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Your Healthy Community: Healthcare Today, Medicare, and You (Part 2)

Oct. 18, 2013 at 5:18 a.m.


By Katie Sciba

Her smile is great, and I have to admit that she is one of my favorite patients. Even though she gets stressed about aging and health problems, she maintains a sense of humor along with it.

The last time I was at her house, she touched my arm and said, "I need to give you some good advice, Katie." I listened close. She said, "Don't get old, Katie, just don't get old."

We laughed together, and I told her I was aging in front of her. They are regular folks who worked hard their whole lives and had a simple and satisfying life. Now, things are different.

They need help in many areas, and their adult children are stepping up to the plate. When I called her the other day, their son and daughter were present.

They were talking with a marketer for the Medicare Advantage Plans. I came by and we had a good long chat about what a Medicare Advantage Plan versus Medicare.

These healthcare decisions can be so confusing. It can be difficult to keep calm and informed with the current news we are hearing. We might need yoga to get through this one. One thing we need to work on in our big happy American family is checking and rechecking our sources of information.

As a social worker, it's my responsibility to advocate for the vulnerable populations. I'm feeling protective of the senior adults in our community right now. There is fraud happening and a whole lot of marketing going on right now.

I am going to be speaking about Medicare at various places in our community. My first Medicare talk is at the Courtyard Nursing Facility at 2 p.m. Oct. 23. A schedule of these talks will be on our website at aarnhealth.com.

Here's a preview:

Medicare Parts A, B, D

Original Medicare is different from Medicare Advantage Plans

Health Care Marketplace/Exchange

Medicare Savings Program

SOURCES: medicare.gov; healthcare.gov; kff.org

Katie Sciba is a writer, a licensed social worker, a pastor's wife and a mother from Victoria. She works for AARN Health Services and blogs online at Always Simply Begin.

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