Your Medicare Open Enrollment Checklist

By Erin Knobler

Medicare Open Enrollment happens every year from October 15th through December 7th. As a Medicare beneficiary, this could be your only chance to enroll in new health coverage for the following year, so it’s important to plan ahead.

Here are three things you can do each year before Open Enrollment starts to make sure you’re prepared.

1. Make a list of what matters most.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Low monthly out-of-pocket costs
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • A network that includes your doctor or specialist

2. Evaluate your current coverage.

Some important questions to ask yourself are:

  • Am I happy with my current plan?
  • Are my prescription drugs covered?
  • Does my plan include additional benefits, like a gym membership?

3. Schedule a Medicare appointment.

A licensed sales agent can…

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5 Medicare Mistakes To Avoid

By Erin Knobler

Medicare Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to make changes to your existing health insurance plan or to enroll in new coverage. Here are five common mistakes that you should avoid this Open Enrollment to make sure you’ve got the right Medicare coverage for 2018.

1. Automatically renewing your plan.
Unless you make changes to your Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan, it will renew…

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What type of Medicare plan is right for you?

By Erin Knobler

When it comes to choosing new Medicare coverage, you’ve got lots of options. The best thing you can do is talk to a licensed sales agent about your choices to make sure you enroll in the right plan for you.

Here’s a quick breakdown of three types of Medicare plans available to you:

Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan (MAPD):
MAPD plans are an alternative to Original Medicare. They…

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Simple Diabetic-Friendly Recipes

By Erin Knobler

It’s not always easy to follow a healthy meal plan day after day, but these tasty recipes should help. They are not only great for pre-diabetics and diabetics, but they are also simple to make!

Grilled Steak with Mushrooms (recipe serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 2 4-ounce filet steaks (1.5 inches thick)
  • 1 tablespoon trans-fat-free margarine
  • 1 pint mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 medium baked sweet potatoes
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