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Medicare & You
Are you or someone you know turning 65 or becoming Medicare-eligible? Do you have questions about when and how to enroll? Medicare is the federal health insurance program for:
There are no income requirements to be eligible. Eligible persons are U.S. citizens or resident who has lived in the U.S. for five years.
You should begin looking into Medicare and understanding the coverage at least three months before your 65th birthday or the month you will become eligible.
There are two ways to get your Medicare A and B benefits, either through Original Medicare or through a Medicare private plan. It is important to understand how your choice can affect the health care you receive.
Each year, insurance companies can make changes that impact your coverage and what you pay for it. With Part D Prescription Drug coverage in particular, a change could mean the difference between paying a few bucks for a prescription and shelling out hundreds each month. For example, your insurance company could drop a drug you take from its formulary — a list of drugs covered in the plan and how the plan covers them — or move it to a different tier.
But often, people will switch to a different Part D Prescription Drug plan thinking they’ll save money because its premium is lower. The cost of one month’s worth of one drug that’s not on your plan’s formulary could exceed an entire year’s worth of your monthly premiums. This is a common mistake, but the plans with the lowest premiums are not always the better financial choice.
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Exercise Tips for Successful Aging
You can age successfully. The more active, healthy, and fit you are now, the better you will feel as you age. Daily exercise is important for your physical and mental health. Many counties have Senior Centers offering classes to encourage healthy living. Exercise helps you think better and improves your mood. Exercises to explore as you age include:
Flexibility and balance exercises.