Category: Medicare Advantage

Solving the Medicare Puzzle

Are you, or someone you know, feeling overwhelmed with your Medicare choices?  Is your mailbox overflowing with flyers and invitations?

Are you more confused now than you were a couple of months ago? What do all of the letters of the alphabet have to do with healthcare? Well, look no further.  Sign up today so you can be in the know!

 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

5:30 pm

Seniormark

2551 Michigan Street

Sidney, OH 45365

To sign up, call 937-492-8800, send an e-mail to seniormark@earthlink.net, or put yes the in the “sign me up for the workshop!” box below (along with your name and e-mail address, of course!).

Hope to see you there!

 

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Look who turns 65 in June! A Moochie, but not a Gucci!

Kevin June 10- Kevin “Moochie” Corcoran, is a director, producer and former child actor who appeared in numerous Disney projects between 1957 and 1963. Between 1956 and 1960, Corcoran played several different (but similar) irrepressible characters, each bearing the nickname Moochie. Although he was never a Mouseketeer, Corcoran appeared in three Mickey Mouse Club serials, beginning with Adventure in Dairyland. He also co-starred in many films, including Old Yeller (1957), The Shaggy Dog (1959) and Swiss Family Robinson (1960).

After he retired from acting, he attended college and then returned to Disney, this time working behind the camera as an assistant director and producer. His credits from this era include Superdad (1973), The Island at the Top of the World (1974) and Pete’s Dragon (1977). He has also produced numerous projects and served as first assistant director on several non-Disney television series, including Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Quantum Leap, Profiler and Karen Sisco. Over the course of his tenure on the Angela Lansbury series Murder She Wrote, he was credited as first assistant director, assistant producer and director.

 

Meryl StreepJune 22 Meryl Streep, is widely regarded as the greatest U.S. living actress, as well as one of the greatest actresses of all time. She made her professional stage debut in The Playboy of Seville (1971), before her screen debut in the television movie The Deadliest Season (1977). In that same year, she made her film debut in Julia (1977). Both critical and commercial success came quickly with roles in The Deer Hunter (1978) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), the first of which brought her an Academy Award nomination, and the second, her first win, for best supporting actress. She later won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her roles in Sophie’s Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011). With 18 Academy Award nominations in 35 years, Streep holds the record for the most nominated actor (male or female) in film history.

Streep has also received 28 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight—more nominations and more competitive (non-honorary) wins than any other actress or actor. Further, her work has earned her two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, five New York Film Critics Circle Awards, two British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, two Australian Film Institute awards, five Grammy Award nominations and a Tony Award nomination, among several others. In 2004, Streep was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award and in 2011 the Kennedy Center Honor for her contribution to American culture through performing arts, the youngest actor in each award’s history. In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded her the National Medal of Arts. In 2003, the government of France made her a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. Her latest film, in 2013, was August: Osage County, for which Streep received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations.
Phyllis GeorgeJune 25 – Phyllis George is a former Miss Texas 1970 and Miss America 1971 and was First Lady of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983. She later became a businesswoman, actress and sportscaster. As a cohost in 1974 for The NFL Today, the pregame shows for the National Football League, she was one of the first females to have a nationally prominent role in television sports coverage. She also covered horse racing events for CBS, including the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. Additionally, George had a brief stint on a television news version of People in 1978 and a job as a morning television talk show host as co-anchor of the CBS Morning News in 1985. Since that time, she has sporadically returned to the media spotlight, hosting her own prime-time talk show, 1994’s A Phyllis George Special, on which she interviewed then-president Bill Clinton, and a 1998 talk show called Women’s Day on the cable network Pax. George also appeared as a guest star on The Muppet Show in 1979.

George founded two companies in her business career: By George chicken fillets, which she later sold to Hormel Foods, and Phyllis George Beauty, which markets a line of cosmetics and skincare through television shopping network HSN. She has also written or co-authored five books—three about crafts, one on dieting and her most recent, Never Say Never (2002), a self-help book.

 

Vera Ellen WangJune 27 – Vera Ellen Wang, a fashion designer and former figure skater, is known for her wide range of haute couture bridesmaid gowns and wedding gown collections, as well as for her clientele of elite female figure skaters. Her works have been mentioned in several television shows, including Sex and the City, The West Wing, Ugly Betty and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and in the movie Bride Wars. Wang began figure skating at the age of eight and competed at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. That year she was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd. When she failed to make the U.S. Olympics team, she entered the fashion industry, although Wang continues to enjoy skating.

Wang has made gowns for many well-known public figures, such as Chelsea Clinton, Ivanka Trump, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone, Uma Thurman, Sandra Bullock and Michelle Obama. She has designed costumes for figure skaters, including Nancy Kerrigan and Michelle Kwan. In 1990, she opened her own design salon in New York and has since opened bridal boutiques in New York, London, Tokyo and Sydney. Wang has also expanded her brand name through her fragrance, jewelry, eyewear, shoe and houseware collections. In 2011, she launched a store that sells bridal gowns at more affordable prices.

Workshop Offered in Troy

Are you turning 65 and wondering what the next step is?

