Health Matters

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.

Medicare helps pay for a wide variety of medical services and goods in hospitals, doctor’s offices and other healthcare settings. It doesn’t cover everything and it’s useful to know what is and isn’t included.

Services are covered either under Medicare Part A or Part B. If you have both Part A and Part B you can get many Medicare covered services whether you have Original Medicare or a Medicare health plan.

Part A

Part A is hospital insurance and it helps pay for:

 Inpatient care in hospitals;