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ALERT: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Residents—YOUR STIMULUS PAYMENTS BELONG TO YOU!

ALERT: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Residents—YOUR STIMULUS PAYMENTS BELONG TO YOU! Over the past two and a half months, the IRS has sent out more than a million federal “stimulus” payments to New Mexicans.  Authorized by a federal law called the “CARES” Act, these payments are officially called “Economic Impact Payments” (EIPs).  They […]

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ALERT: Medicare Adopts Special Relief for Some Enrollment and Plan Choices; BUT WITH DEADLINES THIS MONTH.

ALERT: Medicare Adopts Special Relief for Some Enrollment and Plan Choices; BUT WITH DEADLINES THIS MONTH. The federal Medicare agency (CMS) recently adopted two types of special relief to help people who wanted to make Part A and B enrollment choices, and/or switch Medicare Advantage Plans, since March, but didn’t do so. They were adopted […]

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ALERT: SOME PEOPLE CAN STILL REQUEST COVID-19 “STIMULUS” PAYMENTS THIS YEAR

ALERT SOME PEOPLE CAN STILL REQUEST COVID-19 “STIMULUS” PAYMENTS THIS YEAR The federal government has been sending payments of $1,200 or more to millions of people over the past several weeks.  They are commonly referred to as “stimulus” payments, but the IRS – which issues them — calls them “Economic Impact Payments” (EIPs).  Most EIPs […]

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Social Security & Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

For timely information go to: https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/  

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Looking for Health Coverage? NM Superintendent of Insurance, partnering with other state agencies, has published valuable guidance on how you can get it.

  LOOKING FOR HEALTH COVERAGE?  The NM Superintendent of Insurance – partnering with other state agencies – has published valuable guidance on how you can get it.  Under the slogan “No matter what, you can get covered,” the materials provide information about available options: through Medicaid, the state’s Health Insurance Exchange (BeWellNM), and the NM […]

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ALERT: Social Security Administration Suspends In-Person Visits and Some Actions; and Warns of a New Scam – All Due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ALERT:  Social Security Administration Suspends In-Person Visits and Some Actions; and Warns of a New Scam – All Due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective March 17, the Social Security Administration (SSA) closed all its local offices to in-person visits by the public (including hearings offices), indefinitely.  Social Security and SSI monthly benefits payments – by […]

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Medicare News: Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, & Supplies (DMEPOS)

MEDICARE NEWS: DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program Suspended For 2 Years Starting 1/1/19; But Difficulties In Accessing DMEPOS Will Remain “DMEPOS,” one of the many important acronyms used in the Medicare program, stands for “Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, & Supplies.”  Medicare covers an extremely broad range of DMEPOS items and supplies — from canes and […]

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MEDICARE NEWS: The annual “Open Enrollment” period has begun, and a new one starts in January; 2019 cost-sharing amounts announced, including a slight increase in Part B premiums.

MEDICARE NEWS:  The annual “Open Enrollment” period has begun, and a new one starts in January; 2019 cost-sharing amounts announced, including a slight increase in Part B premiums. ANNUAL “OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD:  October 15th saw the beginning of what is popularly known as Medicare’s annual “Open Enrollment” period.  This is the time each year when […]

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ALERT: NEW MEDICARE CARDS – WATCH OUT FOR SCAMMERS!

ALERT:  NEW MEDICARE CARDS—WATCH OUT FOR SCAMMERS!! In our March 19th Alert (see below), we reported how the Medicare system has begun issuing new identification cards to all Medicare beneficiaries, by mail, starting in April. The main purpose of the new cards – which will be mailed out over the course of a year – […]

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Current Medicare Developments Updated 12/12/17

MORE CURRENT MEDICARE DEVELOPMENTS 10/23/17: (1) Medicare’s Annual “Open Enrollment” Period is Underway, and Help With Choices Is Available; (2) Equitable Relief extended for Beneficiaries Who Had Medicare and Marketplace Coverage. October 15 marked the beginning of Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment period — the time when all beneficiaries can choose to join, switch, or drop […]

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