Category Archives: Medicare Information

We’re Hosting a Meeting in Your Neighborhood

There are only a few meetings left until Medicare Annual Enrollment Period ends on Wednesday, December 7th!  This may be your last chance to enroll in a 4 Star plan that has received the highest member satisfaction score of any Medicare Advantage plan in Alabama according to the 2017 Medicare & You Handbook for Alabama. Continue reading

The Benefits of a Limited Network Plan

If you’ve ever shopped at a big box wholesaler such as Costco or Sam’s Club, chances are you’ve bought a whole lot of something at a very reasonable price. For our purposes, let’s say strawberries. So, you’re sitting at home enjoying your strawberries when the next thing you know it’s been a week and you still have half a box left. And as strawberries tend to do, they begin to go bad and you end up throwing some out. In the end, what was originally intended to help you save really just led to you wasting money. Continue reading

Why the Medicare Star Rating Is Important to You

For the second year in a row, Viva Medicare, has received 4 stars – the highest star rating in Alabama! The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rates the relative quality of Medicare Advantage plans, like Viva Medicare, as a way of helping beneficiaries assess the quality of Medicare Advantage plans that they’re considering joining. CMS rates Medicare Advantage plans on a one to five-star scale, with five stars representing the highest quality. Continue reading

What is the Annual Notice of Change?

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

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

DVR Alert! Check Your Local Listings and Tune Into Making Medicare Easy.

Do you have questions about Medicare? Do you want to learn how Viva Medicare may be able to help you save on your Medicare expenses? Check out Making Medicare Easy by Viva Medicare on your local stations. On our show, we break Medicare down into easy to understand pieces of information to help you get the most out of Medicare. You’ll learn about the different parts of Medicare, the differences between Medicare Advantage plans and Supplement plans, and you’ll even learn all about Viva Medicare plan benefits. You may even discover that Viva Medicare has a plan that may be able to help you save on your 2015 Medicare expenses. Don’t forget to set your DVR and record Making Medicare Easy. Check your local listings.

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How to prepare for Medicare

Joining Medicare is an exciting milestone to reach in one’s life. It’s something you’ve been paying into ever since you started working and now it’s time to reap the rewards of turning 65. Like most people, you’re probably wondering what you need to do in order to get your Medicare card. Here’s what’s going to happen:  Around three months prior to your 65th birthday you will receive a package in the mail from the Social Security office describing your Medicare coverage. This package includes a handy little book that explains some of the benefits and guidelines about Medicare.

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What are the 4 parts of Medicare?

One thing about Medicare that seems to confuse a lot of people is the different parts. Medicare is divided into four parts known as Part A, Part B, Part C, and Part D.

Medicare Part A is similar to normal health insurance that covers you in the hospital when you get hurt or sick. Medicare Part A can also help cover a stay in a skilled nursing facility while you recover or hospice care for the terminally ill. Continue reading