Being in the hospital in an Observation Status comes as a rude awakening to many seniors. Being placed in a room has always meant you were being admitted. Right? Nope, at best that would be a big maybe. In 2013 it was called the “two-midnight rule” to help clarify defining observation status, but that’s changed. An unintended consequence of this rule and to avoid denial of payments by Medicare for hospital admissions challenged by Medicare
Nearly 60 million consumers are enrolled in some type of Medicare health insurance. That number is expected to grow rapidly, with more than 11,000 Baby Boomers aging into Medicare eligibility each day. For many of these individuals, this is the first time they won’t have an employer giving them access to a health plan. And for those who already have Medicare, they may benefit from understanding their options if they want to switch their coverage.
The mission of the PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources is to improve access to long term services and supports for individuals, their loved ones and caregivers, regardless of age, income, or ability, through an integrated network of partner agencies committed to expanding the use of community based solutions, promoting person centered decision making, and enhancing the quality of services. PA Link provides a myriad of services including: • Person-Centered Counseling (PCC) – Is
Nobody prepares you to watch your loved ones get older. As our lives become busier and more hectic, theirs are slowing down. Health conditions and physical limitations may bring new challenges to them, and they begin to struggle to remain independent. As members of our families age, they have needs that we are going to need to provide, but we may not know how. Families can adapt to these new needs, but they are going
Choosing a Medicare Plan can be overwhelming for most. If you are coming out of a group plan, aging into Medicare, recently moved, on disability or Medicaid or exploring options during Open Enrollment, there are specific plan features to consider. Let’s explore what to do and what NOT to do when reviewing your Medicare plan options. Do NOT go with a plan because it’s your friends’ plan. My first question to a Medicare beneficiary
The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) Area Agency on Aging is home to several programs that assist older adults in maintaining their independence and remaining in their communities. The insurance counseling program called Senior Insurance Assistance is one of these programs. Our trained staff bring more than 30 years of experience in the health insurance field to assist you. Our Senior Insurance Assistance program is also a State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) office,