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I’ve been a licensed insurance agent specializing in Medicare since 2008. I worked for four years as a field agent and have worked for the past two years at eHealth. I love the work that I do and find it very satisfying. I have been married for 26 years, with three children ages 16- 24. I had the pressure of caring for and assisting my parents during their later years. Every Medicare beneficiary that I assist is an honor and tribute to my parents. While I count on this work that I do to support my family, it is so much more than just a job to me.
Three words that describe me:
Knowledgeable, compassionate, honest
Favorite thing to do when not at work:
Relax at home.
Favorite place to visit and why:
My travels so far have been limited to the East Coast, some parts of the Caribbean, Africa, and Canada. While I love to travel and see other parts of the country or world, I love to come back home. I love the Northeast, it’s diversity including the people, experiences, and of course weather.
What I like most about helping people find the right Medicare plan:
I find great satisfaction and sense of purpose knowing that I have made someone’s life better by helping them to find a Medicare plan that is right for their needs.
I enjoy all types of music – gospel, R&B, jazz, and country, just to name a few.
Medicare articles by Brenda
Does Medicare Cover Scoliosis Treatment?
If your spine is curved sideways - for example, in an S or a C shape -you could have a condition called scoliosis. People of all ages can have scoliosis, notes the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. If your scoliosis is... Read more
What Type of Medicare Plan Might Be a Good Fit for You?
Are you new to Medicare? Choosing Medicare coverage can be a challenge. There may be several Medicare coverage choices in your vicinity. But how do you know which Medicare coverage choice might work for you? Medicare coverage choices: what are they? When... Read more
Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors
Volunteer opportunities for seniors may be plentiful in your community. According to the National Institutes of Health, volunteering can Keep you active and engaged Help you make new friends Make you feel good to be helping out How can volunteer... Read more
Does Medicare Cover Telemedicine?
What is telemedicine? Telemedicine is a general term that encompasses any medical activity involving an element of distance, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Telemedicine includes “virtual” doctor-patient visits and physician... Read more
Can a Senior be an Organ Donor?
According to the Mayo Clinic, there is no defined cutoff age for organ donors. The Mayo Clinic also advises to not “prematurely disqualify yourself” as an organ donor based on your age. In a story told on organdonor.gov, a 92-year old man named Carlton... Read more
Does Medicare Cover Plastic Surgery?
Plastic vs Cosmetic surgery Plastic surgery is not the same as cosmetic surgery, according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Plastic surgery reconstructs facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns and disease. Cosmetic surgery... Read more
Does Medicare cover chronic liver disease?
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that nearly 4 million Americans suffer from chronic liver disease, or about 1.6% of all adults. If you or someone you love has chronic liver disease and are enrolled in Medicare,... Read more
Medicare Supplement in Ohio
Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans help with certain costs that Original Medicare doesn't cover, such as copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. If you're just starting your search for Medicare Supplement plans in Ohio, this article will take you through a... Read more
Does Medicare Cover Liver Transplants?
When the liver is severely damaged, it can result in scarring, called cirrhosis. The Mayo Clinic notes that Cirrhosis is the leading cause of liver failure, a condition in which the liver is unable to heal itself and perform its many life-preserving... Read more
Does Original Medicare Cover Overseas Travel?
Are you retired, on Medicare, and finally have time for some overseas travel? Here we'll explore the benefits that Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B) may provide when you're traveling. Original Medicare generally delivers the same medical... Read more
What Same-Sex Couples Should Know About Medicare
If you're in a same-sex marriage, you may be wondering how your marital status affects government benefits like Medicare. The 2015 Supreme Court ruling, Obergefell v. Hodges, upheld the constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry and legalized same-sex... Read more
What Causes Hearing Loss in the Elderly?
Hearing loss becomes more common as people age. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), about one in three individuals ages 65 to 74 have some degree of hearing loss, a figure that jumps to nearly half for... Read more
Tips for Lowering Out-of-Pocket Medicare Expenses
Out-of-pocket Medicare expenses include all medical expenses that you have to pay out of your own pocket, such as deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. If you are familiar with an employer-sponsored health-care plan, you may expect an out-of-pocket... Read more
What if I Decide Not to Sign Up for a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan?
