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Medicare moves you should consider making now

BY LORIE KONISH: It’s Medicare open enrollment time, which means you have time to make changes to your coverage for 2019.

But don’t delay. If you start looking into what is available now, you position yourself to make the best choices.

“It’s that time of year to be evaluating your plan to make sure it fits your needs as best as possible,” said Katy Votava, president of Goodcare.com, an independent consulting firm that specializes in health care. (read more)

How GOP Plan To Gut Social Security, Medicare Stokes Americans’ Biggest Fear

BY JOHN WASIK: The script is right out of a horror movie. You stoke the audience’s fears by first talking about something dark and nasty.

In this case, the plot revolves around the GOP’s long-held plan to gut Social Security and Medicare. Now they are fueling fears through a new strategy: They are blaming the ballooning federal deficit on these programs, which are enormously popular and have lifted millions out of old-age poverty.

“I think it would be safe to say that the single biggest disappointment of my time in Congress has been our failure to address the entitlement issue [Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid], and it’s a shame, because now the Democrats are promising Medicare for All,” Sen. Mitch McConnell told Bloomberg News on Oct. 16. (read more)

Scammers more active during Medicare open enrollment

BY DON DARE: A Knoxville couple is wanting to share their plight of sharing personal information, unknowingly at the time, with what they’ve been told was a scammer last month and warning others not to do the same.

The couple asked to not share their full name. But both Betty and Dave, who have been married for 67 years, believe they were the target of a caller scam in the guise of Medicare representatives. 

Last month, the couple received the standard Medicare handbook as the new enrollment period begins. Inside the front page of the handbook, it states Medicare has been mailing new identification cards since April. (read more)

CMS chief Seema Verma: Medicare plans better than ever but Medicare should not be for all

BY SHARI RUDAVSKY: As the open enrollment season for Medicare begins, federal Medicare chief Seema Verma came to an Indianapolis senior facility to tout this year’s Medicare Advantage plans as costing less and offering more supplemental benefits.

Speaking at the Nora Commons on the Monon Senior Apartments, Verma encouraged the room full of people to take a good look at the plans available between now and the close of the enrollment season on Dec. 7. 

Verma, a Carmel resident who now serves as the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told those present that they would like what they see. (read more)

Medicare Open Enrollment: Time to pick a plan

BY MEDICARE.GOV: Medicare Open Enrollment is here and runs until December 7! We know many people find and compare health plans at Medicare.gov during Open Enrollment. This year we’ve made some improvements to provide you with more personalized help with your plan choices.

We’ve added a simplified log in option through your MyMedicare.gov account, for a more personalized experience. You also can still log in with your Medicare number and a little more information or do a general search of Medicare plans by entering just a ZIP code. If you’re comparing plans through your MyMedicare account and need help or have a question, you can access our new web chat feature to connect with a customer service representative online and get answers right away. Watch a video about these improvements to help you find the right plan for you. (read more)

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