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More Than Half of Seriously Ill Medicare Enrollees Struggle with Bills

  More than half of seriously ill Medicare enrollees face financial hardships with medical bills, with prescription drug costs the leading problem, according to a study published Monday.   Access full article (requires payment to view).   For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate at (301) 663-9230 or visit www.davidwingate.com David Wingate is an estate planning and elder law attorney at Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate. The Estate and Elder Planning…

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Why Medicare Is Focused on Food Insecurity

  The inability of seniors enrolled in Medicare to get the food they need is a problem for nearly one in 10 enrollees 65 years of age and older, a new analysis shows. The issue of food insecurity has emerged as a health care concern and is now on the radar of health insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid administrators as a way to get seniors better care.   SOURCE/MORE: FORBES       For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call…

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Medigap C and F Plans Unavailable to New Medicare Enrollees Beginning in 2020

  For people turning 65 next year, the lineup of Medicare supplemental insurance policies, Medigap plans, will look somewhat different.   SOURCE/MORE: CNBC       For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate at (301) 663-9230 or visit www.davidwingate.com David Wingate is an estate planning and elder law attorney at Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate. The Estate and Elder Planning office services clients with powers of attorneys, living wills, Wills, Trusts,…

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Where the Top Democratic U.S. Presidential Candidates Stand on ‘Medicare for All’

All of the Democratic presidential candidates debating on Thursday say universal health care is a top priority. They disagree, however, on the best path to achieve it. Source/more: Reuters     For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate at (301) 663-9230 or visit www.davidwingate.com David Wingate is an estate planning and elder law attorney at Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate. The Estate and Elder Planning office services clients with powers of…

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CMS Races to Fix Flaw in Part D Plan Finding Tool

For older Americans navigating the thicket of drug insurance plans offered under Medicare, there’s been one online tool they’ve turned to the most: a link that lets them quickly calculate the total cost of each plan for their specific medications and circumstances. But late last month, when Medicare unveiled a revamp of its website for Part D, the prescription drug benefit, that feature was omitted, sparking an outcry from senior advocates, brokers, and volunteers who help enrollees sift through the options. Source/more: Boston Globe   For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind…

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Telehealth and Medicare: What Is Covered

A new fact sheet from the AARP Public Policy Institute provides information on the telehealth services that Medicare is covering. Source: AARP Read the Full Paper   For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate at (301) 663-9230 or visit www.davidwingate.com David Wingate is an estate planning and elder law attorney at Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate. The Estate and Elder Planning office services clients with powers of attorneys, living wills, Wills,…

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Using the Cost-Sharing Rule to Prevent Improper Co-Pays at Pharmacies

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) enables full-benefit dual eligibles who receive certain Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) to receive¬†Medicare Part D covered drugs at no cost. Unfortunately, despite the institutional cost-sharing requirement, pharmacies still ask dual eligibles to pay co-pays for covered drugs. Justice in Aging created an FAQ, Low-Income Subsidy for Dual Eligibles Receiving Home and Community-Based Services, to give advocates working with dual eligibles the tools they need to prevent these co-pays. Read More   For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away!…

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Pelosi’s Proposed Prescription Drug Costs Fix

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to release an ambitious drug-pricing bill as early as this week that would allow the federal government to negotiate drug prices on hundreds of drugs in Medicare that do not have competitors and would offer those prices to all consumers, according to a summary of the bill obtained by The Washington Post. Source/more: Washington Post Related: States Pass Record Number of Laws to Reel in Drug Prices   For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation…

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Medicare Learning Network Call on Dementia Care

Register for the next Medicare Learning Network event – “Dementia Care: Supporting Comfort and Resident Preferences Call” – Tuesday September 10 at 1:30pm ET.¬† This call will provide insight on approaches to care for residents living with dementia that focus on resident preferences, maintaining comfort, and assisting with unmet needs. Additionally, CMS provides updates on the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes. Register here.           For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial…

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Medicare Prescription Drug Premium to Drop Slightly in 2020

The average monthly premium for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans will decrease from $31.83 this year to $30 in 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced late Tuesday. This is the third straight year that premiums will decline. Source/more: AARP           For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate at (301) 663-9230 or visit www.davidwingate.com David Wingate is an estate planning and elder law attorney at…

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