Category Archives: MEDICARE 101

My Medicare plan includes a Silver Sneakers fitness program designed exclusively for seniors.  It’s a proactive way to prevent costly medical bills, by encouraging older adults to manage their health and fitness themselves.  If you aren’t sure if this program is available on your plan, check your Medicare supplement card for this logo or contact your customer service office.silver sneakers logo 1.docx Also, there is a Silver Sneakers on-line program which has exercise videos, tips, and will track your fitness progress at this site:

This on-line program asks very detailed health questions.  I’ve got to admit that being seventy years old, I found it strangely humorous to answer a question concerning whether I’m pregnant or planning to get pregnant.  Say what?  I was still laughing as I answered the next question about my level of feeling depressed.

Seriously, I didn’t realize how many free benefits were available at (not one, but) three facilities near my home that offer the Silver Sneakers program.  Do you have similar facilities available for you in your area?


Medicare coverage basics

Medicare plans:

Medicare Part A, Hospital Insurance – helps pay for inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing care, hospice care and other services.

Medicare Part B, Medical Insurance – helps pay for doctors’ fees, outpatient hospital visits, and other medical services and supplies that are not covered by Part A.

Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) – are plans allowing you to choose to receive all of your health care services through a provider organization. You must have both Part A and Part B to enroll in Part C.

Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage.

For a more detailed coverage description, please go to the website.