Medicare Updates with Danielle Roberts_080

Danielle Roberts
Medicare Expert and Co-Founder
Boomer Benefits

Medicare is the US National Healthcare program for people over 65. It’s comprised of two parts: A & B, which cover ~80% of costs. The rest is filled in with things called Part C, D, and Medigap, which are supplements you can sign up for during the yearly election period. There are lots of things to consider when making decisions about these moving parts. Because making the wrong choices can cost you money.

The annual election period runs from October 15th to December 7th. Medicare recipients receive information in the mail a few weeks prior to this period. There is also a lot of commercial attention on the TV.

Danielle Roberts is a medicare insurance expert and is going to help us understand how it all works. She first appeared on engAGING Conversations last year, on episode 031, so I encourage you to listen to that episode too. This is a complicated system. It pays to do your homework.

Listen to today’s episode to learn:

  • When you need to sign up for Medicare
  • What the Annual notice of change is and why you need to pay attention to it
  • What the different parts of the Medicare Program are
  • Things to consider when choosing your plan
  • Why you should consider a prescription drug plan even if you don’t take prescription drugs
  • What Medicare does not cover

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The Hard Work is Over and Yet It’s Just Begun

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Wow. I’ve been working on launching a podcast for about eight months. Yesterday I did just that. I’ve pushed through the fear, the procrastination, the uncertainty, and the plain not having a clue about how to do something and I did it. And I’m proud of myself!

So now what? I’m taking a day (sort of) to rest on my laurels and regroup. It’s been A LOT of work. Part of me is breathing a sigh of relief. Good, bad, or ugly (and I think it’s a little of all those things) my podcast is out there. The other part of me knows the hard work continues. I need to continue to research topics, seek out guests to talk with, schedule interviews, edit, publish, and upload. Lather, rinse, repeat. And it will get easier, and I will get better.

I’ve been an RN for 34 years. I am no stranger to hard work. This work feels enjoyable and necessary. And infinitely easier in so many ways to the hands on care I have provided thousands of people in my career. But still  hugely important. And necessary.

My long term goal is to make a difference for our aging population and the people who care for them. The topic is tough. I think I’m going to ruffle some feathers and put some people off.  Oh well. I’ve been doing that for years, why should I stop now? I’m about to start a revolution!

I don’t have the answers. I’m here to bring awareness to the struggles people face and try to come up with some alternative solutions. If you have topics you would like to hear about please leave suggestions in the comments section below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast, like, and leave a review!

Here are the links to the first 3 episodes, enjoy!

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A Conversation with My Sister, Susan Shelor_002

Self Care for the Care Giver with Dori Martin_003