We will be holding our next Medicare Solving The Medicare Puzzle Workshop:

Thursday, June 12 @ 5:30 pm – Location: Troy office — 1385 Stonycreek Road.

This is an introductory session explaining the 4 parts of Medicare and what an individual’s options are when they turn 65 or retire and go on Medicare. We have had an excellent response to these workshops, so if you know of someone who could benefit, please let them know.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP: Toll Free – 877-492-8803, or comment on this post!

 

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Look who turned 65 in February!! Data, Angela, and Ivana!

Brent Jay Spiner February 2 – Brent Jay Spiner, is best known for his portrayal of the android Lieutenant Commander Data in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and four subsequent films. His portrayal of Data in Star Trek: First Contact and of Dr. Brackish Okun in Independence Day, both in 1996, earned him a Saturn Award and Saturn Award nomination respectively.

 

Before Star Trek, Spiner played in various TV shows, including Night Court. In 1987, Spiner started his 15-year run portraying Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, which spanned seven seasons. As a main character, he appeared in all but one of the series’ 178 episodes. He reprised his role in the four spin-off Star Trek films and voiced his character in several Star Trek video games. In 1997, he played John Adams on Broadway in a revival of the musical 1776, which was nominated for a Tony Award. Spiner has appeared in several television series, including, Frasier, Friends and Law & Order, and in movies, including The Aviator and Independence Day.

 

Judith Ellen LightFebruary 9 Judith Ellen Light, has appeared on TV and on Broadway, where she won two Tony Awards. Her television roles include Karen Wolek on the soap opera One Life to Live, Angela Bower on the sitcom Who’s the Boss?, Claire Meade on Ugly Betty and Elizabeth “Liz” Donnelly on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She won her first Tony Award in 2012 for her performance on Broadway as Silda in the play Other Desert Cities, and her second in 2013 for her portrayal of Faye in The Assembled Parties.

 

In 1980, Light won her first Daytime Emmy Award for “Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Series.” A courtroom scene from that year’s One Life to Live is held in such high esteem that it is used in acting classes to the current day. In 2000, she received critical acclaim when she starred on stage as Dr. Vivian Bearing in Wit, Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about an academic dying from ovarian cancer. Light is a prominent gay rights and AIDS activist.
Kenneth February 15 – Kenneth “Ken” Anderson a football quarterback, spent his entire professional career playing for the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals and later returned as a position coach. He was also the quarterback coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Starting with the Bengals in 1972, Anderson would become one of the most accurate short-range passers in the league, and was extremely effective at rushing the ball. With Bill Walsh as Anderson’s quarterback coach, Anderson is considered to be one of the first quarterbacks to run what would become known as the “West Coast Offense.”

 

At the time of Anderson’s retirement following the 1986 season, he held NFL records for consecutive pass completions (20), completion percentage for a single game (20 of 22, 90.9 percent, vs. Pittsburgh in 1974) and completion percentage for a season (70.3 percent in 1982), as well as the Super Bowl records for completion percentage (73.5 percent) and completions (25). Furthermore, Anderson was ranked sixth all-time for passing yards in a career at the time of his retirement. His record for completion percentage in a season stood for 27 years after his retirement.

 

Ivana TrumpFebruary 20 – Ivana Trump is a former athlete, socialite and fashion model noted for her marriage to American business magnate Donald Trump. Born in Czechoslovakia, she first moved to Montreal and then to New York where she met Trump. After their marriage in 1977, the Trumps became leading figures in New York high society and business during the 1980s. Ivana Trump took a major role in the Trump Organization, spearheading the signature design of Trump Tower and overseeing the restoration of the landmark Plaza Hotel. In 1990, she was named Hotelier of the Year. After divorcing in 1992, Ivana married Riccardo Mazzucchelli; their marriage was short. In April 2008, Trump, then 59, married Rossano Rubicondi.

 

Trump has developed lines of clothing, fashion jewelry and beauty products that have been successfully sold through television shopping channels. She has also written several bestselling books as well as a self-help book.
Richard FliehrFebruary 25 – Richard Fliehr a semi-retired American professional wrestler, is better known by his ring name Ric Flair. Also known as “The Nature Boy,” Flair is considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time with a career that spans 40 years. He is noted for his lengthy and highly decorated tenures with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Flair is officially recognized by WWE, TNA and Pro Wrestling Illustrated as a 16-time World Heavyweight Champion (eight-time NWA Champion, six-time WCW Champion and two-time WWF Champion). Although the actual number of his World Championship reigns varies by source, Flair considers himself a 21-time World Champion in the NWA, WCW and WWE.

Look who turned 65 in January!

Are you turning 65?  Look at these famous folks who just did this past January!

