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What Michael Nutter Gets Wrong About Medicare Advantage
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Humana & Aetna Announce New Medicare Plans in NJ
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Humana announces new Medicare plan for seniors in New Jersey! Contact BGA Insurance Group for more information. #medicare #newjersey #retirement
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Know your body, know the signs for ovarian cancer

Each year, over 22,000 women in the U.S. get ovarian cancer. It’s the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women. Early diagnosis is the key to survival, and the key to early diagnosis is recognizing the symptoms of ovarian cancer:

Bloating

Pelvic or abdominal pain

Trouble eating or feeling full quickly

Urgency or frequency of urination

Women have unique health concerns, including certain types of cancers and high rates of chronic disease. Medicare covers many services to address these concerns, like a yearly “Wellness” visit, bone mass measurement, cervical cancer screenings, mammograms, and cardiovascular screenings. Medicare also covers other preventive services, so talk to your doctor about risk factors and to schedule your next screening.

Currently there’s no effective screening test for ovarian cancer, and it can be very hard to identify ovarian cancer early. The signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer aren’t always clear and may be hard to recognize. It’s important to pay attention to your body and know what’s normal for you. If you notice any changes in your body that last for 2 weeks or longer, talk to your doctor and ask about possible causes. Symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know is to see your doctor, nurse, or other health care professional.

Make sure to ask your doctor about your level of risk for ovarian cancer at your “Welcome to Medicare” visit or your next yearly “Wellness” visit.

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, a perfect time for you to learn more about this disease and know the symptoms. Visit the Centers for Disease Control for more information on ovarian cancer.
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Medicare Part B Excess Charge Guide
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Preventing pneumonia is easy

Did you know that about 1 million Americans go to the hospital with pneumonia every year? Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by pneumococcal disease, which can also cause blood infections and meningitis. The bacteria that causes pneumococcal disease spreads by direct person-to-person contact. There’s a vaccine to help prevent pneumonia, but only 67% of adults 65 and over have ever gotten it.

Medicare can help protect you from pneumococcal infections. The pneumococcal shot is the best way to help prevent these infections. Medicare Part B covers the shot and a second shot one year after you got the first shot.

You may be at a higher risk for these infections if you:

Are 65 or older

Have a chronic illness (like asthma, diabetes, or lung, heart, liver, or kidney disease)

Have a condition that weakens your immune system (like HIV, AIDS, or cancer)

Live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility

Have cochlear implants or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks

Smoke tobacco

Learn more about Medicare-covered vaccines by watching our video. Protect yourself from pneumonia—get your pneumococcal shot today.
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