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  • Medicare Open Enrollment is coming soon – add it to your fall checklist October 1, 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 […]
  • Get your Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs) electronically October 1, 2015
    Did you know you can now get your MSNs electronically? You can view and print your MSNs online at 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 […]
  • Is it time for your yearly mammogram? October 1, 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 […]
  • Guard Your Medicare Number September 4, 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 like you. Fortunately, […]
  • Know the signs for ovarian cancer September 1, 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 doctor about risk factors and to […]
  • Go paperless with “Medicare & You” September 1, 2015
    Did you know you can read the red, white and blue “Medicare & You handbook” right on your smart phone, computer or tablet? Visit 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, […]
  • 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 […]
  • Protect yourself from pneumonia and other infections August 1, 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 prevent these infections is […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]