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  • Houston and Dallas-area attorneys charged with fraud March 26, 2021
    A grand jury has returned indictments against three attorneys and two law firms in Lewisville and Houston. The indictments stem from Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) Fraud Unit investigations that were referred to DWC’s prosecutor embedded in the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.
  • Insurance tips following hail and windstorms March 23, 2021
    If your home was damaged due to hail, wind, or a tornado, contact your insurance company or agent to file a claim as soon as possible. These tips will help make the process go smoother.
  • DWC helps feds close the door on multi-million dollar fraud case March 23, 2021
    Last week, U.S. District Judge Zack Zouhary sentenced the remaining defendants in the Forest Park Medical Center health care fraud bribery scam.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations don’t affect life insurance benefits March 17, 2021
    Baseless social media posts claim getting vaccinated threatens life insurance benefits because the vaccines are “experimental.” That’s not true.
  • Insurance tips following weekend tornado outbreak March 15, 2021
    If the recent severe weather damaged your home, RV, or property, contact your insurance company or agent to file a claim as soon as possible. The Texas Department of Insurance offers these tips to help make the process go smoother.
  • 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.

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  • Is At Home Recovery After a Transplant Covered by Medicare? May 4, 2021
    Is At Home Recovery After a Transplant Covered by Medicare? Reader Alert: This week, I received a text message from one of Toni Says® Medicare clients that I would like to share with the Toni Says® readers. You may never know when you or one of your family members will experience a life changing medical […]
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  • HELP!!! My Sister with Cancer Loses Medicaid!! May 4, 2021
    HELP!!! My Sister with Cancer Loses Medicaid!! My 60-year-old sister who had no health insurance or Medicare was granted Medicaid in January last year. She was granted Medicaid because she had stage 3 breast cancer with lymph nodes that were removed. She just learned from her Doctor that her Medicaid had been canceled effective May […]
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  • Does Medicare Pay for A Gym Membership? May 4, 2021
    Does Medicare Pay for A Gym Membership? Toni, Two of my neighbors told my wife that they get free gym membership through Medicare. Any truth to that, as I never heard about this before? Regards, Sammy from Sienna Hi there…Sammy: Sammy the answer is NO! Medicare Parts A and B do not provide a gym […]
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  • Social Security and IRS Scams are Growing! April 7, 2021
    Social Security and IRS Scams are Growing! Reader Alert: Recently, I have been informed from several clients during a Toni Says® Medicare consultation that they have received either call on their cell or home phone or by mail from either Social Security or the IRS claiming that they owe money, are being held liable and […]
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  • Social Security Account Suspended…Need to Enroll Medicare Online!! April 7, 2021
    Social Security Account Suspended…Need to Enroll Medicare Online!! Help Toni: I’m turning 65 in July and last week I tried to open a “My Social Security” account to enroll in Medicare online but my Social Security account is blocked.  Two years ago, someone falsely filed for a tax refund with my Social Security number. Now […]
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  • Medicare Supplement Rate Increase is Outrageous! April 7, 2021
    Medicare Supplement Rate Increase is Outrageous! Toni: We have received a 20% increase for our Plan F Medicare Supplement that is effective May 1.  I am a 70-year-old female in good health, but my husband is undergoing cancer treatment at MD Anderson. Also, his cardiologist has advised him that he may need a pacemaker. My […]
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  • Mom Has to Pay 100% for Skilled Nursing Stay…Why? March 9, 2021
    Mom Has to Pay 100% for Skilled Nursing Stay…Why? Dear Toni, Please explain why my Mom must pay 100% for her Skilled Nursing stay. She recently slipped and fractured her back requiring surgery and a back brace.  She was released from the hospital after only a 2-day stay.  She was offered the option of being […]
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  • Medicare Prescription Drug Penalty Confusion!! March 9, 2021
    Medicare Prescription Drug Penalty Confusion!! Hello Toni: Turned 65 in August 2018, continued to work full-time with an HSA that has a $3000.00 deductible before any prescriptions or medical claims are paid by the insurance plan.  The HR manager of my employer advised me to enroll in Part A when I turned 65. Because I […]
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  • Enrolling in Medicare Made Simple March 9, 2021
    Enrolling in Medicare Made Simple   Hello Toni: My husband, David, has been laid off because of what is happening to the economy due to COVID-19. He is 68 and has never enrolled in Medicare, but I am turning 65 this June. We both are covered under his employer’s health plan and it is ending […]
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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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