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Most of us will eventually have Medicare, and you probably have a family member or friend who is currently a Medicare beneficiary. There is a lot to learn about these vital benefits, and I will use my 10 years of experience working with Medicare beneficiaries to teach you how it works.
 
Helping you navigate, understand and properly enroll into the Best Medicare Insurance Plan. He knows how to make Medicare Supplement Plans and Medicare Advantage plans work for you. With more than thirty years of experience, Tracy McManamon answers all of your Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement Insurance questions. Free Expert Consultations exclusively to Podcast listeners by calling 877-549-1212. OneSourceBenefits.com
 
How much would you pay out-of-pocket for a five day hospital stay on Medicare? The majority of people have no idea! The problem with Medicare is there is too much information. An overwhelming amount of information and not enough resources. Medicare Nation solves that problem by educating you about all the things you want to know about Medicare, but are afraid to ask. This podcast will educate you about the components of Medicare, the different categories of Medicare Plans and Medicare benefi ...
 
Who needs Medicare help? Everybody! Financial advisors do. CPAs do. People approaching age 65 do. People over age 65 do. Right, we have a lot of work to do! We bring you real stories and real suggestions so that you can make the best Medicare decisions possible for you and your family. Need more help? Call us at 248-871-7756 and our friendly and helpful advisors can help further. Also visit our website for educational content. www.bhgvault.com
 
Changes to the Medicare payment system are on the horizon, and physicians around the country are wondering how the new Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) will impact their practices. This series from the American Medical Association provides an inside look at what’s to come and what physicians can do now to prepare for the transition to MACRA. Hear from industry experts and physician leaders about their experiences with new payment models, quality reporting and more. Sponso ...
 
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This is episode 56, “How Medicare For All Would Benefit People With Disabilities and the LGBTQIA Community.” My guest, Rosie Bean, has been politically engaged from an early age. They are a part of the LGBTQIA community and a disabled individual. This has made the fight for justice personal for Rosie. They started out as a moderate liberal Democrat…
 
An insurance company position paper suggests that agents steer customers to Plan N as the the rates for Plan G respond to upward pressure. Completely ignored is the best money-saver in the business: HDG! (Most severe critic: A) Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Return to leave a short cust…
 
We discuss Biden’s American Families Plan proposal, which Biden unveiled in his first State of the Union address last week (spoiler: it’s rather underwhelming) and the industry lobbying that made it happen. Then we discuss the proposal to expand Medicare that came from Reps and Senators – both progressives and moderates – and what it may signify in…
 
Among the take-aways is that we are all separate individuals in the Medicare world. Husbands and wives may find themselves with different supplement plans from different companies. However, watch out for the salesman who insists that you buy a drug plan from your Medicare Supplement insurance company. Insist on a search for the least expensive plan…
 
This can't be said too often: High Deductible Plan G (HDG) is a terrific value for all but the most chronically ill Medicare participants. Unless there is a year of unusually large Medical bills, the premium cost is very low and offers substantial savings over the cost of regular Plan G. (Most severe critic: A) Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MA…
 
In addition to resolving political disputes, MLM has contracted with a service to provide an overall letter grade for each episode. Also, we dip into the MLM Mailbag to find that Drew, in Texas, is seeking guidance in anticipation of his 65th birthday. His relationship with MLM comes to a sad conclusion. (Most severe critic: B) Inspired by "MEDICAR…
 
Signing up for Part B was just a little more confusing than Steve expected it to be. He and I were able to put our heads together and figure it out, starting at minute 8:00. Afterwards, Randy described his efforts to negotiate a reasonably priced inhaler from the prescription drug cartel he is forced to deal with. (Most severe critic: A) Inspired b…
 
Hint, most of these mistakes seem to involve wasting money. The fun starts at minute 8:00! (Most severe critic: A-) Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Return to leave a short customer review & help future readers. Official website: https://www.MedicareForTheLazyMan.com Send questions & love…
 
