Sunday, March 31, 2013

Used health equipment gets a second life.

The Health Equipment Lending Program (H.E.L.P.) is a free program which lends donated medical equipment and supplies to Lake County Seniors. 

If you have any health equipment that you are no longer using, consider donating it to H.E.L.P. They will clean and safety check it and then make it available for lending. The group accepts walkers, wheelchairs, canes, commodes and more.

If you are in need of equipment or would like more information on the program, please call 440-205-8111 or email

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Anthem is working to protect your Medicare Advantage Plan

In recent weeks, a number of my clients have received phone calls from Anthem asking them to contact their congressman concerning proposed FUTURE cuts to Medicare Advantage funding. Unfortunately, the message that was left was unclear and seemed to imply that changes to their insurance would take place immediately in April.
This is not the case. While the vote will take place in early April, no immediate changes will be made to your current Medicare Advantage Plan.
Here are the facts.The Medicare agency has proposed changes to Medicare Advantage payments that will impact the 14 million seniors and people with disabilities who rely on this critically important part of Medicare. Combined with the cuts included in the health reform law, these changes will likely result in seniors facing higher out-of-pocket costs, reduced benefits, and fewer health care choices. Contact your senators today at1-877-58-SENIOR (1-877-587-3646) and tell them to protect your Medicare Advantage plan and urge them to vote against any cuts to Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plan funding.
For more information, go to today

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ready to learn more about Medicare?

I will be presenting "Getting Started with Medicare," a class designed to answer your questions and prepare you for your transition to Medicare, at the following locations in the coming weeks. I look forward to seeing you.

Pre-registration is required for all classes. Please call the specific location to register and for any additional details.

If you are interested in arranging a class for your organization or church group, please give me a call at 440-255-5700 to set up a date.

Tuesday, April, 2, 2013
Willowick Library
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
263 E. 305th Street
Willowick, OH 44095
Monday, April 8, 2013
Peninsula Library & Historical Society
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
6105 Riverview Rd.
Peninsula, OH 44264
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Lorain County Community College
Elyria Campus
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1005 N. Abbe Road
Elyria, OH 44035
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Chagrin Falls Community Education
Class Location: Chagrin Falls Middle School Library
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
342 E. Washington
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Thursday, April 11, 2013
SELREC – Hillcrest YMCA
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
5000 Mayfield Road
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Thursday, April, 11, 2013
Polaris Career Center
Berea High School
6:30 – 8:30 pm
165 E. Bagley Road, Room 102
Berea, OH 44017
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Kenston Middle School
6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
17425 Snyder Rd.
Betty Patton Room 229
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
440-543-2552 Call to register and for fee information
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Euclid Library
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
631 East 222nd Street
Euclid, OH 44123
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Lakeland Community College
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
7700 Clock Tower Drive
Kirtland, OH 44094
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Andover Library
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
142 W. Main St.
Andover, OH 44003

Monday, March 11, 2013

Are you taking advantage of all your Medicare benefits?

There's an old adage that says, 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.' Medicare makes it easy for you to take preventive action with you health care by covering the cost of many services including:

● Bone mass measurement

● Flu shot, pneumonia shot, and the hepatitis B shot

● Diabetes screening

● HIV screening for people at increased risk or who ask for the test

● Mammograms

● Medical nutrition therapy to help people manage diabetes or kidney disease

● Prostate cancer screening (except digital rectal examinations)

● Cervical cancer screening, including Pap smear tests and pelvic exams

● Colorectal cancer screening (except for barium enemas)

There's no Medicare Part B deductible and no co-payment if certain coverage criteria are met and you get them from a doctor or other health care provider who accepts Medicare assignments. For a complete list of preventive services, visit

If you are turning 65 soon, please plan to attend one of my "Getting Started with Medicare" workshops at your local library or community center. For a complete list of dates and times, visit