Through it all, I remain a major fan of the program, and have no problem saying that I think people are living longer, and not going broke as often in old age, because of it. It's an exemplary social program.
In honor of it's birthday, I wanted to post a couple helpful Medicare tips and facts for anybody on Medicare, or for people who work with Medicare consumers.
- Though relatively inexpensive as far as health insurance programs go, there are so many ways to help keep your medicare costs down, particularly if you are in the dreaded (yet slowly shrinking) "donut hole". Medicare Savings Programs and Extra Help are two of those ways.
- Do you have original Medicare with a Medigap supplemental plan? Did you know that once you find the Medigap plan "letter" you want, that you should pick the cheapest one? It's true, all Medigap plans of a single letter are basically identical as far as coverage goes. Don't go for the one you saw advertise on TV. Guess who's paying for that ad? Yep, it's you! Here's a handy chart of current Medigap costs by plan letter.
I can talk about baseball, long-distance running, Sichuan food, my kids, and Medicare pretty much all day. Feel free to contact me sometime and we'll chat about it.
Maybe you've guessed I also like the Beatles. You didn't think I'd start a blog post with a song lyric and not link to the song, did you?