This is episode 55, "Racism Is a Public Health Threat." My guest, Ronald Wyatt, MD, is a board-certified Internist and practiced medicine for over twenty years in St. Louis, Missouri, and Huntsville, Alabama. He was the first Black chief resident at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Wyatt co-chairs the Institute for Healthcare Impr…
 
To get out of this pickle he must be interrogated by a government functionary and do a mess of paperwork. We answered some other MLM mailbag questions, but nothing this problematic! (Most severe critic: C+) Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Return to leave a short customer review & help fu…
 
Those who are stuck with Medicare Advantage plans have some work to do at year's end.... every year! Start taking notes at minute 13:00. On the other hand, you won't need to worry about any of this stuff if you take the advice of Medicare for the Lazy Man! (Most severe critic: C+) Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Eve…
 
We dip into the MLM Mailbag and come up with correspondence from three readers/listeners who have concerns about the consequences of their Medicare enrollment. However, we start the episode by welcoming little Asher Carson Stein to the MLM family! We expect to put him to work just as soon as his baby blue headset arrives. (Most severe critic: B) In…
 
An idle question leads to an examination of some of the reasons advantage plans have ensnared hoards of unsuspecting enrollees. Most are never told that once they have abandoned the more desirable Medicare Supplements, a decline in health may permanently eliminate this option for them. From the MLM Mailbag: the wife of a valued client is forced to …
 
We talk with Ben Palmquist from Partners for Dignity & Rights about a new anti-single payer bill in the Florida state legislature that would require a two-thirds supermajority to pass a single payer bill in the state. We segue into a larger conversation about the various opposition groups that have sprung up against Medicare for All and how the Flo…
 
Plans can influence the life spans of their enrollees, but most shoppers do not have enough information to choose the best ones. A single determinant is most critical: the price of the plan. The serious Medicare action starts at minute 13:45. Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Return to lea…
 
Plus, Steve asks about employee leasing companies? Are they still out there? The serious MLM Mailbag readings start at minute 10:00. Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Return to leave a short customer review & help future readers. Official website: https://www.MedicareForTheLazyMan.com Send…
 
One of the few Medicare questions to be answered with a question mark. Leave it to Dominick Regina to stump the expert while demanding an episode index! The early minutes are spent addressing other problems, such as an indecisive high school reunion committee and the lovely Daniella dodging a direct request for the expected release date for our aud…
 
This is episode 54, “Getting a State Medical Society to Support Medicare for All.” My guest, Jane Katz Field, MD, is a retired pediatrician. She has been a Clinical Instructor in pediatrics at the University of Vermont School of Medicine and a clinical instructor or professor at other medical schools. In addition, Dr. Katz Field has worked for the …
 
Has your health deteriorated to the point where you cannot qualify for a more affordable plan? Don't despair, there is one sure-fire solution for you! The solution appears after16 minutes of free association about subjects like Dr. Michael DeBakey and the best use for his famous clamp. Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guid…
 
We review several news items pertaining to turnover in the business (including a Part D plan going defunct). First we break out the party hats and noisemakers for a "welcome" extravaganza to commemorate the arrival of little Nora Laine McMillin on April 6th, 2021! Congratulations Magda & Drew! Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easi…
 
In January, the Campaign for New York Health made single payer history in the United States: the bill secured the support of a majority of co-sponsors in both chambers of the New York State legislature. Campaign organizers Ursula Rozum and YuLing Koh Hsu join us to discuss how NY got here and the very real chance to win Medicare for all at the stat…
 
What happens to your Medicare participation if you return to the USA after years in a foreign country? Will your Medicare Supplement need to be replaced if you move from the frozen northeast to warm and balmy Florida? Join us for a marathon trek through the MLM Mailbag today! Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2…
 
