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Senior Scene® | February Issue
Glaucoma –Are
you at Risk?
James N. McManus, M.D Jason K. Darlington, M.D. The Eye Institute for Medicine & Surgery
Medicare Plans
Jerry Hadlock, Jr.
Medicare Part A and B premium amounts for 2018:
* The standard Part B premium will remain the same, at $134 per month.
*The annual deductible for Part B will be *$183, the same as 2017.
*People who have at least 40 quarters of Medicare-covered employment pay no premium for Part A
*The Part A annual deductible will be $1,340 per benefit period, an increase of $24 from 2017.
Even though the Part B premium is not changing, millions will pay a higher premium due to the 2% Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2018. Beneficiaries starting at an income of $133,500 for a single will pay higher-income surcharges on Part B. Medicare Advantage and Part D Estimates:
As far as Medicare Advantage and Part D costs, CMS estimates that:
*The average monthly premium for Medicare Advantage will decrease by $1.91 to $30. *More than 3⁄4 of Medicare Advantage enrollees who stay in their current plan will have the same or lower premium for 2018. *The average basic premium for a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan should decline to $33.50 per month (compared with $34.70 in 2017).
Premiums and deductibles for Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans can be found by contacting the plan directly, and do not correlate with the Original Medicare Part A and B premiums and deductibles that were announced.
New to Medicare? Recently moved? Losing Group Coverage? Please call me with any Medicare Plan Questions; Jerry Hadlock, Jr. at 321-720-4526 or email me at:
Some people have a higher than typical risk for developing glaucoma. This includes people who:
are over age 40
have family members with glaucoma are of African or Hispanic heritage have high eye pressures
are farsighted or nearsighted
have had an eye injury or previous eye
have corneas that are thinner than
have diabetes, migraines, poor blood
circulation, or other health problems affecting the whole body
Why be concerned?
Unlike a cataract that can be removed, with vision rapidly restored in most cases, vision lost to glaucoma is frequently irrecoverable, explains ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist, James N. McManus, M.D. of The Eye Institute for Medicine & Surgery.
This is why it is so important for people who have any risk factors noted above to receive eye examinations on a regular basis, adds Dr. McManus.
The technology available at our offices allows us to efficiently and accurately diagnose glaucoma so that we can suggest those treatments likely to be most effective for each individual patient, states his partner, Jason K. Darlington, M.D., ophthalmologist and glaucoma and cornea specialist at The Eye Institute.
Our philosophy of care involves ensuring that we identify patients at risk, making certain that they receive the proper testing to definitively conclude their level of risk, being sure to explain our findings to the patient and his her loved ones in an understandable manner, and then agreeing on a treatment plan designed to provide the best long term outcome for each patient, says Dr. McManus. For more information, call 321-722-4443.
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