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Everything You Need to Know About Medicare Open Enrollment

Mark your calendars! October 15th through December 7th is open enrollment time for Medicare Advantage plans and Part D prescription coverage. Have you planned yet? Do you know what changes your healthcare providers have made recently? Open enrollment is about taking the time to assess your healthcare needs. Your Medicare Advantage Plan is unique to you.  Medicare is personal “Many of us ...

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FDA Approves Booster Vaccines for Immunocompromised People

The FDA has approved booster COVID vaccines for immunocompromised people. Those with weaker immune systems are very vulnerable to the highly contagious Delta variant, and they comprise 44 percent of hospitalized COVID breakthrough cases. Once the CDC approves, booster vaccines can be given immediately. According to Dr. Fauci, everyone will likely eventually need booster shots of the coronavirus vaccine. But for now, health experts ...

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Democrats Plan to Expand Medicare and Lower Eligibility Age

The newly released $3.5 trillion Democratic budget plan reveals a plan to add dental, vision, and hearing care to Medicare. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer released the outline today that included the new provisions. Adding dental vision, and hearing would make a big difference to Medicare beneficiaries, saving them potntially thousands of dollars each year. The Democrats also plan to lower the Medicare eligibility ...

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Scam Alert: Publishers Clearing House Scam

Seniors should be on the lookout for Publishers Clearing House scams that are being reported now. Scammers claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House call the victim, claim the person has won a prize, and say that to claim the prize they need to pay for an attorney’s fee, processing fee, or taxes.  Seniors have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in these scams. ...

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Breakthrough COVID-19 Cases: What You Should Know

You have been hearing about breakthrough COVID-19 cases in the news. A breakthrough case happens when a vaccinated person gets infected with the COVID-19 virus. It may seem scary, but once you put the breakthrough cases in perspective, they actually do not account for a large percentage of cases at all. What's more, these breakthrough cases rarely cause sickness or hospitalization, and may not ...

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New CDC Mask Advisory: What You Should Know

The CDC has made new masking guidelines in light of the quickly spreading Delta variant, which accounts for 80 percent of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. Here’s what you need to know about when to wear a mask: What to Know About the New CDC Mask Guidelines The CDC now recommends that vaccinated Americans wear masks in indoor public spaces in areas with ...

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What is Sarcopenia, and How Can You Prevent It?

Sarcopenia refers to muscle loss as you age, and it affects more than 10 percent of adults over 50 and as many as 50 percent of adults 80 and older.   Sarcopenia on its own causes fatigue and difficulty with daily tasks, but it's also linked to more serious issues such as:  increased falling riskinjuryloss of independencediabeteshigh blood pressureobesityosteoporosisdisabilityshortened life expectancy If ...

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Biden: Long COVID Could Be Considered a Disability

The Biden administration announced today that long-COVID could qualify as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  An assessment is needed to determine whether an individual’s case is deemed a disability in that it "substantially limits a major life activity.” This announcement occurred on Monday morning, as President Biden and Vice President Harris celebrated with 31st anniversary of the Americans with ...

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Meditation for Seniors: A Guide for Beginners

Mindfulness meditation has been proven to help seniors and people of all ages reclaim peace and centeredness in their lives. Meditation is especially beneficial for older adults in that it can increase brain function and reduce feelings of loneliness and depression. Here are some of the incredible things meditation can do for older adults:  Regulate blood pressureReduce stressIncrease libidoImprove cognitive functionEnhance the ...

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Hearing Test: What Does Medicare Cover?

Medicare does not cover hearing aids, but let's find out whether it covers routine hearing tests. Hearing loss as you age is not something to be ignored. Over time, hearing loss can lead to cognitive problems, safety issues, stress, and poor health. Getting help with your hearing will improve your life and your overall wellbeing. It can sometimes seem confusing trying to ...

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COVID-19 Update: To Wear or Not to Wear a Mask??

A recent poll found that more than half of vaccinated people are still wearing masks. And in light of the new Delta variant surge, mask mandates are returning in areas such as Kentucky, St. Louis, and Los Angeles after a proliferation of new cases. With all the conflicting information, making the decision of whether to mask up can be a hard one. Health experts ...

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5 Reasons to Join Medicare World Plus Today!

Medicare World has a new thing! You may notice a few changes to our website. We’re now featuring a new membership called Medicare World Plus, where you have access to free Medicare plan evaluations and quotes, and also exclusive deals and discounts. Start saving on everyday purchases -- become a member today! Our new membership features deals on prescription drugs, dental, vision, hearing, and ...

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FDA Adds New Warning to Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Warning: The FDA released a warning this week on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. In rare cases, the vaccine could be linked to Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). GBS is a neurological disorder in which the immune system attacks the body’s nervous system.  The cases of someone getting GBS after the vaccine are rare -- 100 in over 12 million people thus far. Most of those ...

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Key Medicare Dates to Make a Note of Now

Mark your calendars! The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is approaching, and we wanted to prepare you with some important dates to save.  Starting in September, you will hear from your Medicare plan about any changes that are taking place within your coverage. Once you receive that information, you should be able to make a better decision on changing your coverage.  Make a ...

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5 Free Services Medicare Offers to Take Advantage of Today

Medicare offers many free preventive services to help you live a healthier life. These included perks will help you remain healthy and strong as you age, provided you take advantage of them! Here are five free Medicare services that you should start using today: Annual Wellness Exam – Medicare Part B covers a yearly check-up if you’ve had Part B for longer ...

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Medicare Could Have Saved $2.6 Billion on Drugs the Costco Way

According to a new letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine on July 6, Medicare could have saved billions on generic drugs had they done things more like Costco. Medicare plans spent more than Costco by 13 percent in 2017 and 21 percent in 2018. USC researchers also found that Medicare plans overpaid 43 percent of the time for 30- and 90-day prescription fills. "Total ...