Medicare 101

For our local followers, the Community House of Birmingham, Michigan is offering a complimentary presentation on the ins and outs of Medicare at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 27th. Below you will find the official course overview….. Are the changes in Medicare causing you confusion? Are you navigating through the Medicare process or are you […]

The Best Way to Win an Insurance Appeal

The punchline is, “Not to have to do one.” We’ve posted before on Medicare insurance appeals for Part A/B, Medicare Advantage, and Part D. We’ve even posted on doing battle with insurance companies. The fact is, insurance appeals are time consuming and can feel like doing battle. If you can avoid one, why wouldn’t you? […]

Medicare Explained for Those Who Like to Watch TV

Here’s a nice succinct explanation of Medicare. It gives a good framework for parts A through D if you’re new to the types of Medicare. The clip is produced by Humana and is 3 minutes long.

How to Appeal Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage denial

Note: This is the third part of a three-part post on Medicare appeals. Medicare Part D appeals are similar to those for Medicare Advantage, but have some distinct differences. In this post, we’ll use Part D to cover both standalone Part D prescription plans and prescription plans that are part of a Medicare Advantage plan, […]

How to Appeal Medicare Advantage/HMO coverage denial

Note: This is the second part of a three-part post on Medicare appeals. Medicare Advantage (formerly Medicare Part C, and often referred to as a Medicare HMO) appeals are different from those of Medicare Part A/B in that you’re appealing to the independent company that provides your Medicare benefits. You’ll need to contact your provider […]

Turned down for a Medicare Part A/B medical expense? Appeal! Here’s how.

Note: This is the first part of a three-part post on Medicare appeals. Has Medicare, a Medicare Advantage, or a Medicare Part D plan turned you down for an expense that you think should be covered? As long as you honestly believe that you the expense should be covered, you should appeal. Definitive statistics are […]

How To Get a Replacement Medicare Card

If you’ve lost your Medicare card, there’s a form on the Medicare site where you can request a new one. They do point out that: Your Medicare card will arrive in the mail in about 30 days. It will be mailed to the address Social Security has on file for you. If you need proof […]

How Does Your State Support the Aging Population?

The National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA) is a non-profit association representing the nation’s 56 officially designated state and territorial agencies on aging. NASUA’s mission is to, “…advance social, health, and economic policies responsive to the needs of a diverse aging population and to enhance the capacity of its membership to promote the […]

Good Interview on NPR with Robert Hayes of the Medicare Rights Center

Joanne Silberner of NPR’s All Things Considered does a nice interview with Robert Hayes of the Medicare Rights Center about picking a Medicare Part D plan for 2009. Some meaty information on things you should consider before the end of the year. Listen to the story here:

Need Help Navigating Medicare? SHIP is Not Far From Home

We publish SHF because we’ve spent a lot of time researching on our parents’ behalf and thought people shouldn’t have to wander in the wilderness like we did. Yes, we got some help along the way, and when we did, it was a great stress reducer. That’s why when we find a resource like SHIP […]