Entries by Brian Kondas

Switching Medicare Plans

MedicareBob says if you are not medically eligible to switch Medicare plans, you will not be able to. In other words, to change Medicare plans, you need to pass medical underwriting. Furthermore, he says, “if you do not get a supplement when you first turn 65, you will have to medically qualify later in life […]

Medicare Plan N vs Plan G

Medicare Plan N vs Plan G, which is best for you? Discover the coverage and cost differences between Medigap Plan N and Plan G. Find out what Plan N costs Fred when he falls and is transported to the ER. Medigap Plan N vs Plan G Medicare Plan N is a lower-cost alternative to Plan […]

Medicare Summary Notice MSN

Your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) Your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) shows Medicare Part A and Part B covered services for people with Original Medicare. It is not a bill. If you receive an MSN, it will list all the Medicare-billed services and supplies from the last 3-month period. Furthermore, it summarizes what Medicare paid and […]

Parkinson Medicare Coverage

Medicare may provide coverage for Parkinson’s Disease, including medications, treatments, and the following therapies: occupational, physical, and speech. We recommend you have Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage in addition to Original Medicare. Furthermore, if you have a Medicare Advantage plan, please choose a plan that includes Part D drug coverage.  You can shop for […]

2021 Special Enrollment Period

On March 23, 2021, CMS.gov announced a 2021 Special Enrollment Period (SEP). Americans (not on Medicare) can get extended access to new savings through the American Rescue Plan. Your family members will have until August 15 to enroll or re-evaluate their coverage on HealthCare.gov.  For seniors on Medicare, you can qualify for a SEP due to COVID-19 and […]

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Please read this article to discover what diabetic retinopathy is and what Medicare covers. You will learn the following: Medicare and diabetic retinopathy Two stages of diabetic eye disease Diabetic retinopathy risk factors Preventing diabetic retinopathy Treatment options Medicare and Diabetic Retinopathy If you have diabetes, Medicare Part B covers eye exams for diabetic retinopathy. […]

Medicare Macular Degeneration

Medicare Part B covers age-related macular degeneration (AMD) treatment. Furthermore, Medicare covers diagnostic tests for AMD. For people 50 years and older, it’s the leading cause of vision loss. So what is AMD? What is Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)? AMD is an eye disease that affects the macula (center part) of your retina. It causes […]

Does Medicare cover cataract surgery?

According to Medicare.gov, Medicare does cover cataract surgery “using traditional surgical techniques or using lasers.” Furthermore, if you have cataract surgery to implant an “intraocular lens,” Medicare helps you pay for corrective lenses. For example, Medicare part B pays 80% of the cost for corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses after cataract surgery. So what is cataract […]

Can I Change My Medicare Advantage Plan Now?

You can change your Medicare Advantage Plan now – from January 1 to March 31. Otherwise, you will need special circumstances to qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). If you do not qualify for SEP and it’s past March 31, you will need to wait until the Annual Election Period from October 15 to December 7. Why change […]