Dear Marci is a biweekly e-newsletter that helps consumers—people with Medicare, their families and caregivers—understand their Medicare benefits and options. Each issue features Medicare coverage advice, basic health tips and links to vital health care resources.
I’ve had Original Medicare for a few years, but I’m planning to join a Medicare Advantage Plan during Fall Open Enrollment this year. How should I choose a Medicare Advantage Plan when there are so many options?
I currently have Original Medicare and am considering switching to a Medicare Advantage (MA) Plan. I am worried I will regret it and want to switch back, though… Is it easy to switch between the two? How would I switch between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage again in the future?
I have Original Medicare but have been seeing a lot of ads for Medicare Advantage Plans that seem great. I don’t want to fall for just good marketing, though. Are Medicare Advantage Plans better than Original Medicare? How should I choose?
As my spouse and I grow older, it has been more difficult for me to help take care of him. It would be really helpful to have an aide come to our home and help with his personal care. Does Medicare cover long-term care?
My mother-in-law has a terminal condition and is nearing the end of her life. I’m helping her figure out the logistics of hospice care but do not know how her Medicare will cover it. How does Medicare cover hospice?
My mother recently received a misdiagnosis, resulting in unnecessary and painful treatment. We are so upset about her situation but are not sure what to do about it. Is there anything Medicare beneficiaries can do when they receive poor quality of care?
I received a favorable decision on an appeal to my Medicare Advantage Plan to cover the cost of a doctor’s office visit. I had already paid for the cost of the visit out of pocket, and my plan notified me that I would receive a reimbursement. It has been months and I have still not received one. What should I do?