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Social Security Press Release: Social Security Announces 1.5 Percent Benefit Increase for 2014

Publish On 2013-11-01 , 1:06 PM

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 63 million Americans will increase 1.5 percent in 2014, the Social Security Administration announced today.

The 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 57 million Social ...





Medicare's National Mail-order Program for Diabetic Testing Supplies starts in July

Publish On 2013-06-30 , 3:27 PM

Beginning this July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is starting a national mail order program for diabetic testing supplies.  If you have Original Medicare (not a Medicare Advantage plan), you should have received a letter back in May where Medicare describes this program and  ...





Medicare has redesigned your Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B Summary Notice

Publish On 2013-06-06 , 3:55 PM

Medicare has announced that, based on input from the Medicare community,  they have redesigned the Medicare Summary Notice (or MSN) and the MSN should be easier to understand.

What is the MSN?

Medicare defines the Medicare Summary Notice as a written notice that you receive after your doc ...





Do I need to keep paying my Medicare Part B premiums even after I have joined a 2013 Medicare Advantage plan?

Publish On 2013-06-04 , 3:40 PM

Yes.  You must be enrolled in Medicare Part B in order to join a Medicare Advantage plan and you need to keep paying your Medicare Part B premiums along with your Medicare Advantage plan premiums.

You can click here to read more about the cost of your 2013 Medicare Part B premium (and the  ...





Changes in 2013 Original Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B Premiums, Plus Changes in IRMAA

Publish On 2012-11-16 , 11:02 AM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the standard premium for Medicare Part B (coverage for specific doctors’ services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventive services) would increase by $5.00, bringing the monthly 2013 Medicare Part B prem ...





The Medicare & You Handbook is online and available for download

Publish On 2012-10-29 , 12:05 PM

If you are a Medicare beneficiary, you should have received a printed version of the Medicare & You Handbook prepared by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS or Medicare) sometime in late September or early October.

Your printed version of the Medicare & You Handboo ...





Social Security Press Release: Social Security Announces 1.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2013

Publish On 2012-10-16 , 2:26 PM

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 62 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2013, the Social Security Administration announced today.

The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 56 million Social ...





CMS Updates Medicare.gov Homepage

Publish On 2012-08-21 , 2:01 PM


August 2012 Updates to Medicare.gov Homepage
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today the redesign of the Medicare.gov website.  CMS noted that their new Medicare.gov homepage should allow users to directly find important content by adding links and search capab ...





What does the letter after my Medicare number mean?

Publish On 2011-11-09 , 2:50 PM

We have been getting more questions from people asking what the letters mean in their Medicare claim number.  Here is an explaination and chart of the letter meaning provided by the Social Security Administration:
The Social Security number followed by one of these codes is often referred ...





Changes in 2012 Original Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B Premiums & IRMAA

Publish On 2011-11-08 , 1:07 PM

Social Security Benefits Increase and Medicare Part B Premiums Increase for Most People: This week, the Social Security Administration announced a 3.6% increase in 2012 Social Security benefits – which is great news for about 60 million people across the country (you can click here to read the ...






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