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  • Do you know the signs of a contracting scam? March 4, 2021
    Should you sign a waiver to let someone inspect your roof? Or a pay a large down payment to schedule repairs? The Texas Department of Insurance has tips to help recognize and avoid common contracting scams.
  • East Texas company earns Lone Star Safety Award February 26, 2021
    The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently recognized Capacity of Texas with a Lone Star Safety Award for its exemplary workplace safety program. Capacity of Texas employs 119 workers at its Longview plant. It manufactures terminal truck tractors for ports and railway hubs around the world.
  • Central Texas concrete plants receive safety awards February 26, 2021
    The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently recognized Lauren Concrete plants in Austin and Manor for their exemplary workplace safety programs by renewing their Lone Star Safety Awards. The ready-mix concrete plants are among 18 of 23 Lauren Concrete facilities in Texas to receive the Lone Star Safety Award.
  • Help for renters with winter storm damage February 22, 2021
    The Texas Department of Insurance offers tips to renters who lost personal items due to winter storm damage.
  • Insurance tips following winter storms February 18, 2021
    If your home was damaged due to a broken water pipe, downed tree limbs, or other winter damage, contact your insurance company or agent to file a claim as soon as possible. These tips will help make the process go smoother.
  • Texas state fire marshal urges caution with space heaters February 10, 2021
    Wintry conditions could lead more Texans to rely on space heaters.
  • Mason County Courthouse fire photos February 5, 2021
    Mason County’s historic courthouse was all but destroyed by a fire that began Thursday night. The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office, part of the Texas Department of Insurance, has joined law enforcement agencies investigating the fire. These photographs of the courthouse were taken by an SFMO-directed drone this morning.
  • Division of Workers' Compensation announces performance based oversight results February 3, 2021
    The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has released the 2020 Insurance Carrier Performance Based Oversight (PBO) assessment. For 2020, insurance carriers were assessed on their performance in five measures.
  • DWC announces the 2021 health care providers and staff webinar series January 21, 2021
    Registration is open for the DWC’s 2021 free webinar series for health care providers and medical office staff covering administrative processes related to providing health care to Texas workers’ compensation injured employees
  • Free training on the new ODG platform January 8, 2021
    This webinar familiarizes workers’ compensation stakeholders with the new ODG platform. The new platform replaces the ODG Legacy website, which will sunset effect March 31, 2021. It does not change the content of the guidelines or formulary.

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  • Medicare Advantage Enrollment Mistake Postponed My Hip Surgery! February 4, 2021
    Medicare Advantage Enrollment Mistake Postponed My Hip Surgery! Toni: I made a terrible mistake during the current Medicare Advantage Enrollment Period and changed to a Medicare Advantage HMO plan because I understood from talking with my friends that this plan was a great way to save my Medicare dollars. Now I have discovered that my orthopedic […]
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  • Stress Changing Medicare Plan February 4, 2021
    Stress Changing Medicare Plan Morning Toni: When I first got Medicare, I picked a Medicare supplement plan F. Two years ago, I was approached by a telemarking phone call. He talked me into plan K to save some money since I was in good health and could answer the health questions. I was hospitalized in […]
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  • Cancer Treatment Not Covered By Employer Health Insurance… February 4, 2021
    Cancer Treatment Not Covered By Employer Health Insurance…   Help Toni! I have developed a rare form of cancer that requires the use of proton therapy and my problem is that my employer’s health insurance does not cover proton therapy.  I must pay all the costs. My oncologist’s office manager advised me that because I […]
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  • Does Medicare Approve Clinical Trial Prescription Drug Programs? January 8, 2021
    Does Medicare Approve Clinical Trial Prescription Drug Programs? Toni: I turn 65 in May and am covered by my wife’s employer group health insurance. I am fighting stage 3 kidney cancer and the prognosis is good since I am participating in a clinical trial for a new cancer medication that costs over $18,000 per month. […]
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  • Does Medicare Cover Alzheimer Facility Care? January 8, 2021
    Does Medicare Cover Alzheimer Facility Care? Morning, Toni: I read your Medicare column regularly and have never seen you address the issue of paying for an Alzheimer facility care.  I am concerned that I may wipe out my 401K or savings if the arises due to long-term care or Alzheimer’s need arises for me or […]
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  • 2021 Medicare Premiums and Costs Released January 8, 2021
    2021 Medicare Premiums and Costs Released Hello Toni: I have recently enrolled in Medicare and received my 2020 Medicare and You handbook and cannot find what the 2021 Medicare costs will be? Do you have any idea what the new Medicare costs are?  Why weren’t the numbers in the Medicare.gov handbook?… The post 2021 Medicare […]
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  • Does Medicare Pay for a Long-Term Care Need? January 8, 2021
    Does Medicare Pay for a Long-Term Care Need? Toni: Recently my older sister had a stroke and needs extra care at home.  I was told from friends at church that Medicare will help to pay for her at-home care.  I cannot find any information about Medicare paying for at-home care in the Medicare and You […]
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  • Have Cancer…. Must Return to Original Medicare During Medicare Annual Enrollment!! November 19, 2020
    Have Cancer…. Must Return to Original Medicare During Medicare Annual Enrollment!! Toni: Last year, I made a mistake when I retired and enrolled in a Medicare Advantage PPO plan because I understood from talking with retired co-workers and friends that this PPO plan was like a Medicare Supplement. Boy was I wrong! I need out Now!! […]
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  • Left Employer Benefits Now I Have a Medicare Part D Penalty…Why?? November 19, 2020
    Left Employer Benefits Now I Have a Medicare Part D Penalty…Why?? Hello Toni: I made a terrible mistake last April when I was no longer being covered by my employer group health plan due to retiring.  I had a telemarketing agent help me find a Medicare Supplement which began April 1, 2020.  No one told […]
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  • 2021 Medicare Part D Deductible and Donut Hole Costs…Released! November 19, 2020
    2021 Medicare Part D Deductible and Donut Hole Costs…Released! Toni: This year, the 2021 Medicare and You handbook did not include all the information regarding the Medicare Part D deductibles and “Donut Hole”. I got in the “famous” Medicare donut hole in June of 2020 and do not know how I got there. I know it is October, […]
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