Medicare Enrollment

Understanding the Different Types of Enrollment Periods

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Whether you are turning 65 or are already on Medicare, it’s important to be aware of the different Medicare enrollment periods. That’s right, Medicare enrollment is not a one size fits all solution. Different Medicare enrollment periods affect people in different circumstances. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of enrollment: Continue reading

Questions about Medicare

What Type of Medicare Questions Should I Be Asking?

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Whether you are new to Medicare or have some experience receiving Medicare benefits, you may have come across the option of enrolling in a Medicare Advantage Plan. Many people rely on this type of plan to help pay for some of the services not covered by Original Medicare.  However, knowing which questions to ask is critical to finding a plan that fits your needs and your budget. When choosing a plan, consider these questions before making a decision as to which is the best plan for you. Continue reading

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What is the Annual Notice of Change?

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Kids are back in school, leaves are dazzling us with colorful new hues, and fresh baked pecan pies are sweetening homes all across Alabama. That can only mean one thing: it’s football season! Oh, and  Medicare Advantage plans are beginning to send out their Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) documents. As the name implies, the ANOC highlights the changes made to your current Medicare Advantage plan for the upcoming year. As a Medicare Advantage beneficiary, it’s important to keep an eye out on your mailbox for this information, because it typically gets mailed in September. Continue reading

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The Importance of Socialization As You Age

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As social creatures, we depend on other human beings for our very survival. This starts at the beginning of our lives. At birth human babies are among the most dependent mammals on earth. We depend on human relationships throughout our lives to fulfill our needs for love and intimacy, education and careers, spirituality and emotional bonding. Continue reading

Gluten Free

Understanding Gluten vs. Carbohydrates in the World of Dieting

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With so much information out there regarding healthy eating and dieting, what to eat and what to avoid, it is no wonder people get confused.  Over the years we’ve seen low-fat diets and low-carbohydrate diets, grapefruit diets, paleo diets, all meat diets and so on. Today we hear a lot about gluten and its role in a healthy diet.  We also hear a lot about low-carb diets. But what’s the real story with carbohydrates and gluten? Is going gluten-free just another “diet” on the long list of “diets?” Continue reading

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Keeping Your Bones Strong and Healthy

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Chances are, you think a lot about what you eat and how you exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But, do you ever actually think about your bones? If not, you should, because your bones are alive and teeming with cells that breakdown and rebuild bone throughout your life. Continue reading