Medicare General Information

This blog section contains Medicare general info. For example, we answer commonly asked Medicare question and update you on general Medicare changes. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, you can get Coronavirus tips to stay safe and apply for Medicare Part B from the safety of your home.

Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Sunday, February 28, 2021, the CDC recommended and endorsed the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. Furthermore, it authorized the emergency use of the vaccine for people age 18 and older. Consequently, CNN reports today, “US begins distribution of a third Covid-19 vaccine.”  Up to 4 million doses of the Johnson and […]

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Medicare Kidney Transplant

Does Medicare pay for a Kidney Transplant? Original Medicare Part A and Part B pay for kidney transplants. Furthermore, Medicare Advantage (Part C) also covers kidney transplants. So what exactly is a kidney transplant? Kidney Transplant Surgery Kidney transplant surgery is a medical procedure to remove a healthy kidney from a donor and transplant it […]

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Senior Fitness Programs

What is a Senior Fitness Program? Senior Fitness Programs (SFP) are for people age 65 and older, and may be available through your Medicare plan. For example, your Medicare Advantage Plan may include Silver Sneakers.  Fitness programs vary based on your Medicare insurance provider. For instance, United Healthcare has a new and exclusive program called Renew Active. […]

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BMI for Seniors

Body Mass Index, BMI, is a screening tool for seniors used by Medicare to assess if you are at risk for weight-related health issues. For example, Medicare obesity counseling can help you lose weight when you have a 30 or higher BMI.  During your Annual Wellness Visit, your doctor will measure your height and weight to assess your BMI. Furthermore, […]

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What Does Medicare Not Cover

Medicare does not cover services or supplies that are medically unreasonable or unnecessary to diagnose and treat a patient’s condition. (CMS.gov page 5) For example, Medicare does not cover: Long-term care – the daily living and medical care you get in an assisted-living or nursing home. More than 20 days in a Skilled Nursing Facility – however, your […]

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Medicare Foreign Travel Coverage

Medicare may provide foreign travel coverage outside the United States. To qualify for coverage, special circumstances apply. Otherwise, Medicare will not cover your health care outside the US. Medicare Foreign Travel Coverage Medicare may pay for services you get on board a ship within the US’s territorial waters. For example, you take a vacation aboard […]

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Weight Loss for Seniors

Weight loss for seniors can be risky for many obese older adults. As you age, you lose muscle mass – called sarcopenia. Recent scientific research shows obese seniors on a weight loss diet who do not perform resistance exercises often lose muscle mass. Consequently, adverse health outcomes of sarcopenia include:  Higher rate of mortality (death) Functional decline More frequent falls […]

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Medicare Obesity Counseling

Medicare obesity counseling can help you lose weight. With over 100 million obese adults, America needs all the help it can get. The latest CDC obesity facts show 42.4% of adults are obese. Moreover, CDC reports 9.2% of adults are severely obese.  Find out if you are one of the many obese Americans. Are You Obese? You can calculate […]