Simple Tips for Seniors to Avoid Medicare Fraud

Experts estimate that about $60 billion is lost annually due to Medicare fraud.  Consumers do not have to be Medicare beneficiaries to be affected by the high cost of fraud. Costs are passed down to all Americans in the form of increased insurance premiums, higher medical care outlays and inflated price tags on medical equipment.  Since Medicare fraud can affect any senior, it is beneficial to be proactive about preventing it. If any questions arise, you can call us to discuss a concern you may have about a potential fraud or scam. We may be able to refer policyholders to…

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The 10 Most Expensive Prescription Drugs

Some people spend thousands of dollars a year on medications, and thanks to their insurance they may not have to pay full price for the pharmaceuticals their doctors prescribe. But there is a growing body of drugs that are breaking the bank for insurers and the people who need them. New, innovative medicines that drug companies make using cutting-edge technology and science, can come with hefty price tags. GoodRx.com, a website that provides coupons for purchasing prescription drugs, has published a list of the 10 most expensive drugs in the U.S. The list includes those that are available at pharmacies…

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Signs Your Child May Need More Support During Pandemic

While the COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful for most of us, children and teens often have an especially difficult time dealing with the lack of activities and social interaction if they are distance learning.  Depression has skyrocketed during the pandemic as a result of isolation, lost jobs and/or having family members that have fallen ill or died from coronavirus. Also, mental health visits are at an all-time high, even if many people are seeing counselors remotely by video conferencing.  The ongoing stress, fear, grief and uncertainty created by the pandemic can wear anyone down, but children and teens may have…

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Medical Marijuana, Recreational Pot Laws and Driving

With more states moving to legalize marijuana through ballot measures, and even more having medicinal marijuana laws on the books, many people may be confused about the legality of driving after using pot. While all states have laws prohibiting driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, many people who live in states with medicinal marijuana laws think it's okay to get behind the wheel after using the substance.  But the truth is that no state that has legalized recreational marijuana use or medical marijuana permits people to drive under the influence. Just as alcohol is legal but driving drunk…

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Homeowner’s Five Coverages You May Not Know You Need

When you own a home, you may have extenuating circumstances and/or own property that your insurance may not cover. There are a number of extra coverage options you can add on to your policy, which are known as endorsements. They are essentially riders that you purchase separately but tack on to your homeowner's coverage as a policy extension. In fact, there may be risks in your home that you never thought of and that won't be covered by your homeowner's policy.  Here are five endorsements that you should be aware of, according to the insurance trade publication National Underwriter. 'Additional…

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Are You Covered for Invasion of Privacy by Drone?

If you or one of your kids has a new drone and are excited about flying it, one issue that you need to be aware of is invading another person's privacy, particularly if you are flying it around your neighborhood and capture images of your neighbors and their backyards. Because many drones are also equipped with cameras, and with the continuing proliferation of social media, chances are high that someone will be posting images or video captured in their neighborhood by a drone they are flying.  In other words, drones present a new form of privacy invasion that can land…

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Stay Safe on the Roads This Winter

During the winter months, driving conditions can become hazardous as the weather gets less predictable. In extreme conditions, it is better to stay off the roads altogether; however, this is not always possible. There are several essential steps you can take to reduce your risk. Know your vehicle You need to be aware of what conditions your car can safely handle. You may have anti-lock brakes, all-wheel drive and all-weather tires, but while all of these features are valuable, don't be fooled into thinking your vehicle is accident-proof in bad weather.   Becoming too confident in your vehicle's ability to respond…

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes During the Winter

Every winter, about 250,000 households find themselves with messes from pipes that freeze and burst. In addition to erupting and filling a room with water, a burst pipe can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Carpeting, photos, furniture and other belongings can be permanently damaged to the point they need to be replaced. A crack measuring only 3 millimeters can spew as much as 250 gallons of water into a person's home in just one day. Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take to protect pipes and avoid the hassles associated with bursts: Bundle up the pipes. Use…

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