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Jim Robeson

Jim Robeson CLU, ChFC

The Medicare Answer Guy

Medicare News

February 2022 Edition

My goal with this newsletter is to:

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    Keep You Informed I will be sharing current articles about the changes in Medicare.

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    Answer Your Questions I'm available to answer issues specific to you.

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    Stay Connected I want to make Medicare coverage as simple as possible.

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Jan Birthdays

  • Alison M
  • Rosemary G
  • Mark F
  • Becky B
  • Robert P
  • Nancy J
  • Bradley J
  • Patricia S
  • Randy J
  • Celeste K
  • Thomas B
  • John M
  • Feliza R
  • Deborah D
  • Jack M
  • Garold H
  • Ismene V
  • Vickie W
  • David W
  • Gary S
  • Marjorie B
  • John C
  • Gerald J
  • Cole W
  • Leah O
  • Martin C
  • Don W

Jan Referrals

  • Marty S referred Denis W and Mark S
  • Barb L referred Debbie Y
  • Janean S referred Debra H
  • Dr. R referred Susan G
  • Birgit K referred Gabriele Z
  • Tom L referred Charmaine D
  • Connie L referred Marjorie K
  • Russ O referred Lynn O
  • Paul D referred Dolores D

Feb Birthdays

  • John B
  • Charmaine H
  • Ken P
  • Andy S
  • Susan G
  • Ron H
  • Patricia G
  • Bonnie V
  • Leslie D
  • Jorge P
  • Nadem P
  • Kathleen M
  • Patty F
  • Karen DeL
  • Maryjane M
  • Nicki M
  • Linda R
  • Rudolph M
  • Ava P

Feb Referrals

  • Paula L referred Janis G
  • Sandra S referred Ernie S
  • John D referred Leslie D

We try hard to recognize every referral but if we missed anyone, please let us know.

Just send us a quick email so that we can acknowledge you. We want all of you to know that it is our privilege to serve you.

The greatest compliment you pay us is the referral of your family and friends. Thank you!!!

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Will Medicare Lower the Part B Premium??

WILL Medicare reverse or lower the huge increase they imposed on senior's Medicare Part B Premiums?

As a follow-up to last month's article, about how one potential Alzheimer's drug was responsible for 50% of the 2022 hike in the Medicare Part B premium, from $148.50 (2021) to $170.10 (2022), we found this very interesting:

Biogen has cut the price of its Alzheimer's drug by about half, to $28,200 for an average weight person, after facing slower-than-expected U.S. sales on complaints from hospitals that its high cost was not worth its benefits. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug, Aduhelm, in June to treat the brain-wasting disease, despite the view of its outside advisory panel that Biogen had not proven the treatment's clinical benefit.

The U.S. Medicare program, which pays for health services for people over 65 years, has scheduled a January meeting for a national policy for the drug, making reimbursement more difficult in the interim. Biogen's $56,000 per year treatment price for an average weight person was seen as a significant cost burden on Medicare, which covers more than 60 million people . The company said it hoped the new annual price of $28,200 will expand access to the drug among patients.

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced that he is instructing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reassess this year's standard premium, which jumped to $170.10 from $148.50 in 2021. "With the 50% price drop of Aduhelm on Jan 1, there is a compelling basis for CMS to reexamine the previous recommendation," Becerra said. A CMS spokesperson said the agency is "reviewing the secretary's statement to determine next steps."

Aduhelm was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in June. The approval for the drug, manufactured by Biogen, came despite some objections in the scientific community about its effectiveness and side effects, which include brain swelling and bleeding. Medicare officials are expected this week to re- lease a preliminary decision on coverage – i.e., whether it will cover Aduhelm at all or limit its use to certain patients under certain conditions. A final decision should come in the spring.

It's unbelievable that the Federal government would raise the Medicare premium for almost 60 million people, to pay for a drug that isn't even proven to work! Let's hope they do the right thing, and drop the Part B premium to a reasonable cost. Stay tuned…

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12 Fun Facts

  1. Fredric Bauer was the inventor of the original Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.
  2. The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.
  3. A basic calculator has six times more processing power than the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon.
  1. Humans shed 40 pounds of skin in their lifetime, completely replacing their outer skin every month.
  2. Starfish can re-grow their arms. In fact, a single arm can regenerate a whole body.
  3. Google's founders were willing to sell to Excite for under $1 million in 1999–but Excite turned them down.
  4. The total weight of all the ants on Earth is greater than the total weight of all the humans on the planet.
  5. If "The Simpsons" aged normally, Bart would now be older than Marge was in the first season.
  6. The population of Ireland is still 2 million less than it was before the potato famine, 160 years ago.
  7. There's a basketball court above the Supreme Court. It's known as "the Highest Court in the Land".
  8. If the human brain were a computer, it could perform 38 thousand-trillion operations per second. The world's most powerful supercomputer, BlueGene, can manage only .002% of that.
  9. Seahorses are monogamous life mates and travel in pairs, holding each other's tails.

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Senior Discounts 2022 - Yay!!

The Best Entertainment Senior Discounts

  1. AMC Theatres Discounted tickets; Present proof of age when purchasing or picking up your tickets. Age: 60+
  2. National Parks Discounted $20 annual park pass; Must provide proof of age and residency. Age: 62+
  3. Regal Cinemas Up to 20% off, plus additional discounts may be available at your local theater. Age: 50+

The Best Dining Senior Discounts

  1. Bonefish Grill 10% off; Present AARP card with check. Age: 50+
  2. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. 10% off; Present AARP card at checkout. Age: 50+
  3. Carrows Restaurants Discounted items; Order off the seniors menu. Age: 55+
  4. Denny's 15% off and discounted seniors menu; Present AARP card or order off the seniors menu. Age: 50+, 55+
  5. El Pollo Loco 10% off (up to $1);Present proof of age at checkout. Age: 60+
  6. IHOP Discounted seniors menu; Order off the seniors menu. Age: 55+
  7. Outback Steakhouse 10% off; Present AARP card at checkout. Age: 50+

The Best Travel Senior Discounts

  1. Amtrak 10% off most fares; Present proof of age when booking. Age: 65+
  2. Avis Up to 30% off rentals; Book online, or call and ask for the AARP rate. Age: 50+
  3. Best Western Up to 15% off; Select AARP Senior rate when booking. Age: 50+
  4. Budget Up to 30% off rentals; Book and ask for the AARP rate. Age: 50+
  5. Carnival Cruises Discounted select cruises; Contact Carnival for senior prices. Age: 55+
  6. Marriott Discounted room rate; Present proof of age at check-in. Age: 62+

Personal Note

It's February…and you know what that means?  Lots of things!!!…maybe you were born in February…Happy Birthday! It's the only month of the year that has less than 30 days…usually 28 days except for a leap year that has 29 days…2020 and 2024!  February 1st marked the Lunar New Year…also known as Chinese New Year…this year is the year of the Tiger.  February 2nd was Groundhog Day…guess winter is going to be here another six weeks…not good if you live somewhere other than Florida or SoCal. February 12th is Abraham Lincoln's birthday…one of my favorite Presidents! February is African-American history month…paying tribute to the generations of African-Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve freedom and full citizenship in the USA. And, of course February 14th is Valentines Day…it's all about love.  Talking about love…here's something that always keeps me grounded in love…

"My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn't know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can't know him if you don't love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they've done to our relationship with God." 1 John 4:7-10 MSG

Blessings from The Medicare Answer Guy

Jim Robeson CLU, ChFC

Medicare Made Easy
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