2018Oct

News Release: 2019 Cost of Living Adjustment

The Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA) was enacted in 1972 and is collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The measurement used to do these calculations is known as the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which overlooks the cost of consumer goods and services such as: housing, transportation, medical expenses, education, and food.

2019 Medicare Premiums & Deductibles Announced!!

“On October 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs.”  https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/2019-medicare-parts-b-premiums-and-deductibles The standard annual deductible for Medicare Part A beneficiaries will be $1,364 in 2019.  More about Part A: Original Medicare

What is Observation Care?

Scenario: You were required to stay in the hospital OVERNIGHT, but haven’t actually been “admitted” and Medicare isn’t covering the costs. WHY?   You have most likely been placed in the gray area known as OBSERVATION CARE.  Observation Care is an in-between status of patients who the hospital has determined “not well enough

Annual Insurance Review

To our SBS clients – We hope this note finds you in good health and good spirits! We would like to take this time to sincerely say “THANK YOU” for your continued loyalty as a client. We are truly blessed to be able to work with people like YOU every

2018Sep

Fall Bucket List

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National Medicare Education Week

For the past 7 years now, September 15th – 21st has been dubbed Medicare Education Week. This has become a nationally recognized time where groups around the country host events dedicated to helping beneficiaries make informed decisions about Medicare enrollment. Whether you are nearing retirement and just beginning the transition

Do I Need Life Insurance?

September is National Life Insurance Awareness Month, and you may be wondering: Do I really need it?  Are you one or more of the following?  1. A parent 2. A grandparent 3. A business owner 4. Married 5. Single 6. Providing or caring for others 7. A homeowner 8. Have other

2018Aug

Time to save some ENERGY… in your home!

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The peak of summer is here and while everyone wants to stay cool in their homes, it’s also the time of year that air conditioning prices skyrocket. However, you can still stay cool without the expense of your savings. Keep your pocket and home cool with these tips: 1. Replace

Family Fun Month

And with that, another summer season has come and (almost) gone – very quickly, might we add! As August kicks off, we know the craziness of back-to-school, sports schedules, carpools, etc. are just about to begin. However, it is our hope that you take the time to enjoy these last

2018Jul

Who is Senior Benefit Services?

For those of you who are new to our page, welcome! We are so excited that you stopped by and are taking a look around.  SBS Background: We were originally founded in 1975 as Barnes Insurance Group and it was in 2015 when we officially transitioned our name to Senior Benefit Services: SBS –

Grilling Tips & Tricks

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Whether or not you bust out your grill for a Fourth of July celebration, a barbecue with friends, or just simply a dinner with your family, there’s no better time to grill than in the summer. With July being National Grilling Month, here’s six tips to get the most out

2018Jun

National Insurance Awareness Day

Yep, we’re here to talk about it… The infamous “I” word that most people shy away from even thinking about, but we have an excellent excuse to do so because:         1) You, your family, and your future are important to us         2)