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Will Medicare Pay for Your Florida Nursing Home?

Are you one of the many Florida residents relying on Medicare to pay your way if you ever need nursing home care? Depending on what you mean by "nursing home," you, your family and your pocketbook could be in for a big shock. Many people fail to realize that Medicare does not cover long-term...

Medicare Part D premium to remain unchanged in 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the average premium for Medicare Part D coverage will remain steady in 2013. The average premium will be about $30. This is the third straight year that the Part D premium has not increased. Open enrollment for Medicare Part D plans...

A Not-So-funny Riddle from Medicare: When Is Being in the Hospital Not Being in the Hospital?

When is being admitted to the hospital, not being in the hospital? When you are admitted for observation. This is not just a semantic distinction. If you are on Medicare, the way the hospital stay classifies your stay can have huge implications for your pocketbook, both during your stay and possibly...

Medicare May No Longer Use Improvement Standard to Deny Short-Term Skilled Care

The beginning of open enrollment and intense speculation about the election's impact on Medicare are not the only Medicare-related headlines these days. A new development may greatly help Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions who need skilled nursing and rehabilitation. In the past, Medicare...

Medicare Part D: It Pays to Shop Around

[ Originally posted Oct 16, 2012 ] Medicare Open Enrollment began yesterday, October 15, and continues through December 7, 2012. The enrollment period ends earlier than in previous years, so those considering making a change should not procrastinate. Medicare beneficiaries should pay particular...