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  • Guard Your Medicare Number

    September 26, 2016

    Fight health care fraud: guard your Medicare number! The next Medicare Open Enrollment season (October 15 to December 7) is almost here, which means fraudsters and identity thieves will increase their efforts to get and abuse Medicare numbers from people like you. Fortunately, there are many measures you can take to fight health care fraud:

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  • Save time & paper—Get “Medicare & You” electronically!

    September 15, 2016

    Did you know that instead of getting a paper copy of your “Medicare & You” handbook every fall, you can sign up to get it electronically? The eHandbook is an online version of your trusted “Medicare & You” handbook and has all the same information as your paper copy. The difference is that it’s updated […]

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  • Learn the signs for ovarian cancer

    September 01, 2016

    Each year, about 20,000 women in the U.S. get ovarian cancer. It’s also the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women. Early diagnosis is the key to survival, and the key to early diagnosis is recognizing the symptoms of ovarian cancer: Bloating Pelvic or abdominal pain Trouble eating or feeling full quickly Urgency […]

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  • Nursing Home Compare quality ratings now work better for you

    August 10, 2016

    You may already use our Nursing Home Compare site to compare nursing homes and choose one with quality in mind. We know that nursing homes vary in the quality of care and services they provide to their residents. That’s why we’ve recently updated the ratings on Nursing Home Compare to include new quality measures, giving […]

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  • Helping Patients and Their Families Choose Hospitals

    August 09, 2016

    Choosing a hospital can be overwhelming. You want to be sure you’re getting high-quality care in a positive environment – and preferably close to home. Because hospitals can differ in the safety and quality of care they give, we’ve made our Hospital Compare website easier to use by adding an overall hospital quality star rating. You may […]

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  • Take the easy step to protect yourself from pneumonia

    August 01, 2016

    Did you know that 1,000,000 Americans go to the hospital with pneumonia every year? Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by pneumococcal disease, which can also cause blood infections and meningitis. The bacteria that causes pneumococcal disease is spread by direct person-to-person contact. There’s a vaccine to help prevent pneumonia, but only 61%

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  • Protect yourself from hepatitis

    July 28, 2016

    Did you know hepatitis kills close to 1.4 million people worldwide every year? Hepatitis, which is an inflammation of the liver often caused by viruses, affects millions of people worldwide. This year, you can join the global movement to eliminate hepatitis as a public health threat, and Medicare can help. Hepatitis is contagious. For example,

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  • Take control, take the test for HIV

    June 26, 2016

    Did you know that 1 in 8 of the more than 1.2 million Americans living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) don’t know they have it? 90% of new HIV infections in the U.S. could be prevented by testing, diagnosing, and treating early. It’s important to get HIV-infected people the medical care and support they need […]

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  • Do Your Part for the Environment—Go Paperless!

    June 05, 2016

    On June 5, more than 100 countries worldwide will be celebrating World Environment Day—a day for encouraging awareness and action for the environment. How can you do your part to help the environment?  One great way is to sign up to get your “Medicare & You” handbook electronically. If you have an eReader (like an […]

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  • Even “healthy” men need health screenings

    June 01, 2016

    Did you ever put off doing a task or getting a test and later wished you’d just gotten it over with? If you’re a man with Medicare, now’s the time to talk with your doctor about whether you should get screened for prostate cancer, for colorectal cancer, or for both. Screening tests can find cancer […]

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  • Today’s the day to quit tobacco

    May 31, 2016

    If you or a loved one is hooked on tobacco, make today, May 31—designated by the World Health Organization as World “No Tobacco” Day—your starting point to kick the habit. Tobacco use is the second leading cause of death worldwide, responsible for 1 in every 10 adult deaths, but Medicare can help you quit smoking. […]

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  • Older Americans Month 2016: Blaze a Trail

    May 02, 2016

    Did you know that by the year 2029, more than 20% of people in the U.S. will be at retirement age? Older adults are a vital part of our society. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. This year, to celebrate the Older Americans Act, […]

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  • Protect your bones

    May 02, 2016

    Brittle bones could shatter your life. Every year, more Americans are diagnosed with osteoporosis—a disease that causes bones to weaken and become more likely to break. You may not know that you have this “silent” disease until your bones are so weak that a sudden strain, bump, or fall causes your wrist to break or […]

