Unfortunately, not everyone who …

Consumer Alert – Medicare Scams

LANSING, MI (WKZO AM/FM) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a consumer alert on 11/22/2019 urging Michigan seniors and their loved ones to be on the lookout for Medicare scams. The alert provides eight tips to avoid becoming a victim of Medicare scams. 1. Never give your Medicare number or other personal information to an unexpected caller or someone …

Open Enrollment: Lower Premiums, More Choices, Easier to Compare

HealthCare.Gov Open Enrollment: Lower Premiums, More Choices, Easier to Compare Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Affordable Care Act, Eligibility & enrollment, Leadership HealthCare.Gov Open Enrollment: Lower Premiums, More Choices, Easier to Compare I’m excited to share the steps we’ve taken to lower premiums, offer more options, and make it easier to compare choices this HealthCare.gov Open …

Prostate Cancer Awareness

CDC Has a New Email Service We recently changed email services; new email will be sent from subscriptions@cdc.gov. If you wish to continue to receive emails from us, please sign up at the Manage your subscription page. Should I Get Tested for Prostate Cancer? Many men wonder if they should get screened for prostate cancer. Each man must decide for …

Social Security Announces Benefit Increase for 2020

Press Release Thursday, October 10, 2019 For Immediate Release Mark Hinkle, Acting Press Officer press.office@ssa.gov News ReleaseSOCIAL SECURITY Social Security Announces 1.6 Percent Benefit Increase for 2020 Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 69 million Americans will increase 1.6 percent in 2020, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin …

Your Medicare Card

When you’re enrolled in Medicare, you’ll get your red, white, and blue Medicare card in the mail. If you’re automatically enrolled, you’ll get your red, white, and blue Medicare card in the mail 3 months before your 65th birthday or your 25th month of getting disability benefits. Your Medicare card shows that you have Medicare health insurance. It shows whether …

Pain Awareness Month Article

Know What Medicare Covers to Help Manage Your Pain September is Pain Awareness Month. If you have Medicare, there are covered options to help you manage your pain safely and effectively. In addition to pain medications covered under Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D), Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) helps pay for services that may help you manage your pain, …

Who to Contact: Social Security or Medicare?

Who to Contact: Social Security or Medicare? “Sometimes it’s confusing to know who to contact and for what. Social Security and Medicare offer related services, so people aren’t always certain who does what. This “cheat sheet” can help. Contact Social Security to: See if you’re eligible for Medicare; Create a my Social Security account to do things like request a …