Review health care plans

QUESTION:  I am attempting to help several older members of my family with their health care coverage and trying to understand various concepts such as Medicare fee-for-service, original Medicare, health maintenance organization plans, Senior Advantage plans, and Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D. Can you help? ANSWER: This is an excellent [...]

By |2018-09-18T00:45:27+00:00October 18th, 2017|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

As parents age, denial sets in for adult kids

In my conversations with home-care agencies, residentialcare facilities and hands-on family caregivers, I hear an almost universal challenge: family members who are in denial about their senior loved one’s mental, physical or emotional health.  “Dad has never been violent,” says the son whose father with dementia punched the female caregiver in the chest. “I visited [...]

By |2018-09-18T00:45:27+00:00October 5th, 2017|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

It’s open enrollment time

QUESTION: If I remember correctly, it is about this time of year that Medicare has its annual open enrollment. Can you provide the dates? ANSWER:  Medicare annual open enrollment will start Oct. 15 and run through Dec. 7. During this period, you can change the coverage you have from Medicare-fee-for-service (also known as Original Medicare) [...]

By |2018-07-19T22:37:31+00:00October 4th, 2017|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments