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Health Care

Medicare went into effect 48 years ago on July 1, 1966. Earlier that same year, Medicare workers went door to door trying to get seniors to sign up. Medicare was not the cornerstone then that it is today and people did not know whether it was going to work for the long haul.

What is a High Pollution Advisory?

A High Pollution Advisory is a public warning from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) that the outside air in a particular part of the state is expected to contain a pollutant or multiple pollutants in an amount exceeding federal health standards.

Health-e-Arizona is an on-line application for Arizona residents.  You can apply for medical coverage, Nutrition Assistance (Food Stamps), and cash assistance. You can use Health-e-Arizona even if you have applied before or are currently receiving benefits.


Why Do We Need New Cards?

In 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.  The Act required the Federal Government to stop using social security numbers as identifiers on Medicare cards.  Growing awareness of the dramatic increase in identity theft and fraud scams prompted Congress to legislate this change.  When your social security number is on your Medicare card, every employee of every health care provider, lab, and pharmacy you use has the key to your identity and financial life. That also goes for health information processing centers. The hope is the new Medicare cards will eliminate thieves using Medicare cards for identity theft.

Every year those of us on Medicare and Social Security wait to find out what changes the federal government will make for the following year.  Here is a run down of what you can expect for 2017.  This discussion applies only to those individuals who have Original Medicare. It does not apply to those with Medicare Advantage plans.

Medigap is supplemental health insurance that can help pay some of the expenses that are not covered by Medicare. For example, it may cover co-payments or some additional costs for a prolonged stay in a skilled nursing facility. As of 2006, new Medigap policies cannot, however, offer prescription drug coverage. Medicare now handles such coverage. (See the Medicare article on this webite)

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