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  • Filing a complaint is easier than ever

    May 02, 2016

    We hope that all of your health care experiences are positive. But if they’re not, we want filing a complaint to be as easy as possible. That’s why we offer you a variety of tools to express your concerns. One of those tools is the ability to file a complaint (sometimes called a “grievance”). Is […]

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  • Get protected from hepatitis

    May 02, 2016

    Did you know that hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus, kills nearly 1.4 million people worldwide every year? Hepatitis is contagious. For example, the Hepatitis B virus spreads through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person. People can also get infected by coming in contact with […]

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  • Have you checked your blood pressure lately?

    May 02, 2016

    When was the last time you checked your blood pressure? Now’s the time to take a fast (less than a minute) and simple test to see if your blood pressure is too high. High blood pressure usually has no signs or symptoms, but it can lead to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and […]

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  • Celebrate Earth Day—Go Paperless!

    April 22, 2016

    Nearly 200 countries celebrate Earth Day – a day for encouraging awareness and action for the environment on April 22nd. How can you make your voice heard this year? One great way is to sign up to get your “Medicare & You” handbook electronically. If you have an eReader (like an iPad, Kindle Fire, Surface, […]

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  • Rethink the Drink

    April 01, 2016

    There are a lot of changes that happen with age, and some of them, like physical pain, loss of mobility, and loneliness can lead to alcohol misuse. As people age, they become more sensitive to the effects of alcohol. Over time, someone’s drinking habits may become a problem. Older adults who drink may be at […]

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  • At risk for Diabetes? Take this quick test.

    March 22, 2016

    Diabetes affects 22 million people in the U.S.—are you one of them? Tuesday, March 22 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, and it’s a great time to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a disease where blood glucose levels are higher than normal. Type 2 diabetes […]

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  • 5 Ways to Become an Informed Medicare Consumer

    March 07, 2016

    Each day, you make important choices about your finances, health, privacy, and more. During National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 6–12, 2016, non-profit organizations and government agencies can help you take advantage of your rights and make better-informed choices. There are 5 things you can do to become an informed Medicare consumer:

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  • Start this spring right by practicing prevention

    March 01, 2016

    After months of blizzards and cold weather, spring is a welcome reminder of new beginnings – the longer hours of daylight, blooming flowers, and warmer weather are all signs of a new season, and a new reason to be proactive with your health. One simple way to manage your health is to practice preventive care. […]

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  • Make 2016 your year of better nutrition

    March 01, 2016

    They say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but that’s not the whole truth. While apples are healthy and delicious, there are many other important factors in having a nutritious diet. Over 35% of U.S. adults are obese. An unhealthy body weight puts you at a greater risk for many diseases like type […]

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  • Get help with your Medicare costs

    February 22, 2016

    If you’re among the many Americans facing financial challenges with their health care costs, there may be ways you can save money on your health care costs if you have Medicare. If you have limited income and resources, you may qualify for Medicaid—a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs. Even if […]

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  • This Valentine’s Day, show your heart some love

    February 01, 2016

    Although popular love songs might tell you otherwise, a broken heart can’t kill you—but heart disease can. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, taking more than 600,000 lives each year. You might not be able to avoid Cupid’s arrow, but you can take steps […]

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  • Choosing a home health agency keeps getting easier

    January 28, 2016

    Choosing a provider of home health services can be overwhelming. Home health agencies can differ in the safety and quality of care they provide. That’s why we’ve made it easier to use the information on our Home Health Compare site by adding patient experience of care star ratings. Known as Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare

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  • Detect cervical cancer early – get screened

    January 25, 2016

    All women are at risk for cervical cancer, but did you know it occurs most often in women over 30? About 12,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year. Fortunately, it’s one of the easiest female cancers to prevent. Medicare covers 2 types of screening tests – the Pap smear […]

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  • Prevent vision loss from glaucoma

    January 11, 2016

    How much are you at risk for getting 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. Fortunately, you can prevent vision loss by finding and treating problems early. Medicare covers a glaucoma test once every 12 months […]

