Health Matters

You may not realize it, but there are actually two ways to receive your Medicare benefits.

The best-known way is Original Medicare. With Original Medicare, you can choose any doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider you want, as long as they accept Medicare. When you receive medical services or goods, Medicare pays the provider directly.

David Sayen

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who recently obtained health coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP), here are some steps you can take to make the most of your new coverage.

Put your health first. Staying healthy is important for you and your family, so be sure that you maintain a healthy lifestyle at home, at work, and in the community.

This month, I’d like to present an Interview with Krista Lucchesi director of the Mercy Brown Bag Program.

Q. Krista, what is the status of the elderly and their ability to have balanced, healthy meals every day?

As a person with Medicare, do you have any rights and protections? You certainly do!

You have rights whether you’re enrolled in Original Medicare — in which you can choose any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare — or Medicare Advantage, in which you get care within a network of health care providers.

Insomnia and the inability to stay asleep are common complaints of older adults. While it is not uncommon for older adults to sleep more lightly than they did when they were younger, they still need a good night’s sleep. Having insomnia or feeling sleepy throughout the day could be indicative of underlying problems.

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