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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…

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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…

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Blue Water Vets Still Waiting For Benefits
September 22, 2019

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act became law  on June 25, 2019, making Blue Water veterans eligible for disability benefits related to Agent Orange exposure. For decades, veterans who served off the coast of Vietnam argued that, like those who served…

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Medicare Offers New Plan Finder For Open Enrollment
September 8, 2019

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period begins October 15, 2019 and runs through December 7, 2019.  During this time, you may switch to a Medicare Advantage plan or from one Medicare Advantage plan to another; and from one Medicare Part D…

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Medicare Beneficiaries, Do You Know The Difference Between A Wellness Visit And A Physical?
Medicare Beneficiaries, Do You Know The Difference Between A Wellness Visit And A Physical?
June 11, 2019

Stories have recently appeared in the press about Medicare beneficiaries blindsided by fees for physical exams they expected to be free of charge. The cause: patients failed to understand the difference between a physical exam and Medicare’s Free Annual Wellness…

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CHRONIC Act expands coverage for Medicare Advantage enrollees with chronic illnesses
July 24, 2018

Beginning in 2020, people enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans who have chronic illnesses will be covered for certain supplies and services not previously covered. Examples include bathroom grab bars and wheelchair ramps; and services such as home meal delivery, at-home…

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New Medicare Cards Are Coming (And Bringing Along New Scams, Of Course)
February 9, 2018

New Medicare cards are on the way. Starting in April 2018, new Medicare cards will be mailed to 60 million Medicare beneficiaries. Mandated by the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act of 2015, the new cards will not display your…

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Identity Theft
Medicare To Begin Eliminating Social Security Numbers From ID Cards
May 9, 2017

Since the launch of the Medicare program in 1965 and until today, the agency has issued ID cards bearing the beneficiary’s Social Security number. This was not particularly problematic years ago. But today, the tsunami of identity theft has made…

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Penn Treaty fails: What does this mean for you if you want long-term care coverage?
April 9, 2017

Thousands of people across the nation hold long-term care policies from Penn Treaty Insurance Company. The company and its American Network Insurance subsidiary have been in dire financial straits since at least 2001. With the company short the $4 billion…

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Medicare staff still using improvement standard to deny claims
February 19, 2017

Medicare beneficiaries must be covered for skilled rehabilitation services if the services help the beneficiary maintain his/her level of functioning and prevent disease progression. Medical improvement is not necessary for coverage. This was made clear in the Jimmo v. Sibelius…

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