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  • Choosing a health care professional just got easier

    December 10, 2015

    Are you the kind of shopper who gathers information before making a purchase? Wouldn’t it be helpful to have the same kind of reliable information when choosing a health care professional? Choosing a health care professional can be overwhelming. Physicians and facilities differ in the quality of care they provide. That’s why we’ve made it […]

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  • Get your free flu shot

    December 06, 2015

    Flu season is in full swing, so protect yourself and your loved ones by getting your free flu shot. Get your flu shot early and stay healthy! Flu viruses change from year to year, so it’s important to get a flu shot each flu season. It’s free for people with Medicare, once per flu season when you […]

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  • Support World AIDS Day: Wear your red ribbon

    December 01, 2015

    About 50,000 people in the U.S. get HIV each year. Of the 1.1 million people currently living with HIV in the U.S., 1 in 8 don’t even know they have it. December 1 is World AIDS Day and the 2015 theme is “The Time to Act Is Now.” HIV is the virus that can lead […]

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  • Medicare Open Enrollment: Time is running out!

    November 30, 2015

    It’s the holiday season and it seems like to-do lists are always pretty packed around this time of year. With family and job responsibilities, some pretty important tasks can get left to the last minute. Picking the right health plan is a personal choice and a lot of thoughtful consideration goes into finding the right […]

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  • Make today the day you quit smoking

    November 19, 2015

    Smoking tobacco can cause many diseases including heart disease, respiratory diseases, and lung cancer —the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Over 56 million people in the U.S. still smoke tobacco, but quitting can reduce your risk of getting these diseases. You can quit smoking today, and Medicare is here to help. Besides […]

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  • Save time with automatic payments

    November 18, 2015

    We like when things are automatic. From smart phone reminders to automatic coffee makers—it’s nice when something’s done before we even need to think about doing it. Whether you’ve already picked a new plan for 2016, or decided to keep the plan you had in 2015, one thing you might not have thought about is […]

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  • Get smart: Know when to use antibiotics

    November 16, 2015

    It’s that time of year again—flu season! But if you get sick, think twice before going to your doctor for antibiotics. If you get a cold or flu, antibiotics won’t help. That’s because these are viral infections, and antibiotics only cure bacterial infections. Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them can be harmful. Every time you […]

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  • Saving money on health costs: find out if you qualify for Extra Help

    November 12, 2015

    Do you find yourself skipping a day of your medication or cutting your pills in half to make your supply last a little longer? Or, have you put off filling a prescription because you can’t afford it? If so, we can help. Medicare has a special program called “Extra Help.” If you have limited income […]

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  • Medicare can help you fight lung cancer

    November 01, 2015

    More men and women in the United States die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. Every year, about 200,000 people are diagnosed. The best way to lower your chances of developing lung cancer is to quit smoking and using tobacco products. If you use tobacco, Medicare Part B covers up to 8 […]

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  • Hospice care: comfort and support at a difficult time

    November 01, 2015

    It’s never easy to face all of the difficult decisions that come with a terminal illness, like considering whether hospice is right for you. For some people, the thought of hospice can be scary, but it’s important to learn about your options. Medicare covers hospice care so that those who are terminally ill can spend […]

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  • Help for the caregiver

    November 01, 2015

    Are you caring for an aged, seriously ill or disabled family member? If so, you’re one of approximately 66 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness, disability, or frailty. Family caregivers provide an average of 20 hours of care per week – when you’re the caregiver, that can make it hard […]

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  • Need diabetes screening, supplies or training? We’ve got you covered.

    November 01, 2015

    Millions of Americans have or are at risk for diabetes. November is American Diabetes Month, an ideal time for you to find out if you’re at risk and learn about the self-management training and supplies Medicare covers if you do have diabetes. Many people with diabetes don’t know that they have it—fortunately, Medicare covers screening tests so

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  • Medicare Open Enrollment: Peace of mind with extra coverage

    October 29, 2015

    Making a big purchase can be stressful, whether it’s a car, an appliance, or a new house. When the salesman throws in free maintenance or an extended warranty, it really sweetens the deal. Not only are you saving money, but there’s a peace of mind knowing that the support you’ll need is free. Extra benefits […]

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  • Medicare Open Enrollment: Be a smart shopper

    October 22, 2015

    It’s always a good idea to shop around for a health plan. You have to decide what type of health coverage you want, research companies and what benefits they’re offering, and carefully evaluate your options before making a final choice. With the internet, there’s a wealth of information online to help you shop around. Cost […]

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  • Medicare Open Enrollment: ready to pick a plan?

