ElderCarelink Blog

Medicare open enrollment: review your elder’s plan today

by Carol Bursack
November 11th, 2011 at 11:49 am

In March, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. Designed to improve the health care system, the Affordable Care Act is designed to increase access to health coverage and provide new protections for individuals who currently have health insurance. Under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare open enrollment period this year is taking place between October 15 and December 7.

With the enrollment window quickly closing, now is the time to review your loved one’s current plan to see if any changes or updates are required.

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Medicare is reaching out to caregivers – Part 4 of 4

by Carol Bursack
April 26th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Our nation’s caregivers, the very people who save millions of government dollars by providing care for their aging loved ones, are making a mark on the national conscience. One example of this recognition is that Ask Medicare, part of Medicare.gov, is asking for more of our stories. That’s right. The second most popular link on Ask Medicare is the link to caregiver’s stories.

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Medicare is reaching out to caregivers – Part 3 of 4

by Carol Bursack
April 22nd, 2011 at 9:00 am

Many people have written to ask me about benefits eligibility for their elders. Most of these individuals are simply trying to ensure their elders are receiving all due benefits, but  some people have specific needs in mind. Generally, when asked, I’ll suggest that they visit the BenefitsCheckUp site.

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Medicare is reaching out to caregivers – Part 2 of 4

by Carol Bursack
April 21st, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Numerous individuals contact me because they are at a loss about how to help their parents who live in other cities or states. The adult children are unable, because of jobs and family responsibilities, to move closer to their aging parents, while the aging parents don’t want to move closer to their children because they are happy in their familiar community. However, problems can arise if the elder’s health starts to fail. Often, the adult children do not know who to contact in order to get their parents help. In situations like this, one of the resources I suggest is the Eldercare Locator. Read more »

Medicare is reaching out to caregivers – Part 1 of 4

by Carol Bursack
April 15th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Recently, I was given a pre-launch tour of the newly updated Medicare & caregiver site created by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) called “Ask Medicare.” The site is so impressive that I feel it deserves a series of posts to explore it more fully. Read more »