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MEDICARE AND MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS – WHAT MEDICARE COVERS

MEDICARE AND MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS – WHAT MEDICARE COVERS

As you grow older, life and tough circumstances can lead to issues such as depression, anxiety and more. The human body is a complex and highly sophisticated system that has many delicate parts working in harmony. The command center for this entire system is, of...
How Long Do Medicare Enrollees Wait to See a Doctor?

How Long Do Medicare Enrollees Wait to See a Doctor?

A third face month-long delays for appointments, but most are happy with their overall care A survey of beneficiaries enrolled in both original Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA) plans revealed a common problem: More than a third of those polled had to wait a month...
Does Medigap Plan G Pay Doctor Visits?

Does Medigap Plan G Pay Doctor Visits?

Medicare beneficiaries have lots of options when it comes to Medicare plans. One of the most popular choices is Medigap Plan G. It’s known for its comprehensive coverage and predictable costs. One question we often get asked is, “Does Plan G pay doctor visits?” We’ll...
Does Medigap Plan N Raise Its Rates Slower than Other Plans

Does Medigap Plan N Raise Its Rates Slower than Other Plans

The rate increases for Medigap (Medicare Supplement) plans, including Plan N, can vary based on several factors and may differ from one plan to another. However, it’s not accurate to categorically state that Medigap Plan N increases its rates slower than other plans...
Manage your Medicare benefits

Manage your Medicare benefits

You’ll sign up for Part A and Part B through Social Security. Once enrolled, you’ll manage your benefit plans through Medicare. Your Medicare Information Get your Medicare number To find your Medicare number, sign in to your Social Security account and view your...
Medicare Advantage Updates and Trends for 2024

Medicare Advantage Updates and Trends for 2024

The recent robust growth of Medicare Advantage plans brings challenges, opportunities, and new regulations for home health agencies. As we head into 2024, here’s a summary of the latest news, updates, and anticipated trends for Medicare Advantage. The Rising...
If You’re on Medicare, You Could Save Money on Drugs This Year

If You’re on Medicare, You Could Save Money on Drugs This Year

Federal law set caps on some spending for seniors who are enrolled in Part D prescription drug plans. Those paying for high-cost medicines will benefit. It’s the best news that few people seem to know about: Prescription drug costs are falling this year for more than...
What is the Medicare ‘Donut Hole,’ or Part D Coverage Gap?

What is the Medicare ‘Donut Hole,’ or Part D Coverage Gap?

The Medicare Part D ‘donut hole’ coverage gap goes away in 2025. Until then, here’s how it works. Nerdy takeaways You enter the donut hole when you and your plan spend a total of $5,030 in 2024. In the donut hole, you pay up to 25% out of pocket for all covered...
Seven Ways You Can Avoid Higher Medicare Premiums

Seven Ways You Can Avoid Higher Medicare Premiums

Changes in income, marital status, work hours and other life events can exempt enrollees from surcharges Most people who enroll in Medicare Part B, which covers doctor visits, diagnostic tests and other outpatient services, pay a standard monthly premium, $174.70 in...

Weekly Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary – 10/20/2023 -Darren Leavitt, CFA This week, the debt market resumed its sell-off and wreaked havoc on the equity markets.  The US 10-year bond yield hit 5% for the first time since 2007, while longer-tenured issues felt the brunt of the...

Weekly Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary – 10/13/2023 -Darren Leavitt, CFA US equity markets finished the week with mixed results as investors digested the first tranche of third-quarter earnings results. JP Morgan, Citi Bank, Wells Fargo, and United Healthcare had...

Weekly Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary – 10/6/2023 -Darren Leavitt, CFA Investors were treated to another mixed bag of market action as the yield curve steepened on the notion of higher rates for longer.  There were several central bank officials that echoed the need to...

Weekly Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary – 9/29/2023 -Darren Leavitt, CFA Markets finished a difficult month of September with mixed results.  The prospect of a government shutdown, along with no real progress in the UAW negotiations and a recalibration of interest rate...

Weekly Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary – 9/22/2023 -Darren Leavitt, CFA US equity markets sold off in tandem with the US Treasury market as the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee meeting concluded with no change to its policy rate.  The Fed’s Summary of Economic...

Weekly Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary – 9/15/2023 -Darren Leavitt, CFA It was a roller coaster ride on Wall Street this week, with early-week gains met with a late-week sell-off.  Investors cheered the largest IPO of the year that saw Arm Holdings come to market 10x...

Weekly Market Commentary

-Darren Leavitt, CFA The holiday-shortened week ended with losses for both US equities and Treasuries.  Apple shares tumbled on the news that the Chinese government would ban the use of the iPhone at government agencies at all levels of government.  The news comes in...

Weekly Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary – 8/25/2023 -Darren Leavitt, CFA Financial markets were all over the place last week and ended with mixed results. The S&P 500 gained 0.8% and closed above 4400, a critical psychological level, but fell short of regaining the 50-day...

Weekly Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary – 8/18/2023 -Darren Leavitt, CFA US equity markets fell for the third consecutive week.  The S&P 500 broke its 50-day moving average and then sank below 4400.  The sell-off has been on low volume, and the market may have been due to...