Find the latest news and information on Medicare plans, costs, changes, eligibility, enrollment and comparisons from the experts at PlanPrescriber.

Travel Tips for Seniors During the Holiday SeasonWhether you’re traveling in country or abroad this December, the PlanPrescriber blog has some tips for seniors to consider during this hectic time of year.

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the amount of people traveling during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays increases by 23%. As such, many seniors may be making travel accommodations for the upcoming holiday season. It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting friends and family, or simply taking a vacation, here are some tips you may wish to consider as you finalize your travel plans.

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Have Scientists Discovered a New Strategy for Fighting Cancer Cells?Cancer research remains ongoing, requiring scientists constantly consider the latest findings and innovations as they search for methods of fighting the disease. A recent breakthrough suggests new ways of combatting cancerous tumors and has already yielded interesting results.   

Earlier this year, we told you about an anti-cancer drug called anti-CD47 that blocks the signals found in tumor cells. The signal those cancer cells emit lets the cells spread throughout the body unchecked. The anti-cancer drug has the ability to mute those signals, allowing the immune system to locate the cancer cells and attempt to destroy them.

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Should Men Get Screened for Osteoporosis?Almost half (47%) of men over 50 have some loss of bone density, and a third of hip fractures are sustained by men, according to a study by the World Journal of Orthopedics. Yet men may not get screened as often as women, even after breaking a bone.

Just as women’s sudden hormone drop at menopause can trigger osteoporosis, men’s gradual testosterone decline with age can also make men vulnerable to bone loss. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) report also raises the possibility that estrogen loss in men can hasten bone loss. Yes, men do have some of the female hormone estrogen, which helps protect against bone loss — and levels decline in old age.
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Original Medicare vs. Medicare AdvantageOriginal Medicare refers to the two parts of the federal government’s Medicare program together: Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance). Medicare Part C is also called Medicare Advantage, and these plans are sold by private insurance companies.

While Medicare Advantage plans are required to provide the same amount of coverage as Original Medicare (with the exception of hospice care), they may include additional benefits as well. This post will provide an overview of both programs while illustrating some of the similarities and differences between the two.

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Medicare Coverage of DiabetesAre you one of the millions of Americans with type 2 diabetes? Adults over 65 make up a disproportionate number of those with the condition. Learn tips for managing diabetes and what Medicare covers to help you prevent and treat this condition.

Older adults are far more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than the general population: Over one in four adults over 60 have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. The same report also found an astonishing 8.1 million people have the condition, but have not yet been diagnosed.

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2014 Annual Election Period Ending SoonThe Annual Election Period ends on December 7, 2014. This is the best time of the year to make changes to your Medicare coverage, whether you’re in Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, or a Medicare prescription drug plan. After this period is over, the types of changes you can make are much more limited.

Maybe you’re still on the fence about whether to stay in your current plan, or finding a new plan seems like too much trouble. If you haven’t thought about your Medicare coverage for next year yet, you still have two weeks to review your current coverage and make changes.

Think of it this way: your Medicare has a direct impact on your health and the quality of medical services you receive. Isn’t something as important as your health worth taking a second look at?

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Celebrating Veterans Day 2014: The History and Stats behind the HolidayVeterans Day is always officially observed on November 11. It is a day to honor all veterans of the armed forces, past and present.

Until 1954, Veterans Day was known as Armistice Day. This day, originally declared to recognize the end of World War I, honors those who gave the ultimate sacrifice as well as all living persons who once served and are currently serving.

Originally, Armistice Day was to be observed with parades, followed by a pause in business beginning at 11 AM in honor of the official ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. The change to Veterans Day occurred in the wake of World War II and the Korean War. Because of these conflicts, the 83rd Congress amended the declaration, removing the word armistice and replacing it with veteran in order to solidify the day’s purpose.

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Movie shows women over 60 having fun with fashionWhoever thinks fashion is for the young hasn’t read the Advanced Style blog, which has been around since 2008. Or the book, which was published in 2012. Or the documentary, which premiered this spring in London and is currently showing in select theaters around the U.S. and is available to watch on iTunes.

Advanced Style — the blog, book, and movie — is the creation of freelance writer and photographer Ari Seth Cohen, who began by showcasing the creative fashions of the senior citizens in his neighborhood in New York City. As he says on the blog: “Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”

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Annual Election Period (AEP) Begins Today!The Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP), also known as the Annual Enrollment Period, begins October 15 and lasts through December 7.

The Annual Election Period gives Medicare beneficiaries an opportunity to assess their current Medicare coverage and make any changes during this nearly two month period. During AEP, beneficiaries can join a Medicare Advantage plan (also called Medicare Part C) or change from one Part C plan to another. They may do the same with any stand-alone Prescription Drug Plans, enrolling, switching, or dropping coverage altogether.

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2015 Medicare Plan TrendsIt’s possible that private Medicare plans, like Medicare Advantage or Medicare drug plans, can change costs and coverage each year. As such, here are some noteworthy trends for these types of plans in 2015.

Medicare Advantage plans, also called Medicare Part C, are sold through private insurance companies with Medicare’s approval. These plans must provide the same amount of coverage as Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, though they can also include routine vision, dental, and hearing benefits, and even prescription drug coverage.

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