CMS NEWS – Oct 12

CMS announces 2019 Medicare Parts A & B premiums and deductibles Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for Medicare Parts A and B. “CMS is committed to empowering beneficiaries with the information they need to make informed decisions about their healthcare,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “In addition to …

Prevent osteoporosis

Many people don’t know they have osteoporosis until they break a bone. Did you know Medicare can help you prevent or detect osteoporosis at an early stage, when treatment works best? Talk to your doctor about getting a bone mass measurement (bone density). If you’re at risk, Medicare Part B covers this test once every 24 months (more often if …

Susan Das

MMAP Client Story 3

My client did not switch her Prescription Drug Plan last year because the savings was not worth her switching pharmacies. This year not only was I able to save her $813.84 on her medications with a new PDP and pharmacy, but she qualifies this year for the Medigap Subsidy and will save another $65/month! She had to cut things out …

MMAP Client Story 5:

I met with a client who reviews her supplemental plan every year with me. She has multiple health conditions and takes a lot of medications. Her current plan will no longer cover her insulin (Lantus Solostar pens) in 2018 and had sent her a letter listing three other lower-cost insulin brands that they will cover. As any insulin-dependent diabetic knows, …

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A Tale of Advocacy

Many times, MMAP Counselors have to advocate for their clients. One opened my office door and said she was out of medication and couldn’t afford the full price. She needed my help – NOW! She had just come from her pharmacy and found out that she would have to pay $400 to get her new Rx. We called her pharmacist …

Get your pneumococcal shot

Did you know about 1 million Americans go to the hospital with pneumonia every year? Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by pneumococcal disease, which can also cause blood infections and meningitis. The pneumococcal shot is the best way to help prevent certain types of pneumonia and other pneumococcal infections. Medicare Part B covers the initial shot, plus a second …