    October 15, 2015

    It’s that time of year—watch football, rake the leaves, and pick a Medicare health or drug plan. Today is the start of Medicare Open Enrollment! Picking a plan is an important and personal decision. Now’s the time to think about what matters to you, and pick the Medicare plan that meets your needs. Here are […]

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  • Why get the flu when you don’t have to?

    October 08, 2015

    As the weather gets colder, flu season is right around the corner. Protect yourself and your loved ones this season by getting your free flu shot. Get your flu shot early and stay healthy! Flu viruses change from year to year, so it’s important to get a flu shot each flu season. It’s free for people with […]

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  • Medicare Open Enrollment is coming soon – add it to your fall checklist

    October 01, 2015

    Fall is the perfect time to take care of things around your house—like turning your clocks back and changing smoke detector batteries. Another important item on your fall checklist is Medicare’s Open Enrollment, which runs from October 15–December 7. It’s important that your health plan meets the changing demands in your life, so now’s your

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  • Get your Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs) electronically

    October 01, 2015

    Did you know you can now get your MSNs electronically? You can view and print your MSNs online at MyMedicare.gov by signing up for electronic MSNs (eMSNs). With eMSNs, you won’t have to wait 3 months to get your paper MSNs. You’ll get an email each month letting you know that your eMSNs are ready […]

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  • Is it time for your yearly mammogram?

    October 01, 2015

    Over 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Getting a yearly mammogram is the best way to find breast cancer early. Mammograms are breast cancer screening tests that can detect a lump before you or your doctor can feel it. This helps to detect breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable. All women […]

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  • Guard Your Medicare Number

    September 04, 2015

    By Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Program Integrity Fight health care fraud: guard your Medicare number! The next Medicare Open Enrollment season (October 15 to December 7) is almost here, which means fraudsters and identity thieves will increase their efforts to get and abuse Medicare numbers from people

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  • Know the signs for ovarian cancer

    September 01, 2015

    Women have unique health concerns, including certain types of cancers and high rates of chronic disease. Medicare covers many services to address these concerns, like a yearly wellness visit, bone mass measurement, cervical cancer screenings, mammograms, and cardiovascular screenings. Medicare also covers other preventive services, so talk to your

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  • Go paperless with “Medicare & You”

    September 01, 2015

    Did you know you can read the red, white and blue “Medicare & You handbook” right on your smart phone, computer or tablet? Visit Medicare.gov to find all of the same information online you’re used to seeing in your printed handbook. Learn what’s new, get Medicare costs, and find out what Medicare covers. Even better, […]

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  • Turning 65 soon? Transitioning to dual Medicare and Medicaid coverage and getting help with costs

    August 28, 2015

    If you’re enrolled in Medicaid and will soon have Medicare eligibility, it’s not too soon to start planning ahead. Once Medicare eligibility begins, you’ll have a 7 month Initial Enrollment Period to sign up. For most people, this is 3 months before, the month of, and 3 months after their 65th birthday. Once you have […]

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  • Protect yourself from pneumonia and other infections

    August 01, 2015

    Did you know that 900,000 Americans get pneumonia every year? Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by pneumococcal disease, which can also cause blood infections and meningitis. The bacteria that causes pneumococcal disease is spread by direct person-to-person contact. Medicare can help protect you from pneumococcal infections. The best way to

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  • Medicare protects you on World Hepatitis Day and every day

    July 28, 2015

    Hepatitis – “inflammation of the liver” – is often caused by viruses which affect millions of people worldwide and kill close to 1.4 million people every year. Hepatitis is contagious. For example, the Hepatitis B virus spreads through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person. People can also get infected […]

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  • Medicare and Medicaid: keeping Americans healthy for 50 years

