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  • It’s always time to quit tobacco November 16, 2017
    Smoking tobacco can cause many health problems, including heart disease, respiratory diseases, and lung cancer —the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Close to 40 million people in the U.S. still smoke tobacco, but quitting can help prevent these health problems. You can quit smoking today, and Medicare wants to help. Besides being […] […]
  • COPD – Learn more, breathe better November 14, 2017
    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of diseases that cause breathing problems, like emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. People with COPD are more likely to have difficulty walking or climbing stairs, be unable to work, and have other chronic diseases, like diabetes or heart disease. To help you detect COPD early, when treatment […] […]
  • Saving money on health care costs: Extra Help November 14, 2017
    If you have limited income and resources, you may qualify for Medicare’s Extra Help program. You might be able to get help paying your Medicare drug plan’s monthly premiums, yearly deductibles, and prescription copayments. Drug costs in 2018 for most people who qualify will be no more than $3.35 for each generic drug and $8.35 […] […]
  • Know when to use antibiotics November 13, 2017
    It’s that time again—flu season! If you get sick, antibiotics won’t always help you. If you get a cold or flu, antibiotics could do more harm than good. That’s because these are viral infections, and antibiotics only cure bacterial infections. Every time you take antibiotics, they kill sensitive bacteria, but resistant germs can survive to grow and […] […]
  • Caregivers need help, too November 8, 2017
    Are you caring for an aged, ill, or disabled family member? If so, you’re one of about 43.5 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness, disability, or frailty. Family caregivers provide an average of 24 hours of care per week – when you’re the caregiver, that can make it hard to […] […]
  • Medicare Open Enrollment: The Value of Convenience November 7, 2017
    When choosing a health plan, sometimes convenience matters. In addition to cost, coverage, and benefits, here are some other things you may want to consider as you compare Medicare options this year: Doctor and hospital choice Do your doctors accept the coverage? Do you pay less if you choose your hospital and health care providers […] […]
  • Hospice care: Supporting you and your family November 1, 2017
    There are many difficult decisions that come with a terminal illness, like considering whether hospice is right for you. The thought of hospice can be scary, but it’s important to learn about your options. Medicare covers hospice care to help terminally ill patients spend the last moments of their lives with dignity and comfort, among […] […]
  • Fight lung cancer with Medicare November 1, 2017
    More men and women in the United States die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. More than 220,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year. The best way to lower your chances of developing lung cancer is to quit smoking and stop using tobacco products. If you use tobacco, Medicare Part […] […]
  • Diabetes—Are you at risk? November 1, 2017
    Millions of Americans have or are at risk for diabetes, one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The disease can lead to kidney failure, amputations, and blindness. November is American Diabetes Month, the perfect time for you to find out if you’re at risk and learn about the benefits Medicare covers […] […]
  • Medicare Open Enrollment: Peace of mind with Medicare coverage October 31, 2017
    Having health insurance with covered benefits that you can count on can bring peace of mind. If you have Medicare, you get benefits like: A host of preventive tests and screenings — including cancer screenings — most at no cost to you A discount of 65% on covered brand-name drugs with Part D if you […] […]