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What Is a Medicare Flex Card?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Sep 19, 2023 | 0 Comments

Some Medicare Advantage beneficiaries receive Medicare flex cards, pre-paid debit cards for qualifying expenses, as part of their benefits. The U.S. government does not issue Medicare flex cards. This benefit is only available on select Medicare Advantage plans, a private alternative to Medicare.

Getting Medicare Food Benefits

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Dec 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

Although original Medicare does not offer food benefits, some Medicare Advantage plans provide a grocery allowance or cover meal delivery. Some programs also include nutrition education and cooking classes.

Help Paying for Medicare

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jun 02, 2021 | 0 Comments

Medicare is not free; there are premiums and deductibles. If you don't qualify for Medicaid and can't afford a Medigap policy, you may be able to get help paying for the costs of Medicare.

Beware of "Outpatient" Observation Status

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Sep 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Center for Medicare Advocacy is partnering with the John A. Hartford Foundation to help people caught in the web of “outpatient” Observation Status. According to their infographic available here, a hospital billing classification of "outpatient", sometimes also called "observation status", can result in Medicare patients paying out of pocket for hospital stays, hospital prescriptions and even nursing home care.

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