Since Medicare prescription drug coverage is optional, some people may decide not to sign up for a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. But what happens if you need more prescription drugs as time goes on? Is it true that Original Medicare has no prescription... Read more
Medicare Supplement Plans and Hospice Care
Medicare's hospice care benefit is for beneficiaries with terminal illness whose doctors have certified that they have six months or less to live. Whether you're considering hospice care for yourself or for a loved one, the decision to enter hospice care is a... Read more
Under 65 with ALS: What Are Your Medicare Coverage Options
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is also called Lou Gehrig’s disease after the baseball player who died of the condition in 1941. This 100% fatal disease can cause a person to lose the ability to eat, speak, move and breathe, according to the ALS... Read more
What Are Guaranteed-Issue Rights for the Medigap Open Enrollment Period?
If you're new to Medicare, you may have heard that you can get a Medigap (Medicare Supplement) plan with "guaranteed issue" in some situations, such as during your Medigap Open Enrollment Period. Many people with Original Medicare decide to get Medigap... Read more
Medicare Coverage of Syphilis Treatment
Syphilis is a sexual transmitted disease (STD) that you can get from direct contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal, or oral sex, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An untreated syphilis infection can span decades and... Read more
What STD Treatments and Services does Medicare Cover?
STD treatments aren't just for people in their teens or 20s. Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, can affect the elderly as well as the young. STDs are also referred to as STIs (sexually transmitted infections).Anybody who is sexually active, regardless of... Read more
How to Prevent Diabetes
Diabetes occurs when your body has trouble metabolizing insulin or can't produce enough. Roughly 90 to 95% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; this form occurs when your body can't use... Read more
Can I Stay in the Hospital Without Paying My Medicare Deductible?
If you are a Medicare beneficiary and you go to the hospital, the hospital cannot refuse to admit or treat you based on lack of payment of your Medicare Part A deductible. In 2017 this amount is $1,316. Additionally, if you seek emergency treatment, you will... Read more
How Much Money Could a Medicare Supplement Plan Save Me?
Figuring out how much money a Medicare Supplement plan might save you might take some work on your part, but in some cases you may find it makes economic sense for you to buy one. What is a Medicare Supplement plan? Medicare Supplement (also known as... Read more
Does Medicare Cover Pre-Existing Conditions?
In general, Medicare covers pre-existing conditions. You won't be denied coverage by Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, the federal health-care program. In fact, in some cases, you may be eligible for Medicare before you turn 65 due to health... Read more
Medicare and Divorce
Most people become eligible for premium-free Part A Medicare coverage through their own work history or their spouse’s work history. Generally you are eligible for premium-free Part A coverage if you or your spouse worked and paid Medicare taxes for at... Read more
Medicare and Wheelchair Coverage
If you have mobility problems and your doctor recommends a wheelchair or other device to help you get around, Medicare Part B may cover 80% of the allowable charges after you've met your deductible as long as you meet certain eligibility requirements. How... Read more
Does Medicare cover Mammograms?
Mammograms are specialized x-rays of the breast tissue that detect breast cancer in women who may not have any other signs or symptoms of the disease according to the National Institute of Health (NIH) Library of Medicine. There are two types of mammograms... Read more
Does Medicare Cover Hospital Beds?
Has your doctor recommended that you have a hospital bed in your home to assist with your medical condition? If you are a Medicare beneficiary enrolled in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), your Part B benefits may cover 80% of the allowable charges... Read more
Does Medicare Cover Razadyne?
Razadyne helps treat symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library of Medicine. Doctors may also prescribe this medicine as a generic drug called galantamine. Part A and B of Original Medicare don't typically... Read more
Does Medicare Cover Lopressor?
Medicare Part A and Part B doesn't cover Lopressor (metoprolol tartate) in most situations. According to the National Institutes of Health, Lopressor is sometimes used to treat conditions such as: High blood pressure Chest pain Heart attack (to... Read more
What Is Obesity?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over one-third of all adults in America are obese; obesity is a major contributor to the leading causes of preventable death. Obesity is most prevalent among those ages 40 and older, and of those ages... Read more
Stroke Overview: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
According to a report that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released in 2015, about 795,000 people in the United States have strokes each year. Stroke kills about 130,000 people each year in the U.S.; that's one person every four minutes, reports the... Read more
Does Medicare Cover Eye Exams?