    July 27, 2015

    Did you know Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 this week? The landscape of health care in America changed forever on July 30, 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark amendment to the Social Security Act, giving life to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Medicare and Medicaid save lives. They help people live longer […]

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  • Choosing a home health agency just got easier

    July 16, 2015

    Are you the kind of shopper who reads reviews or looks at ratings before you make a purchase? Wouldn’t it be helpful to have the same kind of ratings when choosing a home health agency? Choosing a home health service can be overwhelming. Agencies differ in the safety and quality of care they provide. That’s […]

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  • What you need to know first about enrolling in Medicare

    July 13, 2015

    A healthy life is a good life. The Medicare benefits you’ve earned ensure that you can receive the care you need, when you need it. And, when it comes to Medicare benefits, the most important thing to remember is to apply for them at age 65. On your behalf, advocacy groups asked us to place […]

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  • Take control, take the test for HIV

    June 26, 2015

    Did you know that about 1 in 7 of the more than 1 million Americans infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) don’t know they’re carrying the virus? And, about 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who test positive for HIV are tested too late to get the full advantage of treatment. The good news […]

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  • HELP THE ENVIRONMENT—GO PAPERLESS!

    June 05, 2015

    June 5th is World Environment Day – a day for encouraging awareness and action for the environment that’s celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide.  How can you make your voice heard this year?  One great way is to sign up to get your “Medicare & You” handbook electronically. If you have an eReader (like an iPad, […]

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  • Traveling abroad? Check health coverage off your to-do list first!

    June 01, 2015

    If you’re planning a vacation abroad, you already know that there’s a lot to do before you leave. There are suitcases to pack, an itinerary to plan, and perhaps a passport to renew. We want you to have a fun, relaxing trip – so don’t forget to include health coverage on your to-do list. If […]

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  • Health screenings save men’s lives

    June 01, 2015

    Are you the type of guy who puts off doing a task and later wishes he’d just done it? If you’re a man with Medicare, now’s the time to talk with your doctor about whether you should get screened for prostate cancer, for colorectal cancer, or for both. Screening tests can find cancer early, when […]

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  • Just say “no” to tobacco!

    May 28, 2015

    Are you or a loved one hooked on tobacco? Join the millions who’ve found a good reason to give it up—tobacco use is the second leading cause of death worldwide, responsible for 1 in every 10 adult deaths. Medicare can help you quit smoking. Part B covers up to 8 face-to-face visits in a 12-month […]

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  • Don’t let the pressure get to you

    May 01, 2015

    Did you know about 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure? You can have it for years without seeing any signs or symptoms of it. During this time, though, it can damage your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of your body. Not sure if you’re at risk? You […]

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  • Protect yourself from hepatitis

    May 01, 2015

    Did you know that hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus, affects millions of people worldwide, resulting in acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year? Hepatitis is contagious. For example, the Hepatitis B virus spreads through contact with the blood or other body fluids of […]

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  • Making complaints easier

    May 01, 2015

    We hope every healthcare experience you have is a positive one. That’s why we offer you a variety of tools to express your concerns. One of those tools is the ability to file a complaint (sometimes called a “grievance”). Do you have a complaint or an appeal? A complaint is different than an appeal. A […]

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  • Older Americans Month 2015: Get into the Act.

    May 01, 2015

    Did you know that by the year 2020, more than 55 million U.S. adults will be over the age of 65? Older adults are a vital part of our society. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May.  This year, in honor of the 50th anniversary […]

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  • Protect your bones—Medicare can help

    May 01, 2015

    Will a silent disease shatter your life?  Every year, a growing number of Americans are finding out that they have osteoporosis—a disease that causes bones to weaken and be more likely to break. You may not know that you have this “silent” disease until your bones are so weak that a sudden strain, bump, or […]

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  • Choosing a hospital just got easier

    April 16, 2015

    Are you the kind of shopper who reads reviews or looks at ratings before you make a purchase? Wouldn’t it be helpful to have the same kind of ratings when choosing a hospital? Choosing a hospital can be overwhelming. Hospitals differ in the safety and quality of care they provide.  That’s why we’ve made it […]

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  • Rethink the drink

    April 01, 2015

    Did you know that 9% of elderly people with Medicare drink more than 30 drinks a month? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines “risky drinking” as more than 14 drinks per month for men, and 7 drinks per month for women. There are lots of changes that happen with age, and some […]

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  • At risk for diabetes? Take this quick test.

