Changes Beginning in 2024 Could Mean More Mental Health Coverage for Coloradans on Medicare

As of January 1, 2024, changes have been made to the Medicare program that are designed to allow healthcare providers to serve more patients needing to access mental health services. Before 2024, only advanced social workers were eligible to bill for Medicare insurance. Now, licensed clinical professional counselors and licensed clinical marriage and family therapists are eligible to bill Medicare for their clients. More than 65 million Americans currently rely on Medicare for their healthcare coverage.

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Help Ease Your Mind With Great Insights and Updates on Medicare 2023 and 2024

Chaundra Price of Medicare Teachers explains Medicare’s many facets, what to look for when you’re shopping for a Medicare plan, clearing up some of the common misunderstandings, while helping you make more informed decisions when choosing your plan. She reminds us all of the potential pitfalls of calling those numbers on the TV screen being pitched by celebrities.
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When Medicare Covers In-Home Care for Coloradans Aging in Place

For Coloradans who are aging in place, they may at times have need for medical services provided in the home. Since it is commonly understood that “home health care” is not something Medicare covers generally, that leaves a question of whether or not Medicare will ever pay for in-home services. The answer is Yes — but with qualifiers, as you might expect. In this article we will cover the key things to know, including who can qualify for paid services and under what conditions.

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Colorado’s Medicaid Program May Demand Recovery of Costs It Has Paid

In what can hit some surviving family members or other heirs as a rude awakening, state Medicaid programs like Health First Colorado are required by federal law to recover certain Medicaid benefits paid on behalf of a senior Medicaid enrollee. The program typically does this by filing a claim against the estate of the enrollee after they die. This is formally known as the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program (MERP).

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Medicaid Benefits for Older Coloradans

The combination of pandemic impacts, high inflation, and disruptions in people’s livelihoods has put many older Coloradans at risk of being unable to cover their medical expenses. This is particularly true for those who have not yet reached the age of eligibility for Medicare. Read more …

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The Basics of Medicare

Attention older adults!  Did you know open enrollment starts October 15th. Now is the time to evaluate your current health and identify if you will need more services in the

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