December Medicare Must-Knows

By RetireMEDiQ

RetireMEDiQ strives to keep individuals informed about the latest Medicare news. Each month, we recap the top information you need to know about recent developments in the Medicare industry. This month, we will cover AEP, wellness visits, preventive services, new Medicare cards and more!

Last Chance! Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period Ends December 7

The Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) began on October 15 and will end December 7. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries may choose to enroll in a new plan if they are dissatisfied with  their current plan. If your prescriptions or health have changed in the past year or if you lost your plan’s fitness benefit, contact our Client Services team to review your plan and consider other options at 1-877-222-1942.

Be Sure to Schedule Your Annual Wellness Visit in January

As we approach 2019, you may be considering a lifestyle change or what your New Year’s resolution will be. The good news is that since a lot of resolutions tend to be health related, you have an opportunity to get a head start on your health for the upcoming year through your Medicare plan.

One of your benefits, which is covered by Medicare Part B, is an annual Medicare Wellness Visit. This is an opportunity to be proactive with your health. Your wellness visit is focused on reviewing your current health with your doctor and coming up with a plan to reduce your risks. Here is what you can expect at your Annual Wellness Visit:

  • Screening for depression and memory problems
  • Medical advice from your doctor about health concerns or risk factors
  • Instructions from your doctor about necessary follow-up tests

For more information about what you can expect from your wellness visit in 2019, visit our blog.

Take Advantage of Medicare’s Free Preventive Services in 2019

Your annual Medicare wellness visit is a great time to talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have and consider which preventive services you’d like to receive in the new year.

A few examples of services that are covered include diabetes screening, education and supplies, weight loss counseling, nutrition therapy services, and smoking and tobacco use cessation.

Once you know what’s covered, you can begin fully taking advantage of your Medicare coverage in the new year! For more information on what’s covered, check out our blog on Medicare’s preventive services.

New Medicare Cards in The Mail – Delivered Within the Month

We’ve been talking about Medicare’s new cards for months, and they will finally be delivered to Ohio households within the month. To track your Medicare card for a more accurate delivery estimate, visit Medicare’s website.

Caring for Loved Ones During the Holidays

We tend to see our families more often during the holidays, and it’s sometimes the first time we see how our loved ones are doing. If you become concerned about your friend or family member’s well-being and think it might be in their best interest to have a power of attorney, here are some tips for handling becoming power of attorney without overstepping.

Are you caring for a loved one? If so, we can deliver them and you Medicare peace of mind. Call us at 1-866-600-5638 to schedule a one-on-one appointment at our local advisory center.

There are more than 44 million people who currently care for family members, friends or neighbors in the U.S. If you are one of these people, we want to thank you and wish you a happy holiday.

We’d Love to Hear from You!

If you have questions about anything covered in this post, please comment below, call our Client Services team at 1-877-222-1942 or email us at

If you are not yet a RetireMEDiQ client and have questions about what these changes may mean  as you approach retirement, contact our team of Benefit Advisors at 1-866-600-5638.

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