    March 24, 2015

    Diabetes affects millions of people – are you one of them? Tuesday, March 24 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day – a great time to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes – a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels caused by either a […]

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  • This spring, put prevention into practice

    March 01, 2015

    The start of spring is a reminder of new beginnings – the longer hours of daylight, sprouting tulips and warmer weather are all indicators of a new season, and a new reason to be proactive with your health. One simple way to manage your health is to practice preventive care. Preventive services can find health […]

    Read More
  • 5 ways to become an informed Medicare consumer

    March 01, 2015

    Each day, you make important choices about your finances, health, privacy, and more. During National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), the first week of March, non-profit organizations and government agencies focus on helping you take advantage of your rights and make better-informed choices. Medicare has 5 things you can do to help you become an

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  • Medicare helps you with better nutrition

    March 01, 2015

    The saying may go “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but that’s not the whole truth. While apples are healthy and delicious, there are many other important factors in having a nutritious diet. 69% of U.S. adults are considered overweight or obese. An unhealthy body weight puts you at a greater risk for […]

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  • Saving Dollars Makes Sense, with Medicare

    February 22, 2015

    With rising prices on essentials like groceries, you’re not alone if you’re keeping a close eye on your wallet. Many Americans are facing financial challenges today, and health care costs are no exception. Luckily, there are many ways you can save money on your health care costs if you have Medicare. If you have limited […]

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  • This Valentine’s Day, give yourself the gift of a healthy heart

    February 01, 2015

    Although popular love songs might tell you otherwise, a broken heart can’t kill you – but heart disease can. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, taking 600,000 lives each year. You might not be able to avoid Cupid’s arrow, but you can take steps to lower your risks and […]

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  • Choosing a dialysis facility just got easier

    January 22, 2015

    Are you the kind of shopper who reads reviews or looks at ratings before you make a purchase? Wouldn’t it be helpful to have the same kind of ratings when choosing a dialysis facility? It can be overwhelming when you’re faced with having to choose a health care provider. Providers and facilities differ in the […]

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  • Protect yourself – get screened for cervical cancer

    January 21, 2015

    Did you know all women are at risk for cervical cancer, and it occurs most often in women over 30? Fortunately, Medicare covers 2 types of screening test – the Pap smear and human papilloma virus (HPV) test – that can help find cancer and other health problems early and improve recovery and survival rates. […]

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  • Are you at high risk for glaucoma?

    January 20, 2015

    Do you have diabetes or a family history of glaucoma? Are you African American and 50 or older, or are you Hispanic American and 65 or older? If so, your risk of getting glaucoma may be higher, but don’t worry – Medicare covers a glaucoma test once every 12 months for people at high risk […]

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  • Get your Medicare ready for 2015

    December 08, 2014

    Do you make resolutions for the new year? Here are some easy ones you can keep that will help get you ready for 2015: 1. Check to see that you have the right insurance card to use when you go to the doctor in 2015. Did you change your health or drug plan during Medicare […]

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  • Medicare Open Enrollment: is Medicare still on your “to do” list?

    December 01, 2014

    “To do” lists are very helpful during this hectic time of year. If something important isn’t written down, it’s easy to forget. If you still haven’t crossed off “Compare Medicare coverage” from your to do list, time is running out! Medicare Open Enrollment ends this week on December 7. To help you sort through your […]

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  • Support World AIDS Day – wear your red ribbon

    December 01, 2014

    Did you know that every year 50,000 people are diagnosed with HIV? Of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States, 1 in every 6 doesn’t even know they have it. December 1st 2014 is World AIDS day and the theme is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.” HIV is the virus […]

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  • Medicare is ready to help you quit smoking

    November 20, 2014

    Every year, more people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer and smoking is the leading cause. Don’t become a statistic – Medicare is ready to help you quit smoking. Talk to your doctor today and cross one thing off your list. Besides being famous for Thanksgiving, November is also Lung Cancer […]

