What Does the Social Security Benefit Increase Have to do with the Medicare Part B Premium?

On October 18, 2016, the Social Security Administration announced that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries would receive a 0.3 percent COLA (cost-of-living adjustment) increase in 2017. The 0.3 percent COLA this also will affect the Medicare Part B premium. For 2016, the standard premium for Medicare Part B is $121.80 / month…

Dreaming Big to Support Our Seniors

Over the last few weeks, we have been rolling out KEIRO’s new Grants Program. Designed to extend our resources to the most vulnerable older adults in the Japanese American and Japanese community, the Grants Program has been an opportunity for me to learn more about the existing programs and services currently being offered in our…

How to Pick the Best Medicare Plan for You!

 By: Mei Kameda, Program Coordinator, Healthy Living   Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people who are 65 years or older, certain younger populations with disabilities and people with certain medical conditions such as End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Last week, we talked about a general overview of Medicare. As stated last week, Medicare…

Medicare Fall Open Enrollment Has Already Begun!

By: Mei Kameda, Program Coordinator, Keiro   Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people who are 65 years or older, certain younger populations with disabilities, and people with certain medical conditions such as End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Every year, Medicare has an Open Enrollment period, October 15th – December 7th. What’s very important…

Guest Blogger: Mei Kameda Says, “Just Say No to Senior Scams!”

By: Mei Kameda, Program Coordinator, Healthy Living   When I think about senior scams, my initial thought is, “who has the audacity to trick an older adult? What kind of heartless individual would do that?” It’s surprising how many people actually do that for a living. There are many different types of scams that target…