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Medicare Open Enrollment: Make Changes To Coverage, Avoid Scams
September 21, 2022

If you are enrolled in original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage program, the time has arrived: Medicare Open Enrollment period kicks off October 15 and runs through December 7. During this period you can make certain changes to your coverage….

Good News For Medicare Enrollees
August 25, 2022

And they said it couldn’t be done! Medicare enrollees will begin seeing savings next year and beyond thanks to The Inflation Reduction Act. Passed after years of negotiation, and along strict partisan lines in the Senate on July 21 and…

Medicare Enrollment Deadline Extended For Those Unable To Enroll By Phone
May 26, 2022

The Medicare general enrollment period ended March 31, 2022, but some people who missed the deadline are getting more time. One signs up for Medicare through Social Security. Social Security field offices were shuttered for many months, having re-opened only…

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Medicare Coverage For Virtual Visits Extended, At Least Temporarily
March 27, 2022

Will Medicare continue to cover the cost of virtual visits with your doctor? The answer is yes – at least temporarily. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, effective March 15, 2022, extends telehealth services for an additional 151 days following the end…

Medicare Beneficiaries Win Right To Appeal Hospital Observation Status
February 7, 2022

A decade-long class action lawsuit, Barrows v. Becerra, has finally ended, with the outcome a win for Medicare beneficiaries who find themselves hospitalized as “observation” patients. Observation status means you are not well enough to be discharged from the hospital…

Medicare Makes Aduhelm Decision, Possible Reduction in B premiums
January 13, 2022

As elder law attorneys, we frequently assist individuals and families with the complicated legal and financial issues arising from an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Naturally, we have been paying close attention to the fate of Aduhelm, the new Alzheimer’s drug from Biogen….

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Your Power of Attorney Is Not Enough for Medicare, Social Security
February 28, 2021

You may be surprised to learn that Medicare and Social Security will not automatically honor your Durable Power of Attorney or Health Care Surrogate. These are powerful legal documents that everyone should have in their planning toolkit, but when it…

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Medicare B Premiums Can Give Sticker Shock to High Earning Seniors
December 29, 2020

Medicare Part B covers doctors’ fees. The basic Medicare Part B monthly premium will be $148.50 in January 2021. However, many high-earning seniors do not realize that their Medicare Part B premiums will be higher than that – in some…

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Social Security Announces 2021 Cost of Living Adjustment
October 14, 2020

The Social Security annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2021 has been announced: 1.3%. This is among the smallest increases ever, and the smallest since 2017. According to the Social Security Administration, the 1.3% increase will translate to an additional $20 for…

2020 Social Security Benefits Increase
October 11, 2019

Americans collecting Social Security benefits are slated to receive a cost of living increase in 2020. Benefits will increase by 1.6%. The average retiree’s monthly benefit will increase about $24, from $1,473 to to $1,503. Also, the Social Security tax…