Medicare Part B enrollment: There’s still time to sign up!

Most people get Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) when they turn 65. If you didn’t sign up for Part B then, now’s the time to decide if you want to enroll. During Medicare’s General Enrollment Period (January 1–March 31), you can enroll in Part B and your coverage will start July 1. Deciding to enroll in Part B is an important …

Give your heart some love: prevent heart disease

While you’re celebrating with loved ones this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget your heart needs some love, too. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, taking about 647,000 lives each year. You might not be able to avoid Cupid’s arrow, but you can take steps to help prevent heart disease. Start …

Get a glaucoma test and make your vision top priority!

More than 3 million people in the U.S. have glaucoma, and some have no idea they have it. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can cause permanent vision loss and blindness. If you get a glaucoma test and find treatment early, you can protect your eyes from serious vision loss. January is glaucoma awareness month, and it’s the perfect …

A Message From The New Secretary For Aging Alison Barkoff

February 2, 2021 by Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging I am humbled and thrilled to have joined ACL on Inauguration Day as Principal Deputy Administrator and to serve as Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging. I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to ACL’s stakeholders and share some of the critical priorities where …

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 …

4 Things to Consider When Comparing Medicare Plans

Comparing Medicare health and prescription drug plans can be complicated. Keep in mind these 4 things to make your plan choice easier with the Medicare Plan Finder. Total cost for care. It’s important to think about your total out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, maximums, and drug costs, that you’ll pay with a Medicare health or drug plan. When you compare plans with Medicare Plan Finder, …