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When a person first becomes eligible for Medicare, it can be challenging to make sense of the information while navigating healthcare options. This A–Z article defines the most important Medicare terms relating to costs and expenses, as well as some terms that pertain to Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans (PDPs). https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/medicare-definitions

A report out this month from the Government Accountability Office dives into how schools managed special education and services for English learners during the switch to distance learning in the spring of the 2019-2020 academic year, finding that by and large, they struggled. https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2020/11/30/schools-have-struggled-to-fulfill-ieps-amid-pandemic-government-report-finds/29099/

Find a plan: https://www.medicare.gov/plan-compare/#/?lang=en&year=2021 https://www.medicare.gov/

The committee generally agreed that health-care workers should get the first doses of vaccine because of the risks to them and their patients and because they play a crucial role in fighting the coronavirus. Vulnerable long-term care residents also are in this first group, though members debated their situation at some length. Essential workers, including […]

Almost anything you want to know about Social Security Disability is at this link: https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2019/index.html If you have questions regarding how Social Security determines whether a condition is disabling, you can check the Social Security Blue Book at https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/AdultListings.htm  

The answer to “what is my property worth” depends on how we look at the situation. If we’re talking about fair market value, the traditional definition is stated in the IRS regulations. There, “fair market value” is defined as “the price at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, […]

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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/

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