Medicare Blueprint Advisors - November/December 2019

If you’re still using your old Medicare card, time is running out. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 required new Medicare cards that did not list their holder’s Social Security number to be issued. The act did establish a five-year period in which the old Medicare ID cards would still be accepted. However, this grace period ends at midnight, Jan. 1, 2020 — after which you will no longer be able to use your old card. Check the Mail You should have received your new card in the mail by now. It’s worth checking any unopened mail for this vital key to your health care. It will be in a plain white envelope from the Department of Health and Human Services. If you can’t find such an envelope, don’t worry, other options are still available to you. Print Your Card You can print your new Medicare ID card directly from the internet. Simply sign in to MyMedicare.gov and follow the instructions. If you’ve never been to the website, you will have to create a MyMedicare.gov account first. You can do this by visiting the website and clicking the “Create Account” button. If you do not have access to the internet or a printer, you aren’t out of luck. GOT YOUR MEDICARE CARD?

Give Them a Call If you have not received your card in the mail, it’s likely that the Department of Health and Human Services needs up-to-date information from you, such as your current address. By calling 1-800-633-4227, or 1-877-486-2048 for TTY users, you can get these discrepancies cleared up and expect a new card in the mail. Of course, with the holidays slowing down postage, you should use this option sooner rather than later. Don’t be left out in the cold this January without your new Medicare ID card.

THE BEST LEFTOVER TURKEY SANDWICH

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This super easy and fun way to create homemade treats provides your kids with a healthier and more delicious alternative to packaged industrial candy. As a bonus, making it is an awesome Halloween activity for your family to enjoy.

INGREDIENTS

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● 2 slices sourdough bread ● 2 tbsp Dijon mustard ● 2 slices Swiss cheese

● 1/3 cup shredded leftover turkey ● 3 tbsp leftover cranberry sauce ● 1/3 cup leftover dressing or stuffing

● 2 tbsp leftover gravy

● 1 tbsp butter, room temperature

DIRECTIONS

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1. Coat inside of each bread slice with mustard and a slice of cheese. Place turkey and cranberry sauce on one slice and dressing and gravy on the other. 2. Combine sandwich and spread butter on both sides. 3. In a panini maker or large skillet, grill until crispy and golden brown. 4. Slice and serve.

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