Certified Master Medicare CounselorOur Medicare Counselor can help you with:
Fraud Education Coordinator
Coordinator of the Medicare Minute Program
Office Hours: Monday - Thurs. 9am - 4:15pm
By Appointment Only
The Part D enrollment period starts October 15th and continues until December 7 between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM in the Health and Wellness Office. We can aide in comparing plans and enrolling.
When you come in be sure to bring your red, white and blue Medicare card, a detailed list of your prescription drugs and any correspondence you may have recently received from Medicare or your current prescription drug plan.
Appointments may be made by calling 770-2070 and walk-ins are also welcome.
This may be the year that you "age into Medicare" (turn 65). Decisions about your health care are complex and dependent on your individual situation. I am a Medicare counselor, trained by the Alaska Medicare Information Office and the Seattle Center for Medicare and Medicare Services, and am on staff at ASAC. You can chat with me any week day from 9 am to 5 pm to learn about websites and publications that you may want. I can help you enroll in Medicare A and B on line or pick a Part D Prescription Drug plan from the twenty some plans available in Alaska. We can also discuss the Medigap (Medicare Supplement) plans available in Alaska.
These conversations with a knowledgeable, unbiased source can provide you with an enhanced Medicare vocabulary and many resources to assist you in making your choices. My office is located in the Wellness Office of the Anchorage Senior Center. Walk-ins are welcome but if you prefer an appointment, call 770-2027.
If you have had your diabetic testing supplies delivered by a local home medical supplier in the past, you need to know that the rules are changing around purchasing and paying for diabetic testing supplies. As of July 1, 2013, if diabetic supplies are delivered to your home by any method they would not be included as part of the covered benefit under the Medicare program, unless they are being delivered by one of the National Mail Order Program Contract Supplier. This change is being made in response to the many mail order suppliers who defraud Medicare beneficiaries and the Medicare system.So you have 2 options:
If you continue to have the local pharmacy deliver to your home ,(driver, van, mail), the supplies would not qualify as a covered benefit under the Medicare program. So, if the beneficiary chooses to go that route, they still want to get their testing supplies from the local pharmacy delivered to their home, that pharmacy should then be providing the beneficiary with an ABN (Advanced Beneficiary Notice) letting them know that Medicare will not pay for this service and they will be responsible for the payment in full themselves and the claims would not be paid under the Medicare program.
To fnd the suppliers go to http://www.Medicare.gov/supplier, call 1-800-MEDICARE at 1-800-633-4227 to find a contract supplier, or come by the ASAC Medicare Information Office for assistance. 770-2027.
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The Anchorage Medicare Information Office has gotten two reports, one from the Mat-Su Valley (Palmer) and one from Anchorage of a Medicare beneficiary receiving a phone call offering a "free back brace." This is a very widespread Medicare fraud scheme. Fraudsters will call and fish around for peoples' Medicare Numbers, names of physicians and their health condition. Then the fraudster faxes paperwork to busy physician practices for a signature approving the back brace and the fraudster then can bill Medicare for a variety of things. To avoid Medicare fraud, people should not give Medicare numbers to anyone but the people in their provider's office. Medicare does not call and offer things "for free." Report fraud by calling the Senior Medicare Patrol program/Medicare Information Office for Alaska at 800-478-6065 or report to national Medicare call center at 1-800-MEDICARE.
Check out the Medicare Information Office website for quick on-line information on all things Medicare in Alaska
Two family practice clinics have opened in Anchorage with missions to add health care options for Medicare beneficiaries.