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Health Care Buzz: Health care challenges, outreach expanded, more glossary of terms and the continuing scams

Welcome to 2020! As we begin a new decade, the challenges of understandable healthcare issues will continue to be a major stress in our lives. The election cycle adds confusion when clarity is preferred. Most of us, however, don’t understand our health care benefits until we need them — whether it is worker’s compensation, commercial, liability, traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage.

Idaho university won’t accept Medicaid as health insurance

An Idaho university has stopped accepting Medicaid as health insurance coverage, forcing full-time students to buy a university-backed plan.

Apply for St. Luke’s Community Health Improvement Fund grants by Sept. 19

TWIN FALLS — Each year, St. Luke’s Magic Valley offers Community Health Improvement Fund grants to projects and organizations whose goal it is to improve people’s health.

Health Care Buzz: Glossary of Terms: Medicare’s Working Aged – Part 1

As 10,000 seniors turn 65 daily, the impact to Medicare beneficiaries using healthcare is becoming more critical with Part A/inpatient hospital and skilled nursing home care in jeopardy of becoming insolvent by approximately 2026.

Health Care Buzz: Turning 65: A plan for 2019

As we look to 2019, we have some exciting topics we will be tackling. We would love to hear from you regarding ideas, topics and questions about crazy health care issues because transforming the hassle factor in healthcare through education is the mission of the Patient Financial Navigator Foundation.

Health Care Buzz: Turning 65: A plan for 2019

As we look to 2019, we have some exciting topics we will be tackling. We would love to hear from you regarding ideas, topics and questions about crazy health care issues because transforming the hassle factor in healthcare through education is the mission of the Patient Financial Navigator Foundation.

St. Luke’s hosts health insurance seminar

TWIN FALLS — The open enrollment period for Your Health Idaho is Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. Learn about “Smart Choice Health Insurance Basics” at a seminar presented by Lance Hansen, financial educator at the University of Idaho, and Kyli Gough, community health manager at St. Luke’s. The sessions will be held at the Twin Falls and Jerome hospitals over the next two weeks.

Turning 65: New Medicare Cards & New Challenges

It starts this month! New, safer Medicare cards will begin being mailed to the 58 Medicare million beneficiaries. The Medicare number will no longer be your social security number with an alpha character. It will now be a randomly generated 11-character Medicare Beneficiary Number that looks something like: 1EG4-TE5-MK72. In planning for the change, be sure your address is correct. Use the Social Security webpage or call them if it is not accurate. They are rolled out randomly across the country with Idaho starting in June. Don’t be surprised if your spouse or your neighbor gets a new card and you don’t. It will happen; be patient.