Routine eye and vision exams can be an important part of your overall health care. Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) usually doesn't cover eye exams except in certain cases as described below. This summary of your Medicare benefits will help you... Read more
Does Medicare Cover Diabetes Supplies
Are you looking for ways to manage your costs for diabetes supplies? In addition to any medications your doctor prescribes, like insulin, you also could have costs related to daily blood glucose monitoring. Fortunately, if you are enrolled in Original... Read more
Risks of Combining Medications and Alcohol
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, seniors (persons age 65 or older) make up only 13 percent of the population but consume over 33% of the prescription medications in the United States. If you or someone you love takes prescription drugs,... Read more
Seniors and Insomnia
If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, you may have insomnia. According to National Institute of Health (NIH), insomnia affects almost half of adults age 60 and older. Insomnia can result in serious health concerns. Specifically, the NIH study showed... Read more
How to Find Local Services for Seniors
If you're enrolled in Medicare, many of your health-care costs are usually covered as part of your hospital and medical benefits. But sometimes, you may need help recovering from an illness or injury, or even coping with the issues of day-to-day life when you... Read more
Resources for Background-Checking a Caregiver
Have you been reluctant to hire a caregiver to help care for an aging relative because of concerns about letting a stranger into your loved one's home? You might have heard horror stories about caregivers who stole from or abused elderly clients. The good... Read more
What Are the Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease?
Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death among both men and women around the world, according to the American Heart Association. Here in the United States: Nearly 86 million people have some... Read more
How Can I Find a Doctor Who Accepts Medicare?
If you are enrolled in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), you may be concerned about managing your out-of-pocket expenses. One way to lower costs and get more from your Medicare benefits is to receive care from health-care providers who have signed an... Read more
Senior Citizen Health: How to Prevent Falling
Falls pose a huge risk for Americans aged 65 and above. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Approximately 2.5 million elderly people are treated in emergency rooms every year because of falls. One in three people over age 65 falls... Read more
What Is End-Stage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 12 million adults in the United States are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and severe COPD can limit a person's ability to do routine activities. The Centers for... Read more
Does Medicare Cover Pelvic Exam?
If you’re a woman enrolled in Medicare Part B, a pelvic exam may be covered. Here’s what you should know about pelvic exam and your Medicare benefits. Does Medicare Cover Pelvic Exam? If your doctor's office has scheduled you for a pelvic exam, learn... Read more
Prostate Cancer: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men and is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men. Prostate cancer is usually slow growing, and if caught early, before it has spread outside the prostate gland, there is a... Read more
Does Medicare Cover Medical Nutrition Therapy?
If you are covered under Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) or enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, you may be eligible for medical nutrition therapy services at no cost to you if you meet certain requirements. Here's what you should know. What... Read more
What Is Hepatitis B?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the word "hepatitis" means "inflammation of the liver.” Hepatitis can be caused by many things, including alcohol abuse, drug toxicity, and certain viral infections. Hepatitis B--along with hepatitis A... Read more
How to Appoint a Personal Representative for Your Anthem Medicare Plan
From time to time, you may want someone to help you manage your Anthem Medicare plan benefits, or help you file an appeal, grievance, or complaint. Fortunately, there is a process you can follow to appoint a personal representative who can act on your... Read more
Do Anthem Medicare Plans Cover Routine Vision Services?
If you're shopping for Medicare vision coverage, you may be interested in Anthem Medicare Advantage or Anthem Extras plans to help you manage your out-of-pocket costs for routine vision care. Learn more about Anthem Medicare vision coverage and... Read more
Do WellCare Medicare Plans Cover Routine Dental Services?
If you're like many people, you may have concerns about managing your dental care costs, and perhaps your search for dental coverage through a Medicare health plan brought you here. If you're enrolled in a WellCare Medicare Advantage plan, or you're looking... Read more
How Can I Find Healthcare Providers That Accept Coventry Medicare Plans?
If you are enrolled in certain types of Coventry Medicare plans -- such as Coventry Medicare Advantage Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), or Coventry Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans, you may need... Read more
Qualifying for Medicare Through Disability or Illness
Most people think of Medicare as a health-care program for older adults. However, if you have a disability or certain health conditions, you may be eligible for Medicare before you turn 65. You may qualify for Medicare before age 65 if: You're... Read more
The Medicare Part D Coverage Gap (“Donut Hole”) Made Simple
When it comes to Medicare prescription drug coverage, you may have questions surrounding the Medicare Part D coverage gap, also known as the “donut hole.” The coverage gap is a temporary limit on what most Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans or... Read more
Medicare and Liposuction
What is liposuction? According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat and improving the body’s contours and proportion. Liposuction can be performed on the hips... Read more
Does Medicare Cover Xanax?
