News to Use for Agents in the Senior Market
A Publication of Senior Marketing Specialists
Week of January 2, 2017
The New 2017 Medicare Costs Sheet is Now Available!
This helpful sheet lists the key Medicare amounts for 2017. It includes the Part A and B premiums, deductibles and copay amounts as well as the high income premiums for both Part B and D.
Why is this important? This is a great reference piece for you, as an agent, to keep handy for reference or to use as a handout for your client meetings.
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Why is this important? The image you portray to your prospects and clients builds you as a brand. Having the right “brand” helps build the awareness of what you offer in a consistent, professional manner.
No Cost Yearly Wellness Visit
If you’ve had Part B for longer than 12 months, you can get this visit to develop or update a personalized prevention help plan. This plan is designed to help prevent disease and disability based on your current health and risk factors. Your provider will ask you to fill out a questionnaire, called a “Health Risk Assessment,” as part of this visit. Answering these questions can help you and your provider develop a personalized prevention plan to help you stay healthy and get the most out of your visit. It can also include:
- A review of your medical and family history
- Developing or updating a list of current providers and prescriptions
- Height, weight, blood pressure, and other routine measurements
- Detection of any cognitive impairment
- Personalized health advice
- A list of risk factors and treatment options for you
- A screening schedule (like a checklist) for appropriate preventive services. Get details about coverage for screenings, shots, and other preventive services.
- Advance Care Planning
This visit is covered once every 12 months (11 full months must have passed since the last visit).
Find out more details here: https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/preventive-visit-and-yearly-wellness-exams.html
Why is this important? Helping your clients stay healthy and get the most benefit from the Medicare program is a key part of being an effective advisor.
How is Medicare Funded?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is the federal agency that runs the Medicare Program. Medicare is paid for through 2 trust fund accounts held by the U.S. Treasury. These funds can only be used for Medicare. They are the Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund and Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Fund. You can find out more about these funds on Medicare.gov here: https://www.medicare.gov/about-us/how-medicare-is-funded/medicare-funding.html
Why is this important? In 2017 you will no doubt hear many discussions about reshaping the Medicare program. Being familiar with the funding will help you to understand the impact of changes Congress may propose.
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