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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, …

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 …

Who to Contact: Social Security or Medicare?

Who to Contact: Social Security or Medicare? “Sometimes it’s confusing to know who to contact and for what. Social Security and Medicare offer related services, so people aren’t always certain who does what. This “cheat sheet” can help. Contact Social Security to: See if you’re eligible for Medicare; Create a my Social Security account to do things like request a …

Medicare does not give out DNA Kits

Medicare does not give out DNA kits Share this page Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In July 19, 2019 by Lisa Lake Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Here’s one that goes to show just how creative scammers can be. The FTC is getting reports that callers claiming to be from Medicare are asking people for their Medicare numbers, Social Security numbers, and other personal …

CMS Reveals New Medicare Card Design

Removing Social Security numbers strengthens fraud protections for about 58 million Americans Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave the public its first look at the newly designed Medicare card. The new Medicare card contains a unique, randomly-assigned number that replaces the current Social Security-based number. CMS will begin mailing the new cards to people with Medicare …

Region 9 award winners from MMAP Recognition get a story in the newspaper!

Shop Talk Aug 11, 2017 (0) Local women receive top state honors LANSING – Two local women were recognized for their work with Medicare beneficiaries at a recent statewide event in East Lansing for the Michigan Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program of the Region 9 Area Agency on Aging. Danielle Kleinhuizen and Sarah Skowronski, both employees of the Advocacy Department of …

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Feds To Waive Penalties For Some Who Signed Up Late For Medicare

Each year, thousands of Americans miss their deadline to enroll in Medicare, and federal officials and consumer advocates worry that many of them mistakenly think they don’t need to sign up because they have purchased insurance on the health law’s marketplaces. That decision can leave them facing a lifetime of enrollment penalties. Now Medicare has temporarily changed its rules to …