After a spirited discussion of Indian casinos and Alaskan oil dividends, at minute 14 we turn to the MLM mailbag. Correspondent Tim is trying to decide whether to stay on his wife's expensive group plan that pays for treatment at Mayo. His alternative is to enroll in less expensive Medicare and a supplement but lose the access to Mayo services. Wha…
 
Why Obamacare, of course, as I explain in answer to a question from the MLM mailbag! When it was a free market everyone paid less. We'll get there at minute 14 after I describe one of the three evenings I spent hanging around with The Beatles. Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Return to le…
 
If you haven't guessed the culprit by now, go back to Episode 1 and listen again for the oft-used word "disadvantage". Also, Randy is going to avoid family fireworks by dodging holiday gatherings. You see, his nephew is a budding insurance agent who sole his own mother a Medicare Advantage plan. Trouble on the horizon! Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE…
 
This is episode 53, "Health Disparities in the US Before And After the Pandemic." My guest, Monica Maalouf, MD, is a primary care internist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. She went to medical school at the University of Minnesota and completed her residency training at New York University School of Medicine…
 
For the first 10 minutes I describe my father's favorite recreational activities, including pulling weeds and testing customer treatment at various Ford dealerships in the area. Then I describe the symptoms many of us have felt after completing the second injection of Moderna, including a fever, lethargy and some temporary "brain fog". In the "I to…
 
Rep. Pramila Jayapal re-introduced the Medicare for All bill last week with a record 112 original cosponsors – up now to 114. We talk about surprise sign-ons, powerful stories from the cosponsoring Reps, the first national endorsement of a hospital CEO, and the epic organizing effort that got us to this stage! Show Notes Representative Pramila Jaya…
 
Being pursued by a lynch mob of demanding customers renews one's sense of accomplishment and feeling of self-worth. Share the joy with me at starting at minute 12:30! We start and finish the episode with the usual "free association" discussion, including the British Invasion of the 1960s and why farm silos can't be made to look more perfectly symme…
 
In order to avoid a tax penalty, do not make a deposit to your HSA while participating in any part of Medicare. Take it from me, you should also stay away from flat beer! Prepare for some MLM Mailbag items starting at minute 8:15. Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Return to leave a short c…
 
The first 13 minutes of this episode illustrate the difference between a cultured professional expert server of traditional Irish Guinness and a ham-fisted American beer swiller too cheap to give up the contents of a half-barrel with an overdue deposit. Bonus question: Who got snookered in the lease deal between Arthur Guinness and the City of Dubl…
 
We’re joined by Stephanie Kang, Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s Health Policy Director, to discuss the upcoming 2021 Medicare for All bill, which will be shortly reintroduced in Congress. Kang also discusses changes made to the membership rules of the Progressive Caucus, and the most effective way to lobby your legislator during COVID! Show Notes We are exc…
 
A reading from Chapter 9 of the 2021 edition of Medicare for the Lazy Man as we enjoy the first ever MLM field trip! Celebrating St. Paddy's Day, Randy introduces me to uniquely Irish customs, like drinking Guinness in the morning, listening to barking poodles and passing aircraft. Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ev…
 
Watch out! A sudden event can change your health and remove any options you once had to improve your protection and reduce your costs. This and other interesting items from the MLM Mailbag hit the microphone starting at minute 4:00. Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Return to leave a short…
 
Between passes from the 2-cycle power tools I dip into the MLM Mailbag for some actual Medicare content. This all starts at minute 10:30. Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Return to leave a short customer review & help future readers. Official website: https://www.MedicareForTheLazyMan.com…
 
This is episode 52, “How We Can Meet the Mental Health Needs of Children and Adolescents.” My guest, Claire Cohen, MD, is an African-American psychiatrist who specializes in children and adolescents, and has practiced in Pittsburgh since 1984. She did her General Psychiatry Residency at the University of Chicago. Dr. Cohen then moved to Pittsburgh …
 