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  • Prescription drug plan premiums: make it automatic

    November 19, 2014

    We like when things are automatic. From smart phone reminders to automatic coffee makers – it’s nice when something’s done before we even need to think about doing it. Whether you’ve already picked a new plan for 2015, or decided to keep the plan you had in 2014, one thing you might not have thought […]

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  • Saving money on health costs: Medicare’s Extra Help

    November 12, 2014

    Have you ever found yourself skipping a day of your medication or cutting your pills in half to make your supply last a little longer? Or, have you put off filling a prescription because you’re having trouble making ends meet? If so, we can help. Medicare has a special program called “Extra Help.” If you […]

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  • Medicare Open Enrollment: the value of convenience

    November 05, 2014

    Have you ever bought milk from the convenience store just around the corner even though it’s a bit more expensive than buying it at the grocery store? Most of us have made decisions to do or not do something based on convenience. The same is true when it comes to choosing a health plan: convenience […]

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  • Care for the Caregiver?

    November 03, 2014

    Family caregivers provide an average of 20 hours of care per week – when you’re the caregiver, that can make it hard for you to care for yourself. November is National Family Caregiver Month – a perfect opportunity to reach out for help if you’re caring for someone with Medicare. If you’re a caregiver, here […]

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  • Diabetes screenings, supplies, and training – Medicare has you covered

    November 01, 2014

    Diabetes affects millions of people – are you one of them? November is American Diabetes Month and a perfect time to find out about the supplies and self-management training that Medicare covers to help you manage your diabetes. Many people with diabetes don’t know that they have it – and Medicare covers screening tests so […]

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  • Focusing on comfort & support: hospice care

    November 01, 2014

    Choosing to stop curative treatment is a scary moment for anyone. You worry about your family, the quality of the care you’ll receive, and keeping your dignity. For over 30 years Medicare has covered hospice care, so that those who are terminally ill can spend the last moments of their lives with dignity and comfort, […]

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  • Medicare Open Enrollment: Extra benefits & peace of mind

    October 29, 2014

    Going through the process of buying a car takes a bit of elbow grease, but when the salesman throws in free oil changes and scheduled maintenance, it’s worth it. Not only are you saving money, but there’s a peace of mind knowing that the support you’ll need is free. Extra benefits and peace of mind […]

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  • Medicare Open Enrollment: It’s good to shop around

    October 22, 2014

    In today’s world, we’re all a little more conscious of costs. Maybe we clip a few more coupons or compare ads to find the best price on something before we buy. With the internet, we also have a wealth of information online to help us shop around. Cost is an important factor in any purchase, […]

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  • Medicare Open Enrollment: Are you ready to pick a plan?

    October 15, 2014

    Fall is picking season – pumpkins, apples, Halloween candy…and a Medicare health or drug plan. Today’s the start of Medicare Open Enrollment! Picking a plan is an important and personal decision. Now’s the time to think about what matters to you, and to pick the Medicare plan that meets your needs. Here are some things […]

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  • Improved quality of Medicare plans and steady premiums are great news as Open Enrollment set to begin on Oct. 15

    October 10, 2014

    By Marilyn Tavenner, CMS Administrator As we approach the beginning of Medicare open enrollment on October 15, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants everyone to know that for most seniors who have Original Medicare, the 2015 Part B premiums will remain unchanged for a second consecutive year. This means more of seniors’

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  • Cutting-edge colorectal cancer screening now covered

    October 09, 2014

    Did you know colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among cancers that affect both men and women? More than 90% of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older. More men than women get colon cancer, and 1 or 2 out of every 100 […]

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  • Now’s the perfect time to get your free flu shot

    October 08, 2014

    It’s that time of year again. Protect yourself and the ones you love this flu season with your free flu shot. Get your flu shot early and stay healthy! Flu viruses change from year to year, so it’s important to get a flu shot each flu season. It’s free for people with Medicare, once per […]

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  • Medicare Open Enrollment is coming soon – do you need to make a change?

