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Volume 14 Issue 2, February 2017

Nearly 12 million people with Medicare have saved over $26 billion on prescription drugs since 2010
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The Department of Health and Human Services released today new information that shows that millions of seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare continue to save on prescription drugs and see improved benefits in 2016 as a result of the Affordable Care Act.                                                         
More than 11.8 million Medicare beneficiaries have received discounts over $26.8 billion on prescription drugs – an average of $2,272 per beneficiary – since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. In 2016 alone, over 4.9 million seniors and people with disabilities received discounts of over $5.6 billion, for an average of $1,149 per beneficiary... Read More

Source: cms.gov

February is American Heart Month

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women and men, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths in the United States. Nearly half of Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease , such as high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, or an unhealthy diet. Risk also increases with age.

The good news is that individuals of all ages can reduce their risk for heart disease by making lifestyle changes and managing medical conditions through appropriate treatment plans. With a record number of young adults living at home or in close contact with older relatives, they have a golden opportunity to encourage parents and other family members to make heart-healthy changes and offer support along the way... Read More

Additional tools and resources for patients and health care providers

Source: millionhearts.hhs.gov 


 

Medicare Coverage of Cardiovascular Disease Screenings

How often is it covered?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers screening blood tests for cholesterol, lipid, and triglyceride levels every 5 years, when ordered by a doctor. These screening tests help detect conditions that may lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Who's eligible?
All people with Medicare Part B are covered.

Your costs in Original Medicare
You pay nothing for the tests.

  Source: medicare.gov
AppleFor more information on covered preventive and screening services, call GeorgiaCares at 1-866-552-4464 (option 4) or visit www.medicare.gov.

3 Tips for People in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program (QMB)

Piggy Bank PhotoIf you’re among the 7 million Americans enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program, providers aren’t allowed to bill you for medical services and items that Medicare covers. This means you can’t be billed for Medicare deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments. Here are 3 tips if you get a bill for these charges... Read More

Source: blog.medicare.gov

GeorgiaCares Spotlight

The GeorgiaCares Program is pleased to welcome Cheryl Maddox as the new GeorgiaCares coordinator for the River Valley area. Cheryl joined the GeorgiaCares team in January. 

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Cheryl Maddox is a native of Columbus, Georgia. After graduating high school, she joined the U.S. Army and retired after serving 21 years. In her last military assignment at Fort Stewart, Cheryl served as a Sexual Assault Victims’ Advocate and Equal Opportunity Advisor. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Park University and is currently pursuing a degree in Human Services. She enjoys traveling with her friends and spending time with her 4-year old daughter, Caitlyn.  

Cheryl's dedication and experience to serving her country and community will be a great addition to the GeorgiaCares Program and a valuable resource for the Medicare beneficiaries we serve. 

We Are Looking for Volunteers


Learn how you can become a GeorgiaCares volunteer and make a difference in the lives of seniors and persons with disabilities in your area.
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New Jersey Woman Admits Role in $1 Million Medicare Fraud That Deceived Seniors Into Unnessesary DNA Tests


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A Point Pleasant, New Jersey, woman today admitted that she wrongfully accessed protected health information and paid kickbacks to healthcare professionals on behalf of a $1 million Medicare fraud scheme involving the purported non-profit The Good Samaritans of America, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

“Instead of helping seniors navigate federal benefit programs, The Good Samaritans of America was merely a front for an elaborate Medicare scheme that subjected elderly victims to unnecessary genetic testing, all in an effort to score commission payments from clinical labs,” U.S. Attorney Fishman said. “In addition to wrongfully accessing the victims’ private medical information for personal gain, Kahl helped pay healthcare professionals thousands of dollars in kickbacks to fraudulently authorize the tests”... Read More

Source: www.justice.gov

Inside This Issue
News
Medicare Preventive Services
Counseling Tips
GeorgiaCares Spotlight
Fraud in the News
GeorgiaCares Outreach Events
Feb. 9th in Danielsville
Feb. 16th in Donalsonville
Feb. 22nd in Macon

map of Georgia

Contact your local GeorgiaCares office for additional outreach events in your area.
Upcoming and Current Events
Jan. 1 - Feb. 14
Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP)
Jan. 1 - Mar. 31
Medicare General Enrollment Period
Volunteering Hands
Volunteer Opportunities!
You can make a difference for people with Medicare. Visit our website for more info.
GeorgiaCares
Volunteer of the Month
February 2017

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Bobbie C.
Bobbie has been a volunteer with the GeorgiaCares Program in the Legacy Link Area for one year and has made herself an essential member of the team. She assists Medicare beneficiaries by answering calls and entering data and is studying to become a GeorgiaCares counselor. Bobbie enjoys volunteering for GeorgiaCares because "it provides me with an opportunity to help others without expecting anything in return." 
We would like to hear about your experience with GeorgiaCares. Please email your comments to
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If you suspect fraud, errors, or abuse when you use Medicare or if someone tries to sell you a product or service you don't need, report it by calling GeorgiaCares at 1-866-552-4464 (Option 4)
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