April Medicare Must-Knows

With our advisors, you can get updates and Medicare advice near your community. Our team wants you to be informed about the latest Medicare news and how it impacts you. In April, you can read about COVID-19 vaccinations, new technology in nursing homes, and updates to the federal poverty level.

United States Administers Over 126M Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

Across the country, COVID-19 vaccination campaigns continue to gain momentum.

Three vaccines are currently available: Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer. If you get the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, you will need two doses of the same vaccine to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Note that we use the term “fully vaccinated” to refer to individuals who have received either a.) one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or b.) two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

As of March 22, 2021, over 13 percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Likewise, nearly a quarter of Americans (82.8 million individuals) have received one dose of a vaccine.


Over 1.8 million Ohioans are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. This is nearly 14 percent of the state population. As of March 29, all Ohioans ages 16 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Vaccination figures grow daily, so use this link for the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio.


In Kentucky, more than 1.3 million adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That totals over a quarter of the state population. For the most updated figures on the COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky, visit this page.


Indiana has fully vaccinated more than one million adults as of March 22, 2021. This totals nearly 18% of the state’s population over age 16. Click here for more updated figures on the COVID-19 vaccine in Indiana.

Kentucky Nursing Homes to Implement Contactless Tracking

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved funding for Kentucky to put contactless tracking into its nursing homes. Contactless tracking will consist of devices placed at entry points where visitors can answer screening questions about infectious diseases, including but not limited to COVID-19.

The goal of these devices is to limit person-to-person contact with nursing home visits, protecting the health of residents and staff in nursing homes that accept Medicare insurance.

View the full CMS guidelines for nursing home visits here.

CMS Updates Federal Poverty Level Guidelines

CMS recently announced an update to the federal poverty level. In 2021, the poverty line for a family of four is drawn at an annual income of $26,500. This applies to the 48 contiguous states and Washington D.C.

The federal poverty level is used by states to determine eligibility for certain programs, including health coverage programs such as:

If you need help paying for your Medicare plan or prescription drugs, reach out to our advisors. We can guide you through your options and give advice on your unique situation.

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  • Medicare 101: Understanding Medicare
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