This Week In Medicare: Today’s Top Stories!

4 ways to maximize your Medicare

A good 57 million Americans rely on Medicare to provide crucial health benefits. It’s especially important for retirees, who are living on a fixed income and no longer have employer-provided health insurance. Here’s how you can make the most of this critical program — and look after your health in the process. (read more)

A Medicare drug incentive that leads to greater hospitalizations

Many studies have demonstrated what economics theory tells us must be true: When consumers have to pay more for their prescriptions, they take fewer drugs. That can be a big problem.

For some conditions — diabetes and asthma, to name a few — certain drugs are necessary to avoid more costly care, like hospitalizations. This simple principle gives rise to a little-recognized problem with Medicare’s prescription drug benefit. (read more)

New legislation to expand access to audiology services for Medicare patients

Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) has reintroduced the Audiology Patient Choice Act (H.R. 2276) to broaden Medicare patients’ access to hearing care by removing existing barriers to audiology services. This bipartisan bill, supported by Reps. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA), will allow Medicare Part B patients with a suspected hearing or balance problem to go directly to an audiologist without having to wait for an order from a medical doctor. (read more)

The new Medicare Plus Card saves you up to 75% on things not covered by Medicare

Medicare doesn’t cover everything. Luckily, those on Medicare can now start saving on out of pocket expenses like prescription drugs, dental, vision, hearing, and more. Over 1 million people have already received their free Medicare Plus Card.

Get your Free Card Here

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