Dill: Create your personal Medicare account

Would you like for a family member or caregiver to be able to call Medicare on your behalf? Would you like a way to store all your health records in one place online, so you can quickly share them with a new doctor or other healthcare provider? How about an easy way to print a […]

Dill: Know your Medicare rights and protections

Did you know that Medicare has an ombudsman to help you resolve complaints you may have about your healthcare? Congress created the job of Medicare Beneficiary Ombudsman to assist people with Medicare with their inquiries, complaints, grievances, appeals, and requests for information. The Medicare Beneficiary Ombudsman also shares information with Congress, the Secretary of Health […]

Arizona ramps up effort to battle Medicare fraud

Arizona is ramping up efforts to fight Medicare fraud with an awareness and volunteer recruitment campaign that seeks to both educate and recruit retired and semi-retired professionals and other senior volunteers for its statewide Senior Medicare Patrol project. Arizona’s SMP project is part of a nationwide Administration on Aging initiative that enlists volunteers to combat […]

Dill: Medicare can help you stay healthy

You may have heard something lately about “preventive health care.” What does that mean? At its most basic, preventive health care means living a healthy lifestyle. Eat a balanced diet. Exercise regularly. Maintain a healthy weight. And stop smoking. Like anyone else, people with Medicare can benefit from healthy living habits. But Medicare covers a […]

Dill: Free app shows what Medicare covers

Let’s say you go for your annual physical and your doctor recommends that you get a hearing and balance test. Or an electrocardiogram. Or a Hepatitis B screening. Does your Original Medicare cover these services? Now there’s a quick way to find out, using your smartphone or tablet. It’s Medicare’s new “What’s Covered” app and […]

Dill: How to lower your surgery costs with online Medicare tool

Imagine going to the grocery store, picking up the items you need for the week, but not knowing how much anything costs until the store sends you a bill two weeks later. Sadly, that’s how our healthcare system works every day. Healthcare costs now represent $1 in every $5 spent in our country. Patients’ deductibles […]

Dill: How to shop for Medicare health, drug plans

When you shop for a new car or truck, you don’t just buy the first one you see, do you? Probably not. You shop around, looking for the best deal you can get on a vehicle that fits your driving needs as well as your pocketbook. Well, it’s the time of year when you can […]

Dill: how to avoid Medicare ‘gaps’ in necessary coverage

Medicare helps to pay for a wide variety of health services, from flu shots to hospital stays, and from preventive health screenings to hospice care. But it doesn’t cover everything. And it doesn’t cover all your out-of-pocket costs. Many services covered by Medicare require co-payments, coinsurance, and deductibles. You can purchase supplemental insurance to cover […]

OPINION: Medicare can help protect your eyesight

Are you at risk for glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes loss of vision—usually side vision—by damaging the optic nerve, which sends information from your eyes to your brain. Some forms of glaucoma don’t have any symptoms, so you may have it even if you don’t have trouble seeing or feel any pain. […]

Arizona gets federal OK for work requirement for Medicaid recipients

Arizona is one of 10 states that got federal approval Thursday, Jan. 11, to move ahead on proposals to require that able-bodied Medicaid recipients are either working or involved in “community engagement activities” to be eligible for coverage. The guidance released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services clears the way for those states […]