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What If I Missed the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period?

Monday, December 12th, 2011

On the December 2011 edition of Medicare Minutes, we will discuss some options for those who may have missed this year's Medicare annual enrollment period. Don't fear... you may still be able to enroll or change plans.


Medicaid Matters!

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Obviously here at Medicare Minutes we talk a lot about Medicare and its importance to so many of our country's older and disabled people.  Something people might overlook, though, is that the MediCAID program is equally important.  And Medicaid matters to Medicare beneficiaries, too.


Medicare Secondary Payer Issues

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

In this episode of Medicare Minutes we take a look at some issues surrounding the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Program, which seeks to that Medicare doesn not pay for services resulting form injury that should be paid for by another source.

For more information on the MSP program, see our topic page,


25 years of Advocacy, and Hope for 25 More

Friday, April 29th, 2011

In April 2011, the Center for Medicare Advocacy celebrates 25 years of advocating for, and on behalf of, older people and people with disabilities who rely on Medicare.  And despite constant challenges, there is reason to be hopeful for Medicare's future.


Health Care Reform - By the Numbers

Friday, October 15th, 2010

This month we're happy to present some details on the new health care reform law and its effects.  So sit back and listen to some health care reform facts, by the numbers.


Income-Related Medicare Premiums

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

This month we will discuss income-related premiums in Medicare parts B and D.


Visitation Rights for Patients

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Visiting a companion, friend or loved one in the hospital seems like a simple and ordinary act of kindness, doesn't it?  But such visits have been anything but simple for many loved ones.


The Medicare Part D $250 Rebate Check

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Relief from the Medicare Part D "donut hole" gets started this month, June of 2010, when Medicare begins sending out the $250 rebate checks that you may have heard about.


Medicare Part B Premium: Who Pays What, and Why?

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

One of the topics we are most frequently asked questions about is the Medicare Part B premium.  This has been particularly true since the Part B premium became related to a beneficiary's income.  In 2010 additional complications arose from the so-called "hold harmless" provision.  This edition of Medicare Minutes will discuss this provision, who it affects, who it doesn’t affect, and what it does to premiums in general.


Medicare for People with Chronic Conditions

Monday, March 8th, 2010

On our March, 2010 edition of Medicare Minutes, we will discuss Medicare coverage for people with long-term, or chronic conditions.

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