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Around the holidays, many of us try to give back to our community by volunteering in food kitchens, participating in canned food drives or coat drives, or by donating gifts to those in need. This year, you can give back to a local non-profit without leaving your house! This holiday season, we are showing some love to our local community

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Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period, which lasts through December 7, is currently in full swing. Below we have shared three common mistakes to avoid during this season and we encourage you to keep in them in mind! 1. Not Reviewing Your Annual Notice of Change Your Annual Notice of Change or ANOC is a document that provides details about the benefits included

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As you may know, this month has in recent years been nicknamed “No-Shave November.” What you may not know is why. According to no-shave.org, the goal of No-Shave November is to “grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.” The organization encourages individuals to “donate the money you typically spend on shaving and

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As you may know, Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is October 15 through December 7 and gives Medicare beneficiaries the opportunity to make changes to their Medicare coverage for the following year if necessary. The changes made during this period become effective January 1 of the next year. In years past, Medicare plans changed frequently, creating the need for Medicare

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What Are the Most Common Non-Health-Related Medicare Advantage Benefits? In hopes of improving day-to-day lives and overall wellbeing, almost half of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are offering new supplemental benefits for 2019. These include coverage of over-the-counter drugs, transportation to physician visits and caregiver support services. Nicotine replacement therapy is the most commonly offered supplemental benefit for 2019. Additionally, the

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shingles affects around one million Americans annually, and adults 60 years or older account for approximately 10 cases per 1,000 each year. Shingles is a viral infection stemming from the virus that causes chickenpox. It often appears in the form of a deeply painful rash. Individuals who have had chickenpox

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RetireMEDiQ strives to keep individuals informed about the latest Medicare news. Each month, we recap the top information consumers need to know about recent developments in the Medicare industry and how it may affect you. 2019 Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment Predicted to Be Largest in Years Next year’s cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is expected to be around 3 percent; the 2018

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Every day, we interact with insurance companies on behalf of clients to resolve billing issues and get answers to plan-related questions. We know first-hand that contacting large companies can sometimes be tricky, which is why we are always ready to make those calls on your behalf. But, for situations in which you prefer to call your insurance company directly, we’ve

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Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is October 15 to December 7, and during this time Medicare fraud is heightened. Throughout AEP, it is especially important to be vigilant in protecting your personal information from potential scam artists. Your safety is our priority! Below is a list of Medicare coverage “Don’ts” that our RetireMEDiQ Client Advisors recommend you keep in mind

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There’s no denying it. Prescription drugs can cost a lot of money. In fact, a Consumer Reports article stated: “In 2016 total drug costs went up 6.3 percent compared with the year before, about three times the rate for other goods and services, according to the Department of Labor. The amount consumers have to pay out of pocket is also rising, from about