If your doctor prescribes Xanax for you, you might have questions about Medicare coverage of this prescription drug. What is Xanax? Xanax (generic name: alprazolam) is a prescription medication that your doctor may prescribe to treat anxiety, according to... Read more
Does Medicare Cover Klor-Con?
Medicare prescription drug coverage might cover Klor-Con, also known by its generic name, potassium chloride. Klor-Con is available by prescription only and comes in extended release tablets for oral administration. Why is Klor-Con prescribed? Doctors... Read more
Does Medicare Cover Plavix?
Plavix (Plavix generic:Clopidogrel) is used in the treatment of heart health. Plavix may be prescribed by your doctor or health-care provider to prevent a heart attack or stroke, according to the FDA. Plavix is in a class of medications called antiplatelet... Read more
Medicare Made Easy
Most people who are applying for Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) are learning about their Medicare coverage options for the first time. This includes individuals who are age 65 and older, as well as those under 65 who qualify due certain disabilities or... Read more
Does Medicare Cover Atrovent?
According to the National Institutes of Health's Medline Plus website, Atrovent is a brand-name formulation of the generic prescription drug ipratropium. It's used to treat symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which affects the lungs and... Read more
Public Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries
Seniors on a fixed income may sometimes have trouble paying for health-care coverage and related medical costs. If you have a chronic health condition that requires ongoing treatment or frequent doctor visits, you know that copayment and coinsurance costs can... Read more
2018 Medicare Annual Election Period Checklist
Many people don't realize that you can't always make Medicare coverage changes anytime you want. That's why it's important to learn about Medicare's Annual Election Period (AEP), when you may be able to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan or a stand-alone... Read more
Medicare in Colorado
You may want to consider all of your Medicare plan options in Colorado before choosing a plan. This page helps you review what’s available while offering Medicare.com’s plan comparison tool to examine plan pricing options and plan details. About Medicare... Read more
Medicare in Connecticut
While browsing Medicare plan options in Connecticut, you may wish to examine all of your coverage possibilities. Let Medicare.com be your resource as you shop for a plan that suits all your needs. About Medicare in Connecticut Medicare beneficiaries in... Read more
Medicare in Massachusetts
Original Medicare is the federal health insurance program for those aged 65 and older and individuals with certain disabilities or health conditions. You may qualify for Medicare regardless of age if you have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or end-stage renal... Read more
Medicare in Oklahoma
Let Medicare.com be your resource when shopping for a Medicare plan in Oklahoma. We offer our plan comparison tool to help you evaluate Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage), and Medicare Supplement plans in your area. About... Read more
Affordable Medicare Coverage by State
While Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, is the same throughout the country, certain types of Medicare insurance may vary by insurance company and location. This includes Medicare Advantage (Part C), Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D), and... Read more
Medicare in West Virginia
If you're new to Medicare in West Virginia, you may be wondering how the health insurance program works. As a Medicare beneficiary, you may have many choices available to you, and it's important to carefully compare and consider all options. Here's an... Read more
Qualifying for Extra Help with Medicare Part D Costs
If you're one of many beneficiaries who takes prescription drugs, you know that even if you have Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, there are usually still out-of-pocket costs you're responsible for. Prescription costs like copayments, coinsurance,... Read more
The Different Types of Medicare Advantage Plans
There are many types of Medicare Advantage (also known as Medicare Part C) plans. Medicare Advantage plans provide an alternative way to receive your Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, benefits. With Medicare Part C, you get the same coverage as Original... Read more
What You Pay in a Medicare Advantage Plan
Medicare Advantage plans frequently offer more benefits than Original Medicare and may have lower out-of-pocket costs. Your health insurance rate and out-of-pocket costs will depend on the particular Medicare Advantage plan you choose. Some plans charge... Read more
Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Plan Comparison Chart
The 10 different Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans available in most states have standardized benefits across each plan letter. For example, Medigap Plan A will have the same benefits regardless of which state you live in or which insurance company you buy... Read more
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