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How much would you pay out-of-pocket for a five day hospital stay on Medicare? The majority of people have no idea! The problem with Medicare is there is too much information. An overwhelming amount of information and not enough resources. Medicare Nation solves that problem by educating you about all the things you want to know about Medicare, but are afraid to ask. This podcast will educate you about the components of Medicare, the different categories of Medicare Plans and Medicare benefi ...
 
Moving yourself into the Medicare system for the first time can be a challenge. When we say "first time" we mean those folks that are turning 65 and need Medicare now or those that are retiring past age 65 and have to figure out how to go from their employer sponsored insurance and over to the Medicare system. That's where we come in. Our insurance agency can coach those through the process and provide you with the products that you need to pair up with Medicare. You can call us at 248-871-7 ...
 
Helping you navigate, understand and properly enroll into the Best Medicare Insurance Plan. He knows how to make Medicare Supplement Plans and Medicare Advantage plans work for you. With more than thirty years of experience, Tracy McManamon answers all of your Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement Insurance questions. Free Expert Consultations exclusively to Podcast listeners by calling 877-549-1212. OneSourceBenefits.com
 
Most of us will eventually have Medicare, and you probably have a family member or friend who is currently a Medicare beneficiary. There is a lot to learn about these vital benefits, and I will use my 10 years of experience working with Medicare beneficiaries to teach you how it works.
 
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Meg Koepke and Melissa Cohen

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Medicare is the largest payer of Healthcare services in the United States with 20% of allfederal spending going towards the program. Join hosts Meg Koepke and Melissa Cohen from Aurrera Health Group as they engage the universe of stakeholders - patients, clinicians, policy makers, insurers, caregivers, advocates and disruptors to discuss how this program has evolved since the passage of the ACA and how it needs to keep evolving to provide better care at lower costs for its beneficiaries.
 
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Today's episode delves into a hefty article addressing next year's premiums, deductibles, co-pays and IRMAA penalties you successful participants will enjoy in 2022. Those Federal bureaucrats really know how to spin a compelling yarn! (Most severe critic: A+) Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.c…
 
This is episode 67, "Why We Need Universal Continuous Healthcare From Birth." My guest, Judith Albert, MD, is a retired physician in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the…
 
We answer your questions about why we don’t have Medicare for All yet, interfacing with groups fighting for incremental reforms like Medicaid expansion, and more. Show Notes Starting with an easy one, many people asked: Why don’t we have Medicare for All yet? A few reasons: first, our political system is very different from most of the other countr…
 
A regular, run-of-the-mill, POA allows the guardian to make financial decisions on behalf of the person in need of assistance; but for Medicare it has no power at all. On the other hand, a medical POA is a durable Power of Attorney which allows the patient's proxy to enforce treatment preferences and express the wishes of the patient. This accordin…
 
IRMAA is the "Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount" designed to penalize the most successful and productive Americans by adding a surcharge to the monthly cost of Medicare Part B or a prescription drug plan. The Big Texan offers the opportunity to enjoy a 72 oz. steak dinner free of charge. Take your choice, but each alternative has pluses and …
 
Medicare Part A has a "per occurrence" inpatient deductible of $1556 in 2022. That is an increase of $72, as opposed to the $30 increase last year. Medicare Part B has an annual deductible of $233 next year. That is an increase of $30 as opposed to the $5 annual increase last year. Elections have consequences, people! (Most severe critic: A-) Inspi…
 
Why are Medicare (dis)Advantage plans swimming in advertising cash? How can they make so many promises to lure in the gullible TV watchers? Where do they get all of their money to throw around? As if that weren't enough, we dip into the accumulated mail to answer the questions posed by Jim, Jeff and Glen (who said my book was "fantastic & funny)! (…
 
The new figures for next year represent a giant leap forward in a time when we wish to stay back. Not a full 2022 report, just a taste of what is to come. In addition to sharing that unpleasant news, we dip into the MLM Mailbag for a couple of choice items. (Most severe critic: A+) Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ev…
 
Barbara is seeking that rarest of all economic phenomena: the elusive Free Lunch! Her search is a stark reminder that benefits don't grow on trees. If a government mandates that insurance must pay for extras, the cost for those extras will be borne by everyone, and government will continue to expand. (Most severe critic: A) Inspired by "MEDICARE FO…
 
Your friendly Medicare bureaucrats have created a lengthy list of things they don't like. They think you are too delicate and easily duped to allow your insurance agent to speak with you like an adult. He must follow their instructions to the letter. ...or else! (Most severe critic: A+) Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Gui…
 
Through a Health Care Power of Attorney, you can appoint a trusted proxy to make sure your treatment preferences are complied with by the medical professionals. This can be an important measure of protection both during periodic illnesses as well as at the end of life. (Most severe critic: A+) Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easi…
 
