Yep, Medicare scams are up this year, and medical equipment is playing a big part in those scams:
Dr. Charlotte Kennedy first became suspicious earlier this year when she received a fax from a medical supply company asking her to authorize a back brace for a 92-year-old patient.
The doctor from Chesterfield, Mo., had recently . . . → Read More: The Medicare Scooter Scam: Could You Be a Target?
Medicare scams are waaaayyyyy up, so if your parents are on Medicare, it might be time to check in with them.
The misperceptions many people have about the health care overhaul law leave a wide-open space for crooks to slither through and scam unwary consumers.
That’s what’s happening as the federal Affordable Care Act . . . → Read More: Scam Alert: Medicare Scams on the Rise!
If you thought we were out of the woods with Medicare scams now that Open Enrollment is over, well, it doesn’t look like it. A new scam has come to our attention, one involving a fictitious “Health and Welfare Department.”
The way this new Medicare scam goes, the Medicare beneficiary will get a phone call . . . → Read More: Medicare Scam Alert: Bogus Health and Welfare Department Calls
And no, Medicare will not cover everything you may need:
Alayna Tillman’s mother and aunt both have Alzheimer’s disease and live with Tillman, her husband and two sons in Lake View Terrace.
Tillman says Medicare pays for many of the medical costs her mom and aunt incur. But other services, such as home care or . . . → Read More: Alzheimer’s Disease: Is Anyone Prepared For How Much It Could Cost?
If you only identify Arizona with Governor Jan Brewer wagging a finger in President Obama’s face or Sheriff Arpaio and his posses, you’re only getting half of the picture. We may be able to learn a valuable lesson from Arizona on healthcare:
In a low-slung building in the vast desert expanse east of Phoenix, a . . . → Read More: Can We Learn Something From Arizona’s Government-Run Healthcare?
Are you a Medicare patient? Tell us about it in our Medicare discussion forum!
And chances are, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”:
…no part of the budget other than defense will take a bigger hit than healthcare.
And the so-called sequester appears likely to have a disproportionate effect on areas of the health system already hobbled by years of retrenchment or underfunding, including public health and medical research.
. . . → Read More: Will the Sequester Cuts Hit Your Healthcare?
Sadly, we have a new Medicare scam alert today:
A new scam is targeting senior citizens — a caller claiming to represent Medicare asking verification of personal information for a new medical card.
A 72-year-old Oxford Township man, who asked to remain anonymous, said he was recently contacted by the phone number 409-574-1214. The caller . . . → Read More: Medicare Scammers Target Banking Information
If, like most Americans, you have health insurance through your employer, you may not know how much you’re really paying for health insurance. David Goldhill breaks it down for a young employee who has just started at his company:
…the American health care system can be called successful mainly in its ability to hide its . . . → Read More: How Much Do You Think You’re Paying for Health Insurance?
Reminder: Today is the last day to switch out of Medicare Advantage this year. Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D Open Enrollment is over! Did you miss your Medicare Open Enrollment season?
Unfortunately, Medicare Open Enrollment season for Medicare Advantage was super-easy to miss this year. Remember, this year (2012-2013) Medicare Advantage enrollees only had . . . → Read More: Last Day to Switch Out Of Medicare Advantage!