George Edward ForemanJanuary 10 –  George Edward Foreman, nicknamed “Big George,” was a professional boxer, former two-time World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic gold medalist. After a troubled childhood, Foreman took up boxing and was a gold medalist at the 1968 Olympics. He won the World Heavyweight title with a second round knockout of then-undefeated Joe Frazier in 1973. Foreman defended his title twice before losing to Muhammad Ali in “The Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974. Unable to secure another title shot, he retired in 1977 and became an ordained Christian minister. Ten years later, he announced a comeback and, in November 1994, at age 45, he regained the Heavyweight Championship by knocking out Michael Moorer. He is the oldest Heavyweight Champion in history, and second oldest in any weight class after Bernard Hopkins. In 1997, he retired at the age of 48 with a final record of 76–5, including 68 knockouts.

 

Foreman has been inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame and the International Boxing Hall of Fame and has been rated the eighth greatest heavyweight of all-time by the International Boxing Research Organization. For 12 years, he was a ringside analyst for HBO’s boxing coverage, leaving in 2004. Outside of boxing, he is a successful entrepreneur and is known for his promotion of the George Foreman Grill, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide.

 

Stephen Ray January 22 – Stephen Ray “Steve” Perry , is best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Journey during its most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and 1995 to 1998. Between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s, Perry had a successful solo career, releasing two albums: Street Talk in 1984 and For the Love of Strange Medicine in 1994. On nine of Journey’s albums he provided lead vocals: Infinity (1978), Evolution (1979), Departure (1980), Dream, After Dream (1980, a Japanese movie soundtrack), Captured (1980, a live album), Escape (1981, which went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts), Frontiers (1983), Raised on Radio (1986), and Trial By Fire (1996). The single “Open Arms,” from Escape, was their biggest hit single, residing for six weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Throughout his time with the band, Perry had become the unmistakable voice of Journey. Since the group disbanded In 1987, Perry has contributed to other performers’ albums. In December 2010, Perry said he was contemplating his first solo project since 1994.

 

Perry’s singing has garnered acclaim from prominent musical peers and publications. Queen guitarist Brian May said, “Perry is a truly luminous singer, in my opinion—a voice in a million.” Sony record executive, American Idol judge and musician Randy Jackson described Perry’s as “the golden voice” and opined that, “Other than Robert Plant, there’s no singer in rock that even came close to Steve Perry. The power, the range, the tone—he created his own style. He mixed a little Motown, a little Everly Brothers, a little Zeppelin.”

 

David Russell StrathairnJanuary 26 – David Russell Strathairn known as a character actor, has acted in film, TV and theater. His recent roles include journalist Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck, for which he was  nominated for an Academy Award; CIA Deputy Director Noah Vosen in the 2007 film The Bourne Ultimatum, a role he reprised in 2012’s The Bourne Legacy; Dr. Lee Rosen on the Syfy series Alphas from 2011 to 2012; and as Secretary of State William Henry Seward in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

 

Other notable film roles include the title character in Harrison’s Flowers (2000); the blind techie in Sneakers (1992); general manager Ira Lowenstein in A League of Their Own; Joe St. George in Dolores Claiborne (1995); Theseus, Duke of Athens, in the 1999 version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and corrupt baseball player Eddie Cicotte in Eight Men Out (1988).

 

His television work includes a range of roles: Moss, in the critically acclaimed The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd; Captain Keller, the father of Helen Keller in the 2000 remake of The Miracle Worker; and a recurring role on the hit television drama The Sopranos. In the theater, he has had more than 30 roles, including in stage plays by Harold Pinter.

Seniormark Alert: Observational Status could cost you tens of thousands of dollars

For the past year and a half I have been talking with clients about the difference between an “Inpatient” hospital stay vs. being in the hospital under “Observational Status” and why it matters.  If you missed my previous blog post on this issue you can read it HERE.

This information is finally getting media coverage which is good because what you don’t know can Hurt A Lot!  Here is NBC Nightly News’ coverage of the topic from a few weeks ago:

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Feel free to comment below if you have any questions…

Can Medicare Advantage survive PPACA?

Here is a great article about how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) may affect the Medicare Advantage program…

Can Medicare Advantage survive PPACA? | BenefitsPro.

Next “Solving the Medicare Puzzle” Workshop Announced!

Are you, or someone you know, ready to turn 65?  Is your mailbox overflowing with offers of insurance?  Are you starting to get confused by all the information  you are reading?  Then, plan to come to our next “Solving the Medicare Puzzle” workshop and we will try to help eliminate some of the confusion!

 

Thursday, September 12

5:30 pm

Seniormark/Troy Office

1385 Stonycreek Road

 

Please call our office at 937-492-8800 to save yourself a seat!  See you then!

Announcing a new claims workshop!

medicareWe have heard your requests, and are responding!!!  We are happy to announce that we have put together a new workshop to be offered to all of our clients — on claims!!!

Do you get frustrated trying to read your explanation of benefits from your insurance company?  Trying to figure out what your last statement from your doctor’s office means?  Well, we are here to help!!!

Thursday, July 25, at 3:30 in our Sidney office, come and learn more about “Understanding your Medicare Claims”.

Please call to reserve a seat (or two!) if you are planning to come, so that we can be sure we have enough seats!

Happy Fourth of July!

american flagIn observance of the holiday, our office will be closed for the Fourth of July.  We will be back in the office on Friday morning if you need us!

We are so grateful that we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave!