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Nursing Home and Long-Term Care
  • 70% of people turning 65 will need some form of long-term care.
  • Long-term care has a range of services and support designed to support your needs.
  • Most long-term care is provided at home.
  • Original Medicare generally does not cover long-term care.

A free LifeSmart Plan Checkup will help you determine your best long-term care options.


Medicare’s Preventive Benefits
  • Take care of yourself with Medicare’s expanded benefits without any additional cost.
  • Stay healthy by using these early protection services.
  • Talk with your doctor to establish what tests you may need and how often you need them.

Medicare – Ways to Save Money
  • If you have limited income and resources you may qualify for Medicaid.
  • Medicaid also offer benefits not included with Medicare.
  • You may also be able to get help paying your Medicare premiums and prescription drug costs.

Medicare – Vaccines
  • 1 in 3 people in the US will develop shingles during their lifetime.
  • Shingles can be prevented with a vaccine that significantly reduces the risk.
  • Most Medicare drug plans covers these costs.
  • Medicare Part B covers vaccines for:
    • Hepatitis B
    • Pneumococcal infection
    • Flu shot

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Women’s Health
  • Women have unique health concerns.
  • Women often delay preventive care because of out-of-pocket costs.
  • Screening care is  very important!
  • Women with Medicare can take care of these services with no, or very little cost.

  • Diabetes affects nearly 21 million children and adults in the USA.
  • Medicare covers free diabetes screening.
  • If you have diabetes, Medicare covers many of your supplies.
  • You can also have diabetes supplies delivered to your home.
  • Medicare also covers diabetes self-management training.

  • Hospice is a program of care and support for people who are terminally ill.
  • The focus is on comfort and not on curing an illness.
  • Medicare covers:
    • Services to manage pain related to terminal illness.
    • Benefits for any health problems not related to terminal illness.

End stage renal disease/kidney transplant eligibility and enrollment
  • If you have ESRD, Medicare will start paying for your dialysis treatment right away if you are 65 or older.
  • Medicare covers kidney transplants in a Medicare approved hospital.
  • Medicare also covers the full cost of finding the proper kidney for your transplant, and the full cost of care for your kidney donor.

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Heart disease
  • Heat disease is responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths in the USA.
  • About half of US adults have ate least one of the major factors to cause heart disease.
  • Every 5 years, Medicare will cover a cardio-vascular screening at no cost to you.

Glaucoma Awareness
  • Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes loss of sight.
  • January is National Glaucoma Month.
  • Medicare covers a glaucoma test once every 12 months for people at high risk for glaucoma.
  • You may be at high risk for glaucoma if you can answer “yes” to any of these questions:
    • Do you have diabetes or a family history of glaucoma?
    • Are you African American and 50 or older?
    • Are you Hispanic American and 65 or older?

Planning for your discharge from a hospital, nursing home or other care setting
  • If you are getting discharged, there are some things you should do to prepare for your departure:
  • Print out this checklist to help you prepare.

Home Health Care
  • Health care treatments that were once only offered in a hospital or doctors office can now be done in your home.
  • Home health care is usually more convenient, less expensive and just as effective.
  • Medicare covers some home health care services if you meet certain eligibility criteria.
  • Before you start home health care, your doctor must order it.

It’s Always Time To Quit Tobacco
  • May 31st is World No Tobacco Day.
  • Tobacco use is the second leading cause of death worldwide! It’s ALWAYS time to quit.

National Physical Therapy Month
  • October is National Physical Therapy Month.
  • Medicare helps pay for necessary outpatient therapy services.
  • There are limit called therapy-caps, or therapy-caps limits.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
  • January is Cervical Health Awareness Month.
  • ALL women are at risk for cervical cancer.
  • With regular screening tests and follow-ups, cervical cancer is the easiest female cancer to prevent.
  • Medicare Part B covers 2 types of screening tests to help prevent cervical cancer:
    • Pap test
    • HPV test

Alcohol Awareness Month
  • “Risky drinking” is defined as more than 7 drinks per week for women, and 14 drinks per week for men.
  • you might be eligible for alcohol misuse screenings.
  • Medicare Part B covers alcohol misuse screenings once per year.


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