What to Do with Your Medicare Annual Notice of Change Letter

The Medicare Annual Notice of Change Letter (also known as the ANOC) is a notification sent to Medicare beneficiaries each September from their plan provider. The letter lets seniors know that the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is coming up, allowing them to make changes to their Medicare health benefit plan.  Beneficiaries with a Medicare Advantage [...]

2019-10-30T13:26:09-08:00October 30th, 2019|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on What to Do with Your Medicare Annual Notice of Change Letter

Medicare AEP and OEP 2020: Are You Ready?

The Medicare AEP and OEP 2020 seasons are just around the corner. The (almost) back-to-back enrollment periods fall at some of the busier times of the year. Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) straddles Thanksgiving and Open Enrollment Period (OEP) starts New Year’s Day. Before the holiday season whisks you away, here are some tips and reminders [...]

2019-10-01T14:52:34-08:00October 1st, 2019|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on Medicare AEP and OEP 2020: Are You Ready?

Your Spouse Retires and Gets Medicare: Now What?

When your spouse retires and gets Medicare, they (and you) will lose their work health insurance.  For example, Sylvia is 63 years old. Her husband Mike is 65. Mike is about to retire and will soon receive Medicare benefits. They will lose Mike’s employment group insurance (a benefit they’ve both enjoyed for decades). Sylvia will [...]

2019-09-03T09:25:50-08:00August 31st, 2019|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on Your Spouse Retires and Gets Medicare: Now What?

MA-OEP: How to Disenroll from Your Medicare Advantage Plan

January 1st is an important date, as it marks the start of Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA-OEP). This period (January 1st – March 31st) allows seniors to make changes to benefits they signed up for during AEP. Note: MA-OEP is the new name for Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP). Dropping your Medicare Advantage Plan [...]

2018-12-17T17:26:53-08:00December 17th, 2018|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on MA-OEP: How to Disenroll from Your Medicare Advantage Plan

3 Questions to Ask Before You Choose a Medicare Plan

Once a year, during Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), you’re able to choose a Medicare plan or make changes to your existing plan. This short window (ending December 7th) is your opportunity to think about your healthcare needs, learn about changes to Medicare and adjust your Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage Plan for the upcoming year. [...]

2018-11-27T13:02:47-08:00November 27th, 2018|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on 3 Questions to Ask Before You Choose a Medicare Plan

Did You Get Your ‘Annual Notice of Change’ Letter?

Not long ago, you should have received your Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) letter. This letter lets you know that the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is coming up, and what actions you can take. The notice comes from your Medicare Advantage provider and generally arrives in September. (If you did not receive your ANOC letter [...]

2018-10-16T15:36:27-08:00October 16th, 2018|Senior Health Insurance, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Did You Get Your ‘Annual Notice of Change’ Letter?

How to Make Changing Your Medicare Benefits Easy [and Fun]

Changing your Medicare benefits during Annual Enrollment Period 2019 doesn't have to be difficult! We're here to make it easy... There are things you can do that are fun — like “edgewalking” Canada’s CN Tower (168 feet above the ground, on a ledge, toes-only, just you and a tether) or floating (endlessly) in one of [...]

2018-09-20T18:58:52-08:00September 20th, 2018|Senior Health Insurance, Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to Make Changing Your Medicare Benefits Easy [and Fun]

Why Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is a Big Deal

Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is just around the corner. It’s your once-a-year opportunity to make adjustments to your existing Medicare plan... Jack and Sarah both enrolled in original Medicare last year. Their biggest worry? Not having dental coverage. During decades of work and raising their family, they enjoyed the benefits of dental insurance. Now, without [...]

2018-08-20T13:03:32-08:00August 20th, 2018|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on Why Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is a Big Deal

Medicare Advantage Plans Will Shift Focus to Prevention

Are you a Medicare Advantage Plan beneficiary? There are some changes around the corner that may improve your care options. Prevention makes sense Max is 79 years old and lives by himself. He has diabetes that he controls fairly well with medications. However, he’s experiencing increased numbness in his feet. One morning, as he steps [...]

2018-08-02T16:42:16-08:00July 31st, 2018|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on Medicare Advantage Plans Will Shift Focus to Prevention

New Medicare Cards Coming Soon: What You Can Expect

Adults enrolled in Medicare will receive their new Medicare cards over the next 12 months. In fact, by law, all cards must be mailed by April, 2019. Some may receive the cards within weeks, while others will get theirs early next year. In the meantime, here’s what to expect as you wait for your new [...]

2018-07-31T15:20:48-08:00July 9th, 2018|Senior Health Insurance|Comments Off on New Medicare Cards Coming Soon: What You Can Expect