If you are intrigued by the great idea of a Medicare MSA, why listen to a dope like me? Let's enjoy professionally written radio scripts! Afterward, what is your ANOC (Annual Notice of Change) supposed to be telling you? (Most severe critic: A) Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Return to l…
 
If one is paying the relatively high monthly premium for a supplement Plan F or G, consider changing to HDG. If your current premium is high and the HDG premium is low, you pocket the difference. That "difference" you pocket just might be larger than your annual deductible. If so, it makes perfect sense to switch to the HDG if you are able to! (Mos…
 
It doesn't take a genius to figure out why most people avoid performing such dull and painful exercises each year. Good news for you Medicare supplement plan holders: you never have to think about reviewing your coverage ever again. Congratulations! (Most severe critic: A) Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021…
 
This is episode 66, “Our Insidious and Nefarious Healthcare System.” My guest, Scott Goldberg, MD, is an assistant professor in General Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an attending primary care physician at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where he sees patients and teaches residents in the Primary Care/Social In…
 
The only Medicare Advantage plan I know of that provides complete freedom of choice (just like supplement plans): Medicare MSA. I proudly represent the product from Lasso Healthcare as alternative to the dreck promoted by a bunch of fast-talking TV pitchmen! This is a Medicare policy that actually pays the insured thousands of dollars to spend, sav…
 
Deb, an "Easy Listening" podcast fan asked to settle a discrepancy between her friend and the State of Nevada. Next, Susan is having trouble making a decision and has pestered her HR department repeatedly, to the point she is worried they might have her committed. The answers she seeks are located in Chapter 9 of Medicare for the Lazy Man. Will she…
 
In this episode you will find proof that I can disagree with others without loosing my composure. I may not always do it promptly, though! (Most severe critic: A+) Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Return to leave a short customer review & help future readers. Official website: https://www…
 
Thousands of retired New York City public employees have banded together and filed suit to fight the mandated enrollment into an inferior retirement plan rather than the Medicare supplement that has been the standard. Their concerns are typical of those facing forced enrollment into this type of plan: lack of freedom of choice, budget-busting cost …
 
Suppose you talk to a salesman who works for Al's Insurance and Aluminum Siding Co. Suppose he says Al's prescription drug plan is the very best available: reasonable cost, lots of drugs on its formulary, etc. One problem: some of your drugs have large copays you will be stuck with all year! You won't know this until it is too late. You just fell v…
 
In the days before Obamacare, reasonably priced health insurance had small deductibles and coinsurance, paying 100% of most catastrophic expenses. What the heck happened? Look to the politicians. Government bullied its way into what had been a robust and vibrant private enterprise and proceeded to ruin it for everyone else. Also, what's up with the…
 
This couple is in an enviable position! They can choose between several plans from several great insurance companies in a couple of states. What is the best way to make the right decision? I suggest the method of peeling an onion. Strip back the less desirable choices like layers of skin from your onion, one by one until only the most flavorful and…
 
Today we discuss the sorry state of mental healthcare in the United States, and the impact Medicare for All would have for people who need it. Our guests today are Dr. Beverly Smith, President of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and Guila Todd, Government Affairs Manager at the American Counselor Association. Show Notes The mental …
 
When you click on Medicare.gov/physiciancompare you may search for a doctor or clinician in your vicinity plus seven other types of services including hospitals, home health services, hospice, dialysis & nursing homes. Also learn about the three types of financial relationships doctors can have with Medicare plus learn what some of you might want t…
 
Based on questions arriving at the MLM Mailbag, there is considerable confusion in some quarters about the ideal time to enroll in Medicare. There are some variables involved but the proper course will avoid any lapse in coverage while minimizing out-of-pocket costs. (Most severe critic: A+) Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easies…
 
Congress is considering another self-destructive bill. This time the geniuses are proposing to give the Federal Government the power to negotiate prices for prescription drugs. By "negotiate" they mean dictate and by "dictate" they mean to remove the profit incentive that has given us miracle drugs at affordable cost for most of the last century. (…
 
Mike wanted the cheapest Part D plan available and I identified that plan for him. Imagine the confusion that ensued after Mike accidentally enrolled in a different plan offered by the same company. Failing to get his error undone, he hauled off and chose a completely different company's offering and started the process all over again. People, the …
 
Anything that combines "penalty" with "lifetime" is something to be avoided like the plague! Is your drug coverage considered to be "creditable"? Ask your employer or the plan administrator, they are obligated to inform you about the plan's status. If your coverage is considered creditable, you may keep it as long as you like without risk of being …
 
