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Do Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Plans Cover Prescription Drugs?

As you may already know, there's only limited prescription drug coverage under Original Medicare, Part A and Part B. Part A may cover medications given to you as part of your inpatient treatment in a hospital. Part B may cover some medications administered to... Read more


Medicare and LASIK Eye Surgery

If you’re a Medicare beneficiary hoping to improve your vision with Lasik eye surgery, Medicare doesn’t cover this procedure. What is LASIK eye surgery? According to the Food and Drug Administration, LASIK eye surgery changes the shape of the cornea... Read more


Does Medicare Cover Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a type of weight loss surgery that may be recommended in some situations to treat obesity. Although there are different types, the procedure may involve surgically reducing the size of your stomach, so you will eat less food but feel full... Read more


Medicare Power of Attorney for a Friend or Family Member

If you think it's time to set up power of attorney for yourself or a loved one, here's some background information that you may find useful. If you’re a caregiver for a Medicare beneficiary, you may not realize that you can’t make health-care decisions... Read more


Does Medicare Cover Varicose Veins Treatment?

Varicose veins occur when veins become enlarged, dark purple or blue, and twisted and bulging. This commonly occur in the legs, although they can appear in other body parts.  As the Mayo Clinic explains, under normal circumstances the veins act as one-way... Read more


Does Medicare Cover Mental Health?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) about one in five adults, or around 20%, experience mental illness in a given year. Mental health diagnoses include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and anxiety disorders such as... Read more


How Your Medicare Part D Late-Enrollment Penalty Is Calculated

Medicare Part D is prescription drug coverage. It's optional, but if you delay enrolling in a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, you may be charged a late-enrollment penalty if you decide to enroll later. Here is how that penalty is calculated and... Read more


Medigap Coverage of Pre-Existing Conditions

People often ask me when the best time is to enroll in a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) policy. My answer is always the same: If you want the most plans available to you and especially if you have health issues, you should join a plan when you're first... Read more


Does Medicare Pay for Adult Day Care for Dementia Patients?

What is dementia? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is a general term for severe mental decline which interferes with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. Signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia could include poor... Read more


Medicare in South Carolina

Medicare beneficiaries in South Carolina may have choices when it comes to Medicare coverage. You may receive your benefits through Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, and add to that coverage with certain optional plans described below. Or you can get all... Read more



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