Medicare’s Preventive Benefits

The New Year can bring many changes, and is a great time to choose to put your health first. Start your New Year by learning about your new Medicare coverage and costs, and staying healthy by using preventive services. If you changed Medicare health or drug plans for 2021, your new coverage begins January 1. Check out your basic costs …

There’s now an easier way to find medical equipment & supplies

When you or a loved one needs medical equipment like a wheelchair, hospital bed, or walker, it may be hard to know where to start, and what suppliers carry the equipment you need. That’s why we’ve launched an improved supplier directory to help you more easily search for suppliers of Medicare-covered equipment and supplies. Medicare’s improved supplier directory includes new features and functionality to …

Congratulations to MMAP Board Member Julie Wetherby

AREA AGENCIES ON AGING PRESIDENT: Julie Wetherby, CEO of the Region 2 Area Agency on Aging, has been elected president of the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan. Region 2 manages aging network services in Hillsdale, Jackson, and Lenawee counties. “The role of 4AM is doubly important these days as our organizations continue to serve seniors and adults with disabilities …

Social Security Commissioner Saul Honored as a Top Influencer in Aging

Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, recently received an honor as a 2020 Influencer in Aging by PBS’s Next Avenue, a digital publication dedicated to covering issues for people 50 and older.  The list honors advocates, researchers, and thought leaders who are changing how people collectively age and think about aging. Commissioner Saul earned the distinction for being an innovative …

National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 6–12 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. It’s a good reminder to roll up your sleeve and get your yearly Medicare-covered flu shot. Each year, thousands of people are hospitalized from flu-related illness. When more people get the flu shot, more people are protected. Flu prevention tips Make sure you take these simple steps to help stop the spread of viruses, like the …

These Free State Programs Help Millions of Seniors Navigate Medicare Open Enrollment Each year

By Rachel Christian Last Modified: October 16, 2020 7 min read time This page features9 Cited Research Articles Each year from October 15 to December 7, current Medicare recipients get a chance to evaluate and make changes to their health care and drug coverage. This annual opportunity is known as the open enrollment period. But navigating this process without guidance can be complicated, …

Avoid the Part D late enrollment penalty-keep creditable prescription drug coverage

Do you have creditable prescription drug coverage? It’s drug coverage that’s expected to pay, on average, at least as much as Medicare’s standard prescription drug coverage. It could be drug coverage you get from a current or former employer or union, or from TRICARE, the Indian Health Service, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you don’t have creditable coverage, …

Medicare Open Enrollment

Now is the time to shop for your Medicare 2021 Prescription Plan… Save money and get the best coverage! If you have Medicare, you can choose a new plan during open enrollment. Coverage begins January 1 Open Enrollment October 15 – December 7 It’s worth it to take the time to compare A local MMAP Counselor can: • Help you …

Get All Your Federal Benefit Payments in One Account Using Direct Payment

Posted on September 3, 2020 by Joanne Gasparini, Associate Commissioner of the Office of Financial Policy and Operations Direct deposit is the safest and most convenient way to receive your benefit payment. In 2013, the Department of the Treasury issued a mandate to move away from checks as a method to deliver federal benefit payments. Since then, almost 99 percent …