Videos To Help You Understand Medicare
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Alcohol Awareness Month
- you might be eligible for alcohol misuse screenings.
- Medicare Part B covers alcohol misuse screenings once per year.
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
- Cervical Health Awareness Month takes place in January.
- ALL women are at risk for cervical cancer. It is however, the easiest female cancer to prevent.
- Medicare Part B covers 2 types of screening tests to help prevent cervical cancer:
- Pap test
- HPV test
- It occurs most often in women over the age of 30.
- 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.
End Stage Renal Disease/Kidney Transplant Eligibility And Enrollment
- ESRD is permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or kidney transplant.
- If you are 65 or older and have ESRD, Medicare will start paying for your dialysis treatment right away.
- 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.
- Medicare covers kidney transplants in a hospital that Medicare approves for kidney transplants. Medicare will also cover the full cost for finding the proper kidney for your transplant.
- Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes loss of sight by damaging part of the eye called the optic nerve.
- When this occurs you begin to lose patches of vision, usually side vision.
- January is National Glaucoma Month.
- Medicare covers a glaucoma test once every 12 months for people at high risk for glaucoma.
- Watch this video to help determine if you might be at risk.
- Heat disease is responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths in the USA making it the leading cause of death for all Americans.
- About half of US adults have at least one of the major factors to cause heart disease.
- You may not know you have symptoms for heart disease unless you are tested.
- Every 5 years, Medicare will cover a cardio-vascular screening at no cost to you.
- Work together with your health care provider to determine if you are at risk.
- Hospice is a program of care and support for people who are terminally ill.
- With hospice care the focus is on comfort not on curing illness.
- Medicare covers:
- Services to manage pain related to terminal illness.
- Benefits for any health problems not related to terminal illness.
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 less expensive, more convenient and just as effective as care you could get in a hospital or a nursing facility.
- Medicare covers some home health care services if you meet certain eligibility criteria.
- Before you start home health care, your doctor must order it.
- A home health agency will work with you regarding your care needs.
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.
- Tobacco is responsible for 1 in 10 of every adult death.
- Medicare Part B covers up to 8 face-to-face visits in a 12 month period.
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.
- You can visit Medicare.gov for more information.
Medicare – Vaccines
- 1 in 3 people in the US will develop shingles during their lifetime. Developing shingles can be dangerous to your health.
- 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
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.
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 meet your personal care needs.
- Most long-term care is provided at home.
- Original Medicare generally does not cover long-term care stays in a nursing home.
- Nursing homes vary in the quality of care and services they provide you.
- Depending on your needs and resources, you may have other long-term choices.
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.
- During your stay, your doctor and staff will help you get ready.
- There’s a checklist on Medicare.gov that can help you prepare.
- Women have unique health concerns including certain types of cancers and chronic disease.
- Women often avoid and delay preventive care because of out-of-pocket costs.
- Screening test are very important because they can help detect diseases early.
- Women with Medicare can take care of these services with no, or very little cost.
- Talk to your doctor about risk factors and schedule a screening.