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 …

Medicare Preventive Tests & Screenings

With the year more than halfway over, now’s a great time to check in and see if you’re up to date on your preventive care appointments. Medicare offers many preventive tests and screenings, most at no cost to you. These services can help you stay healthy, find health problems early, and prevent certain diseases and illnesses. For example, Medicare covers …

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 …

CMS Announces Agency’s First Rural Health Strategy

CMS Announces Agency’s First Rural Health Strategy Interagency effort seeks to improve access and quality of care for rural Americans Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the agency’s first Rural Health Strategy intended to provide a proactive approach on healthcare issues to ensure that the nearly one in five individuals who live in rural America have …

o Medicare scam alert

Scammers may call about your new Medicare card to trick you into sharing your personal information — like your current Medicare Number. Remember, Medicare will never call you uninvited or ask for your personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card. There are very limited situations in which Medicare can call you. Here are 2 tips …

Healthy Aging/Eating

There are some common problems that can make it harder for older people to follow through on smart food choices. We have problem-solving suggestions that can help with issues like: • Being tired of cooking or eating alone • Having problems chewing or swallowing food • Food tasting different • Feeling sad and not wanting to eat • Not being …