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If you have questions about what Medicare will and will not cover, the best place to look is usually in the annual Medicare and You handbook. You can find it at: https://www.medicare.gov/medicare-you-handbook. Different versions, including large print and Kindle versions are available here: https://www.medicare.gov/forms-help-resources/medicare-you-handbook/download-medicare-you-in-different-formats

The following links may help. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/your-guide-to-medicare-open-enrollment-how-to-shop-switch-and-compare-plans-2020-10-12 CMS Ratings for Medicare Advantage Plans: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/2021starratingsfactsheet-10-08-2020.pdf 2021 Medicare Plans with 5 Stars: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/payer-issues/the-2021-medicare-plans-with-5-stars.html If all else fails, call us!!

We’re certain this comes as no surprise, but here is an article talking about the effect of Covid 19 on nursing home residents: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/im-very-lonely-and-depressedmany-nursing-home-residents-say-they-feel-like-they-are-in-prison-2020-10-12 In a related story, there is concern that nursing home residents may have difficulty voting; https://khn.org/news/senior-voting-barriers-during-pandemic-nursing-homes/

Read the article: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/29/congress-may-limit-medicare-part-b-premium-increase-for-2021-.html

Medicare enrollment periods, including special enrollment, is discussed at https://www.medicare.gov/blog/medicare-enrollment-period-2020 During the open enrollment period, you can: Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan. Change from a Medicare Advantage Plan back to Original Medicare. Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan. Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn’t offer drug coverage […]

The following link is usually updaetd annually, but it includes all 2020 co-pays and deductibles. You will need to scroll to the bottom of the page and open specific links to see co-pays for certain services: https://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/medicare-costs-at-a-glance

Medicare.gov has a page telling you which Medicare Supplement standardized plans offer which benefits. That page is located at https://www.medicare.gov/supplements-other-insurance/how-to-compare-medigap-policies. A note on that page states: “As of January 1, 2020, Medigap plans sold to new people with Medicare aren’t allowed to cover the Part B deductible. Because of this, Plans C and F are not available to people […]

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield signed a declaration determining that the evictions of tenants could be detrimental to public health control measures to slow the spread of SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. For more information on the order, please visit: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/09/04/temporary-halt-in-residential-evictions-to-prevent-the-further-spread-of-covid-19external icon Form to determine whether you qualify: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/declaration-form.pdf Article about ban on evictions: https://www.naela.org/Web/About_Tab/Advocacy_and_Foundation/Advocacy/Updates/2020/September_2020/CDC.aspx?_zs=S9mSW1&_zl=SAD57

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) this month introduced a new initiative that will incorporate law enforcement efforts with other federal agencies to address fraud schemes that target the elderly. The Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force will feature an amalgamation between the DOJ’s Consumer Protection Branch, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for six federal districts, the FBI, […]

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