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Do I have to make my Medicare changes before the end of the year?

Do I have to make my Medicare changes before the end of the year?
BY IRENE C. CARD and BETSY CHANDLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE

For the last two weeks, our telephone lines have been ringing non-stop with people on Medicare asking me, "Do I have to make changes now?  My friend said I have to make a change before the end of the year"!

Friends are what make bad days bearable.  Friends are there when we need them.

Poems, essays, and even books have been written about the value of friends.  A true friend is always well meaning when advice or guidance is given, but in our office we see what can happen when you get advice from a friend who may be misinformed.   Be wary of well-intentioned friends bearing advice on a subject about which they know little or nothing.

You do not have to change your Medicare supplement (also known as Medigap).  There is no such thing as "open enrollment" for your Medigap policies.  You can change your Medigap policy any time you wish but you certainly do not have to.  Many people are calling because of the changes the government made to Medicare supplements effective June 1, 2010. Some of the supplements are less expensive than the policies issued prior to June 1st.

 

How to choose a nursing home: Staff longevity equals happier residents

How to choose a nursing home: Staff longevity equals happier residents
BY CAROL ABAYA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THE SANDWICH GENERATION

Question: We can no longer keep my mother, 90, at home and are looking at nursing homes. We also have a problem with my father, 92, who is u...

Gov. Christie doesn’t want New Jersey medical marijuana to be like California and Colorado

Gov. Christie doesn’t want New Jersey medical marijuana to be like California and Colorado
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Gov. Chris Christie wants to keep his proposed medical marijuana rules as strict as possible, despite increased pressure from New Jersey lawmakers to lighten up.

The gov...

Gifts should be what elders love

Gifts should be what elders love
BY CAROL ABAYA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THE SANDWICH GENERATION

Question: I took my father, 74, shopping and all he wanted was red print or bright green shirts. He's too old for such colors. How can I ge...

Avoid the holiday weight gain

Avoid the holiday weight gain
BY ROD SILVA

The word "holidays" often conjure up images of cakes and pies, and stuffing yourself with turkey and all the trimmings. According to the National Institutes of Health, the average American...

New Brain Health Institute to focus on autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and auditory aging

New Brain Health Institute to focus on autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and auditory aging

Rutgers partnering with New Jersey's life sciences industry to accelerate research

BY JEFFREY MAY

Rutgers is moving forward on a new research collaborative called the Brain Health Institute (BHI), desig...

PPG Industries agrees to remove chromium waste at highly toxic Jersey City site

PPG Industries agrees to remove chromium waste at highly toxic Jersey City sitePittsburgh-based PPG Industries has committed to excavate and remove hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic chromium-processing wastes and contaminated soil from the site of a former chrome-production...

N.J. Assembly Democrats lead approval of bills to provide $5 million for women's health care

N.J. Assembly Democrats lead approval of bills to provide $5 million for women's health care

Measures move to Senate for consideration

Assembly Democrats provided the votes on Monday to approve two bills that would restore $5 million for women's health care. The governor had vetoed the measure...

Autism drug CM-AT in final testing in New Jersey

Autism drug CM-AT in final testing in New Jersey

New treatment targets symptoms of disorder

BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Latest developments in the battle against autism are happening right in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

The final testing of a new t...

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