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, …

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, …

Governor Whitmer Announces $1 Million Investment to Contact 1 Million Michiganders and Help Those Who May Have Lost Health Insurance in 2020 Get Covered

Media Contact: Laura Hall, (517) 290-3779, halll17@michigan.gov Consumer Hotline: 877-999-6442, Michigan.gov/DIFS complaints   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 19, 2020 (LANSING, MI) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today that the state is investing more than $1 million and will contact more than 1 million Michiganders to help those who may have lost health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic get covered. There are a …

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 …

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment Period October 15 • December 7 During this open enrollment period, Medicare health and drug plan options may be reviewed. A local MMAP Counselor can help you sign up for a new Medicare Plan. Explore Medicare options with a MMAP counselor. You can speak to a MMAP counselor via phone or video chat. For more information and …