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Jay Johnson

What is an Annual Notice of Change?

Dear Marci,

Last year I received an Annual Notice of Change from my Medicare Advantage Plan. Will I get one this year? What should I do with it?

– Emmanuel (Springfield, MO)

Does Medicaid cover nursing home care?

Dear Marci,

I’d like to see if my mother is eligible for Medicaid. How would she register for the program, and would she be eligible for nursing home care?

– Aariz (Lansing, MI)

What is Extra Help?

Dear Marci,

I am new to Medicare. My income and assets are on the low side and I’m having difficulty paying for my prescription drugs. A neighborhood counselor told me about Extra Help. Do you think this is something for me?

– Stefano (Rock Springs, WY)

What can I do about Medicare fraud?

Dear Marci,

I just looked at my mother’s latest Explanation of Benefits, and her equipment supplier is continuing to bill Medicare for a knee CPM machine that my mother rented after a fall, but has since returned. Should I look into this further, both to protect my mother and to avoid scamming Medicare?

– Karen (Rock Springs, WY)

What are Medicare Savings Programs?

Dear Marci,

I recently enrolled in premium-free Part A, but learned that I will have to pay a premium for Part B. Could I get some information on Medicare Savings Programs, which I’m told would cover my Part B premium?

– Toshio (Philadelphia, PA)

Can I delay my Medicare enrollment?

Dear Marci,

Is it ever permissible to delay enrolling in Medicare altogether? I’m still a year off from turning 65, I’m working and covered by my workplace health plan, and I’d like to weigh all options open to me.

– Amanda (Olive Branch, MS)