New Year’s Resolutions

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? We would love to hear what you’ve decided to do this year. Some of the most common we come across are:

  • Losing weight
  • Working out more
  • Drinking more water
  • Eating healthy
  • Contacting friends more often
  • Being more social
  • Cleaning the house on a regular basis
  • Making time for family
  • Starting a new hobby
  • Being kind to others
  • Helping others more

Are any of your resolutions on this list? Comment below and let us know what and how you’re doing!

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The new Medicare cards are coming!

Starting April 2018, CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards that include a new Medicare Number. Medicare is removing Social Security Numbers from the Medicare cards. This new number will be unique to you, and will help protect your identity. As soon as you receive your new card please dispose of your old card securely and start using the new one right away.

Medicare will be mailing the new Medicare cards between April 2018 and April 2019.  Please keep in mind that mailing everyone a new card will take some time. Your card could arrive at a different time than your neighbor’s or friend’s.

Here is an example of the two cards so you can be aware of the changes:

Please make sure that your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security by clicking HERE or by calling 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.

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Open Enrollment for Covered California


The Health Insurance Open Enrollment is fast approaching, both for those with Covered California and those with individual and family plans direct with insurance providers. Change is coming in 2018 to both the plan benefits and costs, and this is your opportunity to reevaluate your existing coverage or begin a new plan starting next year!


If you enroll between…

Your insurance will start:

Nov. 1st – Dec. 15th

January 1st, 2018

Dec. 16th – Jan. 15th

February 1st, 2018

Jan. 16th – Jan. 31st

March 1st, 2018

If you’ve been without coverage, or recently lost coverage, now is your chance to choose a plan that will fit your health needs!  Open enrollment can also benefit those who are already enrolled, giving you the opportunity to reassess your needs and a chance to choose a new level of coverage, change your insurance provider, or both.

Give us a call to set an appointment!  We’re here to answer your questions and help ease your way into 2018.  And remember, a referral is the highest compliment you could offer us!

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Have you gotten the Pneumonia vaccine?

We need to talk about Pneumonia. There are 674,000 Americans that end up in the emergency room every year with Pneumonia. Spread by person-person contact, Pneumonia is a lung infection that starts as a bacterium that causes pneumococcal disease. This can also cause blood infections and meningitis.

Higher risk patients include:

  • Those who are 65 and older
  • Have a chronic illness (diabetes, asthma, or even heart, kidney, or lung disease)
  • A condition that compromises your immune system (cancer, HIV, AIDS)
  • If you live in a nursing home or other type of long-term facility
  • Smoke tobacco
  • Have cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks or cochlear implants

Check out this video to find out more about Medicare-covered vaccines. Medicare Part B covers the pneumococcal shot and a second shot one year after you received your first shot. This can help protect you from pneumococcal infections.

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