Michigan Medigap Subsidy Ending in 2023

In 2016, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF) began offering a subsidy for Medigap plans as part of changes to Michigan’s rules regarding Medigap. The Michigan Medigap Subsidy has limited funding and is scheduled to end in early 2023. There are approximately 21,000 people enrolled in the Michigan Medigap Subsidy, which subsidized Medigap plans $35-$110 per month, depending on age …

New Medicare Marketing Rules

As Open Enrollment approaches, we will be seeing more advertisements for Medicare health and drug plans, but those advertisements will look different thanks to new Medicare marketing rules. These rules limit the endorsements from celebrities and require clarification on benefits only offered in certain areas. These rules go into effect in response to a 165% increase in complaints following last …

MMAP and Social Security Administration Webinars

The Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) and the Social Security Administration are partnering on a monthly webinar series. Each month the Social Security Administration will present on a different topic. These events are free and open to the public. Whether you are a new recipient, caregiver, or professional organization, there promises to be something for everyone. Webinar Schedule and Topics …

June is Men’s Health Month

Father’s Day is just around the corner.  Each year, the week leading up to and including Father’s Day, is Men’s Health Week. Men’s Health Week is a great time to focus on keeping our fathers, brothers, uncles, and sons healthy — by educating them on health issues that disproportionately affect men, raising awareness of preventable health problems, and encouraging early …

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6 Ways to Eat Well as You Get Older

Jackie Thomas Senior Content Strategist at NCOA Key Takeaways March is National Nutrition Month, a perfect time to learn about healthy eating habits. Eating a balanced, nutrient-dense diet is critical across the lifespan, helping us feel our best and reduce our risk of chronic diseases. Our infographic offers six tips to help you eat well as you age. Nutrition is important …

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Social Isolation Resources

Social isolation among older adults is a serious issue, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of adults ages 45 and older feel lonely. This group is at an increased risk of social isolation due in part to having less nearby, immediate family or a chronic illness. Many organizations have created …

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Beware of Fake COVID-19 Test Sites, Kits

January 21, 2022 Scammers have created fake and unauthorized at-home testing kits, and they’re still at it with fake COVID-19 testing sites. They’re not giving people the help they need to stay healthy. The Federal Trade Commission gives things to keep in mind about buying fake COVID tests online and about looking into testing sites. A consumer alert from the Senior Medicare …

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Living with Vision Loss: Practical Tips for Safety and Independence

Key Takeaways Low vision is very prevalent in people over 60.  People with visual impairments can learn adaptive strategies to cope and live independently. Vision loss impacts the entire family, not just the person experiencing the eye condition. Vision loss is a growing challenge for older Americans. According to the American Foundation for the Blind, 3.2 million people—age 65 and older—experienced visual …

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Volunteers Needed!

Hi, I’m Jo Murphy, Executive Director for MMAP (Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program) we are seeking people who like to solve puzzles, enjoy meeting and working with people, who love a challenge, are familiar with computers and the internet, and are interested in helping other Michigan citizens in their area. MMAP is a free, unbiased, volunteer-staffed service that assists Medicare beneficiaries who …