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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers, and about 12% of women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. In 2015, the American Cancer Society estimated that about 1,658,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and that about 589,430 women will die from breast cancer in the US. Continue reading

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Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period Begins October 15th

It’s that time of year again. Your mailbox is probably being bombarded with sales letters and every time you turn on the TV all you see are Medicare commercials. That’s right. It’s Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period, which is an important opportunity for you to review your Medicare benefits and make any changes for the upcoming year.

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Biggest Medicare Myths

There are a lot of myths out there regarding Medicare and especially how the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”) affects seniors. Determining what’s fact or fiction can be confusing, especially if you’re getting information from various sources. In order to shed some light onto the topic, here are the Top 5 Medicare myths that prove you have nothing to fret about. Continue reading

What’s new with Medicare?

Health care has been a pretty big story in the news for quite a while, and it’s easy to feel confused about what‘s new with Medicare.  The truth is, for most people on Medicare, not much changed under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”). Most of the changes are aimed at the commercial insurance industry. One of the only ACA changes that affects Medicare is that many Medicare Part A benefits that were previously subject to out-of-pocket costs are now “free”. Whether you have Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, you’ll still have the same benefits and security you have now. Continue reading

Do You Know What to Look for In a Medicare Advantage Plan?

What to Look for In a Medicare Advantage Plan

Everybody wants great benefits at a great price. When you’re choosing a Medicare plan, make sure you understand the benefits and all of the costs. Read all the information and don’t hesitate to ask plenty of questions. Some of the benefits you want to look for are:

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Be Sure to Meet Your Nutritional Needs As You Get Older

It should come as no surprise as that as we get older, some of the foods we eat don’t digest the same way they used to when we were younger. Not only that, but we need to be more conscious about the foods we put in our body. A healthy diet and lifestyle can reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke. Continue reading

Patient Rights

Whether we like it or not, we are all probably going to spend time in the hospital at some point in our life. Whether in the emergency or operating room, the intensive care unit or maternity ward, knowing your rights as a patient is an important step you can take to ensure you receive quality medical care.  But where to start? How do you find out what your patient rights are? Who makes sure that those rights are observed? We at Viva Medicare are here to help.

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Good Part Time Jobs for Seniors

Good Part Time Jobs for Seniors

As you age and transition into retirement, it’s often necessary or even healthy to pick up a part time job. Staying active while earning a little extra income is a great way to spend time as you get older. For seniors, picking the right part time job is a matter of choosing work that is physically accommodating as well as intellectually stimulating. Below are a few part time job ideas that are well suited for seniors. Continue reading