How To Deduct Medicare Expenses On Your Income Taxes

Tax season is here! Are you still working on filing your taxes? And are you, like most people, looking for ways to get the biggest refund? If so, you should know that itemizing your deductions on your income taxes is the best way to get some money back; you should also know that medical expenses…

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What Is An Advance Directive?

There are some things in life that go without saying, and others that you need to be very clear about. For example, you can’t assume that your loved ones will know what your wishes are when it comes to your end-of-life care. It is important to have a written document that spells out exactly what…

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Medicare & Thyroid Tests

Thyroid conditions are very common in people over 60, and chances of developing them increase with age. In fact, an estimated 20% of women over the age of 60 have some form of thyroid disease. Each kind of thyroid condition - hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism - has different symptoms and treatments associated with it, and being…

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Men’s Health: Medicare & Prostate Cancer Screenings

It’s a scary statistic, but every 15 minutes, an American man dies from prostate cancer. According to cancer.org, approximately 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. That means, for every 8 men you know in your life, 1 could be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and that likelihood goes up…

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What Is A High-Deductible Medicare Supplement Plan?

Once you turn 65 and are eligible for Medicare, you might think that you no longer have a choice about your healthcare plan. But that isn’t the case! After you enroll in Medicare, you have the option to purchase a Medicare Supplement Plan to cover the out-of-pocket expenses that Original Medicare does not. There are…

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Get Free Medicare Assistance With EZ

Making the transition from private health insurance to Medicare when you turn 65 can feel overwhelming. You might feel confused and like you just don’t know where to begin. For example, what plan should you go with? How can you save the most money? Will you have enough coverage? Unlike with employer-based insurance, which your…

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Celiac Disease & Medicare

Many of us have friends or family members who follow a gluten-free diet, and Celiac disease might be the reason behind it. Celiac disease is an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. If you have Celiac disease, eating gluten will trigger an immune response in your intestine, which can…

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Medicare & Hearing Aids

May is ‘Better Hearing and Speech’ Month. Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. Studies have shown that older adults with hearing loss can become depressed, and have a greater risk of developing dementia or other…

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Does Medicare Cover Home Blood Pressure Monitors?

Nearly 70% of people aged 65 and older have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. High blood pressure is a major health risk that can lead to multiple problems, including heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and even death. Monitoring your blood pressure is important for preventing serious conditions from occurring or getting worse. Medicare…

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How to Identify Melanoma & How Much Does Medicare Cover

May is National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so there is no better time to shine a light on this type of cancer, including how to identify it, and how to protect yourself. Melanoma, the deadliest of skin cancers, is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States. Detecting melanoma early is…

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Does Medicare Cover A Hip Replacement?

As you age, your bones can begin to deteriorate, making hip fractures much more likely. In fact, according to the CDC, more than 300,000 adults 65 or older - 80% of whom are women - are hospitalized for hip fractures each year. What’s more, complications from a fractured hip can be life-threatening in older adults…

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Can Your Insurance Company Cancel Your Medicare Supplement Plan?

A Medicare Supplement Plan can save you hundreds of dollars each year. These plans are sold by private companies to help cover the healthcare costs that Original Medicare does not cover, such as copays, coinsurance, and deductibles. They offer great benefits and savings, and can be especially helpful for older adults who are on a…

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Understanding Parkinson’s & Medicare

April 11 is World Parkinson’s Day, a day to raise awareness about this debilitating disease. According to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, there are approximately 1.5 million Americans living with this disease, with 60,000 new cases joining the count each year. This condition usually affects people 65 years and older, and progresses in 5 stages. If…

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Lost Your Medicare Card? Here’s What To Do

You go to the doctor for a routine checkup. Afterwards you go to the store to buy some groceries, only to realize that the place in your wallet where your Medicare card usually is is empty. You search your pockets and car - nothing. So you call the doctor’s office only to be informed they…

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Medicare Vs Medicaid: Know The Difference

Medicare and Medicaid. These two words are so much alike that many people get them confused. They are both government-sponsored health insurance programs, but that is where the similarities end. One of these programs is for adults 65 and older, while the other is for low-income individuals. It is important to understand the difference between…

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Seniors: Don’t Put It Off, Get Checked for Kidney Disease!

Kidney disease can develop at any age, but adults 60 and older are more likely to develop kidney disease than younger people. This is because as we age, so do our kidneys According to research from John Hopkins University, more than 50% of adults 75 and older are believed to have kidney disease. If not…

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Medicare & Physical Therapy

As we age, we become more prone to unexpected injuries because of weak bones or joints. Each year, almost 3 million older people are treated in emergency rooms for fall injuries, and over 300,000 of these injuries include hip fractures or a head injury. Fractured hips, broken bones or injured joints can take a long…

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Is Medicare Plan G Right For You?

When you enroll in Medicare, you will find that there are actually quite a few out-of-pocket expenses associated with it. Part A has an annual deductible, as does Part B; Part B also has a monthly premium, and will only cover 80% of your medical expenses, leaving you to pay the remaining 20% out of…

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