Delaying Medicare sign-up can be a costly mistake

Delaying Medicare sign-up can be a costly mistake

Medicare requires that nearly all workers sign up for the program during a seven-month Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) that includes the three months before, the month of, and the three months following their 65th birthday. If you are already receiving Social Security...
Medicare fall enrollment: How to cut through the advertising noise

Medicare fall enrollment: How to cut through the advertising noise

If you’re enrolled in Medicare, you might want to turn off your television this time of year. In the weeks ahead, the airwaves will be flooded with advertisements promoting insurance plans during Medicare’s open enrollment period, which will start on Sunday and end...
States are tackling the long-term care problem

States are tackling the long-term care problem

Here’s a tough reality to face: most of us will slow down as we get older. You might be very active, independent, and engaged in your 60s, and beyond, but at some point that independence starts to shift to dependence—at least to some degree. And that reality raises a...
Feds crack down on Joe Namath and William Shatner ads

Feds crack down on Joe Namath and William Shatner ads

You’ve seen the tv ads – football great Joe Namath – or Star Trek legend William Shatner – pitch you on Medicare plans that will “add money back into your Social Security check,” deliver extra benefits and so on. I’ve posted an example below, just in...
How the new landmark Medicare bill will lower prescription drug costs

How the new landmark Medicare bill will lower prescription drug costs

The climate and healthcare legislation that Congress is set to approve later this week includes the most important improvements to the Medicare program in nearly two decades. The changes aim to address one of the biggest concerns of seniors: the fast-rising cost of...