How do I choose a Medicare Advantage Plan?

September 26, 2022

Dear Marci,

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?

-Rhonda (Spring, TX)

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What is Fall Open Enrollment?

September 12, 2022

Dear Marci,

I just enrolled in Medicare a few months ago, and now I am hearing about Fall Open Enrollment coming up. What is Fall Open Enrollment, and what should do I do during this time?

-Patty (Providence Forge, VA)

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How do I switch between Original Medicare and a Medicare Advantage Plan?

August 29, 2022

Dear Marci, 

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? 

-Mathilda (Wasilla, AK) 

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Should I choose Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan?

August 15, 2022

Dear Marci,

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?

-Lauren (Chicago, IL)

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Does Medicare cover long-term care?

August 1, 2022

Dear Marci,

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?

-Remi (Point Marion, PA)

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How do I receive dental care?

July 18, 2022

Dear Marci, 

I recently enrolled in Medicare and learned that Medicare does not cover dental care. Why is this? And how should I receive dental care then? 

-Brody (Dallas, TX) 

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How can I detect hospice fraud?

June 20, 2022

Dear Marci, 

My father began hospice care a few weeks ago. It seems that staff from the hospice agency have been coming to his home less and less, though... Is this hospice fraud? 

-Viraj (Boston, MA) 

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How does Medicare cover hospice care?

June 6, 2022

Dear Marci, 

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? 

-Dottie (St. Johns, MI) 

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What is improper billling?

May 23, 2022

Dear Marci, 

I recently applied to the Medicare Savings Program and was enrolled in the QMB program. Can you explain improper billing and how it will affect me now?  

-Henrik (Billings, MT) 

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What is the Medicare Savings Program?

May 9, 2022

Dear Marci, 

It has been challenging to live on a fixed income recently. A friend told me she has the Medicare Savings Program and that it really helps her financially. What should I know about this program?  

-Sabrina (Randleman, SC) 

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How do I file a quality-of-care complaint?

April 25, 2022

Dear Marci, 

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?  

-Vincent (Abbeville, SC) 

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How do I file a grievance?

April 11, 2022

 Dear Marci, 

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?  

-Shruthi (Los Angeles, CA) 

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