After being trapped in the confines of a managed care (HMO/PPO) health plan, some new enrollees don't understand the freedom that comes with Medicare supplements. Asking the wrong question will elicit an erroneous response. The fact is, if a medical office accepts patients insured by Medicare Parts A & B, it will unquestionably accept any insurance…
 
This is episode 65, "Our Healthcare Mess and Why We Need Medicare for All." In this episode, I describe some of the current problems with the United States healthcare system, what is Medicare for All, and how Medicare for All can solve those problems. This episode is a good primer on problems with the U.S. healthcare system and why we need Medicare…
 
The American Dental Association (ADA) – the largest association of dental professionals in the country – are fighting against the proposal to add dental benefits to Medicare. We talk about the politics of ADA opposition to healthcare, and also hear from seniors themselves about what it’s like to go without needed dental care. Dental care is not par…
 
Thanks to legislation sponsored by the Trump administration, government roadblocks to convenient e-visits with medical practitioners are being cast aside. A wide variety of specialties are now able to meet electronically with patients in distant locations (such as their homes) and receive compensation equal to in-office visits. Patients used to be …
 
The author's neighbor, in her 70s, was sailing along through a carefree life until she had a massive stroke. With no Medicare supplement or prescription drug coverage, she hit the fiscal equivalent of a brick wall. Her costly situation could have been avoided at a very reasonable price if she had been able to seek advice from Medicare for the Lazy …
 
Dental, vision & hearing insurance continues to be a popular subject and we have an excellent plan to offer those who are interested. Also, a dentist wants to know if he can keep his current health insurance plan after turning 65 while continuing to work. Pleased with the answer, I promised to contact me at retirement time to enroll in a Medicare s…
 
It happens now and again: a potential client asks for help selecting his Medicare coverage, and suddenly decides to patronize a local hometown agent instead. Two other prospects write in with questions and then let it slip they are youngsters whose decision points are years in the future. Who would have thought the happiest part of the podcast woul…
 
Annual Election Period (AEP) is almost upon us. This is the season in which hoards of Medicare Advantage sales types prowl the streets and alleys seeking victims. During AEP you might want to think about selecting the least expensive prescription drug plan consistent with your Rx needs and pharmacy preferences. Will you be able to locate an expert …
 
Before responding to Heath's item from the MLM Mailbag, we take a look at a hefty file assembled by the Centers for Disease Control (and Prevention). Instead of controlling and preventing disease, your CDC geniuses are hard at work thinking up brand new politically correct nomenclature to replace traditional English in their attempt to restructure …
 
Are the German and Dutch health insurance systems really private? What would it actually take to transition to a social insurance model? Once and for all, we debunk the myth that we can “build on the current public-private healthcare system” to achieve universal coverage. Show Notes Ben and Stephanie discuss Healthcare-NOW’s recently-completed comp…
 
The newsletter, published by Charles, will occasionally sport the Lazy Man logo as a reminder of the "freedom of choice" plans that we promote in every state of the USA. Speaking of freedom, our favorite Dental, Vision & Hearing plan can be used to cover treatment by any dentist or other qualified provider of these services without being forced to …
 
This is episode 64, "Highlights, Volume 2." In this episode, I take clips that highlight important points about Medicare for All. I highlight: Why single-payer healthcare was a revelation for Stephanie Nakajima. How fire departments provide a good example of why we need public funding for healthcare. Dr. George Bohmfalk describes how fire departmen…
 
Several years ago a "whistleblower suit" was settled in the amount of $32 million. The allegation was that two Medicare Advantage plans exaggerated the seriousness of patient conditions. They also were accused of claiming payment for nonexistent illnesses. (Most severe critic: A+) Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Eve…
 
Let's not celebrate just yet. A large "cost of living adjustment" is indicative of a large jump in economic inflation. Due to inept handling of the virus panic, the value of the dollar is dropping and the demands on government are growing. We need real economic skill at the helm rather than a bunch of vote-buying Trotskyites! (Most severe critic: A…
 
More mirth and silliness sponsored by the brainiacs in the Federal government. They even hire Secret Shoppers to enforce their heavy-handed, dictatorial regulations! (Most severe critic: B+) Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Return to leave a short customer review & help future readers. Of…
 
Take some classes, pass some tests and voila! You will be what they call "certified" and "ready to sell". Gee, let's hope the government geniuses in charge of your new career know exactly what they are doing! (Most severe critic: A-) Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Return to leave a shor…
 
…"shameful marketing of Medicare Advantage plans". Unfortunately, the article seems to have been written by an avowed Communist that hates our free enterprise system, not to mention the persuasive efforts of Broadway Joe. Still, the piece makes some critically important points with regard to the billions of dollars frittered away by the government …
 
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