June Medicare Must-Knows

RetireMEDiQ wants you to be informed on the latest news in the Medicare industry. Every month, we report on recent happenings and explain how your health care may be impacted. Contact our advisors for local help with Medicare questions, enrollment support, and more!

COVID-19 Vaccinations Continue, States Lift Public Health Orders

Ohio

More than 4.6 million Ohioans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, around 39 percent of the state’s population. The total Ohioans who have started their vaccine comes in at around 5.3 million as of June 1, 2021.

Statewide Drawing for Vaccinated Adults

As an incentive for Ohioans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Ohio announced last month it would hold a statewide drawing to reward vaccinated adults. According to the State of Ohio:

“A total of five weekly drawings for each prize will take place, with the first winners being announced on May 26th. Winners must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the date of the respective drawing.”

For vaccinated Ohioans under age 18, the state is also giving away college scholarships. Winners will receive full funding for tuition, room, and board to any of Ohio’s colleges or universities.

Ohio Ends Pandemic Public Health Orders

Additionally, Ohio announced that all statewide public health orders will be lifted on June 2, 2021. This puts an end to public health orders that many have grown accustomed to over the past year, such as:

  • Facial covering protocols
  • Social distancing guidelines
  • Capacity restrictions for indoor and outdoor events

Federal health orders may still apply in facilities such as nursing homes, and businesses can still require customers to wear a facial covering or practice social distancing. We recommend reading the current guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Kentucky

As of June 1, more than 2 million Kentuckians are vaccinated against COVID-19. Kentucky has also lifted its mask mandate in public places for vaccinated individuals, with the exception of:

  • Individuals riding on public transportation (including planes)
  • Anyone in a K-12 educational, preschool, daycare, or other childcare setting
  • Anyone in a health care or long-term care setting

Again, the CDC’s federal health orders may still apply in certain settings, and businesses may still require customers to wear a facial covering.

Indiana

In Indiana, more than 2.5 million Hoosiers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of June 1, 2021. Indiana’s mask mandate expired in April. We recommend following local public health orders as well as CDC guidelines.

Long-Term Care Facilities to Receive Additional Vaccine Resources

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced it would give additional resources to long-term care facilities. These resources will allow facilities to continue vaccinating their residents and staff against COVID-19, as well as offer education, support, and reporting.

In the future, CMS hopes to expand this funding to more congregate care settings, not only long-term care facilities.

June Medicare Webinars From RetireMEDiQ

Every month, our advisors host a series of webinars on the latest Medicare topics. This month, you can attend a free session on the following topics:

  • Medicare 101
  • Retiring Before Age 65? Your Health Coverage Options
  • Masterclass Part 1: Mistakes to Avoid When Enrolling in Medicare
  • Masterclass Part 2: Medicare Mistakes to Avoid if Working Past Age 65

View our June webinars, or see a full list of our current webinars.

You Can Get Local Help With Medicare Questions

Our advisors are here to offer local help with Medicare questions. Whether you’re curious about your eligibility or want help with your current Medicare plan, you have an expert in your corner. Schedule a call with us to get started.

Already a RetireMEDiQ client? Call 1-877-222-1942 to connect with your advisor team.

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