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Posted on March 22, 2020
Turning 65 means it's time to schedule your appointment with Medicare 411. If you turn 65 in 2020, you have a 7-month Initial Enrollment Period to sign up for Part A and/or Part B. This period starts 3 months BEFORE the month you turn 65 and ends 3 months AFTER the month you turn 65. Call us at 815-329-6937 to get all your questions answered and schedule your appointment to enroll today.
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Our office is closed, but we are working remotely. You don't have to cancel since we can handle most appointments over the phone. If you have an appointment with a Medicare 411 Translator, please give us a call at 815-329-6937 so we can complete your application over the phone.Or call us to set an appointment and make sure you're getting the most out of Medicare!#SocialDistancing #StayWell #Covid19
March 27, 2020
Protect yourself from Medicare Fraud. Be wary of unsolicited requests for your Medicare number or other personal information. In some cases, they might tell you they'll send you a Coronavirus test, masks, or other items in exchange for your Medicare number or personal information. Always guard your Medicare card like a credit card and check your Medicare claims summary forms for errors. Only give your Medicare number to participating Medicare pharmacists, primary and specialty care doctors, or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf. Remember, Medicare will never call you to ask for or check your Medicare number. And never hesitate to reach out with any questions. We are here to help. 815-329-6937
March 23, 2020
In an effort to further reduce the spread of COVID-19, our receptionist, Val, is working remotely at home. If you've left us a message, expect a returned call soon. We also have advised our agents to practice social distancing along with proper hand-washing and to avoid face to face appointments. You DON'T have to cancel since we can do most of our appointments over the phone. If you have an appointment with a Medicare 411 Translator, please give us a call so we can complete your application over the phone.Need to set up an appointment? Give us a call today for a phone call appointment at 815-329-6937!#SocialDistancing #StayWell #Covid19
March 18, 2020
May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
March 17, 2020
Like so many of you, we have spent the last several days learning about Covid-19, also known as the Coronavirus. As many of you already know, we care very deeply about the health and well being of our customers, our employees, and our community. We are taking the following precautions which are recommended by WHO (World Health Organization) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control):Washing our hands with soap and water several times daily; Using hand sanitizer between each customer interaction; wiping down surfaces and door handles with an approved disinfectant. We have also made it a requirement for our employees to stay home and to contact their health care provider at the first sign of illness. We also encourage our customers and all potential visitors to employ the same practices in order to minimize possible contamination in our community. Please know that we are taking Covid-19 extremely seriously, and we are actively taking steps to reduce the spread of this virus. Should any of our employees acquire Covid-19, they will be quarantined at home or in a medical facility. If an employee has had contact with an infected person, they will be required to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days without symptoms.You must know that we are taking these steps to keep our customers and our employees healthy. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call our store at 815-329-6937. Check out the link for more information on steps that you can take to reduce your risk:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html#Coronavirus #StayHealthy #RiskReduction #DontPanicPrepare
March 16, 2020
Thanks to its mild flavor and easy-to-work-with texture, cauliflower goes great with so many dishes. It can shine front and center or take the place of high-calorie starches. There are just 25 calories and 5 grams of carbs in one cup. Plus, it contains glucosinolates, which may prevent cancer and are bursting with health benefits. It has a lot of vitamin C, which can do everything from lower your cholesterol and improve blood flow to help control your blood sugar. It’s also a good source of vitamin K, which strengthens bones and clots your blood. And it’s both high in fiber and folate, a B vitamin with antioxidants
March 13, 2020
With the weather warming up, be sure to head outside. Researcher Richard Ryan says that "often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature." Spending time outside, surrounded by nature, can increase your energy levels. Fresh air has also shown to help digest food more effectively, improve blood pressure and heart rate, and strengthen the immune system. So, dress in layers and head outside each day!
March 7, 2020
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Reader Mary Jo writes, “I have gotten two phone calls recently from someone stating they are from the Social Security Administration, and that they are putting a lien on my social security check because my social security card was found at a crime scene. Both times they left a message on my answering machine, and I did not call back because I figured this was a scam. My question is, have you heard of this or any other type of phone scams that we should be watching out for?” Mary Jo, that is a great question, and good for you screening your calls.Medicare and the Social Security Administration DO NOT CALL you. They will send you mail if they need to communicate with you and while scammers are always finding new ways to prey on us, the use of the federal Medicare program and the Social Security Administration names are not new. The use of the government names in the phone scam is to try and scare you enough to get personal identifying information that they can sell to others to use to take your identity or to create Medicare fraud.General rule of thumb is to never give any of that type of information to anyone you did not initiate contact with, and the new unique Medicare ID number is an effort to try and make it more difficult for this type of illegal activity. Your doctor’s office and your insurance agent legitimately need this information, however, other than providers that you have selected, you should not share your Medicare ID or Social Security number and certainly not over the phone.Until next month, dear readers, stay warm and stay well!
March 5, 2020
Use it or lose it! As we age, learning mentally demanding skills are likely to improve cognitive function. Studies show that it is important to get out and do something unfamiliar and intellectually challenging. Skills such as photography and quilting were shown to improve memory skills and potentially slow the rate at which the brain ages! What brain-stimulating activity are you looking forward to trying?
March 4, 2020
Applying for Medicare can be confusing, and if you are becoming eligible this year, we can help. At Medicare 411, we're here to help you in choosing the plan, and supplemental plans that best meet your individual needs. Call us at 815-329-6937 to schedule an appointment today!
March 2, 2020
Annual checkups, even when feeling healthy, are crucial to assessing health. These checkups help identify risks of future problems, encourage a healthier lifestyle, provide the opportunity to update any vaccinations, and screen for any health issues you may be having at the moment. The article below explains the annual tests that may be necessary as we get older.https://www.verywellhealth.com/your-annual-checkup-2966782
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As we age, it's essential to maintain our strength and energy. The article below discusses how to pack the needed nutrients into each day through healthy eating! Click the link to read more! https://www.livestrong.com/article/294254-quick-nutritious-meals-for-the-elderly/
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