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 By Bob Moos    Local    March 7, 2019

Medicare's Hospital Compare website rates your local hospital care

Have you wondered how your area hospitals stack up in terms of the quality of care they provide? Emergencies obviously call for rushing to the nearest hospital. But when you have time to plan, it is worth doing some research and finding out which...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    February 14, 2019

What every caregiver should know about Medicare

The phone call can come at any hour. Your elderly parent has fallen ill and needs your help. If you haven’t gotten the call yet, chances are you will. About 70 percent of our parents will require some kind of personal care during their old age....

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    January 6, 2019

Working past 65? Here's what to know about Medicare

If you plan to work past 65 and keep the health insurance you’ve had from your job, you’re likely to wonder what, if anything, you need to do about enrolling in Medicare. About one in six older Americans now remains in the workforce beyond what w...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    November 8, 2018

Don't delay anymore – get that flu shot today

It’s not too late to get a flu shot. Even though the flu season usually begins about now, the vaccine will protect you within about two weeks. The season typically peaks in January or February and runs through May. The flu hospitalized and killed...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    October 4, 2018

Time again to shop for the best Medicare deal

Now’s the time for Oklahomans with Medicare to check their health and drug coverage for 2019. Medicare’s open enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Open enrollment is the best time to make sure your health and drug plans still meet your...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    August 2, 2018

Medicare plays big role in protecting nursing home patients

When you hear about Medicare, you probably think of the federal program that helps pay for older adults’ health care. What you may not realize is that another of Medicare’s major responsibilities is to inspect health care facilities to make sure...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    June 28, 2018

You're getting a new Medicare card

Your new Medicare card is coming soon. From now until April 2019, Medicare is mailing new cards to the more than 60 million Americans with Medicare. The 713,000 Oklahomans with Medicare will begin receiving their cards this week. The new cards will...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    June 8, 2018

Medicare steps up its fight against diabetes

Diabetes affects as many as one in four older adults with Medicare. It costs hundreds of billions of dollars to treat and results in the loss of tens of thousands of lives every year. If we could better control diabetes, we’d be taking a huge leap...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    April 6, 2018

Medicare can help you find the right health care providers

How many times do we rely on the Internet to answer life’s little questions, such as which movies to see or where to go for dinner? So, why not use it to help settle some of the bigger questions, like which nursing homes, hospitals and doctors to...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    February 8, 2018

Don't fall victim to the myths about Medicare

Navigating Medicare can be challenging under the best of circumstances. It becomes even more difficult when someone new to Medicare falls victim to the myths, or misconceptions, about the health care program. Let’s take a look at the most common...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    January 4, 2018

Medicare's Hospital Compare website rates your local hospital care

Have you wondered how your area hospitals stack up in terms of the quality of care they provide? Emergencies obviously call for rushing to the nearest hospital. But when you have time to plan, it is worth doing some research and finding out which...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    November 2, 2017

Don't take any chances. Get your flu shot now

The flu is nothing to sneeze at, especially if you’re an older adult. Anywhere from 140,000 to 710,000 Americans are projected to land in the hospital this year as a result of the flu and its complications, and 12,000 to 56,000 are expected to die...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    October 5, 2017

Time again to shop for the best Medicare deal

Now’s the time for Oklahomans with Medicare to check their health and drug coverage for 2018. Medicare’s open enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Open enrollment is the best time to make sure your health and drug plans still meet your...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    September 1, 2017

Medicare can help you find the right hospice

Medicare’s “Compare” websites have helped millions of Americans find the right nursing home, hospital or home health care agency for themselves or their families. Now, a new Medicare online tool is available to help terminally ill patients and...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    August 3, 2017

Everyone with Medicare has rights and protections

Remember how you learned back in your high school civics class that you have certain rights as an American? As we all know, those individual rights make up the first 10 amendments to our Constitution. But now that you’re older, you may not realize...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    July 13, 2017

Our overuse of pain medications threatens our health

Our nation faces its deadliest drug epidemic ever. For years, Americans overestimated the benefits of opioids and underestimated the risks. Many people became regular users of these narcotic pain killers, often quite innocently, with a prescription...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    May 25, 2017

Make the most of Medicare's drug coverage

Medicare offers prescription drug coverage to everyone with Medicare. It’s a good deal. Medicare subsidizes the outpatient drug benefit, generally paying about 75 percent of the program’s costs. Unless you already have comparable drug coverage...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    May 7, 2017

Medicare can help you manage your chronic illnesses

Caring for yourself when you have a chronic illness like diabetes or heart disease is hard work. When you have more than one such illness, it can sometimes seem overwhelming. Sixty-seven percent of Oklahomans with Medicare have at least two chronic...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    May 4, 2017

Medicare can help you manage your chronic illnesses

Caring for yourself when you have a chronic illness like diabetes or heart disease is hard work. When you have more than one such illness, it can sometimes seem overwhelming. Sixty-seven percent of Oklahomans with Medicare have at least two chronic...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    April 6, 2017

Many of Medicare's preventive screenings come at no cost to you

How often have you tried to ignore an ache or pain by telling yourself, “Maybe if I do nothing, it’ll go away.” Sometimes, that works. But wishful thinking isn’t the best way to take care of yourself. Medicare has put a new emphasis on...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    March 2, 2017

Here are six surefire ways for seniors to stay sure-footed and independent

When kids fall, they usually just get up and return to playing. But for older adults, falls are a major threat to good health and independence. Every year, about one in four Americans 65 and older falls, and about one in five of those who lose their...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    February 3, 2017

Medicare's hospice benefit helps people cope with final stages of terminal illnesses

Choosing hospice care isn’t about giving up. It’s about making every day count. Terminally ill people who make the choice receive care for their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. They’re no longer seeking a cure, but they do...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    November 6, 2016

It's time to look at your health care coverage for 2017

Now’s the time to check your health care coverage for 2017 or sign up for the first time. Open enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace began on Nov. 1 and runs until Jan. 31. Here are six key facts to know about this year’s enrollment...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    October 6, 2016

Time again to check your Medicare health and drug plans

*Now's the time for Oklahomans with Medicare to check their health and drug coverage for 2017. Medicare's open enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 until Dec. 7. Open enrollment is the best time to make sure your health and drug plans still meet your...

 

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