An expert predicts a dire future for the Medicare Trust Fund if taxes don't rise and payments to doctors don't decline. Haven't we heard this before? The bad news starts at minute 4:30. The Drew McMillin family prepares to take in a roomer next month AND my friend Seamus Carney's massive bony feet fascinate doctors at the Army induction center! Ins…
 
Hard to believe but experts like us can actually make it all fit! Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Return to leave a short customer review & help future readers. Official website: https://www.MedicareForTheLazyMan.com Send questions & love notes: DBJ@MLMMailbag.com…
 
....spend the first 12 minutes getting ready to start the work at hand. Then I delve into the MLM Mailbag. A question about how desirable Plan N would be is answered briskly. Also, the short list of nosy questions I must ask before being able to provide an accurate Medicare Supplement premium quote. I neglected to mention asking about any roommates…
 
Those who have only a temporary need or who can tolerate a limited level of protection might take a look at short-term health insurance. In fact, this could be a good choice for healthy people closing in on Medicare eligibility. At minute 8:00 we "get after it"! Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazo…
 
At minute 8:00 we discover that no, enrolling in Part A when you turn age 65 will only be a mistake if your medical plan allows for tax deductible HSA deposits. There was also some discussion of HSAs vs. FSAs for those who are curious about such things. Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Re…
 
In the House, we have about half of the cosponsors we need to pass Medicare for All. Democrats who are not currently cosponsors (and constitute the other half we need to win) represent districts that are whiter and wealthier than the districts we’ve already won. What does this mean for our movement and how do we organize in this next phase? Show No…
 
Listen to the long list of freebies that Medicare will provide. The goal is to catch potential medical problems before they become serious. The episode begins with a sneaky engineer who started recording earlier than usual... without warning anyone! Thanks a lot, Randy! Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" …
 
Medicare Supplement High Deductible Plan G will almost always provide big monthly premium savings over regular Plan G and even over the newly promoted Plan N. Agents won't volunteer it until you demand to hear about it. Why? Because there is very little commission money in it for them! Jump to minute 14:45 unless you'd like to eavesdrop on our rand…
 
This is episode 51, “Public Option, Unions, Obligation, Part 2.“ My guest, James McGee, has spent his career in and around collectively bargained benefit plans, especially health care plans. He has primarily worked on union benefit plans, which are technically known as Taft-Hartley plans. Mr. McGee recently retired after 17 years working for the Tr…
 
For today's episode I dig deep into the MLM Mailbag, withdrawing a stack of correspondence. I then proceed to attack this correspondence in reverse date order, answering questions and sewing seeds of confusion throughout the podcast. Inspired by "MEDICARE FOR THE LAZY MAN; Simplest & Easiest Guide Ever! (2021)" on Amazon.com. Return to leave a shor…
 
Peace of mind or saving lots of money; how does one make the best choice? For some, the decision process is a real struggle, even though the worst-case risk is very limited. We breeze through it starting at minute 8:00. Read more in Chapter 8: The Best Kept Secret in Medicare! Welcome to Randy's first episode since getting the virus on New Years Ev…
 
The eye candy visible from the studio windows offered a powerful distraction to this junior podcaster. Difficult as it was to stay on point, I still managed to address several items from the MLM Mailbag, starting at about minute 8:30. Note: The Wuhan Flu paid a visit to the MLM production staff in late December, shortly after this episode was recor…
 
One important lesson to take away from Episode 146: If the Feds try to nail you with an IRMAA and the high income year was a fluke or one time event, grab the proper form (I can help with that) and file an appeal! In addition to the Medicare content (which starts at 6:00) I remind listeners that announcer Drew McMillin is on track to becoming a fat…
 
This is episode 50, “Public Option, Unions, Obligation, Part 1.“ My guest, James McGee, has spent his career in and around collectively bargained benefit plans, especially health care plans. He has primarily worked on union benefit plans, which are technically known as Taft-Hartley plans. Mr. McGee recently retired after 17 years working for the Tr…
 
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