    October 01, 2014

    As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, you can already see the leaves starting to change. Like the changing leaves, the fall also brings your chance to make changes to your Medicare coverage. That’s because October 15 – December 7 is Medicare Open Enrollment. It’s your chance to review your health care […]

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  • Did you get your mammogram this year?

    October 01, 2014

    Mammograms are breast cancer screening tests that can detect a lump before you or your doctor can feel it. This helps to detect breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable. All women over 40 should have a mammogram every 12 months – and Medicare covers it at no cost if your doctor accepts assignment. Talk […]

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  • Need therapy services? Be sure you know Medicare’s limits

    October 01, 2014

    Are you getting physical therapy after a hip replacement? Speech-language pathology services after a stroke? Anytime you get outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech-language pathology services, be sure you know the limits for how much Medicare will pay. Medicare helps pay for medically-necessary outpatient physical therapy,

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  • Go Green with “Medicare & You”

    September 18, 2014

    Love your red, white, and blue “Medicare & You” handbook but love the convenience of getting information on your computer, tablet, or phone even more? You can get all of the same information in your printed handbook online at Medicare.gov. Learn what’s new, get Medicare costs, and find out what Medicare covers. Even better, the […]

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  • Get yearly prostate cancer screenings

    September 01, 2014

    Did you know prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men? Help prevent prostate cancer from affecting you or the men in your life. If you’re a man who’s 50 or older, make sure you get screened for prostate cancer every 12 months. Your Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers 2 tests to help ...

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  • Getting shots doesn’t have to be a pain

    August 01, 2014

    Are you taking precautions to make sure you stay healthy?  Just like you take your car for scheduled maintenance, it’s important to do what you can to take care of your body.  Medicare covers many preventive services, and we make it easy for you to get these 3 shots: Flu Shots—Covered once a flu season in ...

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  • Medicare protects you on World Hepatitis Day and every day

    July 28, 2014

    Did you know that hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus, affects millions of people worldwide, resulting in acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year? Hepatitis is contagious. For example, the Hepatitis B virus spreads through contact with the blood or other body fluids of ...

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  • Take charge, take the test for HIV

    June 27, 2014

    Did you know that approximately 1 in 5 of the more than 1 million Americans infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) don’t know they’re carrying the virus? Medicare covers HIV screening for people with Medicare of any age who ask for the test, pregnant women, and people at increased risk for the infection (such as ...

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  • Go paperless and help the environment

    June 05, 2014

    Do you know what June 5th is?  It’s World Environment Day – a day for encouraging awareness and action for the environment that’s celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide.  How will you make your voice heard this year?  One great way is to sign up to get your “Medicare & You” handbook electronically. If you ...

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  • Even “healthy” men need health screenings

    June 02, 2014

    Are you the type of guy who puts off doing a task and later wishes he’d just done it? If you’re a man with Medicare, now’s the time to talk with your doctor about whether you should get screened forprostate cancer, for colorectal cancer, or for both. Even if you’re feeling fine, screening tests can ...

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  • Traveling abroad this summer? Plan a worry-free vacation.

    June 02, 2014

    If you’re planning a vacation abroad this summer, you already know that there’s a lot to do before you leave. There are suitcases to pack, an itinerary to plan, and perhaps a passport to renew. We want you to have the most relaxing vacation possible, so before you go don’t forget to: Look into Medicare ...

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  • Protect your bones, protect your life

    May 01, 2014

    Will a silent disease shatter your life?  Every year, a growing number of Americans are finding out that they have osteoporosis-a disease that causes bones to weaken and be more likely to break.  Medicare can help you prevent or detect osteoporosis at an early stage, when treatment works best.  Learn the facts so you can ...

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  • Older Americans Month: Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.

    May 01, 2014

    Have you ever had an injury from a fall or another kind of an accident? Each year, accidents like falls result in at least 6 million medically-treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths. Many of these unintentional injuries happen to older Americans. Every May, we recognize older Americans for their contributions and demonstrate our nation’s

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  • Your mind matters – and Medicare is here to help!

    May 01, 2014

    Reminders to take care of your physical health are all around you– on the web, in television ads, and from concerned family members. What you may not remember is that taking care of your mental health is just as important! May is National Mental Health Month, so we’re making an effort to spread the word ...

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