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  • Focus on keeping your vision clear
    Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can cause permanent vision loss and blindness. Some forms of glaucoma don’t have any symptoms, so you may still have glaucoma even if you don’t have any trouble seeing or feel any pain. If you find a…
    - 11 days ago, 11 Jan 18, 5:01am -
  • Find cervical cancer early—get screened
    Over 12,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. Early treatment is key, and fortunately, it’s one of the easiest female cancers to detect. Medicare covers Pap tests, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) tests (as part of Pap…
    - 20 days ago, 2 Jan 18, 5:01am -
  • Stop the flu before it stops you
    Flu season is back, which means it’s time to protect yourself and loved ones by getting a free flu shot. Flu viruses change from year to year, so it’s important to get a flu shot each flu season. It’s free for people with Medi…
    - 49 days ago, 4 Dec 17, 2:15pm -
  • Wear your red ribbon – Support World AIDS Day
    Did you know that 40,000 people are diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. each year? Of the 1.1 million people currently living with HIV in the U.S., 1 in 7 don’t even know they have it. Medicare covers HIV screenings for people with Medicare 1…
    - 52 days ago, 1 Dec 17, 5:01am -
  • Medicare Open Enrollment: time’s running out
    Medicare Open Enrollment ends next week on December 7. If you’ve been thinking about changing your Medicare coverage, now is the time to act. You may already know you have choices in how you get Medicare hospital, medical, and prescription dru…
    - 55 days ago, 28 Nov 17, 5:01am -
  • Make life easier: set up automatic premium payments
    Most Medicare Prescription Drug Plans charge a monthly fee that varies by plan. This fee is called a premium. You pay this in addition to the Medicare Part B premium. Did you know that you can have this premium automatically deducted from your monthl…
    - 62 days ago, 21 Nov 17, 5:01am -
  • It’s always time to quit tobacco
    Smoking tobacco can cause many health problems, including heart disease, respiratory diseases, and lung cancer —the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Close to 40 million people in the U.S. still smoke tobacco, but quitting can help pre…
    - 67 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 5:00am -
  • COPD – Learn more, breathe better
    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of diseases that cause breathing problems, like emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. People with COPD are more likely to have difficulty walking or climbing stairs, be unable to work, and…
    - 68 days ago, 14 Nov 17, 9:31pm -
  • Saving money on health care costs: Extra Help
    If you have limited income and resources, you may qualify for Medicare’s Extra Help program. You might be able to get help paying your Medicare drug plan’s monthly premiums, yearly deductibles, and prescription copayments. Drug costs in…
    - 69 days ago, 14 Nov 17, 5:01am -
  • Know when to use antibiotics
    It’s that time again—flu season! If you get sick, antibiotics won’t always help you. If you get a cold or flu, antibiotics could do more harm than good. That’s because these are viral infections, and antibiotics only…
    - 70 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 5:01am -